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|Type||Corporation, Subsidiary of Staples, Inc.|
|Headquarters||Lincolnshire, Illinois, U.S.|
Quill Corporation is the largest mail-order office supply retailer in the United States with revenues of $1.3B per year and EBITDA of over 20%. Currently headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, Quill offers more than 200,000 products including school and office supplies, office machines, furniture, technology, cleaning and breakroom, custom-printed and promotional products. Over 70% of Quill's sales are conducted online.[verification needed]
Quill is currently owned by Staples, Inc. and is recognized as their most profitable division, accounting for nearly 25% of the company's net income. Between 1998 and 2009, Quill grew from $500 million in revenues to over $1.3 billion. The company is still one of Staples' fastest growing divisions and is led by Michael Patriarca, President of Quill Corporation.
Quill Corporation was the outgrowth of an idea by Jack Miller. In 1956, with a small loan of $2,000 from Jack's father-in-law, a desk, chair and two phones, Quill's first office was established in the back room of his father's poultry shop on the north side of Chicago. Initially lacking retail experience, the young entrepreneur relied heavily on his face-to-face selling techniques to drive revenue. With the assistance of Jack's brother Harvey, the two evolved their marketing strategies to include mail-order campaigns that enticed potential customers with substantially discounted prices and free shipping - transforming Quill Corporation into one of the first mail-order  companies in the United States. In 1974, Quill reported annual sales of $3.5 million. During the early and mid-1980s, the company's revenues skyrocketed, amounting to $180 million in 1986. Its mail-order business was the most successful within the office supplies market, with more than 40 million catalogues and flyers sent to a customer base of approximately 600,000 businesses and organizations, and listing more than 9,000 various office supplies and products. In 1996, the company launched the web site Quill.com. In the winter of 1998, Quill Corporation was acquired by Staples, Inc. for approximately $685 million. Jack Miller utilized funds from the sale of Quill to create the Jack Miller Center.
In an effort to be more environmentally friendly Quill added a larger assortment of "green" products including paper, cleaning and breakroom, filing and binder products, as well as a laser cartridge recycling box that is free to order and free to return to Quill.
The domain quill.com attracted at least 1 million visitors annually by 2008, according to a Compete.com survey. The online community, Office Living was launched in November 2006 with a variety of articles from tips to recipes that are useful for a busy office professional.
In July 2002, Medical Arts Press became a subsidiary of Quill when Staples, Inc. purchased the Minneapolis-based company for $385 million. Since 1950, Medical Arts Press has helped healthcare practices meet their unique front-office supply needs. Medical Arts Press carries the industry's largest selection of specialty filing and general office supplies, 100% government-compliant forms, code books, office furnishings, imprinted patient communication and giveaways, ink and toner, breakroom supplies and more.
In addition to the acquisition of Medical Arts Press, Quill also obtained SmileMakers and Hayes Marketing Inc. (HMI). Both provide creative products to help build patient loyalty and promote practices with giveaway items, promotional postcards, greeting cards and more.
"So fast, so simple" slogan
In 2006, Quill's "So fast, so simple" branding campaign was launched. In conjunction with a program to migrate catalog shoppers to the Web site, Quill.com, the goal of the campaign was to encourage shopping online for a faster, simpler way to shop for office supplies.
- 1956 – Quill is founded by Jack Miller in Chicago, IL
- 1957 – Brother Harvey joins the business and Quill moves into its first real office and warehouse
- 1963 – Quill's first big mail-order catalog is introduced
- 1974 – Quill reports annual sales of $3.5 million
- 1974 – Arnold joins his brothers in the family business
- 1986 - Quill reports annual revenues of $180 million
- 1992 – United States Supreme Court case Quill Corp. v. North Dakota in which Quill took the position that North Dakota does not have the power to make Quill collect a use tax from North Dakota customers 
- 1995 – A wide range of school supplies are added, such as crayons, rulers, audiovisual equipment, erasers, and other items to meet the needs of primary and secondary students
- 1996 – Quill.com is launched
- 1997 - Quill weathers the UPS strike.
- 1998 – Quill is acquired by Staples, Inc. 
- 2000 – Larry Morse is named President
- July, 2002 – Medical Arts Press becomes a subsidiary of Quill
- 2004 – Quill is awarded the "Circle of Excellence" Platinum Award by BizRate.com (a Shopzilla Company) for customer service 
- 2006 – "So fast, so simple" branding campaign launched
- April, 2006 – "Clips" the Quill chicken and official mascot of Quill's 50th anniversary is "hatched"
- June 23, 2006 – Quill celebrates its 50th anniversary
- 2007 – Quill is recognized by J.D. Power and Associates for providing "An Outstanding Customer Service Experience", expands to 12 distribution centers with the addition of 1 in Denver, Colorado, and attains 70% of total sales online at Quill.com
- 2008 – Quill launches the Green Scene initiative with environmentally friendly products and business practices
- 2008 - Quill is recognized for the second year in a row by J.D. Power and Associates 
- 2008 – Michael Patriarca succeeds Larry Morse and is appointed senior vice president of Staples
- 2009 - Quill launches layoffs of ARDC employess
- 2009 - Quill launches their own YouTube page with a new "Ask Quill" campaign
- 2009 - Quill rebrands to Quill.com and updates tag line to "Best experience in office products"
- 2009 - Quill.com launches a Facebook page and Twitter feed 'Quillcom'
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- Quill Corp. v. North Dakota