Office Depot Founders:
Sher passed away from leukemia, less than a year after the first Office Depot store opened.
Kaplan retired from Office Depot in 1990, and died at age 77 from complications of a stroke.
Office Depot Trivia and History Milestones:
Office Depot first expanded internationally into Canada, when it acquired The Great Canadian Office Supplies Warehouse chain in 1992.
The company first expanded outside of North America in 1994 when it started operations in Israel and Colombia.
Staples attempted to acquire Office Depot in 1997, but the acquisition was blocked by the Federal Trade Commssion, due to anit-trust regulations.
In 2004 the company's Office Depot Advantage customer loyalty program was launched.
Office Depot Downsizing, Store Closings and Layoffs in 2008 Recession:
The location of the stores that were closed during Office Depot's Great Recession downsizing were:
45 - Central United States
40 - Northeast United States and Canada
19 - West United States
8 - South United States
Office Depot NASCAR Racing Partnership, #14 Tony Stewart Sponsorship:
Carl Edwards and Roush Fenway were the first drivers sponsored by Office Depot, and took the checkered flag 14 times in the #99 Office Depot Ford from 2005-2008.
In 2009 Office Depot is sponsoring driver Tony Stewart, and is sharing sponsorship of that #14 Chevrolet with Old Spice.
Green and Environmental Programs Initiated by Office Depot:
- Introduced its "Green Book" Catalog and its ink and toner recycling program in 2003
- Began a recycling program for electronics, cellphones, and rechargable batteries in 2004
- First powered 20 of its retail stores with renewable "Green Power" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Introduced "Office Depot Green," an environmentally friendly product line in 2008
- Opened its first green store in Austin, TX with LEED certification in 2008
Office Depot's Charitable and Community Involvement Projects:
1993 - Office Depot Foundation helped both employees and community members in hardship
1994 - Raised money for March of Dimes, the Leukemia Society, and Junior Achievement, totaling more than $1 million
2001 - Started participating in the Gifts In Kind donation program, and has donated tens of millions of dollars worth of office supplies to non-profit organizations since then
2001 - Began National Backpack program, and has donated 1.8 million backpacks filled with office supplies to school children since then
The Office Depot International Locations and Worldwide Affiliations:
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- El Salvador
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
Multi-Channel Sales and Marketing for Office Depot:
Office Depot Corporate Office and North America Store Locations:
Office Depot Corporate Office
6600 North Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33496
Office Depot Vision and Values:
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