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Timeline
2013
  • Office Depot and OfficeMax announce merger agreement
  • Recognized as one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the eleventh year
  • Received Climate Leadership Award from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Recognized as an EPA ENERGY STAR® leader
  • Launched new Corporate Citizenship Website
  • Released fifth annual Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) catalog
  • Closed sale of joint venture stake in Office Depot de Mexico
  • Partnered with global music phenomenon One Direction to offer exclusive back-to-school products in support of anti-bullying education
  • Launched new rewards program, Office Depot Rewards
  • Released Greener Paper Purchasing Policy designed to increase its use and tracking of environmentally preferable paper products
  • Office Depot Foundation launched nationwide anti-bullying educational initiative in schools nationwide
  • Conducted 13th year of Office Depot Foundation's National Backpack Program, donating 300,000 sackpacks, and celebrated the 3 millionth sackpack donated
  • Recognized by Professional Woman's Magazine for top supplier diversity program for women
  • Closed merger with OfficeMax
 
2012
  • Named Greenest Retailer by Newsweek Magazine for the third consecutive year
  • Conducted 12th year of Office Depot Foundation’s National Backpack Program, donating 400,000 sackpacks
  • Recognized as one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the tenth year
  • Created Inside Sales Organization in Austin, TX
  • Recognized as a Top Company Dedicated to the Advancement of Women by National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
  • Recognized as an EPA ENERGY STAR® leader
  • Celebrated successful fourth season as sponsor of Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™
 
2011
  • Neil Austrian appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Kevin Peters named President, North America
  • Steve Schmidt named President, International
  • Office Depot named Greenest Retailer by Newsweek Magazine for the second year
  • Recognized as a Top Company Dedicated to the Advancement of Women by National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
  • Received Corporate Business Achievement Award from U.S. Postal Service® at 2011 National Postal Forum
  • Launched new 5,000 square foot store format
  • Launched In-Store Customer Experience Initiative
  • Launched National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (NIPA) and The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) partnerships
  • Launched new business-to-business mobile procurement application for iPhone and Android
  • Expanded Military Base stores
  • Office Depot Foundation conducted 11th year of National Backpack Program
  • Launched National Green Business Challenge with ICLEI USA
  • Launched GreenerOffice Delivery Service
  • Introduced new line of Green Lighting Solutions
  • Partnered with Xerox to offer Managed Print Services in Europe
  • Acquired Svanstroms in Sweden
  • Opened stores in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia
  • Opened first store in the Dominican Republic
  • Released third annual Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) catalog
  • Teamed up with Lexmark and Operation Homefront to provide military families with free printers for the second consecutive year
  • Celebrated successful third season as sponsor of Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet, and winner of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship™
  • Earned EPA ENERGY STAR® recognition for global headquarters and retail stores
  • Earned perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index
 
2010
  • Introduced the Office Depot Small Business Index
  • Launched 'Recycling Rules' program to reward schools
  • Recognized as America's Greenest Large Retailer in Newsweek Magazine's Annual Green Ranking
  • Named "Best New Product" award winner with Lil' Drug Store Products by Convenience Store News
  • Showcased 40 new "green" initiatives in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day
  • Awarded LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings for corporate headquarters
  • Announced nationwide rollout of United States Postal Service offerings
  • Opened first LEED for Commercial Interiors registered retail store
  • Announced Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification of Office Depot® Green™ 30% Recycled EnviroCopy™ Paper
  • Selected as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the ninth consecutive year
  • Recognized as a Top Company Dedicated to the Advancement of Women by National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
  • Appointed one of the Top Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities for tenth consecutive year
  • Celebrated successful second season as sponsor of Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™
  • Launched Greener Shipping solution for business customers
  • Teamed up with Lexmark and Operation Homefront to provide military families with free printers
  • Released second annual Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) catalog
  • Announced new partnership with National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance
  • Launched "Document Shredding While You Wait," an in-store shredding service
  • Became an ENERGY STAR® Commercial Buildings Partner
  • Pledged to pursue LEED for Commercial Interiors certification from the US Green Building Council for all new Office Depot retail stores
 
