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Staples Introduces Innovative Lock That Uses Letters Instead Of Numbers To Create Easy-To-Remember Word Combinations; WordLock(TM) Available at Staples Stores Nationwide Today

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 6, 2005--The traditional combination lock has undergone a makeover for this back-to-school season as letters replace numbers on WordLock(TM), an innovative combination lock that is now available at Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) nationwide. WordLock ($5.99), a Staples exclusive product and winner of the 2004 Staples Invention Quest(TM) is unlike most locks that feature a number dial and instead has five letter tumblers that rotate around a barrel to create word combinations.

"WordLock provides an easy solution to an every day challenge - trying to remember a random number combination among the scores of passwords in our lives," said Jevin Eagle, senior vice president of Staples Brands for Staples, Inc. "You no longer have to remember 32-19-26 for your combination - you can choose 'dance,' 'beach' or even someone's initials. WordLock is just one way Staples brings ease and innovation to life for our customers."

The WordLock is easy to handle and easy to use. Among its advantages:

  • Five tumblers to create 100,000 possible letter combinations

  • A hardened, wide shackle for extra security

  • Available in six bright colors: silver, black, orange, pink, red, and "blurple," a combination of blue and purple

  • Ability to reset the combination easily at any time

  • Rust-resistant for use outdoors or in high-humidity areas such as pool lockers

Staples expects the WordLock to become popular for school lockers, office and health club lockers, as well as storage boxes, gates and sheds. The product is now available at Staples' 1,200 U.S. retail stores, and later this month at store locations in Canada. WordLock was selected from over 8,300 entries in last year's Staples Invention Quest(TM), a nationwide search for bright ideas that translate into products that make life easier. Todd Basche of Los Altos, Calif., the WordLock inventor, said the inspiration for his product came from trying to remember the number combinations to the locks on his backyard gates. Staples is also bringing to market several other products from last year's Invention Quest: TackDots(TM), mini bulletin boards that stick almost anywhere; Rubber Bandits(TM), durable rubber bands with tear-resistant, write-on labels for organizing; and, the Handy-Strap(TM) stapler, a palm stapler that makes stapling to bulletin boards easier. Staples has brought other innovative products to market including The Desk Apprentice(TM) and One-Touch(TM) stapler.

"Staples puts innovation first and you can see that on every shelf in Staples stores," said Basche. "It's terrific working with Staples to transform WordLock from an idea into reality."

Eagle added that Staples has plans to produce additional versions of WordLock to secure computers and bicycles. For more information on Staples Invention Quest go to

About Staples Brands

Staples brand products are an easy choice of quality products at guaranteed low prices. Staples offers its customers more than 1,000 Staples brand office products in stores, and through catalogs. Products range from ink and toner to paper, filing systems and technology accessories. All Staples products undergo an intense independent laboratory quality-testing program and are 100 percent satisfaction guaranteed.

About Staples

Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products company. With 65,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2004 sales of $14.4 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 21 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates approximately 1,695 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at


CONTACT: Staples, Inc.
Sharyn Frankel, 508-253-7895
Mary Hightower, 561-998-1995

SOURCE: Staples, Inc.