American Workers Need Their Cup (or Three) of Joe

Staples Coffee Day Survey Uncovers Tasks Employees Can’t Tackle
Before Their First Cup

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–It’s no surprise that the U.S. workforce loves its coffee. In fact, 37
percent of American workers say they can’t even get dressed for work
without their first cup of coffee. And, nearly half of American workers
consume at least three cups of coffee each day. These statistics, brewed
fresh in a survey from Staples, were released today in advance of
National Coffee Day, celebrated on September 29.

U.S. workers say there are a number of tasks they can’t handle before
their first cup of the day. In fact, 44 percent said they can’t have a
conversation or commute without coffee. Next comes checking email and
eating a meal, at 40 and 38 percent of U.S. employees, respectively.

“Providing coffee and a well-stocked breakroom are easy steps that
companies can take to ensure the happiness and productivity of their
employees,” said Chris Correnti, vice president and general manager,
Staples Facility Solutions. “The Staples Advantage Workplace Index
revealed that millennials value office perks and break time. A simple
gesture such as providing a well-stocked and inviting breakroom with
coffee options goes a long way toward retaining talent.”

For a significant percentage of the workforce, one cup each day will not
suffice. In fact, over 57 percent need at least two cups of coffee to
feel productive and alert. In today’s always-on work culture, coffee has
become even more essential.

“Businesses are always looking for ways to jumpstart employee
productivity – leading to increased market share and sales – but the one
tried and true method for decades has been a cup of coffee,” said Laura
Stack, an award-winning keynote speaker, bestselling author, and
authority on workplace productivity. “There’s nothing quite like coffee
to keep employees engaged, alert and happy at work.”

Americans in 2015 are obsessed with social media, scanning their
channels and posting updates multiple times each day. And even still,
when asked if they had to give up social media or coffee forever, three
out of four U.S. employees said they would give up social media instead
of coffee.

No matter the business size, Staples has the coffee products companies
need to keep their employees productive, whether through Staples stores
or Staples.com.
For larger organizations, Staples
Advantage
, the business-to-business division of Staples offers a
variety of coffee and coffee supply items including creamers, sweeteners
and cups/lids. It also offers customers a robust coffee lease program
that includes brewers at no extra charge, brewer maintenance and access
to a team of field experts.

Join Laura Stack and Staples for a Twitter party

Staples is bringing social and coffee together via a #TwitterParty at 1:00
p.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 1
, during which @Staples and @StaplesB2B
will engage with productivity expert @laurastack to discuss America’s
love affair with coffee, common productivity challenges faced by today’s
workforce and the impact of well-stocked breakrooms on workplace
happiness and productivity. Come and join the #StaplesCoffeeTalk and
qualify for exciting prizes.

Resources:

  • Follow Staples on Twitter @Staples and Staples Advantage @StaplesB2B
    to learn more.

About the survey
This survey was conducted using
SurveyMonkey.com and was live from August 17, 2015 – August 31, 2015.

About Staples
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with
more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail,
online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however
and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile
devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology,
facilities and break room supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical
supplies, and Copy and Print services. Staples also offers free shipping
for Staples Rewards Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered
outside of Boston, Staples operates in North and South America, Europe,
Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS)
is available at www.staples.com.

About Staples Advantage
Staples Advantage, the
business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), serves
organizations of 10 or more employees up to the Fortune 1000, helping
them make more happen with more products, greater cost savings and
improved ordering efficiencies. Staples Advantage provides its
customers, including global businesses, local, state and federal
government, healthcare organizations and educational institutions, with
a one source solution featuring comprehensive products and services like
office supplies, technology, printing, promotional products, furniture
and facility supplies, along with a customized level of account support
and best-in-class customer service. More information is available at www.staplesadvantage.com.

Contacts

Staples, Inc.
Shweta Agarwal, 508-253-8249
shweta.agarwal@staples.com