Print Page  |  Close Window

News Release

Staples.com Adds 10 New Service Partners; Expands 'Virtual Main Street' For Small Business

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 7, 2000--Staples.com today announced strategic agreements with ten small business service providers to save its small business customers time and money. Housed in Staples.com Business Services, these new "Click and Buy" partners include BizBuySell, Click Tactics, Dun & Bradstreet (provided by Telebase), Innovyx, Learn2.com, MergerNetwork, MyProspects, OnTimeAuditor, Pre-Paid Legal Services and Zoomerang.

"At Staples.com, we're doing the same thing in services that we did with office supplies years ago; we save our customers time and money," said Jeanne Lewis, president of Staples.com. "We do the homework for our customers by researching essential services, identifying potential partners that meet our high standards and then delivering them at a great price. With legal and technology, sales and marketing service providers and more, Staples.com Business Services is quickly becoming the virtual Main Street for small business."

Through Staples.com Business Services, small business customers can access more than 85 different categories of services provided by Staples.com hand-selected vendors or a powerful quote request service with more than 20,000 sellers. In addition, the site features strategic information, practical tools, straightforward advice and rewarding connections to other small businesses.

By service category, the new partners are:

Office Operations

-- OnTimeAuditor, an automatic express package tracking and refund finder service for businesses that ship via UPS and FedEx. Depending on shipment volume, businesses can potentially recover thousands of dollars in refunds for packages that arrive late and keep customers happier with precise delivery information.

Money Management

-- BizBuySell, the Internet's largest, business-for-sale Web site with over 10,000 listings in its databases. BizBuySell provides a powerful, web-based tool for the professional broker, business buyer and personal seller. Buyers can search the company's database for free and register to receive notification when a business matching their interest is listed.

-- Dun & Bradstreet (provided by Telebase), the leading provider of business-to-business credit, marketing, purchasing, and receivables management and decision-support services worldwide. Customers can use this service to run credit checks on potential partners or suppliers.

-- MergerNetwork, the premiere Web site for mid-market mergers and acquisitions listing more than 3,000, million-dollar plus businesses for sale. Customers can use the site to target acquisition candidates to grow their businesses or they can locate buyers from its database of over 12,000 active buyers.

Sales & Marketing

-- Click Tactics, an outsourcer and marketing services provider, specializes in direct response marketing, data management and fulfillment. The company provides prepackaged and "do-it-yourself" marketing campaigns for America's 23.3 million small businesses. Effective marketing campaigns, flexible coupon programs and customer surveys are provided for virtually every industry and professional group via a simple point and click process.

-- Innovyx, a pioneer in Internet-based marketing systems that use email, the Web and database tools to automate one-to-one communications with individual customers. Its Enterprise Dialogue Management (EDM) products enable corporate marketing professionals to create and deliver highly customized direct marketing campaigns and newsletters and to analyze the responses generated.

-- MyProspects, provided by MySoftware, delivers highly targeted prospective customer lists. Customers can select from pre-defined profiles and characteristics that best describe their target customers and MyProspects.com will deliver the names, addresses and phone numbers of prospects that match their criteria.

-- Zoomerang, a division of MarketTools Inc., an Internet service that allows businesses to conduct professional-grade surveys and analyze the critical feedback necessary to make important decisions. The results are captured and presented in graphically-rich formats in real-time, which allow users to measure incoming responses and act on the findings right away.

Legal & Insurance

-- Pre-Paid Legal Services, a provider of a wide range of legal services for a fixed monthly fee. Customers can gain easy access to quality legal assistance.

Technology & Communications

-- Learn2.com a creator and distributor of e-learning solutions for corporate, government and individual clients. Learn2.com provides an engaging learning experience using interactive multimedia and animated courseware and tutorials that are accessible on the Internet or on CD-ROM and videotape. Subject areas such as personal computer applications, information technology certification preparation, computer programming, soft skills, safety, life skills and others are currently available. Corporate and government clients have access to these high quality tutorials and additional features such as reporting and administration through www.Learn2University.com.

About Staples.com

Staples.com, a division of Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), is creating a business-to-business electronic marketplace offering a comprehensive solution for 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 Staples Inc.'s e-commerce sites: Staples.com, Quill.com and StaplesLink.com as well as its Canadian e-commerce business.

"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.

CONTACT: Staples Inc.

             Shannon Lapierre
             508-253-8468
             shannon.lapierre@staples.com
                or
             Schwartz Communications
             Erik Clausen

             781-684-0770
             eclausen@schwartz-pr.com