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FEATURE/ Staples Reflects On 50 Years of Administrative Excellence and Office Evolution; Offers Simple Solutions to Say Thank You

Wednesday, April 10, 2002 7:00 am EDT

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass.
"According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, there are more than 3.9 million secretaries and administrative assistants in the United States today, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles"

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Typewriters, overheads, scratch paper, date books, file cabinets, fountain pens, and mimeographs - - fifty years ago office products such as these were essential to administrative staff. Today, administrative professionals rely on computers, e-files, PDAs, gel pens, copiers, PowerPoint(R), Post-it(R) Notes, and e-mail to simplify and organize work-life for themselves and their employers.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002 marks the 50th anniversary of Administrative Professionals Day, which was established as an effort to recognize secretaries for their contributions in the workplace and to attract people to secretarial/administrative careers. This annual event was originally organized as "National Secretaries Week" by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and a consortium of office product manufacturers in 1952. In order to keep pace with changing times and the expanded responsibilities of today's administrative work force, two years ago the IAAP renamed the occasion Administrative Professionals Day.

Administrative Professionals Day has become one of the most significant workplace observances that honors support staff for all their contributions. To help bosses demonstrate their appreciation, and answer the tough question of "what do I buy for my administrative staff," Staples has created an Administrative Professional's center at www.staples.com/AdminGifts. The center provides a full range of gift ideas, helpful hints with special savings for Administrative Professional's Day celebration. Suggestions include flowers, baskets of baked goods, PDAs, digital cameras and stylish desk accessories.

"According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, there are more than 3.9 million secretaries and administrative assistants in the United States today, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles," said Anne-Marie Keane, Vice President of Small Business Initiatives for Staples. "To help busy bosses take time to thank the backbone of their business for their hard work, Staples couples gift ideas with the convenience of buying online, through its catalog or 1,100 stores nationwide."

About Staples

Staples Inc. is an $11 billion retailer of office supplies, furniture, and technology to consumers and businesses from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. Headquartered outside Boston, Staples invented the office superstore concept and today is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The company has over 53,000 employees serving customers through more than 1,300 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information about the company is available at http://www.staples.com.

Contact:

Staples, Inc.
Deborah Hohler
508/253-8509
deborah.hohler@staples.com
or
MS&L Boston
Meara Murphy
617-437-7722. ext. 2574
meara.murphy@mslpr.com

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