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BACK Brings Cheer to Office Managers' Holiday Dilemmas

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 22, 1999--Staples Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) today launched the Holiday Gift Buying Guide, to help office managers and small business owners avoid the hassles of holiday shopping while thoughtfully thanking and rewarding executives, colleagues and clients. The Guide simplifies gift giving by organizing products by price point and "Executive Gift ideas," "Electronic Entertainment," "Software," "Office Party Supplies," and "Holiday Mailing Supplies" for successful gift giving and party planning.

"The holidays should be an enjoyable time of the year for all employees, even the office manager who is charged with buying executive and staff gifts, and planning the company party," said Jeanne Lewis, president of "We've hand picked great items for quality holiday gifts to provide our small business customers with a solution to a seasonal, and often stressful, challenge in the office. The Gift Buying Guide saves customers time and helps them avoid the pitfalls of impractical gifts - no fruit cakes or white elephants at, we have electronic organizers, digital cameras, pen and pencil sets and party snacks and plates." -0-


The following items are's top suggestions for successful gift giving this holiday season:

- Executive Gifts: Mont Blanc Pen, Palm V Electronic Organizer, a

Targus Leather Notebook Case for carrying a laptop

- Under $100: Olympus Microcassette Recorder, Situations Leather

Chair, Carry-on Business Traveler

- Under $50: Dayrunner's Far Side or Dilbert Organizer, Brother

Label Maker, Sheaffer Prelude Collection Pens

- Under $20: Clubhouse Collection Golf Clocks, Prepaid Phonecard,

Chicken Soup for the Soul Daytimer

- Party Needs: Funsaver Disposable Camera, Folding Table, Gourmet

Popcorn Tins



Launched in fall 1998, 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 30,000 products, plus 100,000 software titles are available on 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.

About Staples

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 1,100 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information about the company is available at


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