Office Depot expands its Strategic Partnerships Program that benefited school districts, superintendents and school leaders

Program Helps Superintendents and School Districts with Strategic Design, Organizational Alignment and Resource Allocation

Boca Raton, Fla., 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office products, services, and solutions, today (August 28, 2017) announced that it is expanding its Strategic Partnerships Program. The program, which initially started in Connecticut, has gradually expanded across the Northeast, Southeast and West Coast. Over the past year, the program has benefited school districts, superintendents and school leaders through strategic design, organizational alignment and optimization of resources.

The Strategic Partnership Program, which is part of Office Depot, Inc’s Committed to Learning™ initiative, addresses one of the greatest challenges educators face today — the need for a strategic plan that focuses on continuous improvement while providing measurement of progress and enabling districts to accomplish more with existing resources.

As a part of the process, Office Depot, Inc.’s education consultants, many of whom are former teachers and administrators, meet with superintendents and lead decision makers to develop the district’s shared vision, mission and goals. To date, partner districts have shown strong results through budgetary calibration, increased cost efficiency and improved staff alignment.

“Our Committed to Learning initiative helps districts take care of their business, and their learners, using innovative tools and practices that previously were confined to large companies,” said Becki Schwietz, senior director for K-12 education for Office Depot, Inc. “Once districts begin partnering with our education consultants, they learn we are a new kind of partner.”

Office Depot, Inc. has launched the Strategic Partnerships Program with multiple districts including McAllen Independent School District in Texas, West Bloomfield School District in Michigan and Wallingford Public Schools in Connecticut, all of which have seen a positive impact in their district and communities.

“Students and teachers are asked to do more than ever, so we knew we had to reimagine ways to alleviate some of that pressure,” said Dr. J.A. Gonzalez, superintendent of McAllen Independent School District. “Through our partnership with Office Depot, we have been able to execute the vision of creating environments that are authentic and engaging, to help ensure that our teachers and students succeed.”

Education consultants partnered with McAllen to determine the school district’s needs and develop a strategic plan that emphasizes early learning and community engagement. They also partnered with West Bloomfield School District to create a road map for collaborative classrooms, with an emphasis on STEAM.

“We know that modern learning environments enable students to better prepare for future careers, so when we started thinking about implementation, we turned to Office Depot, one of our trusted business partners, for their support”, said Alesia Flye, deputy superintendent for West Bloomfield School District. “As a result of our partnership, we have planned for the implementation of collaborative classrooms within our district with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.”

Office Depot, Inc. collaborates with school districts and other educational institutions through the company’s Committed to Learning™ initiative, which offers educators access to a national team of curriculum and instruction experts across disciplines. Through the Committed to Learning™ initiative, the company partners with school districts to meet their strategic goals by providing instructional solutions and access to leaders and strategic thinkers in education that enrich the learning experience in the areas of personalized learning, project-based learning and innovative learning spaces, culture and wellness, instructional resources, and supplies.

To learn more, visit www.officedepot.com/education or contact them directly via committedtolearning@officedepot.com.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school, or car.

The company had 2016 annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites, and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, and Grand & Toy. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace, and Highmark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP.”

Office Depot is a trademark of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax is a trademark of OMX, Inc. ©2017 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact:
Julianne Embry
561-438-1451
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Survey: Nearly 70% of Educators Indicated a Central Purchasing Hub Would Save Time and Money When buying classroom supplies

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office products, services, and solutions, today announced the results of an educator productivity survey whose findings uncovered the minimum cost of U.S. teacher time spent researching and buying supplies for their classrooms is more than half a billion dollars.

The non-profit Center for College & Career Readiness and Office Depot, Inc.’s Committed to LearningTM initiative recently surveyed more than 2,800 educators regarding purchasing and researching needed supplies for use in the classroom. An average teacher’s salary is more than $55,000 per year (roughly $26 per hour) and there are more than 3.5 million full- time teachers in the U.S.1, therefore based upon the results of the survey, the costs of researching and purchasing classroom supplies could reach over $500 million.

A few key findings from the survey:

  • Nearly 70 percent of respondents indicated that a central purchasing hub would save time and money when buying classroom supplies;
  • 42 percent of the educators surveyed reported purchasing classroom supplies every month;
  • More than 30 percent indicated they spend more than 10 hours every year researching and buying supplies for the classroom;
  • 50 percent of the educators surveyed preferred to purchase classroom supplies online.

Office Depot, Inc. partners with school districts from Connecticut to California to bring strategic planning expertise and a team of education experts to help plan, produce and deliver classroom materials, allowing educators to save time in the classroom. Through officedepot.com, educators have access to an easy-to-use central purchasing hub that helps with streamlining buying decisions.

