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Staples.com Enhances Its Marketplace for Small Businesses

Online office supplies store Staples.com enhanced its Business Solutions Center to provide a fuller online resource for small business, including a request for quote (RFQ) purchasing option and additional Staples.com-recommended "Click and Buy" partners.

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"We're creating a virtual marketplace for small businesses with office products, services, content and community where users also have an opportunity to sell their own products and services to other Staples.com customers," said Jeanne Lewis, president of Staples.com.

Through a tightly integrated request for quote (RFQ) and Click-and-Buy purchasing process, Staples.com small business customers now have access to more than 70 different types of services provided by over 20,000 sellers. After customers select a specific service they are interested in, they will be directed to a screen that will display a side-by-side comparison of the RFQ service and, where available, the Staples.com Click and Buy partner offerings.

The RFQ service, powered by BizBuyer.com, allows customers to identify their individual, customized service specifications and request competitive bids from a large number of sellers. Customers can compare quotes, vendor information and ratings by other buyers to help make purchasing decisions.

New business solution categories include:

  • Sales & Marketing, which includes Web-based printing and delivery, mailing and prospect lists, and translation services
  • Legal & Insurance, which includes finding an attorney and professional liability and group health care insurance
  • HR & Staffing, which includes payroll, temporary staffing and recruiting services
  • Money Management, which includes tax services, leasing and financing options and business management consulting
  • Office Operations, which includes fleet vehicles, office space and business cards and letterheads
  • Technology & Communication, which includes long distance, virtual office, and voice and data network services

Separately, Staples.com announced four new Click and Buy partners including: NowDocs.com, which provides two-hour digital printing and delivery; McAfee.com, an ASP (application service provider) specializing in online PC security and maintenance; TaxLogic, an online professional tax preparation service; and CloudSource, a Web site developer.