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Office Depot Helps Florida Teachers Stretch State Funds Further

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Teachers Encouraged To Take Advantage Of Tax-Free Weekend and Additional 20 Percent Off Qualifying Purchases for Loyalty Members</i> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> </p>

Friday, August 02, 2013

Office Depot Helps Florida Teachers Stretch State Funds Further

13:00 EDT Friday, August 02, 2013

BOCA RATON, Fla. (Business Wire) -- Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE:ODP), a longtime supporter of teachers and leading global provider of school supplies and services, applauds the State of Florida's commitment to education through additional investment in the Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Program, announced this week by Governor Rick Scott.

In ongoing support of education in its home state, Office Depot is helping teachers stretch their $250 state-issued assistance funds by offering 20 percent off qualifying purchases during its Office Depot Rewards™ Star Teacher Appreciation Events.

To take full advantage of the great savings, teachers are encouraged to shop for their classrooms today through Sunday during the tax-free shopping weekend (August 2-4).

“We compliment the State of Florida and Governor Scott for their hard work and dedication in making additional funds available to Florida teachers,” said Neil Austrian, Chairman and CEO of Office Depot. “We are privileged to provide an extensive list of school supplies that will assist teachers in their efforts to educate today's youth.”

Leading up to the start of the school year in the sunshine state, Office Depot will continue to honor teachers by offering special deals, discounts and complimentary breakfast to thousands of educators across Florida as part of the Company's signature Office Depot Rewards Star Teacher Appreciation Events.

The events will be held at Office Depot stores across the state during select weeks this summer. Welcome breakfasts that kick off eight-day events started on Saturday, July 27 in some areas. To find local dates and more information on Teacher Appreciation Events, teachers can visit www.officedepotrewards.com/tab.

Advantages of participating in Teacher Appreciation Events include:

  • 20 percent discount on qualifying purchases (maximum discount of $20) just by scanning the Star Teacher card at check-out*
  • Bonus Points for every $1 spent on products from event sponsors such as Carson-Dellosa, Paper Mate, Sharpie, Expo, Crayola, Scotch, Post-it, Avery, and Pilot**
  • Complimentary breakfast on a designated Saturday to kick off the eight-day celebration of back-to-school teacher shopping advantages
  • Special gift with purchase***, which includes a Star Teacher Tote bag, planner with annual coupon offers and a Pilot FriXion erasable pen

To take advantage of the many educational services and resources available to teachers, or to learn more about product offerings, please visit www.officedepot.com.

About Office Depot

Office Depot provides core office supplies, the latest technology, school essentials, copy & print services, cleaning & breakroom products, and furniture to consumers, teachers and businesses of all sizes through 1,614 worldwide retail stores, global e-commerce operations, a dedicated sales force, an inside sales organization, and top-rated catalogs. The Company has annual sales of approximately $10.7 billion, employs about 38,000 associates, and serves customers in 60 countries around the world.

Office Depot's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

About the Office Depot Rewards™ Program

The new Office Depot Rewards™ Program provides Star Teacher members with special promotions, discounts and offers to help teachers stretch their classroom budgets in these challenging economic times. Members earn points for shopping, connecting and recycling. All educators are eligible to be Star Teacher members of the Office Depot Rewards™ program. Enrollment in the program is free and can be done at any Office Depot store or online at www.officedepotrewards.com.

*20% instant discount: Valid in-store only on regularly priced items. Offer not valid in Office Depot convenience/clearance/closing stores. Excludes: paper; gift cards; technology and consumer electronics products, accessories, media and software; HP ink and toner; Epson ink; Tech Depot™ Services; Copy & Print Depot™ services; all third-party services.

**Bonus Points: Offer is valid (during your store's event week for Office Depot Rewards™ Star Teacher members) in-store, online, by phone or fax. Visit www.officedepotrewards.com/tab to find your store's event week.

***Subject to $10 minimum purchase. One per member, while supplies last.

For Office Depot, Inc.
Zeno Group
Raquel Erwin, 212-299-8951
Raquel.Erwin@zenogroup.com

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