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Tvisions Helps Staples.com Create First International E-commerce Site; Launches Dual-Language E-commerce Sites in Canada

WATERTOWN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 19, 2000--Tvisions, a leading Internet professional services firm, announced its partnership in assisting Staples.com with the launch of English and French versions of its Canadian e-commerce sites. The sites, www.staples.ca, www.businessdepot.com and www.bureauengros.com introduce transactional e-commerce to Staples.com's Canadian customers and are well positioned to become the destination sites for office supply needs in Canada.

Working closely with the Staples.com team, Tvisions engaged its multi-disciplinary integrated approach, providing user experience design and software engineering to help successfully launch the Canadian e-commerce initiatives. The teams designed the sites in a rapid delivery model.

The e-commerce sites offer customers local inventory, country-specific content, and time-saving features and functionality to help Canadian small businesses run their offices more efficiently.

"Tvisions has done a great job working with Staples.com to bring Canadian business customers an e-commerce site tailored to their needs, helping them slash the cost and hassle of doing business," said Jeff Levitan, executive vice president for Staples.com. "They understand our business and the challenges we face."

"We are excited to help Staples.com extend its business globally. Our long-term partnership has enabled us to know the company's business, so that we can offer more value," said Darryl Gehly, vice president of business development at Tvisions.

About the companies:

Tvisions, Inc.

Tvisions is a premium Internet professional services firm that plans, designs, and implements strategic e-business solutions for clients seeking market leadership. Tvisions serves the financial services, healthcare, insurance, retail, publishing and technology industries. Its clients include Staples, Dun & Bradstreet, Analog Devices, Fidelity Investments, and Harvard Business School Publishing. Tvisions, headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts can be contacted at http://www.Tvisions.com or (617) 441-8330.

Staples.com

Staples.com, a division of Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), is creating a business-to-business electronic marketplace offering a comprehensive solution for the office needs of business customers. Staples.com currently provides an electronic marketplace where small, mid-sized and large businesses can procure office products and business services and obtain business information and expert content. Staples.com includes the operations of Staples Inc.'s e-commerce sites: Staples.com, Quill.com and StaplesLink.com, and its Canadian e-commerce business.

CONTACTS: Tvisions, Inc.

              Darryl Gehly
              (617) 218-6500
              darryl@Tvisions.com
              or
              Staples.com
              Debby Hohler
              (508)253-8509
              deborah.hohler@staples.com
              or
              Corporate Ink
              Susan Keliher
              (617) 969-9192
              skeliher@corporateink.com