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Give Me a Break! Staples Business Advantage Launches “Ultimate Breakroom Makeover” Contest

$40,000 prize package will transform a company’s breakroom

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2016-- When was the last time you took a well-deserved break at work to have a mid-day cup of coffee, enjoy a snack or socialize with your colleagues? Or, when was the last time you held a meeting in your cafeteria or breakroom? If you can’t remember, Staples Business Advantage wants to turn your breakroom back into a workplace destination with the launch of its “Ultimate Breakroom Makeover” contest.

Starting today, all U.S. businesses with at least 10 employees are eligible to make their case for why they need and deserve the chance to win a breakroom makeover valued at $40,000. The need is clear – as 45% of employees eat lunch at their desk and nearly 40% indicate that an open and collaborative environment leads to a positive work culture, according to the Staples Business Advantage Workplace Index. Employers can turn the breakroom into a dual-purpose zone – creating a place to recharge and a work space away from desks and conference rooms.

“Taking a break in the always-on modern workplace can seem like a pipe dream, but it shouldn’t be. Having a pleasant, well-stocked office breakroom can have a tangible impact on business results,” said Kerry Anne Carter, vice president, Staples Business Advantage. “61% of employees say taking a break would increase their productivity. A simple way for organizations to boost productivity is to provide an inviting area to socialize, unwind and collaborate.”

Do you feel strongly that your office breakroom is deserving of a makeover? If so, submit your entry at https://staplesadvantage.com/ultimatebreakroom and access the official rules here.

Entrants must submit a short essay by June 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EDT to state their case and indicate what features they’d like to see in their revamped breakroom. A panel of judges will select finalists based on the following criteria:

  • originality and creativity of desired, revamped features
  • most deserving of a makeover
  • productivity boosts included in the submission
  • suitability for promotional purposes

The five entries with the highest scores will be posted online on July 1, 2016, where the public will vote to help determine the grand prize winner of the Ultimate Breakroom Makeover, announced in early August.

The grand prize winner will have access to Staples Business Advantage’s assortment of breakroom solutions – encompassing coffee options, healthy snacks, office furniture, cleaning solutions, low-maintenance appliances and flat screen TVs, as well as services for layout design and implementation to bring the facelift vision to life.

A leader in breakroom offerings, Staples Business Advantage recently announced new initiatives with MARS DRINKS and LeanBox – to distribute their Flavia Brewers and healthy meals and snacks, respectively – to enhance the variety of coffee and nutritious food businesses can use to power their workforce.

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About Staples, Inc.

Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want - in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples
Shweta Agarwal, 508-253-8249
shweta.agarwal@staples.com