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Staples Selected as the Strategic Supplier of Office Products for the National Joint Powers Alliance Purchasing Cooperative; NJPA Member Schools and State and Local Governments to Benefit from World's Leading Office Products Company

Thursday, October 27, 2005 9:43 am EDT

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass.

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NASDAQ:
SPLS
"Through Staples, we'll help our member organizations operate at an efficiency level they would not be able to achieve on their own."

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), the world's largest office products company, today announced that the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) has awarded Staples a national office products and classroom supplies contract. NJPA is a member-owned buying cooperative serving public and private schools, state and local governments and non-profit organizations. Staples Contract division, which serves mid-sized and Fortune 1000 companies, will provide office products and classroom supplies to all qualified organizations including more than 8,000 NJPA members nationwide.

"We awarded Staples because in their bid response they demonstrated that they share NJPA's commitment to products and services with exceptional value and great customer service," said Mike Hajek, director of business development and marketing of NJPA. "Through Staples, we'll help our member organizations operate at an efficiency level they would not be able to achieve on their own."

“Through Staples, we'll help our member organizations operate at an efficiency level they would not be able to achieve on their own.”

"Staples is honored to work with the NJPA as their strategic supplier of office products," said Steve Mongeau, senior vice president, Staples Business Advantage, Staples Contract division. "Through our operational and customer service excellence, we'll provide a program that makes it easy for NJPA members to get the products and service they need to get their work done."

About NJPA

The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) is a member-owned cooperative that creates business and service relationships between buyers and suppliers. NJPA serves public and non-public educational systems and non-profit and governmental agencies and is governed by publicly elected officials. For more information, please visit www.njpacoop.org.

About Staples Contract

Staples Contract is Staples' fastest growing business with industry-leading double-digit growth for the past five years. The business serves mid-sized companies through Staples Business Advantage and Fortune 1000 companies through Staples National Advantage. Staples Contract works collaboratively with its customers enabling procurement professionals to efficiently manage procurement programs with lowest total delivered cost. Staples Contract has been certified by J.D. Power and Associates for delivering "An Outstanding Customer Service Experience" for the second consecutive year.* More information is available at www.staplescontract.com.

About Staples

Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products company. With 65,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2004 sales of $14.4 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 21 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates approximately 1,716 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com.

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Staples, Inc.
Owen Davis, 508-253-8468
owen.davis@staples.com

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