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Five Hundred Staples Drive

Framingham, MA 01702

United States

Phone: 508-253-5000

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Staples, Inc. and its subsidiaries provide products and services that serve the needs of small business customers and consumers. The company serves businesses of all sizes and consumers in North America, Europe, Australia, South America, and Asia. As of February 1, 2014, the company operated a total of 2,169 retail stores in 48 states and the District of Columbia in the United States, 10 provinces and 2 territories in Canada, and in Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, the United Kingdom, China, Argentina, and Australia. It also operated 116 distribution and fulfillment centers in 30 states in the United States, 7 provinces in Canada, and in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, China, Argentina, Brazil, and Australia. Segments The company has three segments: North American Stores & Online, North American Commercial, and International Operations. North American Stores & Online This segment includes the company's retail stores and Staples.com businesses in the U.S. and Canada. The company operates a portfolio of retail store formats, tailored to the characteristics of each location. Staples.com and Staples.ca are designed to reach small businesses, home offices and consumers, offering next business day delivery for various orders in the majority of the company’s markets. Strategy: This segment’s strategy focuses on offering easy-to-shop stores and Websites with quality products that are readily available and easy to find, and courteous, helpful and knowledgeable sales associates to support customers across all channels. North American Commercial This segment consists of the U.S. and Canadian businesses that sell and deliver products and services directly to businesses, including Staples Advantage and Quill.com. The company’s Staples Advantage contract business focuses on serving the needs of mid-sized businesses and organizations, as well as larger regional businesses and Fortune 1000 companies. These customers require various services than is provided by a traditional retail, online or mail order business. Through the company’s contract sales force, it offers full service account management, free delivery, customized pricing and payment terms, usage reporting, the stocking of certain proprietary items and an assortment of products and services. Quill.com is an Internet and catalog business with a targeted approach to serving the needs of small and mid-sized businesses in the United States. To attract and retain its customers, Quill.com intends to offer outstanding customer service, and builds loyalty through its Quill brand products and special services. Quill.com also operates Medical Arts Press, Inc., an Internet and catalog business offering specialized office supplies and products for health care professionals. Quill.com is viewed separately from the company’s Staples.com business in that its customer base is different and it targets the business customer. Strategy: This segment’s strategies focus on expanding in categories beyond core office supplies, providing customers with an assortment of products, increasing its share of wallet with existing customers, and acquiring new customers. International Operations This segment consists of businesses in 23 countries in Europe, Australia, South America, and Asia. The company’s European Office Products businesses represent a balanced multi-channel portfolio serving contract, retail, internet, and catalog customers in 16 countries. Its contract business includes sizable operations in Scandinavia, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. The company operates 282 retail stores in Europe, with the primary concentration of stores in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, and Portugal. It operates Internet and direct mail catalog businesses with a concentration of sales in France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Staples Australia serves primarily contract and government customers in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, the company operates a public Website, which targets small business and home office cus

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