Our Founder - Tom Stemberg


Who We Are

At Staples, Business is Human, which means our people “think beyond the algorithm” to deliver for customers. A leader in workspace products and solutions for over 35 years, Staples has thousands of experts dedicated to applying their intuition, expertise, and experience to bring out the best that technology such as AI has to offer. These experts make work easier, smarter, and more efficient for businesses of all sizes. Our company operates in North America through eCommerce and direct sales and is headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts. 

Staples, Inc. was born out of a real human need. Our founder Tom Stemberg was working on a business proposal and needed a ribbon for his printer but couldn’t find one because his local dealer was closed for the 4th of July. Out of frustration and the need of many small businesses for critical supplies, an idea for an office supply superstore was born. The first store was opened in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston in 1986. The rest is history.

Today we are a company of more than 13,000 smart, insightful experts who are driven to make business easier for our customers. For over 35 years, Staples, Inc. Has helped people work better and smarter in a world that seems like it’s never the same from one day to the next.

We offer all the supplies a business needs to operate, far beyond the paper ink and toner we’re known for. We are experts in technology and conferencing equipment, cleaning products, furniture, breakroom items like snacks and coffee, too.

The Way We Do Business 

Staples Business Advantage® division is designed for organizations from small businesses to large corporations. With private website, tools and analytics, unlimited employee access and dedicated account experts. 

Staples.com features leading brands and speedy delivery. 

Our Values

This is why and how we do what we do.                 

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We offer great benefits for our employees' wellbeing. 

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Everybody belongs at Staples - we ensure our team feels valued.

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