Staples debuts eight new product categories aimed at small-business customers at its Dallas stores, with plans to roll out expansion to more than 1,000 US stores, hundreds of Canadian stores; company refreshing nearly 20% of products in its stores

DALLAS , May 13, 2014 (press release) – New product assortment expands beyond office supplies in stores across the country

Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) today debuted eight new product categories in its Dallas retail stores to help business customers Make More One-stop Shopping Happen. The product expansion is rolling out to more than 1,000 stores across the U.S. and hundreds more in Canada.

“We’re helping small business customers get more done in one stop by providing every product their businesses need,” said Mike Edwards, executive vice president, merchandising, Staples. “The new categories we’ve added to our stores build on our expanded Staples.com assortment and give customers more of what they want to Make More Happen whether it’s in-store, online or via mobile.”

Staples is refreshing nearly 20 percent of products in its stores, adding about 1,600 items in categories beyond office supplies. At the same time the company is removing about 1,000 items, creating an assortment of office supply essentials.

The new categories include: facilities and breakroom supplies (cleaning supplies, bottle water, soda, snacks), maintenance repair and operations items (safety cones, hard hats, bright safety vests); mail and ship expanded assortment (bubble wrap rolls, padded envelopes, boxes of all sizes), medical supplies (scrubs, bandages, anything for medical offices or nursing home), retail supplies for small businesses (mobile POS, bags, bows, signage); storage solutions (containers of all sizes); gifts and cards for office parties, early education toys and learning aids (items for childcare facility including early education toys, stickers and arts & crafts supplies) as well as organizational accessories from Poppin® brand. The items were added after extensive customer tests over the past year.

In addition, every store will feature an updated Staples.com kiosk, providing customers with access to more items than ever on Staples.com.

About Staples

Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Contacts

Staples, Inc.
Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405
Carrie.McElwee@Staples.com
or
Kaitlyn Reardon, 508-253-4195
Kaitlyn.Reardon@Staples.com

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