“These survey findings show the increased demand for educator support when it comes to researching and purchasing classroom supplies,” said Becki Schwietz, senior director of growth strategies for Office Depot, Inc. “We are proud to partner with public and private schools around the country to reduce educators’ out-of-pocket expenses and time spent sourcing classroom supplies through our classroom enablement programs and print services instructional materials solutions.”

Office Depot, Inc. collaborates with school districts and other educational institutions through the company’s Committed to Learning™ initiative, which offers educators access to a national team of curriculum and instruction experts across disciplines. Through the Committed to Learning™ initiative, the company partners with school districts to meet their strategic goals by providing instructional solutions and access to experts that enrich the learning experience in the areas of personalized learning, project-based learning and innovative learning spaces, culture and wellness, instructional resources, and supplies.

To learn more, visit www.officedepot.com/education or contact them directly via email at committedtolearning@officedepot.com.

1 National Center for Education Statistics

Survey Methodology/Sample Qualifications

In February 2017, the Center for College & Career Readiness conducted a survey of educators on behalf of Office Depot’s Committed to LearningTM initiative. A total of 2,819 educators (including Principals, Assistant Principals, Department Chairs, Teachers and more) participated in the survey.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

The company had 2016 annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP.”

Office Depot is a trademark of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax is a trademark of OMX, Inc. ©2017 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact:
Julianne Embry
561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

Edelman
Amanda Olson
512-634-3661
amanda.olson1@edelman.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot to help Washington Elementary School reopen with new design and furniture

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-Apr-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, today (April 24, 2017) announced a partnership with Washington Elementary School in Sacramento, CA, to help the school reopen, reimagining the school’s design after two years of sitting dormant due to a declined intercity enrollment and budget cuts. In less than four months, Office Depot, Inc., in partnership with HMC Architects, completed furniture specifications, product samples, design renderings and installed furniture in the new classrooms, cafeteria, media commons and administrative areas.

Providing solutions to different types and sizes of schools is central to Office Depot, Inc.’s Committed to Learning™. Washington Elementary School, the winner of California’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing’s Design Honor Awards for Modernization and Transformation, proved to be a unique opportunity since the school reopened with a focus on STEAM classrooms (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics). Office Depot, Inc., combined its deep expertise in design and furniture implementation with its contact furniture dealership, Workspace Interiors by Office Depot, to develop learning environments that reinforce the project-based nature of the curriculum.

Office Depot, Inc. works with school districts around the country to design classrooms with new technology and furniture to help meet the changing needs of students today. For Washington Elementary School, the company provided flexible furnishings to allow students and teachers the ability to tailor their learning experience while integrating technology and incorporating one-on-one learning.

“Our goal was to reimagine an innovative way to approach learning and teaching at Washington Elementary School rather than replicate the previously closed version,” said Dr. Gema Godina-Martinez, principal at Washington Elementary. “Through Office Depot’s partnership, we were able to not only offer students and staff a new place to learn, but hope and excitement for families in the community.”

Combining decades of classroom design and furniture experience with expert consultants from across the education sector, Office Depot, Inc.’s Committed to Learning™ brand offers schools new choices in classroom innovation, and offers communities new ways to revitalize their local school facilities. Since Washington Elementary School reopened, forward thinking educators have been drawn to the school’s innovative feel and design, allowing families and students to be welcomed back to their neighborhood school.

“With Washington Elementary, we provided help with the design and furniture, but became a partner for something much larger,” said Becki Schwietz, senior director for K-12 education at Office Depot, Inc. “Not only did we create safe and comfortable spaces for students to allow for more innovative and forward thinking, but assisted in reopening a school that is critical to many families and students. Assisting local neighborhood schools is a crucial component of the company’s overall commitment to learning.”

Office Depot’s passion for helping local neighborhood schools through our Workspace Interiors division was matched by the lead architectural firm on the project, HMC Architects. The Workspace Interiors team worked closely with HMC Architects throughout the project to ensure the forward thinking designed environments supported Washington Elementary’s STEAM learning goals.

“Our mission at HMC Architects is to partner with communities to serve the greater good,” said Aaron Buehring, senior project designer at HMC Architects. “Through partnering with Workspace Interiors by Office Depot, we were able to work together to design and build a school that the students and administrative staff can be proud of.”

Office Depot, Inc. collaborates with school districts and other educational institutions through the company’s Committed to Learning™ initiative, which offers educators access to a national team of curriculum and instruction experts across disciplines. Through the Committed to Learning™ initiative, the company partners with school districts to meet their strategic goals by providing instructional solutions and access to experts that enrich the learning experience in the areas of personalized learning, project-based learning and innovative learning spaces, culture and wellness, instructional resources, and supplies.

To learn more, visit www.officedepot.com/education or email us directly at committedtolearning@officedepot.com.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

The company had annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and Highmark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP.”

