IMPORTANT INFORMATION Please read this notice carefully.

This area of the website (the "Transaction Site") contains documents and information published by Staples, Inc ("Staples") relating to the offer by Staples Acquisition B.V. for all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares in the share capital of, American depositary shares representing ordinary shares, depositary receipts of preference shares A (together the "Shares"), and 2% subordinated convertible bonds due 2010 convertible into ordinary shares (ISIN: XS01881343) (together with the Shares the "Securities"), issued by, Corporate Express N.V. ("Corporate Express") (the "Offer"). This information is being made available for information purposes only and is subject to the terms and conditions set out below.

The Offer applies to all the Corporate Express Securities and is made into The Netherlands and the United States, as well as any other jurisdiction where the Offer is capable of being lawfully made in compliance with local laws (together the "Offer Jurisdictions") but the Offer is not being made, directly or indirectly, in or into Canada, Japan or any other jurisdiction (other than the Offer Jurisdictions) where the making of this Offer is not in compliance with local laws (such a jurisdiction, a "Restricted Jurisdiction"), and the Securities will not be accepted for purchase from or on behalf of any securityholders in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities or other laws or regulations of any of the Restricted Jurisdictions. Accordingly, copies of the offer memorandum relating to the Offer (the "Offer Memorandum") and any related press announcements, acceptance forms and other documents are not being sent and must not be mailed or otherwise distributed or sent in, into or from Canada or Japan or, in their capacities as such, to custodians, nominees or trustees holding Securities for persons residing in Canada or Japan or any other Restricted Jurisdiction. Any persons (including, without limitation, custodians, nominees and trustees) who would or otherwise intend to, or may have a contractual or other legal obligation to, forward the Offer Memorandum or any accompanying documents to any Restricted Jurisdiction should seek appropriate advice before taking any action.

The full terms and conditions of the Offer are set out in the formal documentation relating thereto. In considering the Offer, securityholders of Corporate Express should only rely on the information contained, and procedures described, in the formal documentation.

This notice applies to all persons who view the Transaction Site and, depending on where you are located, may affect your rights or responsibilities. Staples reserves the right to amend or update this notice at any time and you should, therefore, read it in full each time you visit the Transaction Site. In addition, the contents of the Transaction Site may be amended at any time in whole or in part at the sole discretion of Staples.

You should not forward, transmit or show the information or documents contained in the Transaction Site to any person.

The documents included in the Transaction Site speak only at the specified date of the relevant document and Staples has, and accepts, no responsibility or duty to update such documents.

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