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Staples Europe Expands Presence in Poland

Staples Europe today announced that it is expanding its presence in Poland as it works to provide every product businesses need to succeed. In the past year, Staples has relocated and expanded its Global Competence Centre in Gdansk, and continues to grow Staples Advantage, its business-to-business division.

The Staples Global Competence Centre opened last year with the support of Invest in Pomerania, a local government body. The centre quickly outgrew its previous location, and has now relocated to a permanent home at Olivia Six, in the heart of the Gdansk business district. The centre employs experts from a variety of disciplines, including IT, e-commerce, supply chain and telecommunications, and provides strategic, analytical and operational support to Staples offices throughout Europe, as well as telecommunications support globally.

“We are excited about our growth in Poland,” said John Wilson, President, Staples International Operations and Head of Global Transformation. “The rapid expansion of our Global Competence Centre confirms that Gdansk is an ideal business location, with its high concentration of universities and well-educated workforce. We look forward to continuing to attract top talent to help us grow in the future.”

Marcin Piątkowski of Invest in Pomerania said, “Staples’ Global Competence Centre benefits the local economy in Gdansk, and offers great opportunities for talented future leaders, both in Poland and abroad. We are thrilled to be able to support Staples.”

In recent years, Staples has also continued to make key investments in its business-to-business delivery operation in Poland, which is growing rapidly.

“Customers understand that Staples Advantage Poland stands for unmatched service and value,” said Piotr Kiszkis, Managing Director, Staples Advantage Poland. “We are now well-positioned to make it easy for our customers to find everything they need to succeed.”

For career opportunities at the Gdansk Global Competence Centre, please visit: http://kariera.staplesadvantage.pl/ .

For further information, contact Rosanne Bonanno, Head of Communications at Staples Europe, at rosanne.bonanno@staples.com .

About Staples:
Staples is the world’s top office products company and one of the largest internet retailers. For 30 years, Staples has served the needs of business customers and its vision is to provide everything customers 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 .

About Invest in Pomerania:
Invest in Pomerania is a regional initiative, established in 2011, that provides free-of-charge services to foreign investors interested in carrying out projects in Pomerania. Its underlying principle is close cooperation between the partners who form Invest in Pomerania: The Marshal’s Office of Pomorskie Voivodeship, the cities of Gdansk, Gdynia, Slupsk and Sopot, Pomeranian and Slupsk Special Economic Zones, InvestGDA and Pomerania Development Agency. Invest in Pomerania offers broad support during the investment process and comprehensive after-care services. The system is based on “a one-stop-shop” concept – investors who consult with Invest in Pomerania will receive support at each step of the investment process. More information about Invest in Pomerania can be found at www.investinpomerania.pl .

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Staples Europe
Rosanne Bonanno, +31 (0)20 651 1539
rosanne.bonanno@staples.com

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