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Staples.com Combats Worm Virus; Free Delivery and Discount on Norton Anti-Virus 5.0
    Business/Technology Editors

    FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 11, 1999--To help combat the latest computer virus known as "the Worm," Staples.com will offer the Norton Anti-Virus 5.0 at a reduced cost of $9.99, after a $20 rebate from Symantec, and will provide FREE delivery to Staples.com customers.

"The best way to avoid viruses, such as Melissa and the Worm, is to regularly upgrade your virus protection software," said Jeff Levitan, senior vice president of Staples.com. "By offering this special on Staples.com, we're helping our customers slash the hassle and the worry of running their offices."

To Purchase Norton AntiVirus 5.0 at Staples.com, go to: http://www.staples.com/products/spotlights/norton_0131av/ For instructions on downloading the FREE update from Symantec for protection against Worm.ExploreZip, go to http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/worm.explore.zip.html Prices are good on Staples.com until June 19, 1999.

About Staples.com

Launched in the fall of 1998, Staples.com 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 office supply products are available on Staples.com 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.

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     CONTACT: Staples Inc.
              Shannon Lapierre, 508/253-8468                                                  
              shannon.lapierre@staples.com
              or
              Corporate Ink
              Mary Jane Mortell, 617/969-9192
              mjmortell@corporateink.com

     KEYWORD: MASSACHUSETTS
     INDUSTRY KEYWORD: COMED COMPUTERS/ELECTRONICS RETAIL