Merchant Innovation

Office Depot Doubles Down On Hiring

It wasn't too long ago that both Staples and Office Depot looked to be trapped in a death spiral. With no merger in their futures and plenty of uncertainty, each definitively separate retailer looks to be embarking on new chapters, and Office Depot is making sure it has the staff on hand for a busy future.

Office Depot announced on Wednesday (June 15) that it would be hiring more seasonal in-store associates to work during its back-to-school season than it ever has before. The office supply brand is looking to fill roughly 8,000 positions — 33 percent, or 2,000 more than 2015's numbers.

Lynn Gross, VP of human resources for retail at Office Depot, touted the surge in required help as a necessary development for the brand.

“As we gear up for the busy back-to-school season, hiring additional associates in our retail stores is essential so that we provide our customers with a great shopping experience," Gross said in a statement. "These opportunities are ideal for smiling, friendly candidates who enjoy working with people, possess a passion for selling and thrive in a fast-paced sales environment ... We’re looking forward to bringing in more associates this year to ensure our customers get the best, personal service to fulfill their back-to-school shopping needs."

Office Depot defines back-to-school season as lasting roughly from July through September, and if it can make some hay during that period, it'll be interesting to see what the once-beleaguered office supply retailer has up its work-appropriate sleeve next.

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