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Staples To Offer the Handspring Visor In All Its U.S. Retail and Airport Stores

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 27, 2000--Staples Retail and Delivery today announced that it is the only office supplies superstore chain to offer the Handspring line of Visor(TM) handheld computers and Springboard(TM) expansion modules.

Starting today, Staples will begin offering the Handspring Visor and Springboard modules, in all 875 U.S. retail stores. This will be the first time customers will be able to `touch and feel' the products before making a purchasing decision. The Handspring product line was previously only available online at

"We are very excited to be one of the first retailers to offer Handspring's state of the art handheld products," said Jonathan Magasanik, vice president/general merchandising manager. "Our relationship demonstrates Staples' commitment to grow our store offerings and secure the latest technology for our small business customers."

"Fast growing industries require new and innovative approaches to distribution to provide the best experience for customers, especially in the consumer market where we see the most potential to make an impact," said Greg Woock, vice president of North American sales for Handspring. "Our customers will ultimately benefit by having the flexibility to purchase either through the web or at a retail store."

The products will be competitively priced with Staples will offer the Handspring Visor (graphite), Visor Deluxe (graphite, blue, green, orange and ice) and Springboard(TM) Expansion Modules.

About Staples Retail and Delivery

Staples Retail and Delivery is a business of Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS), a $9 billion retailer of office supplies, furniture and technology to consumers and businesses from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. Headquartered outside Boston, Staples invented the office superstore concept and today is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The company has over 48,000 employees serving customers through more than 1,100 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information about the company is available at

About Handspring

Handspring is a leading innovator in the handheld computing industry. The company develops, manufactures and markets a family of expandable handheld computers for a broad range of markets and customers. Founded in 1998 by the creators of the world-leading 3Com Palm Computing platform, Handspring's flagship technology is the Springboard platform that provides a simple and easy method for hardware and software expansion.

CONTACT: Staples Inc.

Christina Erridge, 508/253-7375