Are You America’s Most Organized Parent? Office Depot Launches Nationwide Contest to...

Are You America’s Most Organized Parent? Office Depot Launches Nationwide Contest to Find Out



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DELRAY BEACH, Fla.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 21, 2003–To inspire families to get organized for the new school year, Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE:ODP), the world’s largest reseller of office products, is kicking off a search for America’s Most Organized Parent.

The contest — open to children, parents and friends — asks for fun stories and interesting anecdotes about the most organized parent they know. Entries can be submitted by mail in the form of a video or essay accompanied by an official entry form. Forms are available at Office Depot’s retail stores nationwide as well as online at http://www.officedepot.com, and can be submitted now through September 30, 2003.

“More parents than ever before are trying to get their families better organized for school and daily life,” noted Jocelyn Carter-Miller, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Office Depot. “Demand is increasing for helpful products such as bulletin boards, calendars and in/out boxes as many of our customers look to Office Depot to provide communication solutions both at home and in the office.”

According to Carter-Miller, a recent Office Depot survey conducted by Harris Interactive pointed out that 71 percent of parents that have children going back to school this fall consider themselves to be “not very organized” when it comes to balancing family, work and social responsibilities.

“With our ‘Search for America’s Most Organized Parent Contest,’ we hope to show how getting organized can be not only beneficial, but fun for parents and children gearing up for a new school year,” she added.

The grand prize winner of the contest will receive a Walt Disney World vacation package for up to four people, a $200 money card from Office Depot to purchase school supplies and a Family Communication Station consisting of essential organizational products to keep a family on track. Five runners-up will receive a $200 Office Depot Money Card.

About Office Depot

Office Depot is the world’s leading reseller of office supplies, with annual sales of nearly $13 billion. The company, founded in 1986 and headquartered in Delray Beach, FL, conducts business in 22 countries and employs nearly 50,000 people worldwide.

Office Depot is an industry leader in every distribution channel – from retail stores and contract delivery to catalogs and e-commerce. The company is the world’s number two online retailer – on target to generate $2.5B in sales for FY’03.

In North America, Office Depot has more than 870 retail stores in addition to a national business-to-business delivery network supported by 24 delivery centers, more than 60 local sales offices and 13 regional call centers.

The company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

Additional press information can be found at: http://mediarelations.officedepot.com.

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CONTACT:

Office Depot, Delray Beach

Brian Levine, 561-438-2895

or

Burson-Marsteller, New York

Elizabeth Thompson, 212-614-4009

Are You America’s Most Organized Parent? Office Depot Launches Nationwide Contest to Find Out