2009
  • Established partnership with M.H. Alshaya Co.
  • Opened first retail store in Kuwait
  • Opened sixth retail store in Puerto Rico
  • Released first Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) catalog
  • Received LEED Gold Certification from USGBC for "green" retail store prototype
  • Celebrated first season as sponsor of Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet Impala SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™
  • Selected as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the eighth consecutive year
  • Honored as a Top Company Dedicated to the Advancement of Women by National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
  • Appointed one of the Top Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities for ninth consecutive year
  • Awarded for "Outstanding Environmental Leadership" by Office Products International
  • Recognized with Environmental Partner award by Webster Industries
  • Selected as one of the Top Green IT Organizations by Computerworld
  • Named winner of Stevie® Award for Sales and Customer Service
  • Received awards for outstanding Product Quality and Customer Service by David Weekley Homes
  • Announced expanded assortment of Cleaning and Breakroom products
  • Marked donation of 2-millionth backpack (through the Office Depot Foundation's National Backpack Program)
  • Created new in-store shopping experience for binders and pens
  • Introduced new art and drafting products, furniture options for home offices and small businesses, poster paper, language learning solutions, staplers, and more
  • Expanded line of digital cameras, writing instruments and specialty papers
  • Announced new assortments of teaching products and plastic storage solutions
 
2008
  • Introduced "Office Depot Green" product line
  • Released Corporate Citizenship Report
  • Distributed fifth annual Green Book
  • Unveiled first "Green" store in Austin, TX and received LEED Gold Certification from USGBC
  • Launched Office Depot Tech Trade-In Program
  • Introduced online Business Resource Center with Google
  • Rolled out Tech Depot™ Services
  • Announced alliance with Netbizz Office Supplies in Singapore
  • Formed partnership with AGE in Sweden
  • Established alliance with bigboXX.com in Hong Kong
  • Opened new facilities in Großostheim (Germany) and Zwolle (The Netherlands)
  • Selected as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the seventh consecutive year
  • Recognized as a Top Company for Female Professionals by National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
  • Appointed one of the Top Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities for eighth consecutive year
  • Named "Best Place To Purchase Office Supplies" by Arkansas Business Magazine
  • Donated (through the Office Depot Foundation) 350,000 backpacks to non-profit organizations and schools; 1.8 million donated since inception of program
 
2007
  • Opened first store in Puerto Rico
  • Joined U.S. Green Building Council and announced plans to build and open the Company's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified retail store
  • Office Depot UK earned Environment Award from the British Office Supplies and Services (BOSS) Industry Awards
  • Selected as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the sixth consecutive year
  • Opened new Global Sourcing Office in Shenzhen, China
  • Named to the EPA's list of the Top 10 Retail Partners in the Green Power Partnership
  • Viking Direct named Top Supplier of Office Paper in Europe by Opticom International Research
  • Recognized as a Top Company for Female Professionals by National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
  • 300,000 backpacks donated by Office Depot Foundation to non-profit organizations and schools; 1.5 million donated since inception of program
  • 52,000 associates
 
2006
  • Announced $4.5 million in contributions to higher education
  • Selected as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the fifth consecutive year
  • Acquired Best Office Co., Ltd.
  • Acquired Allied Office Products
  • Acquired Papirius s.r.o.
  • Acquired AsiaEC
  • Named "Humanitarian of the Year" by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
  • Launched The Green Book™ in six countries
  • Celebrated 20th anniversary
  • Sales of $15 billion
  • 50,000 employees
 
2005
  • Steve Odland appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Named Official Office Products Partner of NASCAR
  • Sponsored the No. 99 Office Depot Roush Racing Car
  • Relaunched the Taking Care of Business tagline
  • First global office supply Company to be included in the FTSE4Good U.S. and Global Indexes
  • Received "Outstanding Retailer" award from International Council of Shopping Centers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Opened 1,000th store
  • Listed on Companies That Care Honor Roll
 
2004
  • First M2 format store opened in Venice, FL, June 30
  • Neil Austrian appointed interim Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Partnered with Conservation International, NatureServe and The Nature Conservancy in establishing the Forest & Biodiversity Conservation Alliance
  • Launched first free, nationwide in-store electronics recycling program and free, in-store cell phone and rechargable battery recycling program in all stores in the U.S. and Canada
  • Released the industry's first independently audited Environmental Stewardship Report; first in industry to establish annual quantified environmental performance goals
  • State of Florida, Office of Supplier Diversity- Corporation of the Year.
  • Hispanic Network Magazine: Supplier Diversity, Best of the Best list (Nov/Dec 2004 issue)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Corporate Citizenship honors Office Depot for Corporate Stewardship
  • Powered 20 retail stores with renewable "Green Power" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Listed on Companies That Care Honor Roll
  • Sales of $13.6 billion
  • 969 stores in North America
  • 47,000 employees
2003
  • Acquired Guilbert S. A., a leading European contract stationer. Acquisition doubled the size of the Company's European business
  • First office supply superstore to offer fully-functional and comprehensive Spanish website
  • Number two global online retailer with sales of $2.6 billion
  • Launched Magellan, the most ambitious supply chain initiative in the Company's history
  • Unveiled exclusive Christopher Lowell line of furniture and accessories, first in the industry to develop exclusive line
  • Office for the Environment and Environmental Paper Procurement Policy established; Environmental Auditing and Verification policy for paper products released
  • Envirocopy recycled paper receives environmental certification from Green Seal
  • Implemented Ink and Toner Recycling program in stores nationwide
  • Introduced "Green Book" Catalog
  • Expanded Vendor Diversity Program to include internal procurement and re-launched the process as Supply Chain Diversity
  • Women's Business Enterprise National Council . Applause Award
  • BusinessWeek magazine listed Office Depot among the top corporate philanthropists in the U.S. on the basis of its in-kind donations
  • Sales of $12.4 billion
  • 900 stores in North America
  • 46,000 employees
 
