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Staples Inc. Appoints Tom Nutile Vice President of Public Relations

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 5, 2000--Staples Inc., the office supplies and services retailer, today announced the appointment of Tom Nutile to vice president of public relations. With more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications and journalism, including eight years as a retail business reporter, Nutile will oversee the company's public relations efforts, from strategy to implementation.

"Tom Nutile brings a high level of leadership, vision and strategic direction to our public relations initiatives at Staples," said Tom Stemberg, Staples chairman and chief executive officer. "He understands public relations from both sides of the equation, having distinguished himself as a business journalist as well as an award-winning public relations executive." Nutile will report directly to Stemberg.

"I'm very fortunate to have joined a company that has such a strong record of success," Nutile said. "We'll concentrate on telling the Staples story to the world as we make the transition from being a highly successful bricks-and-mortar retailer to a highly successful clicks-and-mortar retailer."

Nutile brings award-winning communications experience to Staples Inc. Most recently, Nutile served as director of corporate communications for Cahners Business Information, where he supervised the public relations effort to highlight the company's transition from a traditional trade magazine publisher to an Internet-based information provider. Nutile also directed the company's move to put its daily internal communications online. Prior to his position with Cahners, Nutile was a media spokesperson for Liberty Financial Companies.

Before embarking on a career in public relations, Nutile was a journalist at several daily newspapers. As a financial reporter for the Boston Herald, he wrote the "On State Street" column and covered the retail industry. He also wrote for The St. Petersburg Times and ran a news bureau for The Courier News, a Gannett daily newspaper in New Jersey.

A resident of Natick and a three-time Bulldog National public relations award winner, Nutile holds a bachelor's degree in English from Oberlin College. He was raised in Needham.

About Staples

Staples Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) is a $9 billion retailer of office supplies, furniture, technology and services 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 1,200 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information about the company is available at http://www.staples.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Staples, Inc.'s business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-Q for the most recently ended quarter.

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