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Staples Announces New Development Center in Seattle to Expand e-Commerce Capabilities

World’s second largest internet retailer adding West Coast presence to attract top engineering, product management, usability, analytics and online merchandising talent

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 12, 2013-- Staples, the world’s largest office products company and second largest internet retailer, today announced it will be opening a Development Center in Seattle. Staples’ first west coast office dedicated to e-commerce and engineering will house teams responsible for driving major initiatives to enhance areas including next generation digital platforms, personalization, and big-data.

“Staples is changing the way customers shop online,” said Faisal Masud, executive vice president, global e-commerce, Staples. “Seattle is an innovation hub rivaling Silicon Valley and features some of the world’s biggest technology companies. Staples new Development Center will allow us to tap into the wide range of talented engineering and e-commerce professionals on the West Coast.”

Staples is adding software development, product management, usability, analytics and online merchandising positions as it continues to invest in omnichannel capabilities that let customers shop however and whenever they want, across mobile devices, desktops and stores. The company recently announced a new omnichannel store format and is currently working on several new e-commerce and mobile commerce initiatives.

“Staples is investing in areas with high concentrations of the e-commerce and engineering talent that will be key to our success,” said Prakash Muppirala, vice president, e-commerce engineering, Staples. “We will build integrated, collaborative teams with the goal of making the shopping experience easy.”

In 2012, Staples unveiled its new Velocity Lab, located in the heart of Massachusetts’ innovation district, Kendall Square in Cambridge. The Velocity Lab was the company’s first satellite office, opened exclusively to foster innovation amongst e-commerce and engineering teams. It has been the birthplace of cutting-edge digital projects for Staples, like a mobile-only flash sales promotion during last year’s Black Friday shopping weekend. The Velocity Lab will continue to house e-commerce and mobile product and engineering teams dedicated to continually enhancing Staples’ digital assets.

The Seattle center is scheduled to open during the coming months. Members of the Staples hiring and recruiting teams will be formally meeting with experienced engineering and e-commerce professionals on Thursday, September 26 and Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Seattle City Center, 1420 5th Ave, Suite 2200, from 8:30 a.m.5:00 p.m., and candidates who are interested are encouraged to visit Staples’ careers page to view available openings in the new Seattle office, and apply.

About Staples:
Staples is the world’s largest office products company and second largest internet retailer. For 27 years, Staples has served the needs of business customers and its vision is to provide every product businesses need to succeed. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples offers office supplies, technology products and services, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, copy and print services and a wide range of other product categories. With thousands of associates worldwide dedicated to making it easy for businesses of all sizes, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at

Source: Staples

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