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Staples Donates More Than $135,000 of M by Staples(TM) Arc Customizable Notebook Systems to Benefit Dress for Success
Natalie Morales Joins the Efforts and Hand Delivers the Product to the Charity's Network of Women in New York City

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Jun 10, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) is teaming up with Dress for Success, a non-profit organization working to promote the economic independence of women, by donating more than $135,000 of M by Staples(TM) Arc customizable notebooks and accessories, plus a $15,000 monetary donation, to benefit the Dress for Success network. Today, Staples will deliver the notebook systems with the help of well-known TV personality, Natalie Morales, to the New York City Dress for Success headquarters. The M by Staples(TM) Arc customizable notebooks and accessories will help Dress for Success outfit more than 5,500 disadvantaged women with the tools they need to help them get organized and present a professional image when they interview and embark on their careers.

"The M by Staples(TM) Arc customizable notebooks and accessories are the perfect organizational system to help women truly customize the way they organize. It is our hope that this donation will make organization easier - while women in the Dress for Success network prepare for interviews and when they enter into their new careers," said Dave D'Angelo, senior vice president, Staples Brand Group. "Staples is thrilled to assist Dress for Success in their efforts to equip emerging professional women with the tools they need to secure employment. We're also very appreciative that Natalie Morales has lent her support in assisting with our product donation today, helping to raise awareness for such an important cause."

The M by Staples(TM) Arc customizable notebook system is designed to help customers personalize the way they organize by offering an ultra-flexible design and a variety of accessories such as task-pads, colorful tab dividers, flags, and pocket dividers. These notebooks allow you to add, remove, and rearrange pages and accessories making it easy to create a personal system for one's busy life. Staples will deliver a portion of the M by Staples(TM) Arc notebooks and accessories donation to the Dress for Success' Manhattan headquarters. The additional M by Staples(TM) Arc customizable notebooks and accessories will be divided among eight of Dress for Success' affiliates across the country.

"Dress for Success is an organization I strongly believe in," said Natalie Morales. "Every individual needs a chance at a great start and the right tools for success. Dress for Success outfits disadvantaged women with not only the clothing and the business accessories, but the skills they need to perform well on an interview and to embark successfully on new careers. I'm so happy to be here today to help Staples with this donation that will certainly be a great help to women in the Dress for Success organization."

"We are so grateful to Staples for not only their monetary contribution, but also for the donation of Arc notebooks. These organizational tools will truly enable Dress for Success affiliates to better equip clients for success in the workforce," said Joi Gordon, CEO, Dress for Success Worldwide.

The exclusive M by Staples(TM) Arc customizable notebooks and accessories are currently available in Staples retail locations nationwide.

About Staples:

Staples is the world's largest office products company and a trusted source for office solutions. The company provides products, services and expertise in office supplies, copy & print, technology, facilities and breakroom, and furniture. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and now has annual sales of $25 billion, ranking second in the world in eCommerce sales. With 90,000 associates worldwide, Staples operates in 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, making it easy for businesses of all sizes, and consumers. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.

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About Dress for Success:

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 110 cities in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, the UK and the West Indies. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 600,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.

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