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Office Depot, Inc.

Public Consumer Products Office Supplies - Equipment Retail 25,000+ Employees

AdvertisementCelebrating 25 years as a leading global provider of office supplies and services. Office Depot provides core office supplies, the latest technology, school essentials, copy & print services, cleaning & breakroom products, and furniture to consumers, teachers and businesses of all sizes through 1,614 worldwide retail stores, global e-commerce operations, a dedicated sales force, an inside sales organization, and top-rated catalogs. The Company has annual sales of approximately $10.7 billion, employs about 38,000 associates, and serves customers in 60 countries around the world.
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Delivering Winning Solutions That Inspire Worklife™ Delivering Our actions speak louder than words. We are accountable: doing what we say we're going to do efficiently and on time. Winning We act with confidence. We're proud to win. We push ourselves to greater heights. And we don't settle for less than being the best. Solutions We listen to our customers and understand their needs. We offer products, services and innovative thinking that enable our customers to achieve success. Inspire Our inspiration is contagious and enables us to unleash creativity to help people achieve their goals. Our motivation and enthusiasm inspire others to succeed. Worklife™ We combine our energy for work with our passion for life . creating a fuller, more enriched lifestyle. We share the desire to maximize human potential to achieve personal dreams.

Career Opportunities

Our business is taking care of our people. At Office Depot, we realize how important our professionals are to our success and future. Their dedication to what they do and the pride in their day-to-day responsibilities are rewarded to the best of our abilities, as we offer a comprehensive package of benefits.

Here are some of the benefit options that may be available.

Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance Plan
Supplemental Life Insurance
Spouse/Dependent Life Insurance
Retirement Savings Plan
Stock Options and Bonuses per position eligibility
Short-term and Long-term Disability
Paid Holidays/Personal/Vacation/Sick Time
Employee Assistance Program
Associate Store Merchandise Discount
Matching Gifts for Education
Matching Gifts for Volunteer Leaders
Grants for Volunteers
Family Medical Leave Act

Work/Life Benefits
Resource & Referral Program
Flexible Work Arrangements
Flexible Spending Accounts
Lactation Rooms (in our larger locations)
On-site Amenities (at Corporate)
Credit Union
Associate Activities
Voluntary Benefits (Auto/Homeowners/Pet/Legal/Critical Illness)
National Fitness Membership Discounts
National/Local Discount Program

North American Retail

Our North American Retail Division sells a broad assortment of merchandise, including brand name and private brand office supplies, business machines and computers, computer software, office furniture and other business-related products and services through our chain of office supply stores. Most stores also contain a design, print and ship center offering graphic design, printing, reproduction, mailing, shipping, and other services.

In recent years, we have developed a new store format that we call "M2." This design is intended to enhance the overall shopping experience for customers by providing improved lines of sight, more effective product adjacencies, and updated signage and lighting, while lowering overall operating costs. This format is being used for all new store openings and remodels. In 2006, we completed remodeling 176 stores, and we expect to remodel all remaining stores in the next two to three years.

Our North American Retail Division currently operates nearly 1,200 office supply stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. The largest concentration of our retail stores is in California, Texas and Florida, but we have broad representation across North America. We plan to continue our store expansion by adding 100 new retail stores in 2007 and approximately 125 additional stores in 2008.

International Division

Office Depot sells to customers in 43 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America either through wholly-owned entities, majority-owned entities or other ventures covering 35 countries, and through alliances in an additional eight countries. The International Division sells office products and services through direct mail catalogs, contract sales forces, internet sites and retail stores, using a mix of company owned operations, joint ventures, licensing and franchise agreements, alliances and other arrangements.

The international direct channel was launched in 1990 under the Viking Direct® brand with the start-up of operations in the United Kingdom. We now have catalog offerings in 11 countries outside of North America. In March 1999, we introduced our first international public internet site for consumers and businesses in the United Kingdom. Today, we operate over 30 separate web sites in the International Division.

In June 2003, we further expanded our contract start-up business with the acquisition of Guilbert, S.A. The acquisition of Guilbert added European-wide purchasing power and scale to the International Division. Guilbert operations and customers are now fully integrated into the Office Depot and Viking operations, and as of the end of 2006, we no longer operate under the Guilbert trade name.

