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Staples(R) Invention Quest(TM) Winner Footage Now Available on Staples.com

Inventor Sarah Pantaleo Wins $25,000 and May Have Her Product Created and Sold by Staples

What:
After a day of intense presentations by 10 Staples(R) Invention Quest(TM) finalists, Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) has unveiled the SpindleRack, a CD organization and space saving device, as the winner. More than 14,000 Americans and a panel of judges selected inventor Sarah Pantaleo's SpindleRack during this national search for the next office product to make work-life easy.

Where:
Pantaleo walked away from the Staples Invention Quest finals event at Times Square Studio in New York City $25,000 richer.

Why:
Staples Invention Quest was created to find new office innovations that solve everyday challenges. In fact, four products from last year's Invention Quest are now in stores and online. The world's leading retailer of office products, Staples is committed to finding new office product innovations to bring its customers the best new products and an easier workday. Staples Invention Quest is one way the company finds new innovations exclusive to Staples.

Media Opportunity:
To view the multimedia news release that includes video footage and a hi-res photo, please visit http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/staples/22668 or http://www.staples.com/iq. There also will be a satellite feed available:

Satellite Feed
Date: Thursday, September 8, 2005
Time: 2:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern
Satellite: KU Band SBS 6
Transponder: 5
DL Frequency: 11823 (H)
Audio: 6.2, 6.8

Who:
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 1,716 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at http://www.staples.com.

Contacts: Deborah Hohler, 508-253-8509
Deborah.Hohler@staples.com

Ross Jacobs, 404-879-9155
Ross.Jacobs@ketchum.com
SOURCE Staples, Inc.