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News Release Business Solutions Center Adds Four Strategic Business Services Partners

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 20, 2000--,, TaxLogic and CloudSource Expand Click & Buy

Portfolio to Bring

Best-In-Class Business Services to Customers today announced strategic agreements with four new services partners to expand its extensive Click and Buy service offerings for small business in its Business Solutions Center. The new partners include, which provides two-hour digital printing and delivery;, an ASP (application service provider) specializing in online PC security and maintenance; TaxLogic, an online professional tax preparation service; and CloudSource, a Web site developer.

"We've hand-selected the best service providers for small businesses and negotiated competitive prices to bring solutions to our customers through the Business Solutions Center," said Jeanne Lewis, president of "These partners complement's current service offerings and further build our position as the best e-marketplace for small business."

To meet all the office needs of its small business customers, is rapidly building out the service offerings available in the Business Solutions Center. Through its Click and Buy offering, leverages the aggregated buying power of its customers to deliver the highest quality services with competitive pricing. Joining Inc., Concentric Network Corp.,, Inc., HotOffice Technologies Inc.,,, Inc., and several Staples branded services, including payroll, communications and its copy center, are:

--, a company that enables customers to order printing and delivery of presentations, proposals and contracts online. Users can send multiple documents to multiple recipients across the country or around the world, in as little as 2 hours, over its Internet browser-based system without the need to download and maintain software;

-- (NASDAQ:MCAF), a provider of online services to secure, manage, repair, update and upgrade PCs over the Internet. As an application service provider, McAfee enables users to access powerful Web-based applications without the expense of purchasing and maintaining traditional software;

-- TaxLogic, the pioneer of Web-based professional tax preparation. Through the Business Solutions Center, TaxLogic users can have their tax returns professionally prepared online as well as view the latest news and tax resource links for the individual and small business owner;

-- CloudSource, a full service, state-of-the art Web site developer that provides big business technology at a fixed, affordable price.

About is creating a leading business-to-business electronic marketplace offering a comprehensive solution for all of the office needs of business customers. 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. includes the operations of all three of Staples Inc.'s (NASDAQ:SPLS) e-commerce sites,, and

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Staples, Inc.'s business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-Q for the most recently ended quarter.

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