Staples, Inc. (ticker: SPLS, exchange: NASDAQ Global Market (.O))
News Release -
Staples Survey: Tablets Make it Easy to be Productive When Out of the
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Aug 23, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
While it's no surprise that employees admit to logging in after hours
and on vacation, new data reveals they're increasingly using their
personal tablets to maintain a work/life balance. According to survey
results from Staples
Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., more
than 60 percent of tablet owners even admit to powering on their tablet
during vacation to check in with the office or do work.
represent the latest device to bridge the worlds of both home and
office, in part because of their convenience, ease of use and
portability. About 80 percent of tablet owners say they enjoy an
improved work/life balance because of the technology and cite the
following business benefits:
- Increased productivity - Almost 60 percent of survey
respondents say they get more work done using a tablet.
- Communication central - More than 40 percent said staying
connected with colleagues and clients was the primary motivator for
buying a tablet.
- Easy to work - About 75 percent of tablet users check email.
One-third review and edit documents on their device.
Mobility Wins Over Functionality
What's the number one motivator for owning a tablet? The winner (at more
than 90 percent) is the convenience of portability. Being able to tuck a
tablet into a portfolio or small bag was more important than the ability
to video conference, the device's operating system or easy access to
office email and VPN. Convenience was so important to survey respondents
that they also admitted using a tablet in bed (78 percent), in the
bathroom (35 percent), and at a restaurant (30 percent).
With the rise of tablets being used as a business device, there is
concern about security. As with any device, Staples recommends good
security and data protection practices to guard against data loss or
malware. Currently, two-thirds of tablet owners do not regularly back up
data on their devices. With the advent of hosted
cloud services, data can be stored on a remote server rather than on
the tablet. This way, if the device is lost or stolen, work documents
and other data are not at risk. Tablet users should also install and
update security software. Less than 15 percent of those surveyed have
installed encryption or anti-virus software on their tablets.
Tablet Excitement Continues to Grow
This year, a multitude of tablet models have been introduced into the
market, 95 percent of which are being used as a supplemental device to a
laptop/PC, according to the Staples survey. However, more than 60
percent of current tablet owners think tablets will someday serve as
their primary computing device.
"Tablets offer fantastic convenience and a better work/life balance,
making it easy for employees to keep information with them and utilize
business apps, no matter where they go. For employers, the benefit is
having a more productive workforce that's always connected to what's
happening at the office," said Ed Ludwigson, vice president and general
manager for Staples
Technology Solutions, the technology products and services division
of Staples Advantage.
For more information about tablet solutions for businesses, please visit www.staplesadvantage.com/tablets.
Small businesses and consumers can also learn more about tablets in
Staples retail stores or online at www.staples.com/tablets.
About the Survey
Staples Advantage conducted an online survey, with responses from more
than 200 tablet users at companies of various sizes and across
industries. The survey was conducted in June 2011 and asked participants
questions about their perceptions of tablets, business uses and impact
About Staples Advantage
Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.
(Nasdaq: SPLS), serves organizations of 20 or more employees up to the
Fortune 1000, including global businesses, local, state and federal
government, healthcare organizations and educational institutions. The
Staples Advantage one source solution includes comprehensive products
and services from office supplies, technology and printing to
promotional products, furniture and facility supplies. Dedicated to
providing organizations with greater cost savings and improved ordering
efficiencies, Staples Advantage provides a customized level of account
support and best-in-class customer service. More information is
available at www.staplesadvantage.com.
Staples is the world's largest office products company and a trusted
source for office solutions. The company provides products, services and
expertise in office supplies, copy & print, technology, facilities and
breakroom, and furniture. Staples invented the office superstore concept
in 1986 and now has annual sales of $25 billion, ranking second in the
world in eCommerce sales. With 90,000 associates worldwide, Staples
operates in 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe,
Asia and Australia, making it easy for businesses of all sizes, and
consumers. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information
about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.
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