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Office Depot, Inc. Launches “Committed to Learning” Initiative

Integrates Its Education-Focused Contract Division with Best-In-Class Instructional Partners

Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:00 am EST

Dateline:

BOCA RATON, Fla.

Public Company Information:

NASDAQ:
ODP
US6762201068
"I have to confess that I was very surprised by Office Depot’s deep engagement with the education community"

BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions, through its Office Depot and OfficeMax brands, today announced the launch of a new initiative called “Committed to Learning.” The initiative is founded on the company’s core beliefs of equity; skills mastery; and collaboration between teachers, students, and parents; for successful learning outcomes.

“Committed to Learning” integrates Office Depot’s education-focused contract division with a wealth of best-in-class partners across the instructional ecosystem of people, classrooms, content, data and materials. By listening to the unique needs of individual superintendents, the company creates solutions that directly address their student bodies.

“’Committed to Learning’ is more than a slogan for Office Depot; it’s a pledge that we bring to life every day,” said Steve Calkins, executive vice president, business solutions division for Office Depot, Inc. “Together with our partners, we are listening, learning, and enabling student success in school districts across the country.”

The “Committed to Learning” philosophy is perhaps best exemplified by Office Depot’s trusted network of Learning Consultants. These professionals, many of which are former educators, bring their experience to bear in collaborating with superintendents and curriculum developers. The group operates with a student-centric mindset that maximizes district budgets while delivering solutions and education-sector expertise to meet the changing needs of students today.

One example of Office Depot’s ongoing relationship with school districts can be seen in Connecticut’s Wallingford School District.

“I have to confess that I was very surprised by Office Depot’s deep engagement with the education community,” said Dr. Salvatore F. Menzo, superintendent of schools at Wallingford. “We’ve benefited greatly from the holistic view they take of our requirements and resources, and we value the real-world experience their network of education solutions experts bring to our classrooms.”

Learn more about Office Depot’s education solutions at business.officedepot.com/education.

About Office Depot, Inc.

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 annual sales of approximately $16 billion, employs approximately 56,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 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, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

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