Staples Brand Products Launch in Japan

  Staples Brand Products Launch in Japan

     North America’s most trusted office products brand enters new market

Business Wire

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- January 23, 2013

Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), the world’s largest office products company and
second largest internet retailer, today announced the launch of Staples brand
products in Japan, bringing North America’s most trusted brand in office
products to businesses in one of the world’s biggest markets.

Staples has established a wholesale distribution relationship with Jointex, a
leading office products wholesaler and division of PLUS Corporation, a
manufacturer of stationery and office furniture based in Tokyo. A wide range
of Staples brand products, including technology accessories, writing
instruments and supplies such as notebooks and binder clips with unique
designs are now available to small business customers in Japan via delivery
and retail stores.

“As the most trusted brand in office products in North America, our goal at
Staples is to help small businesses succeed by providing innovative, quality
products,” said Dave D’Angelo, senior vice president of Staples Brand Group.
“We’re excited to introduce Staples brand products to Japan, providing
businesses there with the quality and value that customers around the world
trust every day.”

Staples brand products will now be available in Japan through hundreds of
dealers as well as more than 25 retail stores. Products include filing
products, fasteners, notebooks, writing instruments and other business
essentials. Staples plans to expand the number of products and categories over
time.

“Jointex Company is proud to offer Staples brand products in Japan,” said
Kimio Asano, company president of Jointex Company. “Japanese consumers will
love the quality and value as well as the unique designs and vivid colors of
Staples brand products, and we expect to grow both our retail and delivery
businesses through this relationship.”

Staples brand products have been rated the most trusted brand in office
supplies in North American customer surveys and are available in 27 countries.
The brand has a wide assortment of products across office supplies,
technology, furniture and facilities, and it is known for guaranteed quality,
exceptional value and smart design. Staples recently announced that growing
its own-brand products is one of the key elements of its new strategic plan.

About PLUS Corporation/Jointex Company

JOINTEX is a leading office products wholesaler and division of PLUS
Corporation, a manufacturer of stationery and office furniture based in Tokyo.
Jointex sells office products and services through their nationwide retail
distribution network and catalog delivery business. They strive to offer smart
and tailored solution for the offices, schools and government agencies.
Services range from office product and office design consulting service to
translation and printing services.

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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