FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 1, 2006--Organizational
products infused with hot hues and trendy patterns are must-haves this
back-to-school season, according to office products retailer Staples,
Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS). Just in time for the busy back-to-school season,
Staples announces its list of top 10 products designed to easily keep
style-conscious students organized as they head back to class.
"We track trends and talk to teens, and our research shows us that
while students know they need to be organized in order to succeed in
school, it's also very important that they be viewed as trendsetters,"
said Dave Perron, Staples executive vice president of merchandising.
"This year's back-to-school offerings make it easy for students to get
organized while projecting a keen fashion sense."
The top-10 hottest back-to-school items for 2006 are:
- Case It(R) Convertible Backpacks: Ideal for students in the
classroom or on the playing field, these backpacks and bags
feature innovative, expandable storage compartments that hold
items ranging from MP3 players and mobile phones to soccer
balls. These multi-use backpacks are offered in a variety of
bold new colors and styles. ($9.99-$69.99)
- Relay(TM) 512Mb USB 2.0 Flash Drive: With features like
RelayLock data-security software to protect your files and a
keychain loop for convenient portability, this ultra fast and
sleek flash drive makes it easy for students to store,
transfer and protect their most important school papers.
- Globe-Weis(R) 7-Pocket Padfolio: Perfect for busy students on
the go, these unique organization solutions feature pockets
for storing papers, compact discs and photographs, all encased
in a sealable polymer package. The Padfolios come in explosive
colors such as fuchsia/orange, teal/navy and teal/apple green.
- LockerMate(R) Locker Trio Bag(TM): The ultimate tool for
turning an average locker into a student's own stylish,
personalized office, the Locker Trio Bag includes a mirror,
dry-erase board and storage bin. ($7.99)
- Gel Stick Minis: The must-have pens for the 2006 school year,
Gel Stick Minis are miniaturized gel pens that are compact,
comfortable and perfect for taking notes in class or writing
messages to friends. ($3.99 for a set of 12)
- Bubble Calculator: Students will enjoy these soft-to-the touch
calculators, which are fun, practical, and lightweight. Bubble
Calculators are available in teal, fuchsia, white, black and
- Designer CD Jewel Cases: For a new, personalized twist on
homemade music or data CDs, these designer cases come in an
array of funky new colors and patterns including teal,
fuchsia, black and green. ($10.98 for a pack of 25; $18.98 for
a pack of 50)
- Academic Planners: Staples' new weekly and monthly Academic
Planners conveniently run from August 2006 to August 2007, and
feature custom tabs, bookmarks, phone/address pages, an
expanded notes section, and a note/receipt holder. The
Planners feature striped edges and come in fun, contrasting
colors and patterns such as blue ovals, pink and green, and
blue olive. Sizes include 3" x 6", 5"x 8" and 7"x 9".
- Single Subject Poly Folders: Each folder is constructed from a
bright, flexible and lightweight polymer, durable enough to
keep students organized through the end of the school year.
The folders are available in four funky patterns with two
colors each. ($2.49)
- Book Sox(R): Move over brown paper bags, Book Sox book covers
are constructed from a stretchable, flexible and washable
fabric. Best of all, these colorful and durable covers require
no measuring, cutting or taping. Colors and patterns include
polka dots, butterflies, and even your favorite local sports
Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and
today is the world's largest office products company. With 69,000
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 2005 sales of $16.1 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 1,786 office superstores and also serves its
customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract
businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com.
CONTACT: Weber Shandwick
Michelle Young, 312-988-2294
Deborah Hohler, 508-253-8509
SOURCE: Staples, Inc.