Technology Top on Holiday Wish List



    STAPLES Business Depot poll says 64 per cent of Canadians plan to buy a
    technology gift this holiday season

    TORONTO, Nov. 12 /CNW/ - STAPLES Business Depot makes it easy for holiday
shoppers to please the over 64 per cent of Canadians expecting the latest
technology gifts. Just in time for the holidays, STAPLES Business Depot is
stocking the shelves with the season's hottest tech items and becoming the
one-stop destination for every tech-lover's gift-giving needs.
    According to the office supply company's recent survey, technology items
are on the top of the list for most Canadians. This year's favourites are GPS
navigation devices, digital cameras, iPod/MP3 players, digital photo frames
and laptops.
    "Our survey showed tech items are on both wish and gift giving lists this
year," said Pete Gibel, Vice President, Merchandising, at STAPLES Business
Depot. "Thirty-one per cent of Canadians want or are giving a digital camera;
while 29 per cent want or are planning to give an iPod or MP3 player."
    The findings also demonstrated that over 50 per cent of Canadians are
happy to receive any type of technology gift this season from digital photo
frames to GPS navigation devices.
    Angus Reid Strategies released these findings as part of a survey of more
than 1,000 adults across Canada, commissioned by STAPLES Business Depot.
    STAPLES Business Depot is carrying its widest selection ever of the
season's most sought after technology items.

    Top Five Holiday Tech Items

    Topping the list of favourite gifts available at STAPLES Business Depot
for the holiday season:

    Apple iPod nano, 4GB, Silver: The World's most popular music player lets
users enjoy TV shows, movies, video podcasts, and more. Watch up to five hours
of video. Browse music by album artwork with Cover Flow. The iPod nano sports
a larger resolution display that's 65 per cent brighter than before. In
anodized aluminum and polished stainless steel, iPod nano is now 6.5 mm thin
and even more beautiful with a 2" display. ($154.83)

    Mio DigiWalker C220s Portable Car Navigation System with GPS: The Mio
DigiWalker(TM) C220s is a stylish and pocket-sized GPS navigation device
equipped with maps of Canada and major US roadways on a SD card. Displaying a
3.5" touch screen, with over one million preloaded businesses and landmarks.
Never get lost again with turn-by-turn voice navigation in 16 languages
(including English, French and Spanish). Weighing less than 4 oz, this sleek
and stylish navigation system will never have you asking for directions again!
($199.96)

    Kodak EasyShare 8" Digital Picture Frame: Your favourite memories - now
playing in a frame near you. Start viewing your pictures and videos right away
or you can play MP3s with the built-in speakers. With a display area of 6.9" x
3.9", on-frame viewing and editing features are easy. Available with 128MB
internal memory and one year limited warranty, the Kodak EasyShare proudly
displays all your memories this holiday season. ($169.98)

    Toshiba Satellite A200-TJ9 Notebook Computer, Bilingual: This versatile
1.5GHz Intel Centrino Core computer is loaded with features to make technology
a breeze. The Notebook comes with an integrated webcam, Microsoft Windows
Vista Home Premium and a one year limited International warranty. With a 2GB
DDR2 SDRAM and 200GB Hard Drive the Toshiba Satellite is also Bluetooth ready,
weighing less than six pounds. ($1099.96)

    Canon PowerShot A560 Digital Camera, 7.1MP, 4x Optical, 4x Digital Zoom:
This 7.1 Megapixel camera comes with face detection technology. Other features
include 4x Optical and 4x Digital Zoom; with a real-image optical zoom finder.
Shooting Modes include: Auto, Camera, Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene
Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot and Movie. Take the perfect picture this
holiday season with a Canon PowerShot. ($199.86)

    Please click the following link for photos of the top five holiday tech
items: http://files.newswire.ca/267/staples_xmas.doc

    About STAPLES Business Depot

    Founded in Toronto in 1991, The Business Depot Ltd. is Canada's largest
supplier of office supplies, business machines, office furniture and business
services for the small business and home office customer. The company is an
everyday low price retailer. The chain operates stores in all provinces across
Canada under the banners STAPLES(R) Business Depot(TM) and BUREAU EN GROS(TM).
The company has over 13,500 employees serving customers through more than 280
office superstores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES(R) Business
Depot(TM)/BUREAU EN GROS(TM) is committed to making shopping easy by offering
customers three ways to shop - online, by catalogue and in-store. More
information is available at www.staples.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Alessandra Saccal, Public Relations Manager,
STAPLES Business Depot, (905) 737-1147 ext. 2363,
alessandra.saccal@staples.ca; Lesley Kisil Ciciretto, Public Relations
Specialist, STAPLES Business Depot, (905) 737-1147 ext. 2424,
lesley.ciciretto@staples.ca


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