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ADP Brings Leading Payroll Services to Staples' Small Business Customers Nationwide

Unique Alliance Provides Personalized Service via Staples Bricks and Clicks to Help Customers Manage Time-Consuming Payroll Processing and Tax Filing Tasks

ROSELAND, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 3, 2001-- Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP(R)), the world's leading provider of integrated human resources, benefits and payroll services, has teamed with Staples, the $11 billion pioneer of the office supplies industry, to provide Staples' small business customers easy access to comprehensive payroll solutions and tax services. ADP's Emerging Business Services (EBS) division launched the program today, offering personal consultation from ADP sales specialists at Staples' retail stores and online to Staples.com's more than one million registered customers.

As part of the agreement, ADP sales specialists will provide in-store consultation to Staples' small business customers-- providing personalized service in a convenient local setting. Sales specialists are currently available in 88 stores in California and Arizona, and will be available in Staples 970 retail stores nationwide by the end of June. At http://staples.com/adp, Staples.com visitors are now able to receive information on ADP payroll services including price quotes, online proposals and their choice of follow up options - online purchase, telephone assistance by calling 866-272-3794 or an onsite visit to their place of business.

"Too often, small businesses are underserved and do not receive the personal attention they would prefer in making important decisions about services for their business, " said Mitch Gross, vice president of business services for Staples. "Staples and ADP are bringing big company attention to small businesses in our retail stores and online. Together we are offering unmatched flexibility and convenience to our customers looking for timesaving and dependable payroll solutions."

"Offering our services in a retail environment where small companies go to get the things they need just makes good business sense," said Ed Flynn, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Emerging Business Services division. "Our specialists will help Staples' customers understand the value of outsourcing the complex and error-prone tasks of payroll solutions and tax preparation. Once they learn that our solutions are affordable for even a single-employee business, they'll quickly see how ADP can help increase their success."

About Staples

Staples Inc. is an $11 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 50,000 employees serving customers through more than 1,300 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information about the company is available at http://www.staples.com.

About ADP

Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (NYSE:ADP) is one of the largest global providers of computerized transaction processing, data communications and information services, with more than $6 billion in revenues and 500,000 clients worldwide. ADP's Employer Services (ES) Division is a leading provider of integrated business administrative solutions that help clients efficiently manage their internal processes, allowing them to focus on core competencies. ADP ES' offerings include both traditional and Internet-based outsourcing products and services, giving clients the ability to select from ADP's comprehensive range of World Class Service solutions. Services include: payroll, tax regulatory management, HRMS, benefits administration, time and labor management, retirement plan services, online recruiting, and pre-employment screening.

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CONTACT: Automatic Data Processing, Inc.
Linda Strauss
Linda_strauss@es.adp.com
973-974-5963
or
Staples Inc.
Debby Hohler
Deborah.hohler@staples.com
508-253-8509