Company Timeline

2020

  • Announced completion of holding company reorganization, creating a newly-formed public company named “The ODP Corporation” and implemented a 1-for-10 reverse stock split
  • Donated $1.5 Million to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund
  • Exceeded company goal to reduce energy consumption 10% by 2021, with a 36% decrease in facility energy consumption since 2016
  • Published 12th annual Diverse Supplier Catalog
  • Earned perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index for ninth consecutive year
  • Recognized as a Top Employer on Black EOE Journal 2020 Best of the Best list
  • Recognized as a Top Employer on Hispanic Network Magazine 2020 Best of the Best list
  • Recognized as having a Top Supplier Diversity Program on Professional Woman’s Magazine 2020 Best of the Best list
  • Selected as one of the Top 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style, Inc. as announced in the LATINA Style 50 Report for 2020

2019

  • Earned perfect score in Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for 8th Consecutive Year
  • Received the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council Case Study Award for Sustainability Integration
  • Recognized as one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • Recognized as a Top Employer on Black EOE Journal’s 2019 Best of the Best List
  • Recognized as a Top Employer on Hispanic Network Magazine’s 2019 Best of the Best List
  • Recognized as a Best of the Decade honoree by WE (Women’s Enterprise) USA Magazine
  • Received the MBN (Minority Business News) USA Magazine Supplier All Star Award
  • Recognized for having one of the Best of the Best Top Supplier Diversity Programs by Professional Women’s Magazine
  • Presented with the Doing Well While Doing Good® (DWWDG) Corporate Humanitarian Award by the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Gerry Smith (CEO) Awarded 2019 Outstanding Community Leader by the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County and the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
  • Recognized by Broward Education Foundation as its Partner of the Year during the Broward County Public Schools Community Involvement Awards
  • Named 2019 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation for National Philanthropy Day by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Palm Beach County Chapter

2018

  • Earned perfect score in Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for 7th Consecutive Year
  • Recognized as a Best of the Decade honoree by MBN (Minority Business News) USA Magazine
  • Released the tenth annual Diverse Supplier Catalog
  • Launched Depot Day of Service companywide volunteer initiative
  • Hosted an Investor and Analyst Day in New York City to outline business initiatives under new Leadership team
  • Named Top 100 Corporations and Top 100 Leaders in Corporate Supplier Diversity by WE (Women’s Enterprise) USA Magazine
  • Launched new back-to-school philanthropic program, Start Proud!™, to give students, parents and teachers in low-income communities the supplies they need to start the school year confident, prepared and proud
  • Opened first integrated coworking space in Los Gatos, California Office Depot store
  • Created a Diversity Council to enhance existing diversity, inclusion and belonging efforts and launched Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) to strengthen relationships in the workplace, marketplace and in the communities where we live and do business
  • Launched Season of Service holiday philanthropic and volunteer initiative

2017

  • Gerry P. Smith appointed as Chief Executive Officer and board member
  • Recognized as one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partners
  • Named one of Women's Enterprise Magazine's Top 100 Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises

2016

  • Office Depot headquarters awarded LEED Gold Re-Certification for existing buildings
  • Office Depot Foundation donated 200,000 sackpacks to deserving children in the U.S. and abroad
  • Earned perfect score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for sixth consecutive year
  • Recognized as one of Americas Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the 14th year

2015

  • Earned perfect score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for fifth consecutive year
  • Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index for tenth consecutive year
  • Honored by WE (Women’s Enterprise) USA Magazine for Developing Diverse Businesses and one of the 2015 100 Corporations of the Year
  • Office Depot Foundation celebrated 15th year of its National Backpack Program by donating 200,000 sackpacks to deserving children
  • Recognized as one of Americas Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the 13th year
  • Recognized as one of the “Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities” by DiversityBusiness.com
  • Received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Seven Seals Award for the company’s leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who serve America in the National Guard and Reserves.

2014

  • Partnered with Military.com – the nation's largest military and veteran membership organization – to provide job opportunities to military veterans
  • Launched a combined weekly ad for Office Depot and OfficeMax stores
  • Completed the first conversion of a legacy OfficeMax store to the Office Depot point-of-sale platform and executed a 51 store pilot to prepare for conversion of all OfficeMax stores in 2015
  • Launched the 10th Annual Green Book, a collection of the most popular greener products in Office Depot’s assortment
  • Launched a single, co-branded consumer website and completely migrated customers to OfficeDepot.com
  • Received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI)
  • Completed loyalty program integration of Office Depot Rewards and MaxPerks to become Office Depot OfficeMax Rewards
  • Released 10th Corporate Citizenship Report
  • Named one of WE (Women’s Enterprise) USA Magazine’s 2014 100 Corporations of the Year
  • Provided 350,000 “sackpacks” (backpacks filled with essential school supplies) to deserving children through the 14th Annual Office Depot Foundation's National Backpack Program
  • Recognized as one of Americas Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the 12th year
  • Received a Gold Stevie® Award for Innovation in Customer Service from the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service

