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July 8, 2008 9:02 AM

Office Depot Associates Help NASCAR Star Carl Edwards 'Take Care of Business' with a One-of-a-Kind Paint Scheme at Chicagoland

No. 99 Office Depot Ford To Feature Individual Signatures of Nearly 8,000 Office Depot Associates From Around The World

Delray Beach, Fla., July 7, 2008 - When Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, competes in the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 12, he’ll have some special passengers along for the ride. For this race only, Office Depot (NYSE: ODP), the Official Office Products Partner of NASCAR, will showcase a one-of-a-kind "Taking Care of Business" paint scheme featuring the individual signatures of close to 8,000 Office Depot associates from around the world. The signatures collected from all regions of the world are representative of the fact that Office Depot associates serve customers in more than 40 countries across the globe.

"I’m excited to have so many Office Depot associates represented on my race car in such a creative and personal way," said Edwards, who recorded his best career Cup Series result at Chicagoland Speedway last July when he finished third. "The ‘Taking Care of Business’ paint scheme is special and gives Office Depot associates everywhere an opportunity to be part of the race action. Hopefully I can thank them for all of their support with a win and showcase the car in Victory Lane."

The Office Depot "Taking Care of Business" paint scheme features the unique signatures of associates from Office Depot sales offices, retail stores, distribution centers, crossdocks, corporate and administrative offices in Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In conjunction with the special paint scheme, Office Depot also hosted a special sweepstakes in North America in which ten lucky associates won a VIP trip to attend the Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. Each winning associate receives two race tickets, a tour of the garages and the thrill of seeing the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in person.

"This special paint scheme is a terrific way to recognize the hard work and dedication of Office Depot associates who are taking care of business for our customers every single day in locations all around the world," said Chuck Rubin, President of North American Retail for Office Depot.

About Office Depot

Every day, Office Depot is Taking Care of Business for millions of customers around the globe. For the local corner store as well as Fortune 500 companies, Office Depot provides products and services to its customers through more than 1,600 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs and a $4.9 billion e-commerce operation. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $15.5 billion, and employs about 49,000 associates around the world. The Company provides more office products and services to more customers in more countries than any other company, and currently sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 43 countries.

Office Depot’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

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