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At www.staples.com, Online School Supplies Shopping is as Easy as Learning Your ABCs
    FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 26, 1999--Staples Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) today announced its online Back-to-School Center designed to slash the cost and hassle of purchasing back-to-school supplies. With a large selection of specially tagged back-to-school items, on-the-go parents and vacationing students can avoid the mad rush to the mall and conveniently purchase school supplies online.

"Most parents would prefer to spend quality time with their kids rather than fight the crowds to shop for school supplies," said Jeff Levitan, senior vice president of Staples.com. "Providing back-to-school shoppers with a dedicated area of the site just for them makes it easier and more convenient to buy the items they need, without taking quality time away from the office or family. And delivery is free for all orders over $50."

A "Back-to-School" link on the Staples.com home page links shoppers to the site's Back-to-School Center. Here visitors can view a weekly list of back-to-school specials, featuring some of the many seasonal promotional items that have been added to the site, including Milky Pens(R), notebooks and backpacks.

In addition, the Back-to-School Center offers specialized, age-specific lists of the supplies students are most likely to need, from K-8 and high school to college. Shoppers just need to click on these listings to easily purchase everything they need for back-to-school.

About Staples.com

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.

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 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 www.staples.com.

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     INDUSTRY KEYWORD: COMED COMPUTERS/ELECTRONICS RETAIL
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