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Staples Advantage Launches New Online Catalog of Eco-conscious Products for Business-to-Business Customers
Expands Industry's First Online Catalog for Enterprise, Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses with 2010 Green Guide; Helps Customers Reduce Environmental Impact of Office Products Purchases

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Apr 22, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., today announced the launch of its new 2010 Green Guide online catalog for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to Fortune 1000 corporations. As organizations continue to focus on corporate social responsibility, an increasing number are using the power of purchasing to advance their sustainability efforts. Featuring more than 1,100 products from across Staples' EcoEasy product assortment - ranging from paper and toner to furniture, technology, and cleaning and breakroom supplies - the Staples Green Guide supports convenient and efficient purchasing while driving environmentally sound procurement practices.

"From non-toxic, natural cleaning products to a chair with fabric made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, the Green Guide is a one-stop shop for a wide variety of office product needs," said Marci Grebstein, vice president of business-to-business marketing and e-commerce, Staples Advantage. "We're committed to providing our customers with the environmentally-preferable solutions they need to reach their green procurement goals and gain cost efficiencies with program compliance."

The Staples Green Guide enables customers to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the use and disposal of paper catalogs. Highlights of the new online catalog include:

  • User experience enhancements: Interactive features, such as eco-trivia and clickable imagery, help customers research and gather eco-conscious product information to make more informed buying decisions.
  • Expanded and innovative product assortment: With more than 1,100 environmentally-preferable products offered in the Green Guide -customers can easily make purchases that meet specific environmental certifications such as GreenGuard Certification and Energy Star Compliance.
  • Green procurement compliance: Easy-to-use features, including keyword and item number search functionality; the ability to bookmark pages and create and email office supply "wish lists;" and click-to-buy functionality allow employees to seamlessly submit order requests to approved purchasers for ordering on Staples' dedicated e-procurement sites for business-to-business customers.

The Green Guide is available to all Staples Advantage business-to-business customers today. To view the online catalog, please visit

http://www.staplesadvantage.com/catalogs/?cid=PR_web_GreenGuideLaunchcatalog_April10.

About Staples Advantage

Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), serves mid-sized to Fortune 1000 companies, state and federal government agencies, and universities. Staples Advantage works collaboratively with its customers to enable procurement professionals to efficiently manage office products and services programs with a low cost-to-serve model. Staples Advantage has been certified by J.D. Power and Associates for delivering "An Outstanding Customer Service Experience" for six consecutive years. More information is available at www.staplesadvantage.com.

About Staples

Staples, the world's largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products and services. Our broad selection of office supplies, electronics, technology and office furniture as well as business services, including computer repair and copying and printing, helps our customers run their offices efficiently. With 2009 sales of $24 billion and 91,000 associates worldwide, Staples operates in 25 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia serving businesses of all sizes and consumers. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today ranks second worldwide in e-commerce sales. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.

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