Online ECRM platform RangeMe is partnering with office retailer Staples on a virtual product sourcing event dubbed the “Staples Connect Breakthrough Project” to recruit suppliers for its new community-focused format store Staples Connect.
The Staples Connect Breakthrough Project focuses on accelerating the path to market for small businesses with innovative working and learning products and services by providing an opportunity for brands to compete for shelf space and visibility at Staples Connect.
From now until Dec. 9, brands are encouraged to submit their products and services for evaluation. Participants and products will be considered based on their alignment to the Staples Connect product merchandising strategies and market opportunities to fulfill the format’s needs of working and learning remotely. Those selected by Staples Connect will be invited to virtual, face-to-face meetings with Staples Connect buyers on Feb. 8, 2021. Staples Connect will then choose winning products and services to be carried in select Staples Connect stores across the country.
"The goal of the Staples Connect Breakthrough Project is to develop a strong set of new, unique and innovative Working and Learning products and services to offer our customers who are experiencing a shift in the way they work and learn,” Brian Coupland, senior vice president, retail merchandising, Staples U.S. said in a recent press release. "With a strategy rooted in community and connection, the Staples Connect Breakthrough Project is just another step in helping local businesses, freelancers and entrepreneurs succeed through a lasting partnership. We're thrilled to kick off the first inaugural event and look forward to continuing in the future."
By leveraging the RangeMe platform, Staples Connect buyers will have access to more than 200,000 suppliers, which will help facilitate the project and help curate new and existing small business vendors in an effort to bring forward innovative products spanning twelve product categories including home office/smart office, desk accessories, homeschooling, ergonomics and more.