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Staples New App for Windows 8 Makes Shopping Easier for Small Businesses



  Staples New App for Windows 8 Makes Shopping Easier for Small Businesses

     App enhances Staples.com experience by using innovative new platform

Business Wire

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- March 20, 2013

Staples, the world’s largest office products company and second largest
internet retailer, announced today the launch of its own Windows Store app for
Staples.com. The app provides customers with access to Staples Rewards and
features tools that make it easier for small businesses to research and shop
for everything they need for their business or home office.

Staples announces the launch of its own Windows Store app for Staples.com,
which provides customers ...

Staples announces the launch of its own Windows Store app for Staples.com,
which provides customers with access to Staples Rewards and features tools
that make it easier for small businesses to research and shop for everything
they need for their business or home office. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Staples customers are very excited about the new computers and tablets
featuring Windows 8, and we’re enhancing the Staples.com experience for
Windows 8 users,” said Steve Bussberg, senior vice president of Staples.com.
“Staples makes things easier for small businesses by using the latest
technology, and the Staples Windows Store app enables customers to shop
Staples even faster.

“Staples’ new Windows Store app is an example of how retailers can best
incorporate the platform to meet their customers’ everyday shopping needs,”
said John Richards, senior director of Windows Apps Marketing for Microsoft
Corp. “Windows 8 is an engaging and immersive experience for users, and that
includes interacting with their favorite brands.”

Users can pin commonly used features of the Staples app to their Windows 8
Start screen, including an ink & toner finder, a printer finder, and their
“lists” section, where they create and share distinctive lists of Staples
products, like “my favorites” or “recent orders.” With the snap view, users
can set up a list of their favorite features from the Staples app on either
the left or right-hand side of their screen. The Staples Windows Store app
also works in conjunction with Staples other e-commerce properties, allowing
customers to view or add items to their cart on the Windows Store app, the
Staples smartphone app, the mobile website, the tablet site or Staples.com,
making it easy for them to shop whenever and however it’s convenient for them.

The Staples Windows Store app supports both touch and more traditional input
methods, making the app available to users on all the different form factors
that run Windows 8. The app is available for free download in the Windows
Store and will serve tablets, laptops and desktop PCs.

A leader in providing online and mobile shopping capabilities, Staples was one
of the first retailers to offer a dedicated tablet site and also offers
shoppers the convenience of an award-winning smartphone app and mobile site.
The Staples Windows Store app was built using Staples own application
programming interface (API) technology, and lets shoppers take advantage of
the most innovative features and functionality of the new Windows user
interface, including touch and swipe technology for tablets and Windows 8
laptops and desktop PCs.

The app was created through team collaboration at the Staples Velocity Lab,
the company’s Cambridge, MA facility that houses teams responsible for
designing and implementing innovative new e-commerce and mobile solutions
across Staples global business units to better serve the millions of customers
who shop Staples websites and stores worldwide.

About Staples

Staples is the world’s largest office products company and second largest
internet retailer. For 26 years, Staples has served the needs of business
customers and its vision is to provide every product businesses need to
succeed. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities,
Staples offers office supplies, technology products and services, facilities
and breakroom supplies, furniture, copy and print services and a wide range of
other product categories. With thousands of associates worldwide dedicated to
making it easy for businesses of all sizes, Staples operates throughout North
and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The company is
headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is
available at www.staples.com.

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Contact:

Staples
Mark Cautela, 508-253-3832
Mark.Cautela@Staples.com
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