Office Depot Recognized as One of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Honors Office Depot for 12th Year

BOCA RATON, Fla.--()--Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE:ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services and solutions, today announced that it was named to the 15th annual list of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). This marks the 12th year that Office Depot has been named to the selective list.

“We are pleased to be recognized by WBENC for breaking down barriers and proactively integrating Women’s Business Enterprises into Office Depot’s supply chain,” said Linda Boykin, vice president of contract merchandising for Office Depot, Inc. “We are committed to actively conducting business with women-owned businesses that are WBENC-certified. It’s a win-win for women business owners, and it helps us to provide smart solutions for our customers who seek products and services sourced from diverse suppliers.”

Office Depot's supply chain diversity program was created to give Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) additional opportunities to grow and prosper. Making HUB products readily available and top of mind for business customers is a core focus of to Office Depot’s supply chain diversity strategy. The Company actively seeks out promising HUBs that are certified minority-, women-, disabled-, and veteran-owned to ensure equal opportunity in the supplier selection process.

Office Depot also created the first and only annual HUB catalog for the office supplies industry in 2009, which features the company’s complete assortment of products sold by HUB vendors. Today, the catalog contains nearly 1,800 products offered by certified HUBs. This initiative has helped to fuel growth in sales, inventory turnover, and market expansion for these enterprises, and has provided a simple, straightforward mechanism to help Office Depot’s business customers meet their diversity purchasing goals.

“America’s Top Corporations know that stronger Women’s Business Enterprises will drive new sources of revenue, deepen customer satisfaction and generate a stronger economy,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, president and CEO of WBENC.

Office Depot was presented with the America’s Top Corporation award at the WBENC Summit & Salute to Women’s Business Enterprises which took place March 20, 2014 in New Orleans.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, 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 combined pro forma annual sales of approximately $17 billion, employs over 60,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 57 countries with more than 2,200 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’s portfolio of leading brands includes Office Depot, OfficeMax, OfficeMax Grand & Toy, Viking, Ativa, TUL, Foray, and DiVOGA.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

Additional information about the recently completed merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax can be found at http://officedepotmaxmerger.com.

About WBENC

Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 12,000 WBENC-Certified WBEs. WBENC certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities. Throughout the year, WBENC and its 14 Regional Partner Organizations provide opportunities for interactions between more than 650 member corporations, government agencies and thousands of certified WBEs at business building events and other forums. WBENC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, please go to www.wbenc.org.

Contacts

Office Depot
Rebecca Rakitin, 561-438-1450
Rebecca.Rakitin@officedepot.com
or
Nicole Miller, 630-864-6069
NicoleMiller@officemax.com

Linda Boykin, Vice President of Contract Merchandising for Office Depot, Inc., accepts an award for America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises from Benita Fortner, Director of Supplier Diversity for Raytheon Company and Chair of the WBENC Board of Directors, and Pamela Prince-Eason, WBENC President and CEO, at the WBENC Summit & Salute Conference (Photo Credit: Kathy Anderson Photography)

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Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) honors Office Depot for 12th year.

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Contacts

Office Depot
Rebecca Rakitin, 561-438-1450
Rebecca.Rakitin@officedepot.com
or
Nicole Miller, 630-864-6069
NicoleMiller@officemax.com