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OFFICE DEPOT, INC. RELEASES TENTH ANNUAL DIVERSE SUPPLIER CATALOG

2018 Catalog Showcases More Than 1,800 Products Offered by Certified Minority-, Women-, Disabled-, LGBT-, Veteran-Owned and Small Businesses

Boca Raton, Fla., May 31, 2018 – Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading omnichannel provider of business services and supplies, products and technology solutions, today announced the release of the company’s tenth edition of its Diverse Supplier Catalog. The catalog highlights an assortment of more than 1,800 items ranging from paper and toner, to presentation boards, writing instruments, school supplies, furniture, technology and desk accessories, with more than 600 products also containing eco-attributes or eco-labels.

Office Depot was the first in the office supplies industry to create such a catalog in 2009. The Diverse Supplier Catalog features Office Depot’s complete assortment of products sold by diverse vendors and is available to the company’s Business Solutions Division (BSD) customers. Office Depot’s diverse suppliers are certified minority-, women-, disabled-, LGBT-, veteran-owned and small businesses.

“Through our supplier diversity program, we’re proud to offer an exceptional array of innovative, top-quality products and services. Our customers know we’re constantly looking for additional items to offer to them,” said Janet Schijns, EVP, chief merchandising and services officer for Office Depot, Inc. “The 2018 Diverse Supplier Catalog helps our customers succeed in their supplier diversity purchasing initiatives, while also supporting small and diverse-owned businesses growth and prosperity.”

New vendors to the catalog include DevMar Products, a woman- and minority-owned cleaning and janitorial supplier with patent-pended technology for a healthy workplace; Ergo Desktop, a woman-owned small business that offers ergonomic desktop products; Bonita’s International, a woman-owned business that offers fashionable employee ID jewelry; Barker Creek, a woman-owned small business that offers fashion-forward K-12 classroom décor sets and educational materials; and Corporate Distribution Services Inc., a minority-owned business that provides candies for every occasion.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP) is a leading provider of business services and supplies, products and technology solutions through its fully integrated omni-channel platform of approximately 1,400 stores, online presence, and dedicated sales professionals and technicians to small, medium and enterprise businesses. Through its banner brands Office Depot®, OfficeMax®, CompuCom® and Grand&Toy®, the company offers its customers the tools and resources they need to focus on their passion of starting, growing and running their business. For more information, visit news.officedepot.com and follow @officedepot on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Office Depot is a trademark of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax is a trademark of OMX, Inc. CompuCom is a trademark of CompuCom Systems, Inc. Grand&Toy is a trademark of Grand & Toy, LLC in Canada. ©2018 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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