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Office Depot Unwraps “Elf Who Helps” Promotion to Give Small Businesses Hands-on Support This Holiday Season

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Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP) , a leading global provider of office products, services, and solutions formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, today launched its Elf Who Helps Small Business contest, designed to give small businesses the opportunity to win the extra help they need to complete their end-of-year to-do lists on time and on budget.

Holidays are a busy time for small businesses as they juggle daily tasks, prepare for the close of the year and fit in holiday office parties and business gifting. Office Depot and OfficeMax want to give select small businesses the assistance they need. Powered by TaskRabbit, a peer-to-peer marketplace that helps local users outsource everything from household errands to skilled tasks, Elf Who Helps will give the winning small businesses the boost they need to close out the year feeling organized and ready to tackle 2015.

“From client holiday gifting to closing out the year’s financials, the bustle of the holiday season for all businesses is about to begin, and we have all heard it before that there is not enough hands to complete the work, and that is exactly what Office Depot and OfficeMax will deliver to 14 lucky winners,” said Eduardo Souchon, senior marketing director for Office Depot, Inc. “With more time and money being spent during the busy holiday season, we want to give back and make sure these small businesses have what they need to boost their success into the new year and beyond.”

Now through November 12, small business owners and employees can participate by visiting the Elf Who Helps website and submitting, in 150 words or less, what task they need assistance with and how it will help them. Fourteen small businesses will be selected to receive a variety of products and a $1,000 gift card supplied by Office Depot and OfficeMax to organize their businesses, as well as up to two days of on-site services from TaskRabbit.

The Elf Who Helps Small Business is part of the overall ‘Office Depot and OfficeMax Your Holiday Workshop’ campaign to ensure businesses and individuals are prepared to give the right gifts to everyone on their list and satisfy their everyday office needs, all at a one-stop shop and at a great value. From gifts under $20 to personalized items such as designer holiday and photo cards, photo canvases and calendars, and convenient in-store mailing and shipping via UPS, FedEx and USPS, Office Depot and OfficeMax have some of the seasons most sought after gifts and services at great values. A go-to gift-giving headquarters, Office Depot and OfficeMax will also have extended shipping hours.

To enter the Elf Who Helps Small Business contest, please visit www.elfwhohelps.com. Contest ends November 22 and winners will be announced on December 8. Official contest rules are as follows: No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Void where prohibited by law or regulation. Contest is open to legal US/DC residents (18) years of age or older and who either own or is an employee of a small business are eligible to enter the Contest on behalf of an eligible Small Business. Entry begins on 10/22/14 at 12:00:01 a.m. EDT and ends on 11/12/14 at 11:59:59 p.m. EST. All eligible entries will be judged to determine up to (14) winning entries. Winners announced 12/8/14. Sponsor: Office Depot, Inc., 6600 North Military Trail, C513B, Boca Raton, FL 33496. For important terms, conditions and Official Rules visit www.elfwhohelps.com.

About Office Depot, Inc.

Formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax, Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school, or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has combined pro forma annual sales of approximately $17 billion, employs more than 60,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 57 countries with more than 2,000 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, joint ventures, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, OfficeMax Grand & Toy, Reliable and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, DiVOGA, Ativa, WorkPRO, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

About TaskRabbit

The pioneer in “service networking,” TaskRabbit provides people and businesses with an easy, trusted and secure way to get both everyday and skilled tasks done. A two-way marketplace, TaskRabbit connects people who need help, with our ‘Taskers,’ a network of 30,000 pre-approved and background-checked individuals, who have the time and skills needed to complete the job, letting everyone live smarter. TaskRabbit is a one-stop marketplace for home and office services, including cleaning, handyman tasks, organization, deliveries, and moving help. For more information, visit http://www.taskrabbit.com or follow TaskRabbit on Twitter and Facebook.

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