Executives at a slew of publishers, including Condé Nast, Meredith and Hearst, say COVID-19 hoarding actually helped boost March sales as shoppers looking to buy whatever they might need to shelter in place added glossies into their carts. “Sales were up across our portfolio from supermarkets, Target and Walmart,” Doug Olson, the president of People and In Style parent Meredith Magazines, said of sales in the second and third week of March. In the last week of March — as more states began enacting stay-at-home orders on a rolling basis and store foot traffic declined — sales slowed, Olson said. Still, the earlier lift led to unexpectedly strong newsstand sales in March, he said. One source said mag sales across the industry jumped 3 percent in mid-March at Target and Walmart — and a whopping 12 percent at supermarkets.
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.
“We are excited about our growth in Poland,” said John Wilson, President, Staples International Operations and Head of Global Transformation. “The rapid expansion of our Global Competence Centre confirms that Gdansk is an ideal business location, with its high concentration of universities and well-educated workforce. We look forward to continuing to attract top talent to help us grow in the future.”
Marcin Piatkowski of Invest in Pomerania said, “Staples’ Global Competence Centre benefits the local economy in Gdansk, and offers great opportunities for talented future leaders, both in Poland and abroad. We are thrilled to be able to support Staples.”
In recent years, Staples has also continued to make key investments in its business-to-business delivery operation in Poland, which is growing rapidly.
“Customers understand that Staples Advantage Poland stands for unmatched service and value,” said Piotr Kiszkis, Managing Director, Staples Advantage Poland. “We are now well-positioned to make it easy for our customers to find everything they need to succeed.”