On July 4, 1985, Thomas Stemberg was out of printer ink and couldn't find a single store to sell him any due to the holiday. Frustrated, he set out with partner Leo Kahn to create a major office supply store that would be open consistently and carry everything professionals need on a day-to-day basis. Thus, Staples was born.
Staples promotes five key values. The first is to 'own it'; take responsibility for your actions. The second is 'say it like it is'; listen to understand, but don't be afraid to speak up. Next is 'be caring', followed by 'keep it simple'. Finally, Staples encourages employees to 'work together'; collaborate openly and frequently.
What makes Staples unique?
As of 2015, Staples appears to have won the battle of the office supply stores. It is currently in the process of acquiring Office Depot, which owns the formerly independent OfficeMax.