Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies and services, today announced that the Company has filed its definitive proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ahead of the Company’s upcoming Annual Meeting of Shareholders on August 21, 2013. Along with the proxy statement, Office Depot also sent a letter to all shareholders outlining the progress the board has made on two transformative and value-enhancing transactions: the proposed merger agreement with OfficeMax and the sale of Office Depot de Mexico. The letter also highlights the other key strategic initiatives already well underway under the current Board to refocus the Company and maximize value for all Office Depot shareholders while positioning the Company for long-term growth. Office Depot urges all shareholders to vote the WHITE proxy card for its ten Board nominees in order to continue the progress and momentum they have established in doing what is best for all shareholders. A copy of the letter follows: July 22, 2013 Dear Fellow Office Depot Shareholder: Enclosed with this letter are Office Depot, Inc.’s proxy materials for the upcoming annual meeting of shareholders on August 21, 2013. This is a very important meeting where you will be presented with a significant choice about your investment and the future path of Office Depot. This vote could impact the value of your investment in the company and your Board’s continuing efforts in successfully executing our strategic plan. We encourage you to read our enclosed proxy materials carefully and vote the WHITE card today in support of our 10 director nominees – Neil R. Austrian, Justin Bateman, Thomas J. Colligan, Marsha J. Evans, Eugene V. Fife, W. Scott Hedrick, Kathleen Mason, Michael J. Massey, Raymond Svider and Nigel Travis. Your Board and management team have spent the past few years developing and implementing a comprehensive plan to effectively overcome the challenges facing the office solutions industry, as more fully described below. That plan is now starting to bear fruit, as demonstrated by the announcement of a merger with OfficeMax and the successful sale of our interest in Office Depot de Mexico. We recognize that there are still challenges to overcome, however, particularly in ensuring the completion and successful integration of the OfficeMax transaction. We currently expect to close the OfficeMax deal by the end of calendar year 2013, after all regulatory approvals have been received and all other conditions to closing have been met.