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Staples.com Acquires Quill.com Domain Name From Quill Communications Inc.

Quill Communications Changes Domain Name To Quillcom.com

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Tuesday, March 28, 2000 7:00 am EST

Dateline:

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.

Public Company Information:

NASDAQ:
SPLS
"Quill Communications quickly understood our needs and supported our efforts. With this new domain in place, we plan to invest in quill.com's marketing and site development to increase sales and usability."

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples.com, Staples Inc.'s (NASDAQ:SPLS) electronic marketplace that provides office supplies, services, content and community over the Internet, today announced it has acquired the Internet domain name, www.quill.com, from San Diego based Quill Communications, Inc., a marketing technology company that integrates strategy, technology and creativity to build brands.

Effective April 1, www.quill.com will be the primary domain name for the office supplies direct marketer Quill Corporation, which Staples purchased in May 1998. Customers will still have access to the Quill office supplies Web site through the existing domain name, www.quillcorp.com. Quill Communications has used the www.quill.com domain name since 1993 and will change its domain name to www.quillcom.com. Quill Corporation will provide a link from its home page to www.quillcom.com for visitors seeking Quill Communications via its former domain name.

"Quill Corporation has excellent brand recognition among small and medium businesses and acquiring www.quill.com will help us grow the online business," said Jeanne Lewis, president of Staples.com. "Quill Communications quickly understood our needs and supported our efforts. With this new domain in place, we plan to invest in quill.com's marketing and site development to increase sales and usability."

"Our business is to help companies build brands online and offline," said Steve Edwards, chief executive officer of Quill Communications. "We saw the brand opportunities for Quill Corporation with www.quill.com, the shortest, easiest to remember URL available."

About Quill Communications Inc.

Quill began in 1987 as a strategic marketing and creative services agency. Today, the firm is breaking new ground as a company converging online and offline marketing services and technology. It offers solutions to help clients build brands using a multi-disciplinary team integrating strategy, creativity and technology. Quill is also an emerging leader in the growing field of digital content management and publishing.

About Staples.com

Staples.com is creating a leading business-to-business electronic marketplace offering a comprehensive solution for all of the office needs of business customers. Staples.com currently provides an electronic marketplace where small, mid-sized and large businesses can procure office products and business services and obtain business information and expert content. Staples.com includes the operations of all three of Staples Inc.'s e-commerce sites, Staples.com, Quillcorp.com and StaplesLink.com.

Editors Note: Photos and interviews are available. For further information about Quill Communications, Inc., contact Dan Shahbazi at (760) 634-1297 or via email at dshahbazi@quillcom.com, or visit Quill Communications Inc. on the Web at www.quillcom.com. For further information about Quill Corporation contact Shannon Lapierre at 508-253-8468 or via email at shannon.lapierre@staples.com, or visit Quill Corporation on the Web at www.quillcorp.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Staples, Inc.'s business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-Q for the most recently ended quarter.

Contact:

Quill Communications, Inc.
Dan Shahbazi, Director of Business Development
760-634-1297
dshahbazi@quillcom.com
or
Staples.com
Bonnie Monahan, Vice President of Investor Relations
508-253-7963
bonnie.monahan@staples.com
or
Staples.com
Shannon Lapierre, Public Relations Manager
508-253-8468
shannon.lapierre@staples.com

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