FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., today announced new initiatives with MARS DRINKS and LeanBox to enhance its assortment of breakroom offerings while delivering gourmet beverages and healthier food to power the U.S. workforce.
For coffee lovers, Staples Business Advantage now distributes MARS DRINKS’ single-serve Flavia brewers, which offer premium cappuccinos, lattes and mochas, plus coffees, teas and hot chocolate each in less than a minute at the touch of a button. MARS DRINKS brewers combine reliable performance and hassle-free maintenance making it easier for people at work to create and enjoy a cup of their favorite brew. The company’s patented brewing process ensures no cross-over in flavor from one drink to the next. According to the Staples Business Advantage Workplace Index, office perks such as coffee and snacks are key to attracting and retaining talent, particularly among millennials – 57 percent of whom agree that a well-stocked breakroom leads to happier, more engaged employees.
Staples Business Advantage now also offers a variety of fresh food, courtesy of LeanBox, which provides gourmet salads, sandwiches and snacks in a kiosk the size of a refrigerator. Supplying healthy foods goes a long way toward attracting and retaining talent – as nearly a third of employees look for healthy snacks in the workplace according to the study. Currently available to customers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Southern New Hampshire, LeanBox monitors real-time inventory data to track eating preferences and restock food accordingly.
“A well-designed and well-stocked breakroom can help employees recharge, refresh and be more productive,” said Kerry Anne Carter, vice president, Staples Business Advantage. “For employers looking to provide a collaborative and relaxing breakroom space, Staples Business Advantage offers innovative solutions that promote employee wellbeing and foster productivity.”
Employees value an office breakroom that serves as both an extension of the office and a place to escape, as 38 percent define a good work culture as having an open and collaborative environment, where employers can leverage the breakroom not only as a place to unwind, but also as a work space.
“Staples Business Advantage provides an easy and convenient way to keep our breakrooms stocked,” said Eric Mayse, Purchasing Agent, City of Memphis, which works with Staples Business Advantage to supply food and coffee for more than 700 employees in Memphis City Hall alone. “They also keep us abreast of the latest in breakroom supplies, including healthy snack options like KIND® Bars. Our dedicated Staples Business Advantage sales representative helps us track spending and stay on budget, while empowering us to improve employee morale.”
In addition to supplying food and beverages, Staples Business Advantage helps businesses equip their breakrooms with leading office furniture, appliances, technology and cleaning solutions, including:
- Ergonomically pleasing tables and chairs
- Modular breakroom storage and cabinetry with waste and recycling receptacles
- High-definition televisions
- Sustainable cleaning supplies to combat high-traffic and germ-heavy zones
- Wide range of low-maintenance and advanced appliances – from dishwashers to specialty cooking products
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- Visit the Staples Business Advantage Workplace Index microsite to download the full report.
About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want - in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.
Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.