The home and small office furniture segment is going through a metamorphosis of sorts, one that has been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. but that has its roots in consumer lifestyle transitions and professional workstyle transformations that have been progressing for a generation.
Office Depot has appointed D. Anthony Scaglione as evp/chief financial officer, effective July 20, 2020. As CFO, Scaglione will report directly to CEO Gerry Smith and be a member of the executive committee.
A swift restoration of lagging supply chains could loosen the flow of top-selling and new products in several housewares categories expected to become more important with more people confined to their homes during the health crisis.
On March 17, Walker Edison said that it would donate desks to individuals who now find themselves working and teaching their kids remotely and are unable to afford a desk in their home, an offer that generated significant response.
To address the evolving workplace, Staples is launching Staples Studio, an in-store concept that offers customers access to a collaborative workspace with private or shared offices, community kitchens and meeting rooms, and a range of additional membership benefits.
For the Spring High Point Market, the Dorel Industries Ameriwood Home division will emphasize small office/home office products in what it characterizes as a Soho statement.
Office Depot recently expanded its print and copy services with the placement of thousands of new Xerox units, from walk-up multifunction printers to high-end production devices and personalization software, in retail stores and regional production facilities nationwide.
Office Depot is now a certified installation partner for Google and Nest smart home devices. Through the new service, customers can not only buy their Google Home Minis and Nest cameras, thermostats and more from Office Depot, they can also have them installed and connected to their other smart home devices as well.