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Office DepotBrief Description and History

With more than 28 years serving the Public Sector, Office Depot ® understands the needs of public agencies, schools, and universities, offering robust programs and solutions to help maximize productivity and budgets.

Products/solutions unique to the government

Customers are the center of our business strategy, and also the focus of our environmental sustainability strategy. We strive to understand our customers’ eco-conscious initiatives through meetings, surveys, focus groups and seminars. Insights gathered help us develop greener solutions including:

  • The Green Book
    • Exclusive Virtual Catalog filled with out greenest products and solutions
  • GreenerOffice ™ website
    • Shop more than ten thousand products with greener attributes
  • Greener Alternatives/ Select Cart
    • Online tools that direct you to greener alternatives as you shop
  • GreenerOffice ™ Delivery Service
    • A greener way to get your supplies - with less cardboard waste
  • Recycling Solutions
    • Ways to recycle ink and toner cartridges, tech items including computers, batteries and more
  • Custom Reporting
    • Green Business Reviews, Spend Reports, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB®) credit
  • GreenerOffice ™ Seminars and Summits
    • Led by Office Depot Sustainability Strategy leaders
  • Green Benchmarking
    • We'll let you know how you're progressing with your specific green goals

An example of a government-related project that was innovative - something that helped solve a problem or contributed a solution

Because of the generous support from our corporate partners, community members in the 5th ward saw a three-year dream of a community garden realized. On Saturday, May 14, 2016, volunteers with local Chicago nonprofits Openlands and NeighborSpace were joined by twenty-one (21) community volunteers along with representatives from Boise Paper, Office Depot, and the Alliance for Community Trees, a program of the Arbor Day Foundation, to plant 14 fruit trees as part of the 71st and Crandon Community Garden project.

Previously a vacant lot, the corner of 71st and Crandon was transformed into a vibrant community gathering space providing increased accessibility to healthy food, enhancing the quality of life, and improving air quality for local residents. The revitalization efforts also extended beyond the garden as additional parkway trees were planted throughout the neighborhood, adding much-needed shade and beautification to the area.  

“As the project began to take shape, I realized the benefit the garden would have on the community,” said Elliot El-Amin, local businessman and 71st and Crandon Community Garden Association member. “I met people in the neighborhood and there was an enthusiasm around it. We have a block club in the area that works together from time to time, but now all of the neighbors, even the ones who have not been active before, are getting involved and getting to know each other. That would not have happened without the garden.”

This year, Project UP is focused on replacing trees in historic Elysian Park in Los Angeles. Four years of drought have taken their toll in Los Angeles, and the replacement trees are being planted in innovative Land Life “cocoons” that are designed to help small trees in dry areas get a successful start in life.

Here is a link to the press release that Boise Paper put out for the Chicago event:

Here is a link to over 100 photos from the event in Chicago:

New technologies being developed or adopted that will have an impact on the way products and/or services are delivered

Office Depot® customers have asked for faster and simpler business solutions. And we’ve delivered them. With our simple-to-use, business-focused app for tablets, iPhone® and Anroid™, we’ve provided a way for public agencies to order on the go, no matter where business takes them. Agencies can also access their custom-discount pricing, best value items and account information; all synchronized with their accounts. We have brought convenience to a whole new level.

And, it’s built with all the industry-leading security practices enabling public agencies to shop with confidence. 

Suggestion for improving the procurement process...

When public agencies participate in the solicitation process, the lowest bid price is often not the lowest overall cost when considering the total cost of ownership. The procurement process can be improved if agencies evaluate direct and indirect costs. This would provide an opportunity to substantially reduce overall spend with assessment of the cost of doing business such as:

  • Delivery Fees
  • Delivery time (next day vs. 3, 5, 7, 10 days)
  • Delivery location: Department or Desktop vs. a Dock Drop
  • Installation or Set-up Fees
  • Ordering methods (Online or EDI vs. paper PO's or faxes)
  • Real time inventory to avoid back orders
  • Green delivery options
  • Backorder terms
  • Return Policy
  • Payment Terms

As a member of the Business Council, Office Depot hopes to impact the public procurement community by...

The current economy puts pressure on government agencies to cut spending and meet budgets. With public procurement often accounting for more than 50 percent of public sector budgets, agencies are faced with the challenge of reducing their spend while adding maximum value. Office Depot ® understands these needs and requirements and we are committed to providing:

  • Cost-effective solutions
  • Best-in-class services
  • Competitive prices with exceptional value and quality on everything from paper, ink and toner to cleaning, breakroom and school supplies, print support, furniture and technology.
  • All backed by dedicated Account Managers who are always looking for ways to improve procurement efficiencies.
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