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This excerpt taken from the SPLS 10-K filed Mar 2, 2010.

Competition

        We compete with a variety of retailers, dealers and distributors in the highly competitive office products market. We compete in most of our geographic markets with other high-volume office supply providers, including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Lyreco, as well as mass merchants such as Wal-Mart and Tesco, warehouse clubs such as Costco, computer and electronics superstores such as Best Buy, copy and print businesses such as FedEx Office, online retailers such as Amazon.com, ink cartridge specialty stores, and other discount retailers. In addition, our retail stores and delivery operations both compete with numerous mail order firms, contract stationers, electronic commerce distributors, regional and local dealers and direct manufacturers. Many of our competitors have increased their presence in our markets in recent years. Some of our current and potential competitors are larger than we are and have substantially greater financial resources.

        We believe we are able to compete favorably against other high-volume office supply providers, mass merchants and other retailers, dealers and distributors because of the following factors: our focus on the business and home office customer; our tenured management team's ability to respond to the dynamic markets in which we operate and the changing needs of our customers; courteous, helpful and knowledgeable associates focused on making it easy for customers to buy office products and services; a wide assortment of office supplies that are in-stock and easy to find; fast checkout; easy to use web sites; reliability and speed of order shipment; convenient store locations; hassle-free returns and competitive prices.

These excerpts taken from the SPLS 10-K filed Mar 11, 2009.

Competition

        We compete with a variety of retailers, dealers and distributors in the highly competitive office products market. We compete in most of our geographic markets with other high-volume office supply chains, including Office Depot and OfficeMax, as well as mass merchants such as Wal-Mart, warehouse clubs such as Costco, computer and electronics superstores such as Best Buy, copy and print businesses such as FedEx Office, online retailers such as Amazon.com, ink cartridge specialty stores, and other discount retailers. In addition, both our retail stores and delivery operations compete with numerous mail order firms, contract stationers, electronic commerce distributors, regional and local dealers and direct manufacturers. Many of our competitors have increased their presence in our markets in recent years. Some of our current and potential competitors are larger than we are and have substantially greater financial resources.

        We believe we are able to compete favorably against other high-volume office supply chains, mass merchants and other retailers, dealers and distributors because of several factors: our focus on the business customer and home office; our tenured management team's ability to respond to the dynamic markets in which we operate and the changing needs of our customers; courteous, helpful and knowledgeable associates focused on making it easy for customers to buy office products and services; a wide assortment of office supplies that are in-stock and easy to find; fast checkout; easy to use web sites; reliability and speed of order shipment; convenient store locations; hassle-free returns and competitive prices.

Competition



        We compete with a variety of retailers, dealers and distributors in the highly competitive office products market. We compete in most
of our geographic markets with other high-volume
office supply chains, including Office Depot and OfficeMax, as well as mass merchants such as Wal-Mart, warehouse clubs such as Costco, computer and electronics superstores such as Best
Buy, copy and print businesses such as FedEx Office, online retailers such as Amazon.com, ink cartridge specialty stores, and other discount retailers. In addition, both our retail stores and delivery
operations compete with numerous mail order firms, contract stationers, electronic commerce distributors, regional and local dealers and direct manufacturers. Many of our competitors have increased
their presence in our markets in recent years. Some of our current and potential competitors are larger than we are and have substantially greater financial resources.



        We
believe we are able to compete favorably against other high-volume office supply chains, mass merchants and other retailers, dealers and distributors because of several
factors: our focus on the business customer and home office; our tenured management team's ability to respond to the dynamic markets in which we operate and the changing needs of our customers;
courteous, helpful and knowledgeable associates focused on making it easy for customers to buy office products and services; a wide assortment of office supplies that are in-stock and easy
to find; fast checkout; easy to use web sites; reliability and speed of order shipment; convenient store locations; hassle-free returns and competitive prices.



These excerpts taken from the SPLS 10-K filed Mar 4, 2008.

Competition

        We compete with a variety of retailers, dealers and distributors in the highly competitive office products market. We compete in most of our geographic markets with other high-volume office supply chains, including Office Depot and OfficeMax, as well as mass merchants such as Wal-Mart, warehouse clubs such as Costco, computer and electronics superstores such as Best Buy, copy and print businesses such as FedEx Kinko's, ink cartridge specialty stores, and other discount retailers. In addition, both our retail stores and delivery operations compete with numerous mail order firms, contract stationers, electronic commerce distributors, regional and local dealers and direct manufacturers. Many of our competitors have increased their presence in our markets in recent years. Some of our current and potential competitors are larger than we are and have substantially greater financial resources.

        We believe we are able to compete favorably against other high-volume office supply chains, mass merchants and other retailers, dealers and distributors because of several factors: our focus on the business customer and home office; our tenured management team's ability to respond to the dynamic markets in which we operate and the changing needs of our customers; courteous, helpful and knowledgeable associates focused on making it easy for customers to buy office products and services; a wide assortment of office supplies that are in-stock and easy to find; fast checkout; easy to use web sites; reliability and speed of order shipment; convenient store locations; hassle-free returns and fair prices.