Office Depot is a trademark of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax is a trademark of OMX, Inc. ©2017 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

About Washington Elementary

Washington Elementary, located in midtown Sacramento, reopened on September 1, 2016 as a STEAM school utilizing Project Based Learning (PBL) as the main teaching method. In partnership with community members and businesses, our staff have identified real world and authentic problems aligned with common core standards creating the opportunity for our students to develop the skills and attributes to lead successful lives.

Washington Elementary provides an engaging and collaborative community where all learners thrive. We are a STEAM-focused school with a sustainable model for innovation that supports learners in solving authentic problems through inquiry.

Contact:
Julianne Embry
561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

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512-634-3661
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Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. announces partnership with Silverback Learning Solutions to help foster student and educator achievement

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, today (March 20, 2017) announced a partnership with Silverback Learning Solutions, a pioneering K-12 education technology company, to bring districts and administrators personalized learning solutions that help foster student and educator achievement.

The unique partnership combines Office Depot, Inc.’s Committed to Learning™ initiative with Silverback Learning Solutions’ education software Mileposts™, Teacher Vitae and EdifyAssess, powered by Silverback Learning, which allow teachers and districts to personalize education learning plans while managing interventions and monitoring achievement.

Office Depot, Inc. works with school districts across the country to help implement innovative technology and educational tools that help meet the changing needs of students. Through this partnership, school districts and teachers have access to flexible solutions where they can customize individual plans for students and shift additional time spent on planning to teaching in the classroom.

“Silverback Learning Solutions’ pledge to personalized education aligns with Office Depot’s Commitment to Learning™,” said Becki Schwietz, senior director of growth strategies for Office Depot, Inc. “From our perspective, it’s an innovative approach to the direction of education in the future, and we are excited to be involved.”

Another benefit of the partnership that’s now available to school districts is an extensive professional learning program and personalized instruction based on real-time student data through Silverback’s Teacher Vitae and EdifyAssess.

“We are honored to partner with Office Depot on our personalized learning solutions to administrators and school districts,” said Dr. Jim Lewis, founder and CEO of Silverback Learning Solutions. “Through Office Depot Inc.’s Committed to Learning™, school districts will have a team of education experts ready to demonstrate, implement and execute our Silverback Learning Solutions software, while being supported every step of the way.”

Office Depot, Inc. collaborates with school districts and other educational institutions through the company’s Committed to Learning™ initiative, which offers educators access to a national team of curriculum and instruction experts across disciplines. Through the Committed to Learning™ initiative, the company partners with school districts to meet their strategic goals by providing instructional solutions and access to experts that enrich the learning experience in the areas of personalized learning, project-based learning and innovative learning spaces, culture and wellness, instructional resources, and supplies.

To learn more, visit www.officedepot.com/education or email us directly at committedtolearning@officedepot.com.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

The company had annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP.”

All trademarks, service marks and trade names of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated, respectively. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

About Silverback Learning Solutions

Silverback Learning Solutions is founded by a former superintendent and continues to be enriched by educators. We deliver solutions focused on the individual learner, the classroom, and the district with personalized learning and growth at the core. Our award-winning company delivers a complete suite of products – Mileposts™, Teacher Vitae and EdifyAssess powered by Silverback. Students, teachers, administrators, and superintendents use Silverback solutions to drive intentional instruction for greater achievement and they are found in K – 12 schools and districts throughout the U.S. Please visit us at www.silverbacklearning.com

Contact:
Julianne Embry
561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

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amanda.olson1@edelman.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot and Austin Independent School District to develop an innovative entrepreneurship classroom at Crockett High School

BOCA RATON, Fla, 2017-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies and services, today (January 17, 2017 ) announced an expanded partnership with Austin Independent School District (AISD). The company recently worked with the district to develop an innovative entrepreneurship classroom at Crockett High School, located in Austin, Texas. Students enrolled in the school’s entrepreneurship program utilize the innovative learning space, which teaches future-focused skills such as creative thinking, problem solving and collaboration.

This entrepreneurship program follows curriculum developed by INCubatoredu, a national program that teaches entrepreneurism through hands-on learning. Classes feature real-world entrepreneurs and business experts who serve as coaches and mentors, guiding student teams through the process of ideation, market research and business model development. In the innovative classroom space, set up to resemble an authentic work space, students can work individually or in small groups, while also accommodating large group presentations.

Office Depot, Inc. works with school districts around the country to design classrooms with new technology and furniture to help meet the changing needs of students today. For the incubator space at Crockett High School, the company provided full turnkey services from visioning to implementation of the furniture, which can be arranged in various configurations to address students’ unique and changing needs.

“The demands of the 21st century workforce are dramatically changing the way students learn in the classroom,” said Becki Schwietz, senior director of K-12 Initiatives for Office Depot, Inc. “With Austin ISD, we wanted to simulate a business atmosphere so students can connect learning with real life. Our design experts worked with educators and learners to create a space that will provide students with the necessary skills to prepare them for future success.”

