|Staples.com Launches Enhanced E-Commerce Site; Clearance Center, Faster Ordering and Even More Intuitive Personalization Features Save Small Business Time and Money|
| FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 26, 1999--Staples Inc.
(NASDAQ:SPLS) has launched a set of enhancements to www.staples.com to
make shopping for office supplies online even easier, faster and more
convenient for small business. Features include a clearance center for
bargain hunters, a redesigned home page for simpler navigation,
additional personalization features and the first Staples.com
"These site improvements are part of our continuous plan to help
our customers slash the cost and hassle of running their business,"
said Jeff Levitan, senior vice president of Staples.com. "We will
constantly redesign our site and make the best use of the latest
technology to provide the best online shopping experience for our
Bargain seekers can browse among 12 categories in Staples.com's
new Clearance Center for special values on discontinued items, ranging
from everyday products like inkjet paper and Iomega Jaz cartridges to
specialized items such as Apollo true-color LCD projection panels. The
inventory will continually evolve, giving shoppers fresh access to a
steady stream of new, still-in-the-box products.
The redesigned home page streamlines the shopping experience and
includes new features such as Quick Order, which allows time-pressed
office managers to order directly by product number. With Quick Order
the entire online shopping trip is streamlined - from order entry to
The site also features enhanced Email Reminders which allow
customers to directly link to a customized order page. This represents
another next-generation improvement in site personalization for
"We listened to what our customers had to say and are providing
enhancements and services that they need to run their offices more
efficiently," said J.B Lyon, vice president of marketing for
The new site also includes features designed to make online
shopping easier for back-to-school customers. Staples.com offers a
large selection of specially tagged back-to-school items. In addition,
the Back-to-School Center offers weekly product features, ranging from
popular gel pens to this season's must-have backpacks.
School-age-specific shopping lists quickly guide parents and students
to the items they'll need in September.
Launched in fall 1998, Staples.com is Staples' e-commerce
business unit that serves the home office and business customer via
the Internet. The virtual store offers easy-to-use, customized
features and intuitive functions to slash the cost and hassle of
purchasing office supplies. More than 6,000 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.
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
44,000 employees serving customers through more than 990 office
superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business.
More information about the company is available at
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