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Staples' Announces 2006 Top 10 Back-to-School Products That Put The Fun In Functional; Vibrant Hued Products and Organizational Tools Head Up This Year's Class Of New Products

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. ($34.98)

  • 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. ($10.99)

  • 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 green. ($3.99)

  • 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". ($3.99-$9.99)

  • 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 teams. ($3.99)

About Staples

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.

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