Our Founder - Tom Stemberg


Who We Are

Staples, Inc. was born out of a real human need. Tom 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 recognizing 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 humans who are driven to make business easier for our customers.  For more than 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 almost always next-day deliveries. 

Our Values

Take a look at our values and learn why and how we do what we do.

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People are at the heart of what we do, and we take care of our people. 

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We work as an inclusive and diverse team. We collaborate, we grow and we Win Together.

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Come build it, develop it and be part of it together. Ready to join the team?

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