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Intelligent Office Canada and Staples Canada Announce Strategic Partnership in Support of Small Business

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Intelligent Office Canada and Staples Canada Announce Strategic Partnership in Support of Small Business15:29 EDT Thursday, October 11, 2012TORONTO, Oct. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Staples Canada, leader in office supplies, today announced a new partnership with Intelligent Office Canada that will give small businesses access to affordable, flexible office space and services across the nation.Intelligent Office provides virtual office services for mobile executives, small businesses, professional service firms, and independent contractors. The two companies have teamed up to provide Canadian small businesses with the resources to work easily and effectively without steep overhead costs."Staples continues to build relationships with the 1.5 million small businesses in Canada. We're constantly providing innovative, affordable solutions to meet the needs of our customers," said Brian Coupland, Director of Innovation and Marketing for Staples Canada.The services offered by Intelligent Office and Staples fit the entrepreneurial and independent work style that is becoming more common in today's business environment.Beginning October 2012, select Staples Canada locations will offer small business customers the opportunity to visit an in-store kiosk where they can schedule a tour of local Intelligent Office locations. Customers can also sign up for loyalty programs that offer incentives, including discounts from both Staples and Intelligent Office.Intelligent Office revolutionizes the traditional concept of the business office, in terms of both space and services. It offers "Intelligent Assistant" remote reception services and telecommunications services, as well as upscale temporary office space on a variable-rent basis. Members also have the option to rent other locations by the hour or use Intelligent Office's Premium Professional Address services and mail services with 24/7 access to expand the profile of their business.Intelligent Office and Staples plan to roll out services in over 300 stores across Canada."We are very excited to partner with Staples Canada and provide valued small business customers with another service," said Brian Monteith, President CEO, Intelligent Office Canada. "This partnership will allow us to provide resources to our customers in an affordable manner, and help them operate their business successfully."The partnership extends the already existing small business services Staples Canada offers its customer base, including:Easy Tech for Business: Complete IT solutions for small businesses by assigning certified tech professionals to assist with a business' around-the-clock technology needs.Business Discount Program: An exclusive copy and print benefit and savings program, giving the small business customer convenient on-line ordering and discounts of up to 20 per-cent.About Staples CanadaStaples, Canada's largest office products company is committed to providing Canadians with a wide choice of office services and products. Serving all types of business - from the small home office to large enterprise - Staples makes it easy for customers to operate their offices efficiently and affordably by offering an extensive selection of office supplies, technology, electronics and office furniture as well as business services, including computer repair and maintenance, and copy and print services. Operating as Bureau en GrosMC in the province of Quebec and Staples Canada in all other provinces, the company employs over 15,000 associates at 330+ stores and at their head office in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Ranked as one of Canada's top ten Canadian companies in Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2011 Corporate Reputation Survey, Staples/Bureau en Gros is dedicated to offering customers the highest level of service, whether they choose to shop in-store, by catalogue or online. Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros also is invested in a number of corporate giving programs that actively support environmental, educational and entrepreneurial initiatives in Canadian communities from coast to coast. Visit www.staples.ca for more information, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.About Intelligent OfficeIntelligent Office is the leading virtual, professionally staffed office space for mobile executives and small businesses in North America. The company is headquartered in Denver, Colo., and has more than 50 franchises across the United States and Canada. The master franchise for Canada is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.  The Canadian operations have 16 franchised locations. Intelligent Office helps clients grow their businesses and work smarter by combining professional staffing with the physical and technological infrastructure of a virtual office. For more information on services, go to www.intelligentoffice.com. For information on domestic and international franchise opportunities, visit http://franchise.intelligentoffice.com. You can also follow Intelligent Office on Twitter at @IOCanada, or visit the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Intelligent.Office.Canada.Video with caption: "Video: Introducing a new partnership between Staples and Intelligent Office -- your Virtual Office. Just one more way to make things easy for Staples business customers.". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/user/StaplesTechTVSOURCE: Staples Canada Inc.For further information: Valerie Outmezguine, Public Relations Specialist / Staples Canada 905.737.1147 x 2426 / valerie.outmezguine@staples.ca