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Staples Announces a Special Offer with Starbucks Coffee Company

Staples Customers can now Conveniently Purchase Starbucks(R) Coffee and Merchandise

Tuesday, August 12, 2003 7:00 am EDT

Dateline:

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.

Public Company Information:

NASDAQ:
SPLS
"People consume more coffee in their offices than anywhere else"

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced an agreement with Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq: SBUX) that makes Staples the first office supply retailer to offer a select variety of premium Starbucks(R) whole bean and ground coffees in their stores. A selection of Starbucks(R) coffees, Tazo(R) teas and merchandise are being rolled out at almost all of the Staples stores in the United States.

"People consume more coffee in their offices than anywhere else," said Jevin Eagle, senior vice president of strategy for Staples, Inc. "As a result, the strategic relationship between Staples and Starbucks is a great fit. By bringing together a leading office products brand with a leading premium coffee brand, we are making it easy for customers to purchase popular Starbucks(R) products as well as every day office supplies they need, all in once place."

"Starbucks looks for opportunities to deliver Starbucks(R) products to customers in places where they expect to find our coffee," stated Henry J. Suerth, senior vice president of Starbucks Business Alliances. "The Staples selection will contain some of our most popular premium ground and whole bean coffees and Tazo(R) teas, as well as an assortment of merchandise. This agreement will allow us to reach a new segment of customers that look for the finest products and exceptional customer service."

Staples currently offers Starbucks(R) products at 150 stores in the United States and the roll out will continue to other Staples stores in the coming months. Customers can expect to find Starbucks(R) coffees, Tazo(R) teas and merchandise in the majority of Staples stores this fall. Staples is committed to selling leading brands of the products that consumers are looking for and buy. This Starbucks offering is intended to meet the needs of Staples customers and is part of a broad corporate strategy at Staples, designed to provide the best in customer service and a unique merchandise selection.

Staples will now offer customers the following Starbucks(R) coffees and merchandise:

--  16oz bags of Starbucks(R) whole bean and ground regular coffee

--  16oz bags of Starbucks(R) ground decaffeinated coffee

--  Tazo(R) teas

--  Starbucks(R) branded coffee mugs

--  Starbucks(R) thermal travel mugs

About Staples

Staples, Inc. is an $11.6 billion retailer of office supplies, business services, furniture and technology to consumers and businesses from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal. Headquartered outside Boston, Staples invented the office superstore concept and today is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The company has 58,000 associates serving customers in approximately 1,500 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. More information about the company is available at http://www.staples.com.

Contact:

Staples, Inc.
Julie Mittelman, 508-253-8580
julie.mittelman@staples.com

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