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Office Depot’s corporate headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida
|Traded as||NASDAQ: ODP|
|Founder||F. Patrick Sher|
|Headquarters||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
Number of locations
|1,912 (December 2013)|
|Revenue||US$ 11.242 billion (2013)|
|US$ 205 Million (2013)|
|US$ 20 Million (2013)|
|Total assets||US$ 7.477 Billion (2013)|
|Total equity||US$ 2.064 Billion (2013)|
|Slogan||Takin' Care of Business|
The combined company has combined annual sales of approximately $17 billion, employs about 66,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with more than 2,200 retail stores, e-commerce sites and a business-to-business sales organization. The company’s portfolio of leading brands includes Office Depot, OfficeMax, OfficeMax Grand & Toy, Viking, Ativa, TUL, Foray, Realspace, and DiVOGA.
Office Depot was founded in March 1986 by the late F. Patrick Sher, the former chairman and chief executive officer; Stephen Dougherty, the president; and Jack Kopkin, the executive vice president. All three were formerly associated with Home-owner's Warehouse, the home improvement company that Sher sold to Service Merchandise in 1983 and renamed as Mr. HOW Warehouse. The catalog showroom chain eventually sold off the Mr. HOW Warehouse units to a variety of buyers including Builders Square, the home center warehouse subsidiary of Kmart Corporation. They envisioned a warehouse-style store for office products where customers could purchase items in bulk for discounted prices. This concept led to the beginning of what is known as Office Depot, and the company opened its first store at Lakes Mall in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida in October 1986.
Other events and milestones
This is a list of other events and milestones that have to do with Office Depot, Inc.
- 1988 – Initial public offering of stock.
- 1991 – Expands to the West Coast of the United States by merging with Office Club.
- 1992 - Increases operations in North America by acquiring The Great Canadian Office Supplies Warehouse Chain.
- 1993 - Enters contract stationer business by acquiring Wilson Stationery & Printing Company and Eastman Office Products Corporation.
- 1994 – Begins international expansion by signing joint venture agreement with Grupo Gigante in Mexico and licensing agreements with Israel, Colombia and Poland.
- 1995 – Opens 500th store in North America as well as stores in Poland; signs joint venture agreement to open stores in France and licensing agreement to open store in Thailand; establishes Business Services Division (now Business Solutions Division).
- 1996 – Launches B-to-B e-commerce Web site.
- 1997 – Furthers international footprint by venturing into Hungary; operates 45 locations outside the United States.
- 1998 – Launches www.officedepot.com; merges with Viking Office Products, the leading direct marketer of office products in Europe and Australia.
- 1999 – Launches first international Office Depot Web site, www.viking-direct.co.uk; listed on Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
- 1999 - Hires advertising agency DeVito/Verdi to revitalize US sales
- 2000 - Enters European contract stationer market with launch of the European Business Services Division.
- 2001 – Acquires 4sure.com.
- 2002 - Begins Viking Direct catalog/direct mail operations in Switzerland, Spain and Portugal; expands into Central America with new retail stores in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Costa Rica through a joint licensing agreement.
- 2003 – Doubles European business with acquisition of Guilbert, S.A.; becomes the first office supply superstore to offer fully functional and comprehensive Spanish website.
- 2004 - Buys 124 former Kids "R" Us stores for $197 million from Toys "R" Us, and sells 20 of these stores to Petco for $45 million.
- 2004 - Introduces “Green Book” catalog of environmentally preferable products, as well as the first free, nationwide in-store electronics recycling program and free, in-store cell phone and rechargeable battery recycling program in all stores in the U.S. and Canada.
- 2005 - Names Neil Austrian interim Chief Executive Officer; relaunches “Taking Care of Business” tagline.
- 2005 – Names Steve Odland Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
- 2006 - Celebrates its 20th anniversary; acquires Best Office Co., Ltd., Allied Office Products, Papirius s.r.o., and AsiaEc.
- 2007 – Joins US Green Building Council; opens first store in Puerto Rico and new Global Sourcing Office in Shenzhen, China.
- 2008 – Introduces “Office Depot Green” product line; unveils first "Green" store in Austin, Texas and received LEED Gold Certification from USGBC; announces alliance with Netbizz Office Supplies in Singapore, AGE in Sweden, and bigboXX.com in Hong Kong.
- 2009 – Signs franchise agreement with M.H. Alshaya Co.; opens first store in Kuwait.
- 2009 - Company purchased by BC Partners.
- 2010 - Names Neil Austrian interim Chief Executive Officer; he became the company's Chairman and CEO in 2011.
- 2011 - Furthers international footprint into Dominican Republic; opens first store in Santo Domingo, capital city, with expansions to follow in all major cities of the country.
- 2012 - Begins a partnership with the Born This Way Foundation to sell limited edition office supplies.
- 2013 - OfficeMax begins negotiations with Office Depot to engage in a "merger of equals".
- 2014 - Announced that it will close 400 stores due to declining sales and customer migration to e-retailers.
- 2014 - Office Depot and OfficeMax merged and start combining.
Office Depot has structured its environmental strategy around three concepts: Buying Green, Being Green, and Selling Green. Initiatives supporting this strategy include the following below:
- By investing more than $20 million in energy efficiency initiatives in 2005, Office Depot reduced its electricity and absolute carbon-dioxide emissions from North American facilities by over 10% in 2006.
- In 2008, Office Depot created a dedicated brand of green office products: Office Depot Green, and built the world’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified retail store prototype in Austin, TX. The store obtained LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
- Also in 2008, Office Depot won the BSI British Standards award for Innovation. These awards are open to any UK organization certified to ISO 14001, which is the world’s only international environmental management system standard.
- In Europe, Office Depot’s UK Headquarters is a green building, having achieved a BREEAM “Very Good” Rating.
- In 2010, Office Depot's Headquarters in Boca Raton, FL was awarded LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance.
- Office Depot offers more than 6,500 products with environmental attributes and certifications.
- Office Depot offers numerous green solutions for its customers, including The Green Book, Greener Office website, Ink and Toner Cartridge Recycling Program and a Tech Recycling Service.
In 2005, Office Depot became the “Official Office Products Partner of the NASCAR"”, a title that the company continues to hold. Also in 2005, Office Depot signed on as the primary sponsor of the #99 Ford Fusion, owned by Roush Fenway Racing and driven by Carl Edwards. They sponsored Edwards until the end of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
In 2008, Office Depot announced that it would become co-primary sponsor for Tony Stewart and the No. 14 Chevrolet at Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009. In 2011, Office Depot decided not to renew sponsorship with Tony Stewart or Stewart-Haas Racing.
In 2012, Office Depot partnered with the Born This Way Foundation, which was started by Lady Gaga to sell limited edition office supplies and give 25% (1/4) of the money earned to the organization.
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