Office Depot unveils its market makeover of 14 stores in Austin, Texas

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading omnichannel provider of business services, products and technology, today (January 30, 2018) unveiled its market makeover of 14 stores in Austin, Texas, including a flagship location – “BizBox: Powered by Office Depot” – that integrate the company’s recently launched BizBox offering into its retail locations. The reimagined stores offer a first-of-its-kind suite of services for small business owners offered both online and in-store, along with flex workspaces in select stores. This is another step forward in the company’s strategic transformation from a traditional office products retailer to a broader business services platform.

BizBox is a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs, offering end-to-end services to help small to mid-sized businesses start and grow their companies, including logo and website design, digital and social marketing, full-service copy and printing, finance and accounting services, payroll, HR, tech support, Centriq’s Asset Management software and more. The stores in the Austin market will offer face-to-face, one-on-one consultative support to help local businesses thrive.

A region ripe for growth, Austin serves as the first market for Office Depot’s innovative approach to a personalized, more omnichannel customer shopping experience. The company plans a phased approach to these makeovers as this is the next evolution of its retail transformation. The shift to a services-led retail shopping experience for customers will continue to unfold in its 1,400 stores across the country.

“Today is a key inflection point in the company’s transformation from a traditional office products retailer to a broader business services platform,” said Gerry Smith, chief executive officer for Office Depot, Inc. “Helping small and medium-sized business customers is core to our identity, but the reality is that our customers’ needs have changed. BizBox reflects our continued commitment to an omnichannel experience that addresses the challenges small businesses are facing today.”

The Austin retail stores offer digital services as well as a selection of traditional office products, and customers can expect a new look and feel in the upgraded locations, including:

  • Open Floor Plan with Dedicated BizBox Consulting Hubs – Entrepreneurs will have access to BizBox professionals and experts on-site to help identify services suited to their unique needs, streamlining operations and freeing up valuable time to focus on innovation and growth.
  • In-Store Networking – Open seating areas will encourage entrepreneurs to connect and discuss ideas and solutions alongside BizBox professionals.
  • Professional Tech Support in a Designated “Tech-Zone” – Professional tech support will be available to assist customers with everything from smartphone repairs to PC tune-ups, and more.

“As the ‘Silicon Hills’ of Texas, Austin is a strong market leader with five percent more small to medium-sized businesses than similar markets, boasting an estimated 2,400 new tech businesses in 2017 alone,” said Kevin Moffitt, senior vice president and chief retail officer for Office Depot, Inc. “Our research shows that Austin is the right market for us to test this new omnichannel approach, and customers are already impressed with how many ways we can partner with them and offer such a variety of services and solutions.”

This new business services platform builds upon Office Depot’s previously announced acquisition of CompuCom Systems, Inc. and strategic investment in Centriq Technology, Inc.

For more information and to sign up today, visit bizbox.com. To find the dedicated BizBox consultant near you in Greater Austin, visit officedepot.com/storelocator.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform.

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®, BizBox, CompuCom®, Complete Office 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, Foray, Ativa and Realspace are trademarks of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax, TUL, Brenton Studio, WorkPro and Highmark are trademarks of OMX, Inc. CompuCom is a trademark of CompuCom Systems, Inc. Grand&Toy is a trademark of Grand & Toy, LLC in Canada. ©2018 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

Danny Jovic
561-438-1594
danny.jovic@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot launches new business services platform BizBox

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading omnichannel provider of business services, products and technology today (November 7, 2017) announced the launch of BizBox (MyBizBox.com). This new business services platform will provide start-ups and small business leaders access to the core services needed to start and grow their businesses through a convenient subscription with monthly services starting at $99. BizBox will simplify business decisions and operations for all small and medium-size businesses.

The BizBox platform builds upon Office Depot’s previously announced acquisition of CompuCom Systems, Inc. and is an important part of the company’s strategic transformation from a traditional office products retailer to a broader business services platform.

“Office Depot has been a partner and resource for small business owners since 1986. We have the ability to reach nine million small business customers through our touch points around the country. Uniting this deep expertise with the world-class IT services of CompuCom will help solve customer problems in a way few others are doing right now,” said Gerry Smith, chief executive officer for Office Depot, Inc. “The BizBox platform is an essential element of our commitment to innovation. We are energized to expand a business ecosystem of services, products and technology that builds on our legacy of helping small business owners succeed in a modern economy.”

Whether navigating the waters of payroll and HR or embarking on a first-time digital campaign, BizBox members will have access to experts who help identify services suited to their unique needs, better streamlining operations and freeing up valuable time to focus on the real business of innovation and growth. End-to-end services include:

  • Accounting
  • Email Marketing and CRM
  • Payroll and HR
  • Search Marketing
  • Asset Management
  • Social Marketing
  • Legal Services
  • Logo Design
  • Website Creation and Hosting
  • Technical Services (available soon)

A recent Office Depot study of 1,500 small business and start-up owners shows that although digital services such as e-mail marketing, website creation and social marketing are seen as the top services needed to grow a business, many respondents aren’t using these services. Nearly one-third of established businesses in the survey do not have a website, and over half do not do any kind of social marketing at all.

