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Staples Makes Technology Easy this Season with Expert Mario Armstrong and the 2011 Staples “Tech'd Out” Sweepstakes

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Staples teams up with tech guru to offer consumers tech tips and a chance to win extensive technology prize package for home or office</b></i> </p>

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Staples Makes Technology Easy this Season with Expert Mario Armstrong and the 2011 Staples “Tech'd Out” Sweepstakes07:55 EDT Tuesday, November 01, 2011 FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (Business Wire) -- Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), the world's largest office products company, is teaming up with Mario Armstrong, Emmy award-winning technology expert, to make it easy for consumers to find the best technology gifts and services for the holidays. Today, Staples announces the launch of Staples “Tech'd Out” Sweepstakes to help kick off the 2011 holiday shopping season. Tech Expert Mario Armstrong Teams up with Staples for the Staples "Tech'd Out Sweepstakes" this Holiday Season (Photo: Business Wire) Now until December 15 at 9:00 a.m. EST, consumers can visit www.staples.com/techdoutsweeps to see the latest tips from Mario Armstrong and enter for a chance to win an ultimate technology makeover for their home or small business courtesy of Staples. The website features videos showcasing Mario's selections for technology, hot products and EasyTech services available at Staples as well as technology advice to fit everyone's needs - from the small business professional to the busy mom on-the-go. The winner will receive a prize package from Staples worth more than $2700 including a new computer, tablet, wireless printer, e-reader, networking accessories and Easy Tech services. “Staples is committed to providing our customers the best technology offerings and in-store EasyTech associates to assist, making it easy to shop for tech this holiday season,” said Christine Mallon, vice president, retail marketing at Staples. “Partnering with Mario Armstrong is a great way to educate our customers about Staples' tech offerings for both their gift-giving and business needs.” “Staples is a tremendous destination for technology for the holiday season,” said Mario Armstrong. “As a Staples customer, I'm so excited to give their other customers easy solutions for their technology needs - and to surprise one winner with a complete tech makeover.” Staples makes it easy to get “tech'd out” this holiday season with a wide selection of products customers can test in-store. From laptops to tablets to e-readers, Staples is the destination for all technology gifts at great prices. Additionally, at every Staples store, Staples EasyTech associates provide customers with a wide range of technology services such as new computer set-up, hardware and software installations, data transfer and security, and repair and troubleshooting. Visit www.staples.com/techservices to learn more. About Staples 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. Follow Staples on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/staples and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/staples. About Mario Armstrong Armstrong is a digital lifestyle technology expert and show host whose passion is to help consumers and entrepreneurs leverage technology to better their lives. He is also a motivator for youth, and has created tech programs that encourage them to get involved in STEM careers and entrepreneurship. www.marioarmstrong.com. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50051460&lang=en For Staples, Inc.Samantha Halpern, 401-278-4471shalpern@duffyshanley.comorStaples, Inc.Karen Pevenstein, 508-253-0879Karen.Pevenstein@Staples.com