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Staples makes play to expand copy/print capability with Makr


Framingham, Mass. – Staples Inc. is a making a play to expand its copy and print business. The retailer has purchased Makr, an iOS app that enables people to design and print one-of-a-kind materials, and its parent company Happy; both based in Brooklyn, New York.

Makr is a design and print shop for iOS devices. With Makr, businesses design or upload logos to create custom branding materials such as business cards, t-shirts, or tote bags, and individuals can create items such as holiday cards and wedding invitations.

“Makr allows small businesses to build their brands easily, elegantly and in real-time,” said Faisal Masud, executive VP, global e-commerce, Staples, Inc. “Staples’ copy and print services are a dynamic and growing part of our business, and Makr’s revolutionary approach will put high end design in the hands of small and medium-sized businesses.”

Ellen Johnston, co-founder and CEO of Makr, will continue to oversee Makr, which will remain in its current location. Terms and conditions of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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