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Staples.com Launches Administrative Professionals Day Center to Assist Managers in Showing Appreciation; One-Stop Resource Offers Advice, Simplifies Gift Giving

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 10, 2001--Just in time for Administrative Professionals Day, April 25, Staples.com launched today an online Administrative Professionals Day Center (www.Staples.com/AdminDay) featuring gift-giving ideas and advice for the 21st century office professional.

Over four million administrative professionals are employed in the U.S. and the Department of Labor predicts that 376,000 more administrative positions will be added to the workforce by 2008. Today's administrative professional is technology savvy and handles a wide range of responsibilities, from project and time management to mastering the latest office technologies such as online calendar management to comprehensive PowerPoint presentations.

"The role of the administrative professional has changed profoundly over the last few years," said J.B. Lyon, vice president of Business Services at Staples.com. "With the demand for talented administrative professionals on the rise, it is increasingly important to demonstrate your appreciation. On Staples.com we've brought together a broad array of smart gift ideas and essential Web site content to help managers recognize workplace contributions in meaningful, easy, and fun ways."

"The most important aspect of my job is to make J.B.'s daily schedule as seamless as possible and to remove obstacles that keep him from being effective and successful," said Candy Mixter, J.B. Lyon's administrative assistant at Staples.com. "The best gifts I've received for Administrative Professionals Day are those that assist me in doing my job while adding fun to my day."

Staples.com's Administrative Professionals Day Center offers a wide selection of business gifts that contribute to today's administrative professionals' business development, skills set and job satisfaction--from personal organizers and pen sets to gourmet treats. To help make it easier for managers to shop for office staff, Staples.com created a top-ten hot gift ideas list:

  • 1. digital cameras - for business or personal use

  • 2. fine pens- always a favorite gift

  • 3. personalized plaques -showcase recognition

  • 4. Mrs. Beasley's gourmet treats -sweeten up the day

  • 5. ergonomic office chairs - keep comfortable throughout the day

  • 6. head sets -avoid neck cramps

  • 7. electronic organizers -keep it all together

  • 9. wrist rests- avoid carpal tunnel syndrome

  • 10. Card Scanner - saves time on data entry

To rescue last minute shoppers, Staples.com provides free, next-business day delivery on all orders over $50. For added convenience, products purchased at Staples.com can be returned in any of Staples' nearly 1,000 retail stores nationwide. Additionally, the Center features articles and managerial advice designed to help employers promote professional excellence and recognize office staff for their contributions.

Administrative Professionals Day (formerly Professional Secretaries Day) recognizes professional contributions and administrative support staff in the workplace. Founded in 1952, Administrative Professionals Day is sponsored by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

About Staples.com

Staples.com, a division of Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), is an award-winning 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, as well as its Canadian e-commerce business.

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CONTACT: Staples Inc. Schwartz Communications
Debby Hohler Doug Russell/Kimberly Baker
508-253-8509 781-684-0770
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