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Staples Canada rolls out online dining and travel packages

December 17, 2014 12:35 PM
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Staples.ca and its French counterpart, Bureauengros.ca, are working with a Montreal-based online services marketplace to launch a dining, activities and travel packages section with more than 230 packages available across Canada.

The packages are designed to enable Staples.ca business customers to thank their customers or to motivate employees, says muvExperiences.com, a Canadian leisure and travel packages marketplace that offers 230 restaurant, getaway, outdoor and well-being, or spa, packages. The packages are provided by muvExperiences and purchased on Staples.ca.

Most of the packages are sold at a discount ranging from 10% to 50% off full price.

Buyers can choose a specific package on Staples.ca and receive an electronic gift certificate via e-mail within 24 hours or have it sent directly to a recipient. Buyers not sure about a specific destination, such as a bed & breakfast, also can purchase a generic certificate in the category that’s redeemable at any B&B across the country.

The program, dubbed Experience Packages, is for Canada only and currently there are no plans to expand it to Staples.com, a spokesman says.

Offering services such as dining, travel and health is another move by Staples to expand beyond its traditional office supplies business. Earlier this month, Staples took a step toward its stated goal of running an online marketplace with the launch of Staples Exchange, a custom-built, drop-ship platform that allows suppliers to upload their products for sale to consumers on Staples.com.

Staples Exchange will also be available in 2015 for suppliers selling to small and medium-sized businesses on Quill.com and StaplesAdvantage.com, the business-to-business sites Staples operates for small and large businesses, respectively.

Staples Exchange will enable the retailer to expand the number of SKUs it offers consumers online, and provide better order tracking and greater visibility into product inventory, Staples says.

In late 2013, Staples announced plans to expand its online SKU count by bringing in products from a range of suppliers in new categories like restaurant and medical supplies, garden equipment, and retail fixtures. The e-retailer is now offering nearly 1.5 million SKUs on its e-commerce properties, up from 200,000 in late 2013 and 30,000 in 2012. Many of the more than 500 suppliers to Staples.com are drop shipping orders directly to consumers, a company spokesman says.

 

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