Competition



        We compete with a variety of retailers, dealers and distributors in the highly competitive office products market. We compete in most of our geographic markets
with other high-volume office supply chains, including Office Depot and OfficeMax, as well as mass merchants such as Wal-Mart, warehouse clubs such as Costco, computer and
electronics superstores such as Best Buy, copy and print businesses such as FedEx Kinko's, ink cartridge specialty stores, and other discount retailers. In addition, both our retail stores and
delivery operations compete with numerous mail order firms, contract stationers, electronic commerce distributors, regional and local dealers and direct manufacturers. Many of our competitors have
increased their presence in our markets in recent years. Some of our current and potential competitors are larger than we are and have substantially greater financial resources.



        We
believe we are able to compete favorably against other high-volume office supply chains, mass merchants and other retailers, dealers and distributors because of several
factors: our focus on the business customer and home office; our tenured management team's ability to respond to the dynamic markets in which we operate and the changing needs of our customers;
courteous, helpful and knowledgeable associates focused on making it easy for customers to buy office products and services; a wide assortment of office supplies that are in-stock and easy
to find; fast checkout; easy to use web sites; reliability and speed of order shipment; convenient store locations; hassle-free returns and fair prices.



This excerpt taken from the SPLS 10-K filed Mar 1, 2007.

Competition

We compete with a variety of retailers, dealers and distributors in the highly competitive office products market. We compete in most of our geographic markets with other high-volume office supply chains, including Office Depot and OfficeMax, that are similar in concept to us in terms of pricing strategy and product selection, as well as mass merchants such as Wal-Mart, warehouse clubs such as Costco, computer and electronics superstores such as Best Buy, copy and print businesses such as FedEx Kinko’s, ink cartridge specialty stores, and other discount retailers. In addition, both our retail stores and delivery operations compete with numerous mail order firms, contract stationer businesses, electronic commerce distributors, local dealers and direct manufacturers such as Dell. Many of our competitors have increased their presence in our markets in recent years. Some of our current and potential competitors are larger than we are and have substantially greater financial resources.

We believe we are able to compete favorably against other high-volume office supply chains, mass merchants and other retailers, dealers and distributors because of several factors: our focus on the business customer and home office; our ability to respond to the dynamic markets in which we operate and the changing needs of our customers; courteous, helpful and knowledgeable associates serving customers; a wide assortment of office supplies that are in-stock and easy to find; fast checkout; easy to use web sites; reliability and speed of order shipment; convenient store locations; hassle-free returns and fair prices.

This excerpt taken from the SPLS 10-K filed Feb 28, 2006.
Competition

We compete with a variety of retailers, dealers and distributors in the highly competitive office products market. We compete in most of our geographic markets with other high-volume office supply chains, including Office Depot and OfficeMax, that are similar in concept to us in terms of pricing strategy and product selection, as well as mass merchants such as Wal-Mart, warehouse clubs such as Costco, computer and electronics superstores such as Best Buy and other discount retailers. In addition, both our retail stores and delivery operations compete with numerous mail order firms, contract stationer businesses, electronic commerce distributors, local dealers and direct manufacturers such as Dell. Many of our competitors have increased their presence in our markets in recent years. Some of our current and potential competitors are larger than we are and have substantially greater financial resources.

We believe we are able to compete favorably against other high-volume office supply chains, mass merchandisers and other retailers, dealers and distributors because of several factors: our focus on the business customer and home office; our ability to respond to the dynamic markets in which we operate and the changing needs of our customers; courteous, helpful and knowledgeable associates serving customers; a wide assortment of office supplies that are in-stock and easy to find; fast checkout; easy to use web sites; reliability and speed of order shipment; convenient store locations; hassle-free returns and fair prices.

This excerpt taken from the SPLS 10-K filed Feb 24, 2005.

Competition

        We compete with a variety of retailers, dealers and distributors in the highly competitive office products market. We compete in most of our geographic markets with other high-volume office supply chains, including Office Depot and OfficeMax, that are similar in concept to us in terms of pricing strategy and product selection, as well as mass merchants such as Wal-Mart, warehouse clubs, computer and electronics superstores such as Best Buy, and other discount retailers. In addition, both our retail stores and delivery operations compete with numerous mail order firms, contract stationer businesses, electronic commerce distributors, local dealers and direct manufacturers, such as Dell.

        We believe we are able to compete favorably against other high-volume office supply chains, mass merchandisers and other retailers, dealers and distributors because of several factors: our focus on the business customer and home office; our ability to respond to the dynamic markets in which we operate and the changing needs of our customers; courteous, helpful and knowledgeable associates serving customers; a wide assortment of office supplies that are in-stock and easy to find; fast checkout; easy to use web sites; reliability and speed of order shipment; convenient store locations; hassle-free returns and fair prices. Many of our competitors have increased their presence in our markets in recent years. Some of our current and potential competitors are larger than we are and have substantially greater financial resources.

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