With over $11.2 billion in yearly sales, Office Depot is one of the top-tier office supply retailers in the world. The company is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. With such a rich business and a strong industry, a career here is something that is surely within your reach.
Today we’ll look at the company’s history, some facts about them, and how to apply today. Bust out your pen and paper, because it’s time to fill out your Office Depot application.
Facts and Company History
In total, Office Depot employs over 66,000 employees and has over 2,200 stores in 59 different countries. On February 20, 2013, it was announced that Office Depot and Office Max would be merging. It was announced in 2015 that OfficeMax would also merge with the company in a deal worth $6.3 Billion.
It is currently uncertain whether the deal will go through, it has to be approved by both companies’ shareholders and the proper government regulatory authorities. Here are some other facts about the company:
- Founded: March 1986
- Founder: F. Patrick Sher
- Slogan: Taking Care of Business
- Products: office supplies
Office Depot was founded in 1986 by F. Patrick Sher, Stephen Dougherty, and Jack Koplin. All three of these men were formerly associated with Home-owner’s Warehouse. The three men had the idea to create a warehouse-style store for office products.
Items could also be purchased in bulk for discount prices. This idea is what eventually became the first Office Depot. The first store opened at the Lakes Mall in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida in October 1986.
The following are milestones in the company’s history that will serve you well in your interview as knowledge of the company.
- 1988 – public offering of stock began.
- 1991 – Merged with Office Club and expanded to the West Coast.
- 1992 – Acquired The Great Canadian Office Supplies Warehouse Chain.
- 1994 – International expansion begins after Office Despot signs a joint venture agreement with Grupo Gigante in Mexico and Licensing agreements with Israel, Colombia, and Poland.
- 1995 – The 500th store opens in North America.
- 1996 – The B-to-B e-commerce web site launches.
- 1997 – Office Depot locations open in Hungary (45 new stores)
- 1998 – Officedepot.com launches.
Office Depot also has a strong environmental strategy composed of three major concepts:
- Buying Green
- Being Green
- Selling Green
For the first portion, the company consistently invests money into energy efficient initiatives. In 2005 alone the company spent $20 million in total for this goal. As a result the companies North American facilities reduced their emissions by over 10% the following year.
For the second portion of their strategy, Office Depot created a brand of entirely green office products simply titled Office Depot Green. They also built the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified retail store prototype in the world, located in Austin, TX.
Finally, in the interest of selling green, the company has 6,500 items with environmental attributes and certifications. There are also a number of green solutions such as a tech recycling program and a toner cartridge recycling service.
The warehouse style of stores is becoming more and more popular. People like to buy in bulk and save money in the process. Once you’re finished here, check out our page on Staples for a similar business. For a change of pace apply to Costco which is a supermarket on a warehouse sized scale. Finally, check out Home Depot if you’re someone who considers themselves a home improvement focused person.
Office Depot Application Online
With the recent merger and the planned purchase, Office Depot is expanding faster than ever, and looking for new people to fill the open positions they have. The company promotes employees from within, usually entry-level associates who have shown potential and strong work ethic.
Interested candidates as young as 16 may apply. High school diplomas are not required, nor is previous experience for entry-level positions. If you have any experience in retail or experience in dealing with office supplies though, you will stand out from the rest in a big way.
As with any company, Office Depot always likes to hire people who are already familiar with their brand and products. This means that by reading this article, right here, right now, that you’re giving yourself en edge (congratulations!).
Now we get to the part where you apply for a position with the company. This can be done either online or in person. Let’s examine each method to see which one is best for you:
1. Applying Online
For the first option, begin by heading to the Office Depot jobs page on their website. Here you will find a comprehensive search engine that allows you to look for jobs based on position, keywords, and location. You can also scroll down to see an option to create a talent profile that allows the Office Depot recruiters to find a job based on your skills.
Once you’ve done a bit of browsing, you’ll need to create a profile before you can fill out the online employment forms. Once you begin, remember to always double-check what you wrote on the form to ensure that is it both accurate and free of typos.
Give your resume a review as well before uploading it to the Office Depot website. Look for opportunities to improve or streamline it. Remember, if you have any relevant experience, that should appear first on your resume.
2. Applying in Person
Applying to Office Depot in person is an entirely different ball game, but if done correctly it can be far more effective than applying online. Why, you ask? The answer is sheer numbers my friends. Hundreds, possibly thousands of online forms are submitted on a daily or weekly basis.
The hiring managers simply do not have time to respond to each and every one. This means that your chances of standing out fall. However, you can also apply online and utilize the tactics in this section to balance out this issue.
When applying in person, remember to dress professionally and fill out all of your forms with neat handwriting. Showing up in person, either to apply or to follow up if you applied online offers you the ability to showcase your personality and your knowledge of the company.
Putting a face to the name when it comes to your Office Depot application is key to success when so many others are applying each and every day. Remember to show off your winning personality and your knowledge of the company and you’ll do just fine. Thanks for reading and best of luck to you!