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Staples.com Launches Print, Marketing and Web Solution Centers Helping Small Business Owners Outsource On the Web

Staples.com Provides Small Business Owners with Convenient, Needs-Based Resources to Grow Their Business and Reduce Operational Costs

Monday, May 14, 2001 7:00 am EDT

Dateline:

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.
"In today's economy, companies often find resources limited, making time-saving business services and resources critical"

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Continuing its mission to provide small businesses with a single online resource to run their business, today Staples.com announced comprehensive Solution Centers available on its Business Services site (http://www.staples.com/bizservices). The new Web Center, Marketing Center and Business Printing Center aim to help small businesses save time and money building, marketing and supporting their business. Each center provides an extensive selection of business services, products and informative resources to help simplify critical business decisions.

"In today's economy, companies often find resources limited, making time-saving business services and resources critical," said J.B. Lyon, vice president of business services at Staples.com. "In fact, there are over 24 million small businesses in the U.S., and 70 percent of them are expected to incorporate the Internet into their business by 2003. Staples.com created new Solution Centers to save small businesses time and help simplify finding resources needed to operate and grow a business, and we stand behind each service offered."

Helping small business run a business, the new Staples-backed Solution Centers are:

-- Business Printing Center

At Staples.com's Business Printing Center customers can save time and reduce the hassle of ordering custom-designed business cards, work apparel and promotional items. Information is available on everything from how to avoid common direct mail mishaps to producing quality print work and choosing the appropriate printing paper.

-- Marketing Center

From downloading prospect lists to ordering personalized greeting cards, Staples.com's Marketing Center provides small businesses with direct mail services and do-it-yourself products that help to effectively reach new customers and drive customer loyalty. In addition, visitors to the Center can ask Staples.com's sales and marketing expert a broad range of questions.

-- Web Center

Staples.com's Web Center provides small businesses with everything needed to get their business online or take an existing Web site to the next level. The center brings together domain name registration services, tools to build a Web site, services to outsource Web design and Internet Service Providers. Whether do-it-yourself or outsourcing development, tips are provided on how to create and host attractive, user-friendly and sales-generating Web sites.

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:

Staples Inc.
Debby Hohler
508-253-8509
deborah.hohler@staples.com
or
Schwartz Communications
Doug Russell/Kimberly Baker
781-684-0770
staples@schwartz-pr.com

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