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Quill Corporation Announces Agreement with eSchoolMall

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 10, 2001--Quill Corporation, America's premier business-to-business source for school and office supplies, has announced an agreement with eSchoolMall to become a preferred vendor on their easyPurchase(TM) e-commerce site. Select vendors are chosen at the request of schools participating in eSchoolMall's program.

eSchoolMall is currently the only single-source for online procurement for K-12 schools. Through its website, schools are able to search for the products they need, and complete each stage of the procurement process electronically--from bidding, quoting, and teacher requisitioning, to fund encumbrance, liquidation, purchase order processing, and payment. The service allows schools to reduce errors plus save time and money, while providing an end-to-end paper trail for the most accurate fiscal accountability.

Labor-intensive procurement processes currently cost schools more than $75 per purchase order in both time and resources. eSchoolMall reduces transaction costs to only about $5 each by streamlining the ordering process, saving schools thousands of dollars annually. This arrangement also allows schools to reduce paperwork, free up staff time, and proactively control ordering processes.

Each participating school pays a licensing fee and signs a User Agreement to become a member of the eSchoolMall program. Because every school procurement process is unique, eSchoolMall is tailored to individual needs and is integrated into a school's accounting software. Educators can log on to the secure site from home or school.

"This is a positive alliance - a real win-win situation," emphasizes Mark G. Hammerschick, Quill's director of pubic sector markets. "It's another opportunity for a vertical portal in the education marketplace, another hassle-free way for our customers to order and compare Quill products and services."

Quill's website - www.quill.com - is a Bizrate gold-star Business-to-Business Merchant Website, combining time-saving, service-oriented features like a Rebate Center, Re-Order Reminder Service, UPS Order Tracker, Product Compatibility Center, Favorites List, Web Purchase History, and Purchasing Manager option for multiple-site customers. Quill also maintains a dedicated Education Customer Service Team, specifically trained to address school needs. And a Future Ship and Bill Service is in place, allowing schools to plan ahead by securing orders now that won't be shipped until needed. About Quill

Headquartered in Lincolnshire, IL, Quill Corporation was founded in June, 1956, by Jack Miller, a pioneer in the office products industry. A business-to-business direct marketer of school and office products, furniture and computer supplies, Quill maintains nine regional distibution centers located strategically throughout the U.S. to facilitate next-day order delivery. The company also maintains a call center and distribution center in the United Kingdom. Quill was purchased by Staples, Inc., in May, 1998, and remains a wholly owned subsidiary. Begun in 1996, quill.com was one of the first successful online launches in the office products industry, offering 24-hour-a-day access to the essentials every school and business needs. About eSchoolMall

eSchoolMall is an infrastructure e-hub that enables e-commerce in the education market. The eSchoolMall solution includes a customized online procurement tool set that connects K-12 school districts with their vendors, as well as an aggregated vendor catalog that offers a uniform buying experience for all purchasers within a school district. Hosting its fully automated procurement engine, called easyPurchase(TM), via the Internet, the company provides a practical, streamlined solution that mirrors existing school processes from quotes and requisitions through payment - saving time and money that school districts can reallocate to student programs.

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CONTACT: Quill Corporation
Londa S. Della, 847/876-3143
londa.della@quill.com