Staples adds Makr app to make more happen

Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) has acquired Makr, an iOS app that lets users design and print original materials, adding to the office supply retailer's mobile offerings for business users. The acquisition includes Makr's parent-company, Happy. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Makr is a design and print shop for iOS devices. With Makr, businesses design or upload logos to create custom branding materials such as business cards, T-shirts, tote bags, branded invitations, stickers and labels, packaging materials and stationery," Staples said in a press release. "Consumers also have the ability to design and print materials for special events and everyday occasions, from holiday cards and wedding invitations to temporary tattoos."

"Makr allows small businesses to build their brands easily, elegantly and in real-time," said Faisal Masud, executive VP, global e-commerce, Staples. "Staples' copy and print services are a dynamic and growing part of our business, and Makr's revolutionary approach will put high end design in the hands of small and medium sized businesses."

The office supply and B2B channel is heating up with the announcement of Amazon's latest offering, Amazon Business, basically a Prime membership for business owners that provides access to enterprise items including IT products and free shipping for orders over $49.

Staples and Office Depot have agreed to merge and Office Depot is urging shareholders to approve the $6.3 billion deal. Once final, the combined companies will be better positioned to compete in the business supply and services market.

For more:
-See this South Florida Business Journal story
-See this Staples press release
-See this FierceRetail story

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