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Staples Survey Discovers People Spend As Much Time in Office Chairs As in Bed
Three-out-of-four Respondents Confess to Having "Office-chair Envy"

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Jun 23, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) is providing a wake-up call about how much time people spend in their office chair each day. Using the company's @StaplesTweets Twitter handle, Staples conducted an online survey about perceptions around office chairs. Nearly half of the respondents (45 percent) in the 2010 Staples Office Chair Survey report spending six or more hours in their office chairs each day, rivaling the amount of time respondents report sleeping.

In addition, the survey found that most office chair users (65 percent) are relatively dissatisfied with their current chair, and three-out-of-four respondents admitted to having "office-chair envy" and covet a coworker's chair. The largest number of respondents (47 percent) answered that a higher title in a company tends to result in a more luxurious chair. Respondents ranked President Obama, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres among those whose office chairs they would most like to sit for a day.

"For nearly half of our respondents, the office chair reigns supreme in terms of where they most need support and comfort," said Dave D'Angelo, senior vice president, Staples Brands. "And since many more report that their chair is old and uncomfortable, Staples is offering our customers chairs with features like proper back support and adjustability. We're confident that Staples' new lineup of office chairs can help alleviate 'chair envy' among co-workers."

The Staples survey underscores the fundamental importance of an office chair - the piece of furniture in which many people spend the most time. Staples is launching a new line of office chairs coming to retail locations nationwide and on by July 1, 2010, and includes:

  • Creswick ($189.99) - Stylish manager's chair that adjusts for maximum comfort; features pneumatic seat height adjustment, tilt tension and lock, and a height-adjustable padded headrest
  • Marcount ($199.99) - Oversized cushions and padding for the perfect seating experience; seatback reclines with single touch button
  • Kronos ($279.99) - Breathable mesh seat and back with brushed metal accents at arms, base and frame; unique sleek tubular design provides comfort and style for any office environment; easy-to-reach side levers adjust seat height and tilt

Additional results of the 2010 Staples Office Chair Survey include:

  • Nearly 57 percent have heard of their colleagues secretly switching to get a better office chair
  • Nearly 71 percent do not have chairs with adjustable lower back support
  • More than 40 percent would spin in circles immediately if given a new office chair
  • More than 65 percent did not choose their office chair, while more than 70 percent put in at least some effort in researching and testing their mattress
  • Nearly 86 percent say comfort is the most important feature of an office chair
  • More than 31 percent think a new office chair would be equivalent to a day off

About the Survey

Staples - the Office Chair Survey was launched on Staples' Twitter handle from May 18, 2010 to June 15, 2010 and received 573 responses. For full survey results, please contact Shawna Hassett at

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

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