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Staples to Make More Happen for Less with Three Ways to Save this Back-to-School Shopping Season

Company Rings “First Bell” at NASDAQ to Signify Savings, Selection and ‘Make Roar Happen’ to Support Teachers

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 15, 2014-- Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) officially launched the 2014 back-to-school season today by announcing three ways to save throughout the season, a selection of exclusive new products and a program to support teachers across the country. Staples launched the season by ringing the “first bell” to open the Nasdaq market.

According to a recent Staples Back-to-School Survey, 53% of back-to-school shoppers say the best time to buy supplies is one month before the first day of class.

“This year, Staples will Make More Happen for Less with guaranteed savings and exciting products not found anywhere else,” said Demos Parneros, president of North American stores and online, Staples. “Our 110% Price Match Guarantee, Staples Less List and Weekly Hot Deals let customers find everything they need to succeed in school – at great prices.”

Make More Happen for Less with Three Ways to Save

  • Staples Back-to-School 110% Price Match Guarantee: Staples customers are guaranteed to pay the lowest price every time they shop, whether it’s in stores or online. With the Back-to-School 110% Price Match Guarantee, customers will receive an additional 10% off the difference between the Staples price and the competitor price at time of purchase. Staples will price match items sold and shipped by Amazon.com or any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand.
  • Staples Less List: Staples makes it easy for parents to find everything their child needs for less this back-to-school season with the Back-to-School Less List. The list includes essential back-to-school products such as folders, notebooks, pens and pencils with low prices all season to make it easy for families to save this year.
  • Weekly Hot Deals: Throughout the back-to-school season, Staples will offer Weekly Hot Deals in its weekly circular and online at Staples.com. To learn more, visit Staples.com/Weekly deals.

Make Roar Happen

This back-to-school season, Staples is teaming up with global pop music superstar Katy Perry to ’Make Roar Happen’ and support teachers during the back-to-school season. Staples is building on its long history of supporting teachers, students, and education by donating $1 million to DonorsChoose.org, a charity that has helped fund more than 450,000 classroom projects for teachers and impacted more than 11 million students.

Staples is giving everyone a chance to ‘Make Roar Happen’ for education and win a chance to meet Katy Perry on the North American leg of the Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour on Sept. 19 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. To enter, visit Staples.com/MakeRoarHappen for details and submit a video with your ‘roar’ for education. Share the video or follow the conversation at #MakeRoarHappen.

Staples’ customers are invited to #MakeRoarHappen and help their local teachers by donating $1 to DonorsChoose.org at their local Staples store or online at www.staples.com/makeroarhappen. Donations will be used to fund classroom projects in the community where the donation was made.

Exclusive New Products and Trends

Staples carries a wide assortment of must-have essentials and the hottest technology for less, including Staples brand products with trendy new patterns, exclusive assortments from Teen Vogue and Nickelodeon, the latest mobile phones, tablets and more. Shop in store or online at Staples.com/BTS Center to find everything needed for school.

About Staples

Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Staples also offers free shipping for Staples Rewards Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

About DonorsChoose.org

Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than a million people have donated $240 million to projects that inspire them. All told, 11.4 million students—most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas—have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.

Source: Staples, Inc.

Contacts:
Staples, Inc.
Kristine Houston, 508-253-8468
Kristine.Houston@Staples.com
or
Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405
Carrie.McElwee@Staples.com