Signs Marketing Pact With AOL

Office Depot Inc. signed a one-year advertising and promotion agreement with
America Online that will make available to more than
3.5 million small and home-based businesspeople who are AOL and CompuServe
members. will run interactive banner advertising on AOL, and CompuServe. Financial arrangements
were not disclosed.

“The Internet is a critical tool for small businesses, which represent the
fastest-growing business segment and leading source of new jobs in the United
States today,” said Beth VanStory, vice president of Office Depot Online.
“Our agreement will unite two premier online resources for small and
home-based businesses–Office Depot and AOL.”

AOL members will have direct access to from the Office
Products and Services area of the AOL Shopping Channel and at keyword: Office
Depot. In addition, will appear in areas of the AOL Workplace
Channels, including Business Services and Trade Shows & News. has an inventory list of more than 10,000 office products;
real-time inventory; free, next-day delivery on all orders over $50; and
Supplies QuickFind, which makes it easier to identify a particular toner
cartridge or other supply for a business machine.

Office Depot currently operates 748 stores in the United States, Canada,
France and Japan, as well as a national business-to-business delivery network
that includes more than 60 local sales offices, 30 delivery centers and eight
national telecenters.

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