2002
  • $2.1 billion in worldwide e-commerce sales
  • Launched Web Caf�, an online, small-business seminar series
  • Began Viking Direct catalog/direct mail operations in Switzerland, Spain and Portugal
  • Expanded into Central America with new retail stores in Guatemala and Costa Rico through a joint licensing agreement
  • Sold Australian operations
  • Sponsorship of 2002 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Team announced
  • Won naming rights for the sports and entertainment center in Sunrise, FL. Office Depot Center became the official home of the NHL Florida Panthers
  • Superintendent Award - SHOPA Foundation for Educational Excellence
  • Partnership Award - American Red Cross
  • Corporation of the Year Award . Florida Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Advocate of the Year - Florida Regional Minority Business Council
  • E.V.I.E. award for corporate best practices - Professional & Business Forum (2002)
  • In the 2002 Mercury Awards competition, Office Depot received Gold Awards for its 2002 Great Place to Work Campaign and for its fundraising campaign for City of Hope.
  • Sales of $11.4 billion
  • 861 Stores in North America
  • 43,000 employees
2001
  • Acquired 4Sure.com
  • $1.6 billion in worldwide e-commerce sales
  • Smart Business Magazine. OD was ranked in "Smart Business 50" for the second consecutive year.
  • CIO Magazine - Winner of Annual Enterprise Value Award
  • First annual Success Strategies Conference for women business owners
  • Women's Business Enterprise National Council . named Office Depot as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises, still listed as of 2005
  • Florida Regional Minority Business Council - President's Award
  • Office Depot partnered with Gifts In Kind to launch nationwide product donation program
  • Inaugurated National Backpack Program providing free backpacks filled with school supplies to underprivileged children
  • Sales of $11.2 billion
  • 859 stores in North America
  • 45,000 employees
 
2000
  • Bruce Nelson appointed Chief Executive Officer
  • Office Depot entered European contract stationer market with launch of the European Business Services Division
  • Adopted strong commitment to corporate values of Respect for the Individual, Fanatical Customer Service and Excellence in Execution.
  • CIO Magazine designated OD as the top-rated retail Company in the magazine's annual Enterprise Value Award, which honors the Company's powerful use of technology, technology innovation and industry leadership.
  • Information Week selected OD as the top-rated retail Company in the magazine's 2000 list of the most innovative users of information technology in the US.
  • PC Computing recognized OD as the online retailing leader and ranked the Company first on the magazine's Business E-shopping list for office supplies.
  • Initiated "5% Back to Schools" Program
  • Launched National Vendor Diversity Program
  • DIV2000.com, a leading internet business portal, named OD as one of the top 50 US corporations dedicated to serving woman and minority-owned businesses, still listed as of 2004.
  • Sales of $11.6 billion
  • 888 stores in North America
  • 48,000 employees
 
1999
  • Sales exceed $10 billion, first in office supply industry to reach this milestone
  • Launched first international website in March
  • Business Services Group Sales surpassed $3 billion
  • Domestic internet sales of close to $350 million
  • Office Depot is included S&P 500 listing in June
  • Internet Retailer . Office Depot ranked "Top 25 of the Web"
  • Fortune Magazine . Office Depot named as one of "10 Companies that Get It"
  • PC Computing ranks OD 10th in "Best 100, Top 10 Business to Business Companies"
  • Entrepreneur Magazine . OD named in the "100 Top Web Sites for Entrepreneurs"
  • CIO Magazine . Office Depot named in "Web Business 50/50"
  • Sales of $10.3 billion
  • 825 stores in North America
  • 48,000 employees
 
