Staples Europe: The rapid expansion of our Global Competence Centre confirms that Gdansk (Poland) is an ideal business location

Rapid growth at Company’s Global Competence Centre

AMSTERDAM, 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples Europe today announced that it is expanding its presence in Poland as it works to provide every product businesses need to succeed. In the past year, Staples has relocated and expanded its Global Competence Centre in Gdansk, and continues to grow Staples Advantage, its business-to-business division.

The Staples Global Competence Centre opened last year with the support of Invest in Pomerania, a local government body. The centre quickly outgrew its previous location, and has now relocated to a permanent home at Olivia Six, in the heart of the Gdansk business district. The centre employs experts from a variety of disciplines, including IT, e-commerce, supply chain and telecommunications, and provides strategic, analytical and operational support to Staples offices throughout Europe, as well as telecommunications support globally.

“We are excited about our growth in Poland,” said John Wilson, President, Staples International Operations and Head of Global Transformation. “The rapid expansion of our Global Competence Centre confirms that Gdansk is an ideal business location, with its high concentration of universities and well-educated workforce. We look forward to continuing to attract top talent to help us grow in the future.”

Marcin Piątkowski of Invest in Pomerania said, “Staples’ Global Competence Centre benefits the local economy in Gdansk, and offers great opportunities for talented future leaders, both in Poland and abroad. We are thrilled to be able to support Staples.”

In recent years, Staples has also continued to make key investments in its business-to-business delivery operation in Poland, which is growing rapidly.

“Customers understand that Staples Advantage Poland stands for unmatched service and value,” said Piotr Kiszkis, Managing Director, Staples Advantage Poland. “We are now well-positioned to make it easy for our customers to find everything they need to succeed.”

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About Staples:
Staples is the world’s top office products company and one of the largest internet retailers. For 30 years, Staples has served the needs of business customers and its vision is to provide everything customers need to succeed. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples offers office supplies, technology products and services, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, copy and print services and a wide range of other product categories. With thousands of associates worldwide dedicated to making it easy for businesses of all sizes, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at

About Invest in Pomerania:
Invest in Pomerania is a regional initiative, established in 2011, that provides free-of-charge services to foreign investors interested in carrying out projects in Pomerania. Its underlying principle is close cooperation between the partners who form Invest in Pomerania: The Marshal’s Office of Pomorskie Voivodeship, the cities of Gdansk, Gdynia, Slupsk and Sopot, Pomeranian and Slupsk Special Economic Zones, InvestGDA and Pomerania Development Agency. Invest in Pomerania offers broad support during the investment process and comprehensive after-care services. The system is based on “a one-stop-shop” concept – investors who consult with Invest in Pomerania will receive support at each step of the investment process. More information about Invest in Pomerania can be found at

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Staples Europe
Rosanne Bonanno, +31 (0)20 651 1539

Staples, Inc. announces leadership changes

FRAMINGHAM, MA, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) today announced leadership changes as it creates a more efficient, focused organization.

“We are streamlining the organization and building a simplified structure that will speed decision-making and enable us to focus on driving profitable growth,” said Ron Sargent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “These changes will help us compete in a rapidly evolving marketplace, either as a standalone company or in combination with Office Depot.”

Shira Goodman, currently President, North American Commercial, has been named President, North American Operations. She will have responsibility for Staples’ business-to-business, online and retail operations across the United States and Canada. Goodman joined Staples in 1992 and played a key role in developing Staples’ delivery business model. She has served in a number of senior roles across the company, including strategy, marketing, human resources and operations.

John Wilson, currently President, Staples Europe, has been named President, International Operations and Transformation. He will have responsibility for operations inEurope, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and Asia. He will also be responsible for the company’s strategy and overall transformation efforts. Wilson served as Chief Financial Officer at Staples from 1992-1996. He rejoined Staples in 2012 and will continue to be based in Amsterdam.

Demos Parneros, President, North American Stores and Online, announced his resignation from Staples, effective March 31. Otis Pannell, Senior Vice President, U.S Retail Operations, will have responsibility for retail operations in the United States and will report to Goodman. Pannell joined Staples in 1989, serving in a number of retail leadership positions across the United States.

“John, Shira and Otis have deep knowledge of Staples, and I’m very excited to work with them in their new roles as we position Staples for the future,” Sargent said. “I want to thank Demos for all he has done to help build Staples. Over nearly 30 years, he has played a significant role in making Staples the leader in our industry, touching countless people and developing many of our strongest leaders and associates. I will miss working with him as a valued colleague. “

About Staples
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and break room supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Staples also offers free shipping for Staples Rewards Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at

Source: Staples, Inc.

Staples, Inc.
Media Contact:
Kirk Saville, 508-253-8530
Investor Contact:
Chris Powers, 508-253-4632