Currently, the International Division operates 137 stores in France, Japan, Hungary, Israel and South Korea through wholly-owned or majority-owned entities. In addition, 161 retail stores are operating under the Office Depot brand name under various licensing and joint venture agreements in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Mexico, and Thailand. We also participate in 71 franchised stores in South Korea, bringing our total number of stores outside North America to 369. In 2007, the International Division expects to open over 20 stores through company-owned and majority-owned entities.

We are continuously assessing opportunities to expand our geographic footprint around the globe. During the second quarter of 2006, we acquired a controlling interest in Best Office in South Korea and increased our ownership interest to a majority stake in Office Depot Israel. In August 2006, we completed the acquisition of Papirius s.r.o., one of the largest business-to-business suppliers of office products and services in Eastern Europe. In October 2006, we acquired a majority stake in AsiaEC, one of the largest suppliers of office products and services in China. To appropriately support our geographic expansion, the International Division operates regional headquarters for Europe/Middle East and Asia and is developing a regional headquarters for Latin America.


We have provided office supply products and services directly to businesses through our delivery operations for over twelve years. In 1998, we expanded our catalog business and strengthened our international operations through our merger with Viking Office Products (“Viking”), a company that sold from catalogs and operated customer call centers in the United States and in several European countries. In 2006, we stopped marketing the Viking brand in the United States, although we continue to use it for direct marketing to customers in our International Division. Also in 2006, we acquired Allied Office Products, an independent dealer of office products and services. This acquisition strengthened our position in the Northeast part of the United States while bringing us expertise and relationships in key vertical markets. Integration of this acquisition was substantially complete as of the end of 2006. Our North American Business Solutions Division sells branded and private brand products and services by means of a dedicated sales force, through catalogs, and electronically through our internet sites. We strive to ensure that our customers’ needs are satisfied through the method of delivery that they want, and continue to develop the systems and processes to enable us to do so efficiently and effectively. Our Direct business is tailored to serve small- to medium-sized customers. Our direct customers can order products from our catalogs, by phone or through our public web sites (, including our public web site for technology purchases ( Our Contract business employs a dedicated sales force that services the office supply needs of medium-sized to Fortune 100 customers. These sales representatives build relationships with customers and provide them with information, business tools and problem-solving services. Contract customers can also shop on dedicated web sites and in our retail locations while honoring their contract pricing.


In addition to doing business in 60 countries, Office Depot has over 1,614 retail locations across the globe. In the US, Office Depot has stores in 49 states with 34 Distribution Centers or Crossdock facilities scattered across the country. Our global headquarters is located in sunny south Florida.

In November of 2008, Office Depot moved into our new global headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida. The 28-acre campus will provide a home that will fuel our continued growth over the next 20 years and beyond. The approximately 625,000-square-foot facility will feature state-of-the-art technology and a design that inspires productivity and teamwork. The headquarters will consist of three vertical, interconnected, five-story buildings that accommodate up to 2,500 Office Depot associates.


At Office Depot, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment where all people are valued and respected. Diversity is an important dimension of Inclusion, Innovation, and Customer Focus -- three of our core values -- and keys to our success in a global marketplace.

We take the following actions to achieve this policy:

*Recruiting a workforce that is reflective of the communities in which we do business.
*Providing a work environment based on honesty and mutual respect.
*Ensuring that all people related decisions are made objectively, based on merit.
*Utilizing a base of diverse suppliers.
*Managers at all levels are accountable for implementing action plans to achieve these goals.

Community Relations

Office Depot seeks to enhance quality of life in the communities in which we operate and to serve humanity by supporting and inspiring involvement with causes that make a profound social impact.

Our Company demonstrates an unwavering belief in the fundamental importance of good corporate citizenship. While we support organizations financially, we believe it is equally vital to assist them by building awareness of their mission and goals, and by inspiring our customers and associates to become involved in their good work.

We are strongly committed to environmental stewardship and the conservation of natural resources. We strive to play a leadership role in this regard in every aspect of our business - from the products we purchase and the services we offer our customers, to the daily operations of our corporate offices, retail stores and distribution facilities.

Office Depot believes strongly in the philosophy of "Giving with a Purpose." We invite you to learn more about our efforts on the pages of our Community Relations website. Thank you for your interest.