SOURCE: Clip-rite

August 13, 2007 14:00 ET

Clip-Tabs: First Major Paper Clip Innovation in More Than 100 Years; Patented Hybrid Sticky Note & Clip Organizes Documents in Style

Clip-rite's New "Paper Clip 2.0" Puts Fun Back in FUNctional & Saves Time

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - August 13, 2007) - What do you get when you cross a paper clip with a sticky note? Clip-Tabs™ by Clip-rite™, the first real innovation to the paper clip since it was invented in 1899. A new 2-in-1 instant organizing product for taming the paper monster, Clip-Tabs are now available at more than 1,100 Office Depot stores nationwide, with distribution coming to all OfficeMax stores this October and other major outlets set for later this year. Clip-Tabs are patented in the U.S. and Europe, and patent pending in other parts of the world.

Clip-Tabs integrate a high-quality, European-style paper clip with colorful and durable American paper tabs featuring large, two-sided writing areas. Used at work, school, or home, they can "clip & tab," write, file, pile and instantly organize documents in one easy step. Clip-Tab paper is non-smearing; even gel ink is colorfast upon contact with Clip-Tabs' special paper stock.

The need for such a practical yet cool organizing tool is at an all-time high according to several studies. Americans waste 9 million hours each day searching for misplaced items (a study by the American Demographics Society). The average desk worker has 36 hours of work on his or her desk and spends three hours per week sorting piles trying to find the project to work on next (The Overload Syndrome, Richard A. Swenson).

"We are dealing with more paper and information in one year than our grandparents did in a lifetime," says Janet Lau, president of Clip-rite, maker of Clip-Tabs. "Being organized is more important than ever. Personally, I've been frustrated with using so many different products to organize my paper work because it still looked messy and disorganized. I created Clip-Tabs as a simple and fast way to help us all get organized and put paper in its place."

Cool design is becoming more important than ever to American consumers. Clip-Tabs exceeds that expectation with its European style clip, and a paper tab that is two-toned, vibrantly colored, and die-cut to follow the lines of the paper clip. Clip-Tabs come in three tab widths and four two-tone colors: yellow, red, blue and green (more clip sizes and colors coming soon). They are reversible, reusable and recyclable, and include a lightweight dispenser for easy access. Clip-Tabs clip up to 30 pages for easy sorting.

The ways to organize with Clip-Tabs are limited only by imagination. They can be used for personal organizing systems to sort documents by section, subject, and action, and they work easily inside file folders, accordion files and file cabinets. In addition, Clip-Tabs work well on the desktop as to-do list organizers and for deadline alerts.

For the "filers" and "pilers" of the world, Clip-Tab bundles documents from the top or from the side. Attached at the top of a file, upright files are better organized for faster access. A Clip-Tab clipped on the side of papers is effective for those who employ the more "traditional" style of organizing, i.e. piles, as stacks of paper are instantly sorted and labeled for future action. For added functionality and visual appeal, items can even be organized by color.

As an exciting new "Back to School" tool, Clip-Tabs make life easier for educators and students. In addition to the instant personal organization offered by Clip-Tabs, students can use them as study aids, to bookmark important material within a larger document or textbook, for example. Teachers can also use Clip-Tabs to bundle homework to be graded, homework already graded, and study plans.

And then there are the many personal, fun and creative ways to use Clip-Tabs every day at home: bookmarks, potato chip bag closers, tax receipt and document keepers, ticket savers, bill pay reminders, homework by child, photo organizers, and more. What's more, Clip-Tabs are affordable -- suggested retail price starts at $2.79 for a set of 24. Editor's note: Photos are available upon request.

About Clip-rite

Clip-rite™ is a privately held company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, founded in 2006 and launching its debut product line in 2007. Clip-Tabs™ are the ingenious creation of entrepreneur Janet Lau, who had the idea after continuously attaching sticky notes to documents with paper clips. Finding that messy, cumbersome and time-consuming, Janet had the idea for a Clip-Tab. Clip-rite is her second venture; her first, Ficcare, is a successful upscale women's fashion accessories company with distribution to more than 20 countries. Clip-Tabs are available at Patrick & Co. stores, and Office Depot stores nationwide. Clip-Tabs are patented in the U.S. and Europe, and patent pending in other parts of the world. Discover more about Clip-Tabs and Clip-rite at http://clip-rite.com/.

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