San Francisco's mayor says the city has reached a $4.25 million settlement with Office Depot over allegations that the company overcharged for office supplies. Mayor Edwin Lee signed a Board of Supervisors resolution authorizing the settlement, which includes a $3.75 million payment and a $500,000 purchasing credit.
Sears Holdings has joined other retailers, including Barnes & Noble, in inviting Amazon.com affiliates to work with its brand following Amazon's response to recent legislation related to collected taxes on e-commerce purchases.
Wal-Mart has made a push to capitalize on Amazon’s ongoing tax troubles in California, by reaching out to the online retailer’s business partners. In a public statement, Wal-Mart said that it was “committed to supporting the affiliate programmes which help to drive Walmart.com's online business.”
Amazon has threatened to sever ties with more than 10,000 affiliates in California amid a dispute with the state over proposed taxation of internet purchases. Four state proposals aimed at forcing Seattle-based Amazon to collect taxes from residents may be unconstitutional and lead to job losses, Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president for global public policy, wrote in a letter to the California Board of Equalization.