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Office Depot and Alibaba opening online store


Office Depot and Alibaba.com are creating an online store to expand the reach of both companies with small businesses.The two companies announced the agreement Monday as part of a broader array of services they are providing to small business.


Over time, the companies intend to help U.S. small businesses sell their products to buyers around the world through Alibaba.com.


Alibaba.com is part of the Chinese online retail giant the Alibaba Group .


The agreement will give the retailer access to Office Depot's 10 million business customers.


Alibaba shows signs of strain as China's economy shudders Office Depot Inc., based in Boca Raton, Florida, has struggled in recent years with intense competition from Amazon.com.


It still has 1,350 physical stores but its new CEO has been pushing the company to go beyond selling office products to become more of a one-stop shop for businesses for all services.






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