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

  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
                                Eleventh Year

Business Wire

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- March 21, 2013

Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office products and
services, today announced that the Company was named to the 2012 list of
America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by Women’s
Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The award is the only national
recognition honoring corporations for world-class programs that level the
playing field for women’s business enterprises (WBEs) to compete for corporate
business. This marks the eleventh year that Office Depot has been included on
the selective list.

“We are honored to be recognized by WBENC for the dedication Office Depot has
demonstrated to supporting the success, growth and advancement of women-owned
businesses,” said Michael Allison, Executive Vice President of Human Resources
for Office Depot. “We are committed to actively conducting business with
WBENC-certified women's business enterprises, and encourage breaking down
barriers and uncovering new growth opportunities for women business owners.”

In its inclusion on WBENC's list, Office Depot was specifically lauded for the
Company's Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Catalog. Office Depot
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 over 1,600 products offered by
certified HUBs. This initiative not only fuels growth in sales, inventory
turnover, and market expansion for these enterprises, it also provides a
simple, straightforward mechanism to help business customers meet their
diversity purchasing goals.

“Thanks to the extraordinary leadership of our top corporations, women’s
businesses are generating strategies and solutions for meeting the
fast-changing needs of today’s marketplace. Together they are driving the
innovation that fuels a stronger economy and creates jobs,” said Pamela
Prince-Eason, President and CEO of WBENC.

Since becoming a corporate member of WBENC in 2000, Office Depot has
participated in numerous WBENC networking events and initiatives, including
co-chairing WBENC’s 2012 National Conference & Business Fair which took place
in Orlando, Fla.

About WBENC

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the leading
advocate for, and authority on, Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) as
suppliers and vendors to the nation's corporations. Founded in 1997, WBENC is
also the nation’s leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and
operated by women, with nearly 11,000 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 550
member corporations, government agencies and thousands of certified WBEs at
business building events and other forums. WBENC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization that seeks and accepts donations from corporations, foundations
and individuals that support its mission and programs. For more information,
please go to www.wbenc.org.

About Office Depot

Office Depot provides office supplies and services through 1,629 worldwide
retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs, and global
e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $10.7
billion, employs about 38,000 associates, and serves customers in 59 countries
around the world.

Office Depot’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.

Contact:

Office Depot
Rebecca Rakitin, 561-438-1450
Rebecca.Rakitin@officedepot.com
or
Stephanie Sampiere, 561-438-2563
Stephanie.Sampiere@officedepot.com
 
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