Staples Europe today announced that it is expanding its presence in Poland as it works to provide every product businesses need to succeed. In the past year, Staples has relocated and expanded its Global Competence Centre in Gdansk, and continues to grow Staples Advantage, its business-to-business division. The Staples Global Competence Centre opened last year with the support of Invest in Pomerania, a local government body. The centre quickly outgrew its previous location, and has now relocated to a permanent home at Olivia Six, in the heart of the Gdansk business district. The centre employs experts from a variety of disciplines, including IT, e-commerce, supply chain and telecommunications, and provides strategic, analytical and operational support to Staples offices throughout Europe, as well as telecommunications support globally.
Microsoft said on Friday it will permanently close all of its 83 store locations and will instead focus on its e-commerce business, where customers can visit for support, sales, training and more. The decision comes after Microsoft temporarily closed stores in March due to the spread of the coronavirus. Microsoft said the thousands of workers from these stores have already transitioned to new roles where they’re providing sales, training, and support to customers from Microsoft corporate facilities or remotely. Microsoft added that the company has seen significant growth in its digital storefronts, including Microsoft.com and stores on Xbox and Windows, and that it will continue to invest in digital innovation across software and hardware.
Total Retail’s Take: Microsoft opened its first brick-and-mortar store in 2009, where people could go to try the company’s software and hardware. This decision was made after Apple, its main competitor, was enjoying great success and popularity with its modern, clean retail outlets. Over the past decade, Microsoft expanded its retail presence in an effort to create a shopping experience similar to Apple’s. However, while the retail outlets let users try its Surface models and test out Xbox games, they often suffered from a lower level of interest and foot traffic than nearby Apple stores. Therefore, it’s not a surprise that Microsoft isn’t reopening post-pandemic.
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