January 29, 2013
Amazon's (NASDAQ: AMZN ) online business will doom office supply stores, right? In this video, Austin Smith makes the Foolish case for Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS ) outperforming competitors such as Office Max (NYSE: OMX ) and Office Depot (NYSE: ODP ) and holding its own against Amazon. How might this happen? Staples already sells a ton of stuff online. It has a distribution network that's more advanced than Amazon's, and it has its own brand of office supplies, which gives it a further price advantage. Staples had some restructuring costs, but it is cash flow rich, selling around 10 times normalized earnings, and even pays a 3.3% dividend. On top of all that, it buys back its shares.
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