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Staples Ready to Assist Small Businesses in Making Hard Copies of Important Files for Year-End Readiness

Free Shipping of Hard-Copy Documents Included

Thursday, September 30, 1999 7:00 am EDT

Dateline:

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.
"Staples is helping small business owners and home office professionals save time, money and hassle in dealing with the important process of year-end readiness by making sure they have an easy way to make hard copies of their important documents"

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Y2K issue has drawn attention to the need for small businesses to make hard copies of their important computer files -- not only in preparation for Y2K, but as a sound record keeping practice at the end of every year.

Because of the greater awareness of this issue, Staples is anticipating a larger demand by small businesses and home office professionals for document downloading and printing services. Starting October 1st, Staples is responding by offering an easy and affordable way for a small business to make hard copies of all of their important files through its Copy Centers in all 800 U.S. stores and, through December 31st, have their documents shipped back to their place of business at no extra charge.

In addition to downloading files and printing documents, Staples' will organize the documents in any way the customer requires, from simply labeling them in boxes to collating into binders.

"Staples is helping small business owners and home office professionals save time, money and hassle in dealing with the important process of year-end readiness by making sure they have an easy way to make hard copies of their important documents," said Jim Peters, Staples' president of U.S. Stores. "We are recommending this service not only to small business owners concerned about being prepared for Y2K, but as a prudent reminder to back up important computer files with hard copies year after year," said Peters.

To ensure fast and efficient turnaround, Staples will be processing most of the orders taken at all 800 stores from its nationwide network of 10 full-service Copy Center hub facilities. These facilities will be working 24-hours a day, seven days a week to handle the downloading and printing volume. In addition to free shipping, Staples is waiving its usual fee to download and read the files through the end of the year.

Staples accepts files brought in on a variety of formats including Mac 3 1/2" floppies, PC 3 1/2" floppies, CD-ROM (PC and Mac), Zip Disk and Jaz Disk.

Staples Inc. is a $7 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 and Germany. 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 46,000 employees serving customers through more than 1,000 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information about the company is available at www.staples.com.

Contact:

Staples, Inc.
Christina Erridge, 508/253-7375
christina.erridge@staples.com

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