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Teacher Supplies Get An Easy And Healthy Upgrade This Year With Innovative Products For Back-To-School At Staples; Palm Staplers, Anti-Bacterial Pens and Mini Bulletin Boards Make the Grade

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 13, 2005--Lesson plans, seating charts, new student names to memorize and supplies to buy. These are a few tasks on the long list of what teachers need to tackle before the first day of school. As teachers prepare their classrooms for a new crew of scholars, Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) is making it easy to find the right school supplies for the first day back.

"Teachers are busy people so when they choose supplies they look for quality products that save time and make their job a little easier," said Robert George, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of office supplies at Staples. "With many teachers buying their own supplies to outfit their classrooms, it's our job to offer a large selection of affordable products that help make a difference in their day and their wallet."

On average, teachers spend between $500 and $1,000 of their own money each year on school supplies for their classroom. Supplies go fast and the expense can add up quickly when outfitting an entire room. Along with the essentials such as notebooks and glue sticks, teachers want to use the newest products that are fun, functional and affordable.

Creating fun and colorful bulletin boards easily is now at the palm of your hand with the Staples Handy Strap(TM) stapler ($9.99). Designed by a former preschool teacher, the stapler fits in the palm of your hand with the help of an adjustable strap. Tacking up pictures or artwork has long been a two person job, but with this stapler, those days are over! As a bonus, the removable base allows it to also be used as a standard desktop stapler and is available in black, red and blue. This innovative stapler was a finalist from the 2004 Staples Invention Quest(TM), a contest to discover easy office products.

On a smaller scale, Staples TackDots(TM) ($4.99 8/pack) also a Staples Invention Quest(TM) finalist, are mini bulletin boards that are easy to stick on computer monitors, cabinets and lockers. The strong 3M(R) adhesive keeps them secure and they come equipped with attractive, silver push pins. To jot down a phone number or leave a quick note while on-the-go, Post-it(R) Portable Note Holder ($4.99) is a colorful little notebook that houses two sizes of sticky notes and a pen. It's small enough to fit in a purse or briefcase and makes it easy to write a note and post it. Post-it also has a new line of sticky notes fit for teachers in the shapes of apples, stars and flowers with packaging designed to look like a ruler.

Last year purple ink was the trend for many teachers to use for grading school work to help reduce student stress from seeing red. Staples began carrying an entire pack of purple pens after hearing the demand from its customer base of teachers. Purple ink can also be found in most color assortments including the PaperMate(R) FlexGrip(R) Elite with Anti-Bacterial Pen Protection ($4.99 4/pack). The anti-bacterial technology is designed to protect the pen's surface for the life of the pen. Share it with other teachers or students without the worry of spreading germs. The retractable pen has a soft grip and is available in vibrant colors including black, blue, red and of course--purple.

For teachers who don't like to stand in the lunch line for pizza and fries, bring lunch from home with an attractive Access Extreme Lunch Tote ($9.98). They're thickly insulated, have short handles and are available in teal, royal blue and pink with a white hibiscus flower print. This secret sandwich holder looks more like a summertime tote versus an every day lunch bag.

Keep each student's school work banded together with Staples Rubber Bandits(TM) ($2.99 12/pack), also a Staples Invention Quest(TM) finalist. These durable rubber bands have tear-resistant, write-on labels making it easy to organize by a specific subject, assignment or student. These products and more are available in Staples stores nationwide and on Staples.com.

Staples will celebrate teachers nationwide during Staples' Annual Teacher Appreciation Day to say "thank you" for all they do for education. Teachers who visit their local store will receive new products, exclusive offers and a colorful canvas tote bag filled with products. Store locations and times are located on www.staples.com/teacherday.

Teachers can continue to enjoy special savings throughout the year by enrolling in Staples Teacher Rewards(TM) and earn $10 back on a future purchase for every $100 spent in the store or online. The program offers free delivery on catalog or online orders, savings at Staples Copy & Print Centers and member-only emails with special offers. Teachers can enroll in the free program at www.staplesrewards.com.

About Staples

Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products company. With 65,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2004 sales of $14.4 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 21 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates approximately 1,680 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com.

To schedule an interview with a local Staples expert or obtain additional product information, samples or images, please contact Sharyn Frankel in the Staples Public Relations Department at 508-253-7895.

CONTACT: Staples, Inc.
Sharyn Frankel, 508-253-7895
sharyn.frankel@staples.com
or
Mary Hightower, 561-998-1995
mhightower@tilsonpr.com

SOURCE: Staples, Inc.