Staples, the world's largest office products company and second largest
internet retailer, today announced the launch of the Staples
App Center, an innovative online marketplace for cloud-based
business applications. The App Center makes it easy for small businesses
to purchase and manage their apps all in one place, with a selection of
the best business apps, an administrative console and one consolidated
The Staples App Center, an innovative online marketplace for cloud-based business applications, makes it easy for small businesses to purchase and manage their apps all in one place. (Photo: Business Wire)
"Staples' vision is to provide small businesses with all the products
they need to succeed, including the best offerings from the evolving
cloud computing market," said Peter Scala, Senior Vice President
Merchandising, Online Marketplace. "The App Center is the first of its
kind in our industry, and uniquely meets the needs of our customers as
they shift to cloud-based apps. Staples recognizes that small businesses
would rather spend time growing their business than figuring out which
applications they need to run it, so we did the research for them and
selected the best cloud-based
The App Center features leading cloud applications from service
providers like Google, Carbonite, Mozy, Box, Symantec, McAfee, and
Brother, along with other cutting edge developers, with more to come.
Small businesses can shop for apps by category, get recommendations,
perform feature-by-feature comparisons and review product profiles. Most
apps come with free trials and monthly subscriptions that can be
cancelled at any time, creating risk-free shopping.
The App Center also features a dashboard, unique to the industry, that
lets users access all their apps with one login and perform
administrative tasks, like quickly adding approved users, upgrading apps
or reviewing key usage data. For billing administration, customers are
charged monthly with one consolidated bill from Staples, with the
ability to review line item details on past invoices.
Staples recently announced it was increasing its investment in online
capabilities and significantly expanding its assortment beyond office
supplies to better serve the needs of business customers. The Staples
App Center is an example of how the company is exploring new channels to
grow its business, offer even more products and services, and forge
tighter relationships with its customers.
Staples is the world's largest office products company and second
largest internet retailer. 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 88,000 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.
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