Staples, Inc. (ticker: SPLS, exchange: NASDAQ Global Market (.O))
News Release -
For Those Who Have Been Waiting for the Hottest Tablets with Flash
and True Multi-tasking, Staples Makes It Easy
- Motorola XOOM WiFi Available at Staples; BlackBerry PlayBook
Available Today for Pre-Sale at Staples
- Staples Launches Online Destinations Allowing Consumers and
Businesses to Browse, Compare and Purchase the Latest Tablet Computers
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Mar 24, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
The days of the iPad's virtual monopoly on the tablet market are over as
an onslaught of new innovative tablet computers begins to enter the
market. The new options are generating a wave of tablet demand among
businesses and consumers but also creating anxiety over the risk of
buying the wrong tablet for their needs. Staples, the tablet destination
with a broad selection of the best brands including the Motorola XOOM
with WiFi, BlackBerry(R) PlayBook(TM) and others, is making it easy for
customers. Staples has thousands of certified EasyTech associates in
more than 1,600 U.S. stores and online tools such as Staples.com/tablets
to help research, compare and choose the right tablet to fit their
personal and business needs.
site will showcase side-by-side feature and price comparisons, photos,
educational videos and business applications. Additional site features
Videos such as "Why Buy A Tablet?" and "Tablet Specs to Consider"
Business tools and benefits of new tablets on the market
Recommendations on tablet protection and storage accessories
Key features of each tablet and a glossary of terms
Tablets will be available in all Staples retail locations, at
Staples.com or through Staples Advantage this Spring starting with Motorola
PlayBook and Dell
Streak. As a technology authority, Staples will add the next wave of
new tablets from Acer, Dell, HP, Toshiba and other leading manufacturers
over the next few months.
Staples Advantage specifically tailored StaplesAdvantage.com/tablets
to focus on the mobile employee and business applications. It features
tablet accessories such as cases, charging stations, and Bluetooth(R)
keyboards, that support tablet use in the field or office. This
combination of tablets and accessories give customers business solutions
to increase productivity and save time.
"Staples is already a leader in tech products and services," said Peter
Scala, Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager Office
Technology, Staples. "Tablets are the hottest new technology and Staples
continues to be at the forefront with a wide assortment of tablets and
EasyTech and Staples Advantage associates to help consumers and
businesses get the most from their tablet purchase."
Scala added, "The majority of us turn to the internet to learn and
understand new technologies. The Staples tablet microsites provide
information to help customers make informed decisions and, once they
decide on the product best for them, the ability to purchase with fast
and free delivery."
Staples makes it easy for consumers and businesses to enhance, maintain,
protect and repair their technology investments. EasyTech associates are
able to assist customers with a wide range of technology services such
as new tablet set-up, computer diagnostics, hardware and software
installations, data transfer, security, repair and troubleshooting.
Staples, the world's largest office
products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to
buy a wide range of office products and services. Our broad selection of office
furniture as well as business services, including computer
repair and copying
helps our customers run their offices efficiently. With 2010 sales of
$25 billion and 90,000 associates worldwide, Staples operates in 26
countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia
serving businesses of all sizes and consumers. Staples invented the office
superstore concept in 1986 and today ranks second worldwide in
e-commerce sales. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More
information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.
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Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405
Nina Akerley, 508-253-1078
Mark Cautela, 508-253-3832