Students journey through the entrepreneurial experience in the more than 1,500 square foot re-envisioned classroom. The space facilitates distinct teams through product ideation to launch.

Office Depot, Inc. was able to use its diverse furniture and technology portfolio to create a space that best responds to this unique modern learning scenario. Writable surfaces facilitate ideation and brain storming. Soft seating disrupts conformity of the old learning regime by encouraging inter- and intra-teaming collaboration. Digital displays provide access to virtual resources and a place for students to team on digital products, business spreadsheets and marketing materials.

This non-traditional learning environment models those increasingly more common in the global and technologically driven world, notably in Austin, thus providing access to authentic, future-forward skillsets.

With the goal of optimum student engagement, Office Depot, Inc.’s educational team, which includes designers, educators, furniture experts and technology innovators, at the request of Crockett educators, created a survey for students so they could provide input that led to the development of the incubator space. A student committee evaluated and ultimately helped select the furniture and the entire finished package.

“We didn’t want a traditional classroom setting,” said Sissy Camacho, interim principal at Crockett High School. “We wanted an open space designed for students to collaborate, create, and innovate. Office Depot helped create and flawlessly execute our vision.”

Office Depot, Inc. collaborates with school districts and other educational institutions through the company’s “Committed to Learning” initiative, which consists of a national team of education experts and partners across disciplines. In developing this team, the company provides instructional solutions and professional development for educators to enrich the learning experience, in addition to forging partnerships with thought leaders in the industry, including INCubatoredu, to focus on early literacy, cognitive computing, entrepreneurship, project-based learning and innovative learning spaces.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

As of our most recent filed annual report for fiscal year ended 2015, the Company had annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employed approximately 49,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The Company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP”.

All trademarks, service marks and trade names of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Office Depot, Inc. and OfficeMax Incorporated, respectively. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

About AISD

AISD is the largest school district in central Texas, serving more than 83,000 students at 130 schools. Follow AISD on Facebook at www.facebook.com/austinisd, Instagram at @austinisd or on Twitter at @AustinISD.

Contact:
Julianne Embry
561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com

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512-634-3651
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Office Depot showcases its “Commitment to Learning” initiative during SXSWedu, March 7-10

IBM, INCubatoredu, Footsteps2Brilliance, Join Office Depot to Create 21st Century Learning Environment

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today announced plans to showcase its “Commitment to Learning” initiative during SXSWedu, March 7-10, in Austin, Texas, featuring interactive and engaging learning spaces, and informative sessions with its education partners.

At the conference, Office Depot, Inc. will present in the SXSWedu Playground, an exciting learning space built to fuel innovation and discovery, where attendees can explore everything from early literacy platforms to high-impact learning environments. A visit to the Office Depot Innovation Zone, located in Playground spaces #15 and #17, will take attendees on an immersive 21st Century learning experience from birth to 12thgrade. Highlights of this experience include a personalized engagement platform for educators from IBM; early literacy mobile applications from Footsteps2Brilliance; high school entrepreneurship competitions designed by INCubatoredu; as well as makerspace student simulations, 3D printing, and more.

In addition, Office Depot is hosting two speaking sessions from the SXSWedu stage – “Lifelong Learning in a Cognitive Era” on March 7, from 2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. CT and “Out of This World Spaces Create Next Gen Learners” on March 8, from Noon – 12:30 p.m. CT.

“Lifelong Learning in a Cognitive Era” features Doug Hunt, General Manager of Education, IBM, discussing how education leaders can leverage data insights and cognitive capabilities to create new models for personalized education, improving and optimizing learner outcomes.

The second speaking session, “Out of This World Spaces Create Next Gen Learners,” features former teacher and current Office Depot, Inc. learning consultant Haydee Fuselier who takes attendees on a journey through time: visiting classrooms of the past, present and future and exploring how learning environment evolution and associated pedagogical innovations are fueling student achievement.

Building on decades of collaboration with educators, “Committed to Learning” is a key Office Depot initiative founded on the core beliefs of equity; skills mastery; and collaboration between teachers, students, and parents; for successful learning outcomes.

“`Committed to Learning’ integrates Office Depot’s education-focused contract division with a wealth of best-in-class partners across the instructional ecosystem of people, classrooms, content, data and materials,” said Becki Schwietz, Senior Director of K-12 Initiatives for Office Depot, Inc. “By listening to the unique needs of the instructional leadership teams, our experts create solutions that directly address their needs, goals and initiatives.”

Learn more about Office Depot’s education solutions today.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $14 billion, employs approximately 49,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

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Julianne Embry, 561-438-1451
julianne.embry@officedepot.com
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