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BACK Becomes Premier Office Supplies Merchant for Geocities
WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 8, 1999-- Staples Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) today announced an online advertising and promotion agreement with GeoCities (NASDAQ:GCTY) to become the exclusive office supplies merchant for GeoCities' Shopping Center, and a charter member of the Web community's new Pages that Pay affiliate program. The agreement will further extend's reach to the small business community, which makes up nearly 60 percent of GeoCities' 19 million unique monthly visitors.

"The GeoCities agreement is part of our strategic plan to grow the business by partnering with leading Web sites that reach our target business customer," said Jeff Levitan, senior vice president of "The site's extensive reach to this group makes it a key location for"

Visitors to GeoCities, the world's largest and one of the fastest growing communities on the Internet, will be able to directly link to from GeoCities "Shopping Center" area and through rotating banner advertisements throughout the site. will be the exclusive office supplies merchant for GeoCities "Back-to-School" promotion and also will sponsor a Small Business Center, filled with useful information for this target audience, in the Small Business Neighborhood on GeoCities.

Under the new Pages that Pay program, the 3.5 million GeoCities members, called "Homesteaders," will have the opportunity to directly link visitors from their individual home pages to the Web site. The Homesteaders will earn a commission based on sales that are generated from their home pages. will be the exclusive office supplies merchant for the affiliates program, which was announced today.

"GeoCities members are the world's largest contributors to affiliate programs," said J.B. Lyon, vice president of marketing for "This is a great way to grow the business and be highly visible across the Internet community. And GeoCities has the world's fifth largest audience reach."

"We are excited to have such a nationally well-known retailer like Staples be one of the first companies to join GeoCities' Pages that Pay program," said Thomas R. Evans, president and chief executive officer of GeoCities. "Our "Homesteaders" and the nearly 19 million visitors to GeoCities each month represent a huge consumer audience with tremendous purchasing power."


Launched in the fall of 1998, is Staples' e-commerce business unit that serves the home office and small business customer via the Internet. The virtual store offers easy-to-use, customized features and intuitive functions to slash the cost and hassle out of purchasing office supplies. More than 6,000 products are available on and it is open for business 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Customers receive free delivery on all orders over $50 and next-business day delivery is available in most U.S. markets.

About Staples

Staples Inc. is a $7 billion retailer of office supplies, furniture and technology to consumers and business from home-based businesses to Fortune 50 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. 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 37,000 employees serving customers through more than 900 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information about the company is available at

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