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Office Depot Lauded For Support Of Women’s Businesses

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council has named Office Depot to the 2012 list of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises, the retailer announced. The award, Office Depot stated, is the only national recognition honoring corporations for world-class programs that help women’s business enterprises compete for corporate business.

The current year marks the 11th that has seen Office Depot earn a place on the selective list, the retailer asserted. Office Depot was specifically lauded for its Historically Underutilized Businesses Catalog. The retailer created the first and only annual HUB Catalog for the office supplies industry in 2009, it asserted. The catalog features Office Depot’s complete assortment of products sold by HUB vendors and contains over 1,600 products. Office Depot developed the HUB initiative not only to fuel growth in sales, inventory turnover and market expansion for the targeted enterprises included but also to provide a straightforward mechanism to help business customers meet their diversity purchasing goals, the retailer noted.

“We are honored to be recognized by WBENC for the dedication Office Depot has demonstrated to supporting the success, growth and advancement of women-owned businesses,” said Michael Allison, Office Depot executive vp/human resources. “We are committed to actively conducting business with WBENC-certified women’s business enterprises and encourage breaking down barriers and uncovering new growth opportunities for women business owners.”