“It’s not surprising small business owners and entrepreneurs aren’t always using the very services that would best help them drive growth. We know from talking to them every day they feel pulled in a million directions, and often don’t know where to turn for support for all their needs,” said Kevin Moffitt, chief digital officer for Office Depot, Inc. “BizBox is a platform designed to help reduce some of the stress and barriers that prevent entrepreneurs from turning their ideas into reality, and is the first service of its kind backed by the business expertise of a multi-billion-dollar enterprise.”

The BizBox platform will be enhanced with new features and services based on customer feedback and demand, including introduction into retail stores.

For more information and to sign-up today, please visit MyBizBox.com

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform.

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 

Sarah England
561-438-1448
sarah.england@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. to roll out same-day delivery in Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA and Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, FL

Boca Raton, Fla., 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform, today (August 7, 2017) announced same-day delivery powered by Deliv–a leading crowdsourced, last-mile logistics company providing same-day delivery and returns for omnichannel retailers, local businesses and e-commerce companies–is launching on August 28 in Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles, California; and on September 6 in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, Florida. The same-day delivery service is designed to better meet customer expectations as the omnichannel shopping experience continues to expand.

“With our new same-day delivery and our omnichannel approach, we are utlizing our retail stores as assets and part of our supply chain to give our customers the best possible experience,” said Gerry Smith, chief executive officer of Office Depot, Inc.

Customers who shop on officedepot.com will have the option of scheduled same-day delivery between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., depending upon the time of day they shop. For a limited time, Office Depot plans to waive the delivery fee as an introductory offer.

“Retail is undergoing a rapid transformation,” said Kevin Moffitt, senior vice president and chief digital officer at Office Depot, Inc. “To exceed our customers’ increasing expectations, we continue to enhance our omnichannel shopping experience. Adding same-day delivery capabilities to our growing in-store pickup and ship-from-store programs allows us to better leverage our retail locations as distribution hubs, and serve our customers faster and more efficiently.”

Deliv’s technology enables Office Depot customers to select the delivery times and locations that work best for them while being able to track their purchases in real-time.

“Office Depot is now providing businesses with the type of service customers expect,” said Daphne Carmeli, chief executive officer and founder at Deliv. “I am pleased that Deliv was chosen as its partner to power this new offering.”

By the end of 2017, same-day delivery is expected to roll out in several additional markets.

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About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform.

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.

Source: Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot expands its North American business with senior executive appointments

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office products, services, and solutions, today (May 30, 2017) announced the appointment of several senior executives to align with the Company’s focus to grow its North American business.

Steve Calkins has been named President, Business Solutions Division, focused on serving Office Depot’s B2B customers. With Office Depot since 2003, Calkins has been the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer since August 2016. Prior to that, he held various executive leadership roles in operations for over five years, including having responsibility for the Company’s contract sales business and Canadian operations. Having already been successful in these roles, he brings a wealth of knowledge and relationships that will support the continued momentum currently underway and drive expansion in adjacencies and services among B2B customers.

Troy Rice has been named President, Retail Division, focusing on our B2C customers. With a background of nearly 30 years in the retail industry, Rice, will maintain responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the Company’s retail offerings while transforming the customer experience. In addition, he will oversee the Copy and Print business. Rice was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and has been with Office Depot since April 2014. Prior to joining Office Depot, Rice held various executive leadership roles with Toys “R” Us and The Home Depot.

“With our Company’s revenue evenly split between the retail and delivery businesses, it is imperative that we have strong leadership to meet our customer needs in both of these key business segments,” said Gerry Smith, Chief Executive Officer for Office Depot, Inc. “Both Steve and Troy have significant experience leading these businesses which will allow us to better leverage our integrated multi-channel business model and continue to execute against our strategic initiatives.”

Additionally, Michael Allison, formerly Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, recently has assumed the new role of Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer. With Office Depot since 2006, Allison is utilizing his significant company and industry experience as he continues to oversee Human Resources, Communications, Loss Prevention and Events, and has added responsibilities for IT, Real Estate and Construction.

Kevin Moffitt, currently Senior Vice President, eCommerce, will assume the expanded role of Chief Digital Officer, leading eCommerce and all digital-related activities for the Company. Moffitt, who has been with the company since 2012, will build on his more than 20 years of experience creating integrated, customer-centric digital experiences. Reporting to Steve Calkins, he will be responsible for transforming Office Depot’s digital platforms, driving digital strategy and innovation and accelerating the company’s online and mobile growth.

In addition, John Gannfors has recently joined Office Depot as Executive Vice President, Transformation and Strategic Sourcing. Gannfors is leading the company’s Transformation Office, process improvement and strategic sourcing areas where he will be responsible for procurement, driving business process improvements across the organization and executing on various efficiency and cost savings opportunities. He most recently spent nearly 10 years as Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Chief Procurement Officer, Data Center Group, at Lenovo. Prior to joining Lenovo, he spent approximately 12 years in various leadership roles at Dell.

Rounding out the company’s executive team are Stephen Hare, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Timothy Beauchamp, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain.

“I am confident that with these leaders in place, we have the optimal structure and expertise to support and expand our customer base and focus on growing our North American business to position Office Depot for long-term future success,” added Smith.

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:
AnneMarie Mathews
561-438-6710
Media Relations
annemarie.mathews@officedepot.com

Richard Leland
561-438-3796
Investor Relations
richard.leland@officedepot.com

Source: Office Depot, Inc.