OfficeMax
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Company Facts
Overview
OfficeMax is a leader in both business-to-business and retail office products distribution. We provide office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions, and furniture to large, medium and small businesses, government offices, and consumers. Our mission is simple. We help our customers do their best work.
OfficeMax customers are served by more than 29,000 associates through direct sales, catalogs, the Internet and more than 900 retail locations throughout the U.S. and Mexico.
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Company History
OfficeMax Incorporated (formerly Boise Cascade Corporation) was organized as Boise Payette Lumber Company, a Delaware corporation, in 1931 as a successor to an Idaho corporation formed in 1913. In 1957, the company's name changed to Boise Cascade Corporation. On December 9, 2003, Boise Cascade Corporation acquired 100 percent of the voting securities of OfficeMax, Inc. That acquisition more than doubled the size of our office products distribution business and expanded that business into the U.S. retail channel. The company's name changed from Boise Cascade Corporation to OfficeMax Incorporated; and the name of our business–to–business segment changed from Boise Office Solutions to OfficeMax.

On October 29, 2004, we sold our paper, forest products and timberland assets to affiliates of Boise Cascade, L.L.C., a new company formed by Madison Dearborn Partners LLC. With the Sale, we completed the Company's transition from a predominately manufacturing-based company to an independent office products distribution company.

On February 20, 2013, OfficeMax and Office Depot announced an agreement to combine companies in a merger of equals. The merger was completed on November 5, 2013, and became a $17 billion provider of office products, services and solutions.

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Company Segments
OfficeMax is made up of two main business segments: Contract and Retail.
OfficeMax, Contract

The name for our contract segment in the U.S. is OfficeMax Workplace which better represents and communicates our value proposition. We distribute a broad line of items for the office, including office supplies and paper, technology products and solutions, and office furniture through our OfficeMax, Workplace segment. OfficeMax Workplace sells directly to large corporate and government offices, as well as to small and medium-sized offices in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This segment markets and sells through field salespeople, outbound telesales, catalogs, the Internet and in some foreign markets through office products stores.

The majority of the products sold by this segment are purchased from outside manufacturers or from industry wholesalers. We also source substantially all of our private label products direct from manufacturers.

At the end of 2012, we operated 40 distribution centers in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well as four customer service and outbound telesales centers in the U.S. The contract segment also operated 44 office products stores in Canada, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. We also operate six print–on–demand facilities with enhanced fulfillment capabilities. These 8,000 square foot operations, some of which are located within our contract distribution centers, support the print and document needs of our large contract customers as well support our retail stores by providing services that cannot be deployed at every retail store.
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OfficeMax, Retail
OfficeMax, Retail is a retail distributor of office supplies and paper, print and document services, technology products and solutions, and office furniture. Our retail segment has operations in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Our retail office supply stores feature an in-store module devoted to print-for-pay and related services. Our retail segment also operates office products stores in Mexico through a 51 percent owned joint venture. Substantially all products sold by this segment are purchased from outside manufacturers or from industry wholesalers, except office papers. We purchase office papers primarily from the paper operations of Boise Cascade, L.L.C., under a 12-year paper supply contract we entered into at the time of Sale.
Our retail segment current operates more than 900 stores in the U.S. and Mexico, three large distribution centers in the U.S., and two small distribution centers in Mexico. Each store offers approximately 10,500 stock keeping units (SKUs) of name-brand and OfficeMax private-branded merchandise and a variety of business services targeted at serving the small business customer.
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