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Staples Launches Licensing Program Expanding Its Footprint in Services

Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) has announced that it will be expanding its brand into a range of solutions-oriented services and products via licensing agreements. The first agreement is with GRM for Staples Records and Cloud Management™, a new solution designed to help businesses of any size store and manage records, with a focus on security and compliance.

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Under Staples’s new licensing program, companies will now be able to license the trusted Staples trademark to launch Staples-branded offerings across a wide range of products and services. Staples will ensure the quality and value associated with its brand are upheld through a rigorous process of partner vetting, and product approvals. The licensing program will also help Staples provide additional business solutions to its customers.

“Staples is an iconic brand which businesses have come to recognize and trust as a leading provider of products and services,” said Frank Bifulco, executive vice president, global marketing, Staples, Inc. “By working with other innovative companies offering business solutions we’re able to extend that brand to other product areas and introduce our customers to a whole new set of offerings.”

Staples Records and Cloud Management is available now from GRM Document Management, a leader in records management that was selected by Staples to develop and market the new service.

Avner Schneur, president and CEO of GRM Document Management, said, “GRM has an excellent track record of helping customers implement records management solutions. By offering these services under the Staples brand, we can reach even more customers and help them with critical business issues that go well beyond just document storage. Staples Records and Cloud Management is exactly what they need to securely organize, maintain and manage their records, and the Staples name means that together we have the opportunity to speak to a broad audience of loyal customers to help them make more happen for their businesses.”

Staples Records and Cloud Management delivers a comprehensive, secure and cost-effective tool to manage records in ways that ensure compliance with industry and government regulations. Small business to enterprise level customers can choose from a range of services, all designed to help them run their operations better. These include:

  • physical document storage, featuring heightened levels of security via controlled access;
  • on demand scanning/imaging to convert your office to digital from paper easily using nationwide off-site scanning services;
  • cloud records management, which uses cloud technology to share, collaborate and manage business records; offers end-to-end encryption, approval workflow, e-signature capability, annotation and revision management; and
  • additional modules focused on HR records management and A/P invoice processing designed for organizations interested in enterprise-level business process automation.

More information on the services available through Staples Records and Cloud Management can be found at www.staplescloud.com.

Brandgenuity, Staples’ licensing agency of record, brokered the first license agreement on behalf of Staples with GRM, a leading provider of information management solutions.

“Staples is an iconic brand that consumers know and trust,” said Jay Asher, Partner at Brandgenuity. “We believe in the power of the brand and there is an enormous need and potential to bring more Staples services and products to consumers everywhere. This is just the beginning and we’ll be looking at other relevant categories like business insurance and payroll services in the future.”

For more information regarding licensing opportunities, please visit Brandgenuity.com.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want - in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art-ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

Staples Records and Cloud Management is a trademark used by GRM Information Management Services, Inc. under license from Staples Ventures, LLC.

About GRM
GRM Document Management is a leading provider of lifecycle records and information management solutions. The company brings technology innovation and new levels of cost efficiency to document storage, data protection, on demand scanning/imaging, digital/electronic document management, enterprise content management and certified destruction.

Integrated products and services include: eAccess remote inventory control, the VisualVault ECM platform, BPM workflow automation, an industry-leading eForms application tool, a blended paper-to-digital migration solution, medical Release of Information, the GRMpedia regulatory research tool and consultative Compliance/Governance expertise This comprehensive suite of services is available in most major markets throughout the U.S. GRM is currently the largest document storage/records management company in China and recently opened locations in Lima, Peru, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and Bogota, Columbia. For more information, visit the GRM web site at www.grmdocumentmanagement.com

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