Last Updated on December 31, 2018
It all started with Office Depot…
In 1986, Office Depot was founded by F. Patrick Sher, Stephen Doughtery, and Jack Kopkin, formerly associated with Mr. HOW Warehouse, a home improvement company. The three became the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, the president, and executive vice president respectively.
About Office Depot/Office Max
Office Depot is an American office supply and retailing company, founded in 1986. The first retail location opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the company is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. With 1,361 U.S. store locations, 38,000 associates and combined annual sales of $11 billion, Office Depot is, indeed, an American success story.
On April 1, 1988, Bob Hurwitz and Michael Feuer founded OfficeMax in Cleveland, Ohio. Their first retail store was opened in July of that year at the Golden Gate Shopping Centre in Mayfield Heights Ohio.
Office Depot and Office Max merge
In February, 2015, Staples agreed to purchase Office Depot, in a cash and stock deal worth approximately $6.3 billion, but the merger was blocked by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in December of that year.
That same year, Office Depot launched the first of a number of new websites, www.officedepot.com, which established the company as the industry’s technology leader, expanded its domestic e-commerce capabilities, and ultimately extended the range of products and services Office Depot could offer its customers.
In 1998, Office Depot launched www.officedepot.com, establishing the company as the industry’s technology leader. Having an e-commerce presence allowed Office Depot to offer its customers a broader range of products and services. Today, this website represents both Office Depot and Office Max.
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