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Important Milestones

Staples has celebrated many exciting accomplishments since being founded in 1986. Here are some of the highlights.

2013 Announces totally new user experience for staples.com® with easier navigation, faster checkout, and even more products, deals and ways to shop
Acquires Runa, a software company based in San Mateo, CA, that helps online retailers personalize the shopping experience
Opens Development Center in Seattle, the first West Coast office responsible for enhancing how customers shop across mobile devices, desktops and stores
2009 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 the 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
Rebranded Contract business across the globe to Staples Business Advantage®
2008 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
2007 Opens 2,000th Staples® store in India
Begins operations in India through a joint venture with Pantaloon Retail Limited
Launches office supply industry's first online catalog for Contract customers
Begins selling Dell® notebooks and desktop computers, printers, ink and toner, making it the only office superstore to offer Dell products in stores and through its Web site
Recognized as Retailing Today's 2007 Specialty Retailer of the Year
Named 30 on CRO Magazine's 100 Best Corporate Citizens
2006 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
2005 Premieres 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
2004 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 Latin American market with the acquisition of Officenet, a Brazilian and Argentinean office products delivery business
2003 "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
2002 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"
Acquires Medical Arts Press, which becomes part of Quill
Issues industry-first environmental paper procurement policy formalizing Staples' commitment to the environment
Acquires Guilbert's mail order business, which becomes the foundation for Staples European Catalog
2001 Becomes the first office supply superstore to integrate its eCommerce site into its retail locations nationwide
2000 Sales top $10 billion
1999 Opens 1,000th store in Duluth, GA
Launches StaplesLink.com® for Contract customers
Expands European retail presence with the acquisitions of 15 Sigma Burowelt stores in Germany, 21 Office Centre stores in the Netherlands, and six Office Centre stores in Portugal
Launches in-store pack and ship services
1998 Launches staples.com®
Named to the Standard & Poor's 500 Index
Purchases Quill Corp. for $690 million
1997 Announces naming rights deal for Los Angeles sports and entertainment complex; STAPLES Center is home to special events like the Grammy Awards and several professional sports franchises, including the NBA’s LA Lakers
1996 Turns 10 and becomes Fortune 500 company
500th store opens in Vero Beach, FL
Buys out European partner Kingfisher and MAXI–Papier
Sales pass $3 billion, making Staples the sixth company in history to achieve $3 billion in sales within 10 years of start–up
1995 Restructures Staples Contract and Commercial into Staples National Advantage® and Staples Business Advantage®
Announces aggressive store remodeling schedule for 90 stores in North America to get new "second-generation" store format; also increases average store size from 17,000 square feet to 20,000 square feet
1994 Acquires remaining 58% of Business Depot
1993 Launches Contract and Commercial division to serve multisite organizations and Fortune 1000 businesses
Increases interest in Business Depot to 42%
Opens first store in the United Kingdom
1992 Enters the European marketplace, investing in German office superstore, MAXI–Papier, and a few months later partners with the United Kingdom retail giant Kingfisher
1991 Helps found Canada’s first office superstore, The Business Depot LTD, with the inaugural store opening in Concord, Ontario
1990 Begins western U.S. expansion with acquisition of 10 HQ Office Supplies warehouses in the Los Angeles area for $16.7 million
1989 Raises $36 million through an IPO and launches Staples Direct, a catalog delivery service
1986 Launches the office products superstore industry with the opening of its first store in Brighton, MA
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