1998
  • Merged with Viking Office Products, the leading direct marketer of office products in Europe and Australia
  • The Company's International Division operates under both the Office Depot and Viking brand names. By end of year, the Company owned and operated 15 stores in France and had 72 Office Depot locations in Colombia, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Poland and Thailand through joint venture or international licensing agreements
  • Under the Viking Office Products brand, the Company has direct mail and delivery operations in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
  • Over $1 billion in international sales
  • Over 100 new store openings in North America, highest in the Company's history
  • North American Retail stores sales exceed $5 billion
  • Launched public website officedepot.com in January
  • Office Depot's public website receives several prestigious Internet awards in its first year including : CIO Web Business 50/50, the Retail Network Innovation and Biz Rate Buyers Best Gold awards
  • E-commerce sales totaled $66.5 million
  • Sales of nearly $9 billion (8.99)
  • 702 stores in North America
  • 44,000 employees
1997
  • Office Depot remains the largest supplier of office products in the world
  • Continued international expansion by opening 21 new locations. Ended year with 45 international locations in eight countries, excluding the United States and Canada
  • Designed the first public website to offer customers the convenience of "point and click" for all their office supplies needs
  • Dilbert TM introduced as new print and broadcasting icon to be used in the Company's newspaper ads and inserts, catalogs, direct mail pieces, television commercials and online website
  • Sales of $6.7 billion
  • 602 stores in North America
  • 35,000 employees
 
1996
  • 10th Anniversary
  • Announced plans to open the first Office Depot stores in Japan under a joint venture agreement
  • Pioneered our first B2B e-commerce site
  • Sales of $6 billion
  • 570 stores in North America
  • 31,000 employees
 
1995
  • Leader in the office products industry
  • 500th store opened in North America
  • Opened stores in Mexico and Poland
  • Continued international expansion by signing joint venture agreement to open stores in France and sign international licensing agreement to open store in Thailand
  • Established Office Depot's Business Services Division
  • Sponsored the First Office Depot Father & Son Challenge, a nationally televised golf tournament. Official sponsor of the U.S. Volleyball Team
  • Introduced Arnold Palmer as the Company's spokesperson
  • Introduced a Regional Vendor Diversity Initiative
  • Sales of $5.3 billion
  • 501 stores in North America
  • 30,000 employees
 
1994
  • Acquired six additional contract stationers in North America
  • Commenced international expansion beyond North America by opening licensed Office Depot stores in Israel and Colombia.
  • Announced retail joint venture agreement in Mexico and licensing agreement in Poland
  • Launched sports and event marketing programs around the country
  • Company raised more than $1 million for Junior Achievement, the Leukemia Society of America and the March of Dimes
  • Sales of $4.3 billion
  • 420 stores in North America
  • 26,000 employees
 
1993
  • Entered the contract stationer business via the acquisition of two leading contract stationers: Wilson Stationery & Printing Company and Eastman Office Products Corporation
  • Miami Herald names Office Depot the Company of the Year in April
  • Adopted corporate social responsibility program
  • Established Office Depot Foundation to assist employees and members of the community at large in times of extreme hardship
  • Sales of $2.6 billion
  • 351 stores in North America
  • 20,000 employees
 
1992
  • Office Depot expanded operations in North America by acquiring The Great Canadian Office Supplies Warehouse Chain
  • Industry leader in total sales, number of stores, and net earnings
  • Sales of $1.7 billion
  • 284 stores in North America
  • 11,000 employees
1991
  • Office Club merger completed in April
  • Office Depot is the largest office products retailer in North America
  • Office Depot listed on the NYSE under the symbol "ODP"
  • Sales of $1.3 billion
  • 228 stores in 29 states
  • 9,000 employees
1990
  • Merger with Office Club, Inc., signed on Dec. 20, 1990
  • Office Depot private label credit card introduced
  • 100th store opened in Sept.
  • Personal computers and peripherals added to merchandise assortment
  • Extensive line of recycled paper products introduced, initiating Company's environmental focus
  • First delivery center opened
  • Sales of $626 million
  • 122 stores in 19 states
  • 5,600 employees as of February 28, 1990
1989
  • Sales of $315 million
  • 67 stores in 12 states
  • 3,500 employees
 
1988
  • Initial public offering of common stock completed on June 1, 1988. Listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol "ODEP"
  • Employee Stock Option Plan adopted
  • Sales of $132 million
  • 26 stores in seven states
  • 1,600 employees
 
1987
  • David I. Fuente appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Sales of $34 million
  • 10 stores in Florida and Georgia
  • 800 employees
 
1986
  • Office Depot Inc., founded in Florida by Pat Sher, Jack Kopkin and Stephen Dougherty
  • Opened first store in Fort Lauderdale, FL in October
  • Sales of $2 million
  • Three stores in Florida