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Staples.com Named Best e-Commerce Site for Office Supplies by OfficeSolutions Magazine; Staples owned Quillcorp.com Captures Third Place

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 29, 2000--Staples.com today announced it has been awarded the "Golden Paperclip" by OfficeSolutions magazine for the best e-commerce site for office supplies. Staples-owned Quillcorp.com placed third in the listing, surpassing all other traditional office suppliers. Receiving the highest rating of four golden paperclips, Staples.com was described as "a winning combination of excellent site design, competitive pricing, and a liberal return policy."

"In our rigorous evaluation of seventeen online office supplies sites, Staples.com clearly provided the best end-to-end shopping experience," said Edwin Powell, associate editor of OfficeSolutions Magazine. "From product selection to fullfilment and even returns, Staples.com enables companies to easily manage office supply ordering."

"We're thrilled that OfficeSolutions selected Staples.com as the best online destination for purchasing office supplies and that Quillcorp.com earned third place," said Jeanne Lewis, president of Staples.com. "Winning this award is a true testament of our hard work and dedication to making Staples.com and Quillcorp.com the premier sites for businesses."

The February issue of OfficeSolutions magazine concluded a two part series on "E-Shopping for Office Supplies," a guide designed to help the publication's readers determine the best Web sites for purchasing office supplies online. OfficeSolutions editors evaluated the shopping experience of seventeen online office supply sites, purchasing a set list of ten items. Each experience was rated based on nineteen different criteria, including site design, product availability, price, selection, customer service, fulfillment and returns.

About OfficeSolutions

Founded in 1984, OfficeSolutions (formerly OfficeSystems99) is the leading publication for office professionals with more than 100,000 subscribers who are responsible for the management of their office environments. Each issue is designed to help readers improve the efficiency of their office environment and coverage throughout the year includes stories on: information management; business technology; mail center management; furniture, office design, and ergonomics; human resources; business services; office products; and business computing.

About Staples.com

Staples.com is creating a leading business-to-business electronic marketplace offering a comprehensive solution for all of 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 all three of Staples Inc.'s (NASDQ:SPLS) e-commerce sites, Staples.com, Quillcorp.com and StaplesLink.com.


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