An alien race from Alpha Centauri is travelling to earth right now, and they are interested in office supplies. Their race is called the Omixes, and they like the call letters for Office Max, and intend to buy out all the office supplies from OMX. There, how's that for a good rumor? Eh?
Why would a company like Walmart bother any of them. Brand? No Walmart has a brand. Has Walmart ever stooped to purchase an other retail chain in it's entire 40 year history.
No it hasn't. only thing it's purchased in the last decade is technology companies like kosmic and vudu. It'll buy land and mall space. It hasn't purchased another retail chain. Why? Because it means walmart would have to honor that company's agreements with distributors or manufactures. Walmart doesn't work that way at all. Walmart is draconian when dealing with manufacturers and enforces absolutes for returns.
So stop smoking the crack pipe and don't pretend like this dump of a company has a hope in hell of living past this year. It's almost as bad as watch those knuckle heads at business insider rate something six times a day, when you double check when they bought their stock, you quickly realise people have lost their shirt.
Guess what...90's are over, dot.com is over and so are the staples/officemax days. They aren't coming back.