Office Supply Retailer Staples Will Shrink Stores By 15%. The Culprit: iPads And Smartphones.

Staples - The Office Superstore

“The No. 1 reason for softness in this [office supply] business is the iPad…look at how much less we print today.”

Gary Balter, retail analyst at Credit Suisse (from WSJ)

This is good news. Thanks to technology like the Apple iPad, people are moving away from paper related products (filing cabinets, printers, binders etc.) and are pressuring the big office supply retailers, like Staples, to shrink their stores and pare down their product offerings. Moving to the cloud is also aiding this transition.

We think it’s great that Staples is Jubblingly reacting to changes in the marketplace by reducing their paper related product offerings and shrinking their stores. Our guess is that none of these positive changes would’ve happened at Staples had they kept that paper-pushing Dwight Schrute on staff. Just sayin. [The New Republic]


Decided What Car To Get By First Asking Ourselves, WWABD (What Would Andy Bernard Drive)? Got A Prius.

Andy Bernard - The OfficeAs of 3pm on Sunday April 15th, we became proud Toyota Prius owners. It sure is a nice ride and the user interface tells you more than everything you’d want to know about how your car is performing. The UI can be a bit overwhelming but it does help the driver adjust their technique to maximize fuel economy in real time. My kids sitting in the back calling us out every time we switched to using the gas engine wasn’t ordered but could be an option on future models.

Being a new Prius owner does come with responsibility.Pious - Toyota Prius vanity license One big one is that we will not put any smug, pro-Prius bumper stickers on our car. Our motivation to get the Toyota Prius wasn’t to be better than anyone; it was simply a decision borne out of cheapness. Compared to our 2002 Honda Odyssey, the Prius gets nearly 3 times the gas mileage and that’s basically all it took. And ours isn’t a plugin model so we won’t be attending any National Plug In Day events but then again, we wouldn’t go even if it was.

So thank you Andy Bernard, the Nard-Dog, for inspiring us to act. We un-piously love our Prius so much that we can’t wait to not drive it!