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Staples Offers Corporate Customers Industry-leading Eprocurement Implementation; Staples Drives Its Rapid eProcurement System Integration Process Online

Tuesday, March 19, 2002 7:00 am EST

Dateline:

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.

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NASDAQ:
SPLS
"By leveraging the webMethods integration platform with Staples.B2B.com, Staples can offer all of its large-company customers a fast and flexible integration solution to drive down the cost and implementation time involved in connecting to StaplesLink.com for their procurement needs."

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), today announced that its process for rapid eProcurement system integration will be available online, enabling corporate customers using systems such as Ariba and Commerce One to integrate office supply procurement in industry-leading time. An industry first, in less than 30 days customers will be able to collaborate online with Staples to rapidly integrate StaplesLink.com--Staples' business-to-business e-commerce solution--with their eProcurement system, resulting in significant cost savings.

The online integration process, conducted via the Web at http://Staples.B2B.com, is expected to reduce eProcurement system integration costs for office supplies by 10%-15%, cut traditional implementation times by more than 30%, and increase productivity of customer and Staples implementation teams. The online process is scheduled to launch in April.

"Companies with large investments in eProcurement systems are looking to get suppliers up and running as cost efficiently and quickly as possible," said Lisa Hamblet, vice president of B2B e-commerce for Staples. "Based on Staples 14 years of experience with electronic procurement and early adoption of leading Internet technologies like webMethods, our corporate customers can minimize the time, effort and costs spent on utilizing their eProcurement system of choice for office supplies. The online process will include the same expert consultative approach that Staples provides to all its corporate customers."

Staples.B2B.com provides project management tools, a graphically-driven rapid implementation path and implementation accelerator based on webMethods, resource estimation guides, and a helpdesk. The site also includes templates that facilitate integration with Staples back-end systems. The online process is available to corporate customers with no additional costs or fees. The site is available at http://staples.b2b.com.

"Since its early adoption of the webMethods integration platform in 2000, Staples has been at the forefront of helping companies achieve quick adoption of eProcurement solutions," said Patrick Condon, senior manager, Strategic Planning, webMethods, Inc. "By leveraging the webMethods integration platform with Staples.B2B.com, Staples can offer all of its large-company customers a fast and flexible integration solution to drive down the cost and implementation time involved in connecting to StaplesLink.com for their procurement needs."

With more than 14 years experience in electronic procurement business processes, Staples is now the office supply industry leader in integrating large organizations with their eProcurement system of choice. Staples has integrated its business-to-business website StaplesLink.com with more than 120 customers across 20 different eProcurement systems, including Ariba, Commerce One, SAP, Oracle and Clarus. With Staples rapid integration process, customers can begin the implementation process as soon as they are ready.

Staples serves national and regional contract customers through its Staples National Advantage and Staples Business Advantage contract businesses, which are part of Staples North American Delivery business unit. Staples contract businesses provide office supply solutions to medium- and large-sized organizations, including many of the Fortune 500. The businesses offer customers the advantage of customized services and pricing combined with centralized tracking and billing.

About Staples

Staples, Inc. is an $11 billion retailer of office supplies, business services, 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 50,000 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:

Nicole Fachet
MS&L
(212) 213-7140
or
Owen Davis
Staples, Inc.
(508) 253-8468

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