Office Depot Opens Online Doors

Delray Beach, FL-based Office Depot, which claims to be the world’s largest
office products retailing chain, is opening its first Web store.


The officedepot.com, site will be
an extension of Office Depot’s $6.7 billion store and delivery business,
the company said.


The store will target the small and home-based business sector–currently
the fastest-growing business segment and leading source of new jobs, the
company said. It will offer the same benefits as Office Depot brick and
mortar stores, including the well-received 155% competitive price guarantee
and guaranteed next day delivery to 95% of the U.S. at no charge for orders
over $50, as well as new features such as online order tracking in real time.


officedepot.com will include a site search engine as well as information and
visuals on Office Depot’s selection of office products, including hardware,
software, and furniture.


Office cubicle-guru and Office Depot spokesman Dilbert and his friends assist
users to navigate the site, adding a touch of humor.


Officedepot.com uses the latest Microsoft electronic commerce software
including Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS), Transaction Server,
and SQL Server. The site’s systems architecture enables officedepot.com to
handle 300,000 orders daily, the company said.

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