Office Depot recognizes companies for their Commitment to Greener Purchasing

Boca Raton, 2017-Oct-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform, today (October 16, 2017) announced that it is recognizing forward-thinking companies from across the country for their leadership in greener purchasing.

“One of the unique ways Office Depot promotes sustainability is by celebrating our customers who buy greener,” said Steve Calkins, president, business solutions division for Office Depot. “By recognizing these organizations for achieving their sustainability goals, they’ll continue to make greener purchasing decisions in the future and we believe that other organizations will follow.”

Leadership in Greener Purchasing award winners include private sector organizations American Electric Power (Columbus, OH), Best Buy Co., Inc. (Richfield, MN), DaVita (Denver, CO), Oracle (Redwood City, CA), Rush Enterprises, Inc. (New Braunfels, TX), Marsh & McLennan Companies (New York City), and Ogletree Deakins; and public sector customers City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Los Angeles City College, University of California, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania and Washington State Department of Licensing.

In addition, University of Pennsylvania (Penn) received the Office Depot Special Recognition for Greener Spend Analysis Award. This award recognizes the exemplary efforts specific to analyzing green spend data. Office Depot and University of Pennsylvania also worked together on the ‘Power Down Challenge’ energy savings initiative, which allowed Office Depot to identify top technology items that could both improve energy efficiency and lower the environmental footprint for the campus community.

“Penn Purchasing Services works with its suppliers and the Penn community to actively identify and promote products and processes that make a positive sustainability impact,” said Mark Mills, Penn’s director of purchasing. “We are pleased to work with a company such as Office Depot, which gives us access to the kinds of detailed data we need to make intelligent and practical decisions related to sustainability. Office Depot has been instrumental in helping Penn green its office supplies spend, and we look forward to continued collaboration moving forward.”

Award winners were selected from among Office Depot’s largest customers based on their expenditure on products with eco-attributes such as recycled content, energy-efficiency, non-toxicity, etc., and/or ecolabels such as FSC®, EPEAT, GREENGUARD Certification, GreenSeal® and EcoLogo. Customer purchases with the highest level of meaningful eco-attributes and ecolabels were given extra weight in the selection process.

Office Depot uses a wide range of approaches to increase customer uptake of greener products, including The Green Book® digital catalog to simplify the green shopping experience for contract customers, a GreenerOffice™ web store with over 14,000 products with environmental attributes, and regular promotions on greener products. Last year, sales of greener products accounted for 30 percent of the company’s total product assortment. Office Depot also has one of the industry’s leading sets of Green Solutions and reporting tools, many of which were developed in collaboration with specific customers.

For more information about Office Depot’s sustainability initiatives, please see Office Depot’s Corporate Sustainability Report.

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.

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Rebecca Rakitin
Office Depot, Inc.
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Office Depot honored with “Partners of Choice Award” by David Weekley Homes

Marks the Twelfth Consecutive Year Office Depot Has Received the Nationally Acclaimed “Partners of Choice” Award from David Weekley Homes

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 it has been honored with the coveted “Partners of Choice Award” by David Weekley Homes, the largest privately-held home builder in North America, for receiving an “A” rating in product quality. It is the twelfth consecutive year that Office Depot has received the esteemed award given this year to only eight of the home builder’s suppliers.

“Product quality is a top priority for Office Depot and we are honored to be recognized for our efforts by David Weekley Homes with the prestigious ‘Partners of Choice’ award,” said Steve Calkins, president of business solutions division for Office Depot, Inc. “We are committed to exceeding customer expectations by continuing to provide quality products and services at a great value for our customers.”

Now in its fourteenth year, the “Partners of Choice” award is presented to suppliers based on their quality and service rating in David Weekley Homes’ “National Trading Partner Survey.” On a quarterly basis, team members complete a comprehensive supplier evaluation review that allows them to rate approximately 200 suppliers on their effectiveness in delivering quality to the organization. The evaluation process is designed to facilitate best-practice communications and operations between all channel partners and the homebuilder. The award is presented to companies that receive the highest marks from approximately 1,000 David Weekley Homes associates from all levels within the organization.

“The rating system for the National Trading Partner Survey is rigorous and extensive, yet Office Depot continues to be one of our top-rated suppliers each year,” said Bill Justus, vice president supply chain services for David Weekley Homes and executive sponsor of the supplier evaluation platform. “The company received the award because they have proven to be a world-class leader in providing quality products to our team and it reflects in their annual ratings.”

In compiling the results of the National Trading Partner Survey, each company’s numeric scores are averaged, and then an alpha rating is assigned relative to its ranking as compared with all of Weekley’s other national trading partners. Alpha ratings range from A to F in 20 percent increments. The “Partners of Choice” Award is presented to suppliers who maintained either an “A” rating in either quality or service.

