|Staples Survey Discovers People Spend As Much Time in Office Chairs As in Bed|
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 Staples.com by July 1, 2010, and includes:
Additional results of the 2010 Staples Office Chair Survey include:
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 Shassett@duffyshanley.com.
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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SOURCE: Staples, Inc.