Office Depot, Inc.
ASBO International Strategic Partner
Office Depot, Inc. is a global supplier of office products and services. The company was incorporated in 1986 with the opening of our first retail store in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In fiscal year 2011, we sold $11.5 billion of products and services to consumers and businesses of all sizes through our three business segments: North American Retail Division, North American Business Solutions Division, and International Division. Sales are processed through multiple channels, consisting of office supply stores, a contract sales force, an outbound telephone account management sales force, internet sites, direct marketing catalogs, and call centers, all supported by our network of supply chain facilities and delivery operations.
Office Depot is the proud sponsor of School Business Minute, a collection of quick-read, actionable information on important school business management topics such as technology, HR management, financial resource management, energy optimization, facilities management, and much more.
Strategic Partner Spotlight
Dave Wetzel, Office Depot, Inc.
National Director, Government, Education, and Sustainability
Most people can guess the basic focus of Office Depot, Inc., given its name. And while it’s true that it is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace—whether that be an office, home, school or car—Office Depot is also a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better in any environment—and especially in greener environments.
National Director of Government, Education, and Sustainability Dave Wetzel can attest to the company’s commitment to both education and sustainability efforts. He has served with Office Depot for more than 17 years, and for the past 12 years has focused primarily on the public sector, including K–12 education.
Dave explains that Office Depot began in 1986 as a retailer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After growing its retail operations over several years, it began to shift to business-to-business contract sales. Today, it is 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.
Speaking of schools, the company’s dedication to the field of education goes back more than two decades. “Education is a cornerstone of our strategy,” Dave says. “It has driven product selection, contract initiation, and new solution categories that address education’s highest priorities.” In the wake of Hurricane Andrew in 1994, the Office Depot Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded, and one of its primary goals is to connect what is done in the field with prospective customers. In education, that means providing initiatives that align with a chief guiding principle of helping kids succeed.
Office Depot’s dedication to education stems from basics such as providing traditional office and classroom supplies to backing programs that enable learning as well as support personalized learning, content exchange, and collaborative classrooms. It has built relationships with approximately 90% of American school districts, partnering with many that are looking for ways to advance their progress in a variety of areas.
The company’s sustainability efforts have extended to education as well. “K–12 is becoming more engaged in measuring its own sustainability,” Dave says. “Office Depot is helping them to find ways to become more sustainable and demonstrating that it doesn’t necessarily cost more to be green.” In addition, each Office Depot employee has the opportunity to become a “GreenerOffice™ Champion.” This internal certification, which Dave has achieved, qualifies those who pass an exam to talk to any customer about the organization’s sustainability programs and how they can be put to use.
In their ongoing search for ways to best connect with school districts and individual schools, Office Depot found a perfect match when they partnered with ASBO International. They became a strategic partner in 2010 and currently sponsor School Business Minute as part of their commitment to providing quality resources to leaders in education.
Last year, Office Depot, Inc. had annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed about 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad in roughly 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites, and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization. It includes a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees, and alliance partners, and operates under several banner brands, including Office Depot, OfficeMax and Grand & Toy. 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.”