|Staples.com Launches Business Solutions Center; Offers First Free, Fully Functional Intranet Service and Expands Online Service Strategy|
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 1, 1999--Staples Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) today announced the launch of the first phase of its online Business Solutions Center to provide small businesses comprehensive, affordable services and informative content to help them run their offices more efficiently. As part of the launch, Staples.com is offering customers free intranet service from HotOffice Technologies, Inc., (http://www.staples.hotoffice.com), that enables companies to harness the power of the Web through communication and collaboration tools including e-mail, document management and sharing, group calendar and contact manager and online conferences.
"The Business Solutions Center is the foundation of our plan to provide the largely underserved small business market with solutions for their every day business challenges," said Jeanne M. Lewis, president of Staples.com. "We're constantly communicating with our customers and evolving our business to anticipate the rapidly growing needs of small business."
The Staples Business Solutions Center provides customers with a one-stop resource for business services and related content, including articles from Inc. Magazine Online. The initial implementation includes the following services:
-- Through the online Staples Copy Center, companies can send their
logos electronically and order customized letterhead, business
cards, shipping labels and Post-It(R) Notes. -- HotOffice's free private intranet provides small businesses with
collaborative capabilities, including document management and sharing, group calendar and contact manager, online conferences, e-mail, bulletin boards and virtual access to their offices. Internet Services -- Internet domain name registration from register.com. -- Easy-to-use Web site hosting and e-commerce site-building tools from Concentric Network Corporation. Financial Services -- Comprehensive payroll and tax benefits solutions designed specifically for growing businesses from Staples' InterPay, a leading payroll processing company with over 25 years of experience. Communications Services
-- Affordable long distance service from Staples Communications.
-- Cellular phones and service plans from Point.com that allow
customers to evaluate virtually every available phone and plan in
the top 50 U.S. metropolitan markets and buy online.
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. 31,000 products are available on Staples.com 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Customers receive free delivery on all orders over $50 and next-business day delivery is available to most U.S. locations.
Staples Inc. is a $7 billion retailer of office supplies, furniture and technology to consumers and businesses from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. 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 46,000 employees serving customers through more than 1,000 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information about the company is available at http://www.staples.com.