2013

  • Office Depot and OfficeMax announce merger agreement
  • Received Climate Leadership Award from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Recognized as an EPA ENERGY STAR® leader
  • Closed sale of joint venture stake in Office Depot de Mexico
  • Partnered with global music phenomenon One Direction to offer exclusive back-to-school products in support of anti-bullying education
  • Released Greener Paper Purchasing Policy designed to increase its use and tracking of environmentally preferable paper products
  • Closed merger with OfficeMax
  • Launched new rewards program, Office Depot Rewards

2012

  • Named Greenest Retailer by Newsweek Magazine for the third consecutive year
  • Created Inside Sales Organization in Austin, TX
  • Recognized as an EPA ENERGY STAR® leader
  • Recognized as a Top Company Dedicated to the Advancement of Women by National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
  • Conducted 12th year of Office Depot Foundation’s National Backpack Program, donating 400,000 sackpacks
  • Recognized as one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the tenth year
  • Celebrated successful fourth season as sponsor of Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™

2011

  • Neil Austrian appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Office Depot named Greenest Retailer by Newsweek Magazine for the second year
  • Received Corporate Business Achievement Award from U.S. Postal Service® at 2011 National Postal Forum
  • Launched GreenerOffice Delivery Service
  • Partnered with Xerox to offer Managed Print Services in Europe
  • Acquired Svanstroms in Sweden
  • Opened first store in the Dominican Republic
  • Earned EPA ENERGY STAR® recognition for global headquarters and retail stores
  • Earned perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index
  • Recognized as a Top Company Dedicated to the Advancement of Women by National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
  • Launched National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance (NIPA) and The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) partnerships
  • Launched new business-to-business mobile procurement application for iPhone and Android
  • Celebrated successful third season as sponsor of Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet, and winner of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship™

2010

  • Recognized as America's Greenest Large Retailer in Newsweek Magazine's Annual Green Ranking
  • Awarded LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings for corporate headquarters
  • Opened first LEED for Commercial Interiors registered retail store
  • Announced Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification of Office Depot® Green™ 30% Recycled EnviroCopy™ Paper
  • Launched Greener Shipping solution for business customers
  • Became an ENERGY STAR® Commercial Buildings Partner
  • Selected as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the ninth consecutive year
  • Recognized as a Top Company Dedicated to the Advancement of Women by National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)

2009

  • Established partnership with M.H. Alshaya Co.
  • Released first Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) catalog
  • Received LEED Gold Certification from USGBC for “green” retail store prototype
  • Celebrated first season as sponsor of Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet Impala SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TM
  • Selected as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the eighth consecutive year
  • Honored as a Top Company Dedicated to the Advancement of Women by National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
  • Appointed one of the Top Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities for ninth consecutive year
  • Marked donation of 2-millionth backpack (through the Office Depot Foundation’s National Backpack Program)

2008

  • Introduced "Office Depot Green" product line
  • Unveiled first "Green" store in Austin, TX and received LEED Gold Certification from USGBC
  • Launched Office Depot Tech Trade-In Program
  • Rolled out Tech Depot TM Services
  • Established alliance with bigboXX.com in Hong Kong
  • Opened new facilities in Großostheim (Germany) and Zwolle (The Netherlands)
  • Introduced online Business Resource Center with Google
  • Released Corporate Citizenship Report
  • Announced alliance with Netbizz Office Supplies in Singapore
  • Formed partnership with AGE in Sweden
  • Selected as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the seventh consecutive year
  • Recognized as a Top Company for Female Professionals by National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)

2007

  • Opened first store in Puerto Rico
  • Joined U.S. Green Building Council and announced plans to build and open the Company’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified retail store
  • Opened new Global Sourcing Office in Shenzhen, China
  • Named to the EPA's list of the Top 10 Retail Partners in the Green Power Partnership
  • Selected as one of America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the sixth consecutive year
  • Recognized as a Top Company for Female Professionals by National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)

2006

  • Acquired Best Office Co., Ltd.
  • Acquired Allied Office Products
  • Acquired Papirius s.r.o.
  • Acquired AsiaEC
  • Selected as one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for the fifth consecutive year
  • Celebrated 20th anniversary

2005

  • Steve Odland is appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Office
  • Office Depot opens its 1000th store
  • Office Depot is named the Official Office Products Partner of NASCAR
  • Office Depot is the first global office supply company to be included in the FTSE4Good U.S. and Global Indexes
  • The Company sponsors the No. 99 Office Depot Roush Racing Car

2004

  • Neil Austrian is appointed the Interim Chairman and CEO
  • The Company launches the first free, nationwide in-store electronics recycling program and free, in-store cell phone and rechargeable battery recycling program in all store sin the U.S. and Canada
  • State of Florida, Office of Supplier Diversity: Corporation of the Year
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Corporate Citizenship honors Office Depot for Corporate Stewardship
  • Office Depot powers 20 retail stores with renewable “Green Power” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Office Depot releases the industry’s first independently audited Environmental Stewardship Report; the first in the industry to establish the annual quantified environment performance goals

2003

  • Office Depot acquires Guilbert S.A., a leading European contract stationer. The acquisition doubles the size of the Company’s European business
  • Office Depot is the first office supply superstore to offer a fully-functional and comprehensive Spanish website
  • Office Depot implements the Ink and Toner Recycling Program in stores nationwide
  • The “Green Book” Catalog is introduced
  • Office Depot expands the Vendor Diversity Program to include internal procurement and re-launches the process as Supply Chain Diversity
  • There are 900 stores in North America and 46,000 employees
  • The Company is the No. two global online retailer with sales of $2.6 billion

2002

  • Company begins Viking Direct catalog/direct mail operations in Switzerland, Spain and Portugal
  • Office Depot expands into Central America with new retail stores in Guatemala and Costa Rico through a joint licensing agreement
  • Office Depot sells its Australian operations
  • Office Depot announces its sponsorship of the 2002 and 2004 U.S. Olympic Teams
  • The Company wins the naming rights for the sports and entertainment center in Sunrise, FL. The Office Depot Center becomes the official home of the NHL Florida Panthers

2001

  • Bruce Nelson is appointed Chairman
  • Office Depot acquires 4Sure.com
  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council names Office Depot one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises; Company is still listed as of 2005
  • The Company inaugurates the National Backpack Program providing free backpacks filled with school supplies to underprivileged children

2000

  • Bruce Nelson is appointed Chief Executive Officer
  • Office Depot enters the European contract stationer market with the launch of the European Business Services Division
  • Office Depot introduces its first private brand ink
  • The “5% Back to Schools” Program is initiated

1999

  • The Company launches the first international website in March
  • Internet Retailer - Office Depot is ranked in the “Top 25 of the Web” list
  • Fortune Magazine - Office Depot is named as one of the “10 Companies that Get It”
  • Office Depot sales exceed $10 billion, the first in office supply history to reach this milestone
  • Office Depot is included in the S&P 500 listing in June

1998

  • Office Depot merges with Viking Office Products, the leading direct marketer of office products in Europe and Australia
  • The Company’s International Division operates under both the Office Depot and Viking brand names. By the end of the year, the Company owns and operates 15 stores in France and has 72 Office Depot locations in Colombia, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Poland, and Thailand through joint venture or international licensing agreements
  • The public website officedepot.com is launched in January.

1997

  • The year ends with 45 international locations in 8 countries, excluding the United States and Canada
  • There are 602 stores in North America and 35,000 employees

1996

  • Office Depot celebrates its 10th Anniversary
  • The Company announces plans to open the first Office Depot stores in Japan under a joint venture agreement
  • Office Depot pioneers its first B2B e-commerce site
  • There are 570 stores in North America and 31,000 employees
  • Annual sales reach $6 billion

1995

  • The 500th store opens in North America
  • Stores open in Mexico and Poland
  • The Company continues international expansion by signing joint venture agreement to open stores in France and sign international licensing agreement to open store in Thailand
  • Office Depot’s Business Services Division is established

1994

  • International expansion beyond North America commences by opening licensed Office Depot stores in Israel and Colombia
  • Office Depot announces retail joint venture agreement in Mexico and licensing agreement in Poland
  • Office Depot acquires six additional contract stationers in North America

1993

  • Office Depot enters the contract stationer business via the acquisition of two leading contract stationers: Wilson Stationery & Printing Company and Eastman Office Products Corporation
  • The Corporate Social Responsibility Program is adopted
  • The Office Depot Foundation is established to assist employees and members of the community at large in times of extreme hardship

1992

  • Office Depot expands operations in North America by acquiring The Great Canadian Office Supplies Warehouse Chain
  • There are 284 stores in North America and 11,000 employees
  • The Company is the industry leader in total sales, number of stores and net earnings
  • Annual sales reach $1.7 billion

1991

  • Office Depot completes its merger with Office Club, Inc. in April
  • Office Depot is listed on the NYSE under the symbol “ODP”
  • Office Depot is the largest office products retailer in North America
  • There are 228 stores in 29 states and 9,000 employees
  • Annual sales reach $1.3 billion

1990

  • The merger with Office Club, Inc. is signed on December 20, 1990
  • The 100th store opens in September
  • The first delivery center opens
  • An extensive line of recycled paper products is introduced, initiating the Company’s environmental focus
  • There are 122 stores in 19 states and 5,600 employees as of February 28, 1990

1989

  • Office Depot is the nation’s largest office supply warehouse chain
  • There are 67 stores in 12 states and 3,500 employees
  • Annual sales of $315 million

1988

  • Office Depot is listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol “ODEP” after completing the initial public offering of common stock on June 1, 1988
  • There are 26 stores in seven states and 1,600 employees
  • Annual sales reach $132 million

1987

  • David I. Fuente is appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • There are 10 stores in Florida and Georgia and 800 employees
  • Annual sales reach $34 million

1986

  • Office Depot, Inc. is founded in Florida by Pat Sher, Jack Kopkin and Stephen Dougherty
  • The first store opens in Fort Lauderdale, FL in October
  • There are three stores in Florida
  • Annual sales reach $2 million