Office Depot and Office Max Merger

Office Depot announces today that they are merging with Office Max… what does this mean for you? Probably nothing short-term, but long term we have seen these mergers mean less competition and less competition means less deals for us usually.

The loyalty programs will continue so if you are an office Max Perks point holder you will still be able to use your points… from the official merger website:

While we work to bring the assets of Office Depot and OfficeMax together, we will continue to provide the benefits and value you’ve come to enjoy from our existing loyalty programs, Office Depot Rewards and MaxPerks. Until further notice, you will continue to earn and redeem rewards from your existing program(s), as you always have. We expect to announce a combined loyalty program sometime in 2014.

But this may spell the end for my favorite Office Max deal which is the free backpacks every back to school season, I love this deal and I just used my sweet new backpack I got this year from that deal today. With only one major direct competitor now (Staples), we might see the end of that deal. I guess we have to wait and see what happens next back to school season.

You can read all about the merger here: