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Turning A Page on Innovation

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Coming soon to Cambridge, Mass.: a new E-Commerce Innovation Center operated by Staples.

Scheduled to open in May, the center is creating quite a buzz inside the retail company. Plans call for the Innovation Center to house teams responsible for designing and implementing innovative new e-commerce solutions for the millions of business customers who shop Staples’ stores and websites.

Staples, the world’s largest office products retailer and the second largest e-commerce company, is adding IT, product management, usability and creative positions so it can better reach customers online, as well as via mobile devices in stores. The company recently announced the launch of a new smartphone app and a new mobile-optimized website.

“Staples’ new E-Commerce Innovation Center will become the home to some of the world’s best e-commerce talent, with the goal of rapidly bringing breakthrough new ideas to market in emerging online technologies like mobile commerce and social media,” says Brian Tilzer, vice president of e-commerce and business development for Staples.com, who describes Cambridge as a “a hub of innovation, with both world-class universities and technology companies.”

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