Office Depot has been a partner of David Weekley Homes since 2002, providing office supplies and services.

About David Weekley Homes
David Weekley Homes, founded in 1976, is headquartered in Houston and operates in 23 cities across the United States. David Weekley Homes was the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building, an honor which includes “America’s Best Builder,” “National Housing Quality Award” and “National Builder of the Year.” Weekley has also appeared 10 times on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list. Since inception, David Weekley Homes has closed more than 80,000 homes. For more information about David Weekley Homes, visit the company’s website at www.davidweekleyhomes.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:
Sarah England
561-438-1448
sarah.england@officedepot.com

Joni Fletcher
561-438-4642
joni.fletcher@officedepot.com

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.

Office Depot’s 2016 Supplier Diversity Catalog

2016 Catalog Showcases More Than 2,100 Products Offered by Certified Minority-, Women-, Disabled-, LGBT-, Veteran-Owned and Small Businesses

Boca Raton, Fla., 2016-May-24 — /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 the release of the company’s 2016 Supplier Diversity Catalog. The catalog highlights an assortment of more than 2,100 items ranging from paper and file folders, to office chairs, desk accessories, school supplies and wireless speakers, with 1,200 products also containing eco-attributes or eco-labels.

Office Depot was the first in the office supplies industry to create such a catalog in 2009. The Supplier Diversity Catalog features Office Depot’s complete assortment of products sold by diverse vendors and is available to the company’s Business Solutions Division (BSD) customers. Office Depot’s diverse suppliers are certified minority-, women-, disabled-, LGBT-, veteran-owned and small businesses.

“Office Depot is committed to the economic development of the communities in which we operate,” said Steve Calkins, executive vice president, business solutions division for Office Depot, Inc. “The 2016 Supplier Diversity Catalog provides opportunities for diverse and small businesses to grow and prosper, and helps our customers succeed in their supplier diversity initiatives.”

New vendors to the catalog include Nance Industries, one of the few woman-owned carpet companies in the US; and VSM Imaging Supplies, a woman-owned business offering a wide selection of remanufactured ink and toner cartridges. This year’s catalog also contains small business success stories, a resource guide and new icons designed to show a product’s diverse attributes at a quick glance.

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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Office Depot: SMBs cite office supplies as their top investment for the second half of 2015

BOCA RATON, Fla., 2015-9-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services and solutions and parent company of Office Depot and OfficeMax, found that small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) cite office supplies as their top investment for the second half of 2015. SMB owners believe office supplies fuel business operations and produce feelings of productivity and control, helping them “gear up for great.”

According to Office Depot’s Small Business Index, the top three SMB investments for the second half of 2015 are:

  • Office gear (31%),
  • Payroll and salaries (25%), and
  • Advertising and marketing (22%).

“At Office Depot, we realize it’s important for SMBs to make the right investments to stay nimble and lean,” said Steve Calkins, executive vice president, business solutions division for Office Depot, Inc. “Whether it’s paper and pens or computers, we make it easy to equip SMBs with tools that maximize efficiency and help them achieve success.”

Beyond fueling business operations, the survey found that office gear makes SMB owners feel:

  • Productive – computers (52%), ink and toner (46%), and printers and fax machines (45%);
  • Creative – markers (30%); and
  • In control – highlighters (14%) and envelopes (11%).

Patrick Whalen, an SMB owner in Charlotte, North Carolina, understands the value of being equipped with the right office gear, and he underscores the contributions these items make to his daily routine. “They enable you to do your job,” Whalen asserted. “Have you ever tried to live a day without a stapler? It’s impossible.”

Despite technology’s prevalence in the work place, 42% of SMBs say that paper is their favorite office gear, while another 26% say pens are their front runner. However, technology earns a nod, with 39% preferring ink and toner and 20% listing computers (desktops and laptops) as their fourth most desired supply.

To keep business running smoothly, SMBs also turn to office gear to get organized. Supplies like office essentials (51%), sticky notes (50%), legal pads (41%) and labels (40%) are popular among SMBs for organization, yet the majority (65%) say file folders are their favorite. While they may stock up on different gear to get organized, most SMB owners (60%) agree – they experience a sense of accomplishment when purchasing office supplies.

For more small business resources, success stories and tips, visit Office Depot’s Business Solutions Center at solutions.officedepot.com.

Survey Methodology/Sample Qualifications

From June 11-23, 2015, Office Depot conducted interviews via the Internet among a nationally representative sample of 964 small- and medium-sized businesses.

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 $16 billion, employs approximately 56,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 56 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, joint ventures, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, OfficeMax Grand & Toy, Reliable 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.

Office Depot, Inc.
Sarah England, 561-438-1448
sarah.england@officedepot.com