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StaplesDirect.com President Jeanne Lewis Honored by the Massachusetts Electronic Commerce Association

Lewis Recognized As One Of The 10 Most Influential E-Commerce Leaders In New England

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 23, 2001--Staples Inc., (NASDAQ:SPLS) today announced Jeanne Lewis, president of StaplesDirect.com, has been recognized by the Massachusetts Electronic Commerce Association (Mass eComm) as one of the Mass eComm 10, the Association's selection of the ten most influential e-commerce leaders in New England.

"We honor the Mass eComm 10 recipients as the finest leaders in e-commerce today," said Thomas Hopcroft, president, Mass eComm. "These outstanding practitioners of e-commerce are prime examples of companies' strategic use of e-commerce and their ability to leverage technology to resolve business challenges."

"We are thrilled to be recognized by Mass eComm for Staples' tremendous e-commerce success," said Lewis. "In our commitment to providing the best online shopping experience and unmatched customer service, everyone from the StaplesDirect.com team has gone above and beyond, enabling us to surpass our every goal and grow the business five-fold in 2000."

During a ceremony scheduled for Monday, April 23, 2001 in conjunction with the Association's Annual Meeting, the Mass eComm 10 will highlight ten e-commerce leaders from industries including retail, banking, start-up financing and customer support.

Lewis was selected from hundreds of nominees. Each nominee was evaluated based on those leaders who most closely matched Mass eComm's stringent guidelines of the most influential leaders. Through online sales, online customer service, a more tech-savvy supply chain or more innovative marketing, Mass eComm examined companies throughout New England that are profiting from and excelling at e-commerce technology.

Lewis oversees the strategic direction and implementation for StaplesDirect.com which includes all of Staples' e-commerce and catalog initiatives, including Staples.com, Staples.com's Canada sites, StaplesLink.com and Staples' catalog business called Staples Direct. Over the past year, she has grown Staples' online revenues from $94 million to more than $512 million.

The complete list of Mass eComm 10 award winners can be found at Mass eComm's web site, www.massecomm.org. Additionally, winners will be highlighted in a forthcoming article in the Boston Business Journal.

About Mass eComm

Mass eComm (http://www.massecomm.org), the Business Association for the New Economy(TM), promotes global electronic commerce and serves as the hub of the e-business industry in New England. Conceived in 1997, Mass eComm has quickly grown to become the leading e-business association on the East Coast. Mass eComm is the sponsor of ebuzz.org (http://www.ebuzz.org), a national resource site, and is the host of the Mass eComm 10, an annual awards ceremony honoring e-commerce leaders. For more information, please visit http://www.massecomm.org.

About Staples

Staples Inc. is an $11 billion retailer of office supplies, 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.

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