Staples Delivers Custom Box Sizes With Every Order for More Convenience, Reduced Waste

  Staples Delivers Custom Box Sizes With Every Order for More Convenience,
  Reduced Waste

 World’s Second Largest Internet Retailer Rolls Out New Packaging Technology

Business Wire

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- November 27, 2012

Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), the world’s largest office products company and
second largest internet retailer, announced today the launch of new packaging
technology nationwide that customizes delivery box sizes to each order.
Staples “Smart-size” packaging, developed by Packsize International, brings
more convenience to customers in every delivery order and improves supply
chain sustainability and efficiency:

  *Customer convenience: With delivery boxes custom fit to each order,
    customers don’t need to break down oversized boxes and excessive air
    “pillows.”
  *Sustainability: Smart-size packaging  reduces air pillow use by 60 percent
    and the average cardboard box size by 20 percent. This results in an
    estimated annual carbon footprint reduction of 30,200 tons, equivalent to
    about 120,000 trees.
  *Operational efficiency: Customized box sizes allow more shipments to fit
    on each line haul and more orders in each delivery truck. In addition,
    just-in-time packaging with Smart-size reduces costs and warehouse space
    from storing delivery boxes.

“At Staples, our supply chain team works tirelessly to help ensure a great
customer experience with each and every delivery order,” said Don Ralph,
senior vice president of supply chain and logistics at Staples. “Smart-size
packaging is an important example of our commitment to supply chain excellence
and sustainability throughout our operations. We’re already hearing positive
feedback from satisfied customers across our delivery business.”

“Packsize is thrilled that Staples has adopted our lean packaging system,”
said Hanko Kiessner, chief executive officer of Packsize. “This is an
inflection point for mainstream adoption of Packsize packaging technology that
reduces box inventory, eliminates inefficient use of warehouse space, and
minimizes wasted space and dunnage material within the shipped product box.”

Staples has implemented Smart-size packaging in several facilities in its
nationwide network of delivery fulfillment centers, and will continue the
roll-out through 2013.

About Packsize International LLC

Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Packsize International
LLC is the world’s leading provider of lean packaging systems for businesses
with complex corrugated packaging needs. Recognized by Inc. 5000 and listed by
Forbes as one of America’s Most Promising Companies, Packsize delivers an
alternative to the existing corrugated supply chain with On Demand Packaging®.
For more information, visit www.packsize.com/press.

About Staples

Staples is the world’s largest office products company and second largest
internet retailer. The company provides products, services and expertise in
office supplies, copy & print, technology, facilities and breakroom, and
furniture. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and now has
annual sales of $25 billion, ranking second in the world in eCommerce sales.
With 88,000 associates worldwide, Staples operates in 26 countries throughout
North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, making it easy for
businesses of all sizes, and consumers. The company is headquartered outside
Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at
www.staples.com/media.

Contact:

Staples, Inc.
Owen Davis, 508-253-8468
Owen.davis@staples.com
 
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