August 15, 2004
Office Depot opens on Englar Road in Westminster Office Depot held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting Thursday for its store at 402 A Englar Road in Westminster. Local officials welcomed the store and heard about the company's community outreach programs. The store is donating $500 each to Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, the Carroll County Public Library to reach disadvantaged children, and Carroll County Food Sunday food bank. Also, 120 backpacks with school supplies will be donated to Carroll County public schools for at-risk children.
September 14, 2002
Moves Baseball MLB: Reduced suspensions of following individuals for roles in incident July 28: Orioles P Willis Roberts from seven to five games, Orioles OF Melvin Mora from four to three games; Red Sox C Jason Varitek from four to three games, Red Sox IF Rey Sanchez from three to two games; and Red Sox pitching coach Tony Cloninger from two games to one game. Suspended Expos P Tomo Ohka six games and fined him $1,000 and suspended Braves P Chris Hammond three games for throwing at batters during game last Saturday; players' association appealed Ohka's suspension.
August 6, 2001
The chirpy female voice on the phone at Office Depot asks for an order, but if you are still thumbing through the catalog, she seems happy to wait. "If you need more time, just say, 'I need more time,' " she suggests. "I need more time." Then you hear it: "Hmm-hm-hm-hm-hmmm..." Ms. Chirpy is humming. Contentedly humming in your ear, as if to prove that her patience is absolutely endless. And it is, because this is the voice of an automated system that uses electronic speech recognition and recorded human responses to bring Office Depot's Web-based ordering service to call-in customers.
February 1, 2001
IN THE CURRENT giddiness, Stanley Fisher rises to the occasion. He is the greatest Bawlamer poet since maybe Hyman Pressman. The way Hymie's limericks once immortalized City Hall types and slippery money, Stanley sings cheery hosannahs to the bookmaker and the beauty shop, the bingo parlor and the Sultan of Swat and, right on time, the champion Ravens. So naturally, Stanley being the hot literary property, he was not to be found at his usual haunts yesterday. At Miller's Deli in the Greenspring shopping center, where he generally matriculates, the regulars said he breakfasted early and headed for the familiar rail at Laurel Racetrack with a few pals.
May 19, 1998
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Office Depot Inc., the world's largest office-products retailer, agreed yesterday to buy Viking Office Products Inc. for about $2.7 billion in stock, as it moves more into direct marketing of products ranging from pencils to computers.Office Depot will swap one share for each of Viking's 87.1 million shares. The offer for Viking, the world's largest seller of office products through catalogs, is 30 percent higher than Viking's closing price Friday.Office Depot, which operates 614 stores, and its main competitor, Staples Inc., have made big acquisitions in direct marketing after antitrust objections scuttled their proposed $4 billion merger in July.
July 2, 1997
WASHINGTON -- When U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan blocked Staples Inc.'s acquisition of rival Office Depot Inc. Monday, he said that, to a large degree, the office-supply superstore chains had been "hoisted with their own petards."The veteran judge was talking about his conclusion that the companies were so successful creating their own market niche that they didn't face enough competition from other retail stores to discourage the merged company from raising prices.A day after Hogan's decision effectively killed the acquisition, however, antitrust experts say Staples and Office Depot were similarly undermined by internal corporate documents that fatally undercut their bid to fend off an antitrust lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission.