Milestones

    • Places #20 on Newsweek's 2009 Green Rankings and wins the National Recycling Coalition’s Recycling Works Award
    • Opens its first store in Louisiana, establishing a retail presence in all 48 contiguous United States
    • Announces the lifetime naming rights for the STAPLES Center, the world’s best known venue for sports and entertainment, which also celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2009

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    • Acquires Corporate Express, one of the world's leading suppliers of office products to businesses and institutions.
    • Ranked second largest internet retailer, after Amazon.com, in Internet Retailer Magazine's top 500 retail web sites
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    • Opens 2000th Staples store in India
    • Begins operations in India through a joint venture with Pantaloon Retail Limited
    • Launches office supply industry's first online catalogue for Contract customers
    • Begins selling Dell notebooks and desktop computers, printers, ink and toner.
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    • Celebrates 20th Anniversary
    • Sales reach $18.2 billion
    • Worldwide eCommerce sales reach $5 billion
    • Begins operations in Taiwan as UB Staples® through a joint venture with UB Office Systems’ subsidiary, UB Express
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    • Premiers the Easy ButtonSM– a new American icon is born
    • Sales reach $16.1 billion
    • Begins selling Staples® brand products in Stop & Shop and Giant supermarkets.
    • Unveils its new corporate responsibility initiative "Staples Soul" and publishes its first Corporate Responsibility report  Learn more
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    • Sales reach $14.4 billion
    • Initiates first–ever stock dividend to shareholders
    • Announces Staples Invention Quest® inaugural winner is the Staples WordLock™, a combination lock that uses letters instead of numbers
    • Expands European delivery business with acquisition of Pressel Versand International GmbH, based in Vienna, Austria, and the office products division of Malling Beck A/S of Denmark
    • Invests in Shanghai–based office delivery business, OA 365, to enter the Chinese marketplace
    • Enters the
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    • "Staples. We make buying office products easy." is introduced as the new corporate brand promise, supported by the new tagline, "Staples. that was easy.®"
    • Launches Staples Invention Quest®  in search of the next great office product
    • Reaches 10% renewable energy use for its total U.S. electricity consumption
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    • Becomes the world's largest seller of office supplies, with revenues topping $11 billion
    • Launches Staples Foundation for Learning® to support organizations that "teach, train and inspire" Learn more
    • Acquires Medical Arts Press, which becomes part of Quill
    • Issues industry–first environmental paper procurement policy formalizing Staples' commitment to the environment
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    • Becomes the first office supply superstore to integrate its e–commerce site into its retail locations nationwide
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    • Sales top $10 billion
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