Staples and Steelcase Announce Partnership to Make More Happen for Small Businesses

  Staples and Steelcase Announce Partnership to Make More Happen for Small
  Businesses

    Steelcase Products to be Available on Staples.com and in Select Stores
                         Starting Second Half of 2014

Business Wire

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- May 15, 2014

Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS) today announced a
partnership to make more happen for Staples small business customers by
offering high-performance workplace furnishings from Steelcase on Staples.com
and in select Staples stores in the United States. Starting in the second half
of 2014, Staples will offer an array of Steelcase^® seating and table
solutions.

“Through our new partnership, we’re giving small business customers access to
the expertise, craftsmanship, design and innovation of Steelcase,” said Mike
Edwards, executive vice president of merchandising, Staples. “We are thrilled
to partner with Steelcase and help bring our small business customers
solutions that can make more happen for both their employees and their
business.”

Staples customers will be able to design their workspace with the
high-performance, ergonomic quality of Steelcase seating solutions including
global bestsellers like Leap^®, Think^®, cobi^®, QiVi^®, Amia^® and Buoy^®
chairs and more. Leap, Think, cobi, QiVi, and Amia have all been globally
recognized for their insight-led design and quality.

“At Steelcase, we know that the places where people work matter. Small
businesses realize by engaging talent they can build a strong brand and
culture -- and the workplace can play a significant role in that,” said Allan
Smith, vice president, global marketing for Steelcase. “This partnership with
Staples will give small businesses increased access to award-winning, high
performance, seating portfolio through Steelcase. Our desire is to help people
everywhere have great experiences at work.”

Steelcase has a long history of studying the physical, cognitive and emotional
needs of people, in the places where they work. The company’s recent research
on small and emerging companies revealed the unique culture and values of
small businesses. Steelcase products are designed based on these insights to
help create workplaces where people can achieve their highest potential.

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. Staples also offers
free shipping for Staples Rewards Members, in most cases overnight.
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.

About Steelcase Inc.

For over 100 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped to create great experiences –
wherever work happens – for the world’s leading organizations, across
industries. We demonstrate this through our family of brands – including
Steelcase^®, Coalesse^®, Designtex^®, Details^®, PolyVision^® and Turnstone^®.
Together, they offer a comprehensive portfolio of architecture, furniture and
technology products and services designed to unlock human promise and support
social, economic and environmental sustainability. We are globally accessible
through a network of channels, including over 800 dealer locations. Steelcase
is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with fiscal 2014
revenue of $3.0 billion.

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Contact:

Contacts:
Staples, Inc.
Kristine Houston, 508-253-8468
Kristine.houston@staples.com
or
Steelcase Inc.
Katie Hasse, 312-350-0502
khasse@steelcase.com
 
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