TECHNOLOGY

Office supplies giant modernizes operations in the cloud

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Office Depot is taking steps to transform its business processes.

The office supplies giant knew to compete and achieve future growth in an digital marketplace, it needed to make strategic business model changes. The ideal solution would enhance its current infrastructure and extend its existing IT investments.

Office Depot is adopting Oracle Cloud Applications, a move that will help the company enhance the performance of key supply chain, HR, and financial management functions. The solutions will also accelerate its omnichannel growth, simplify its IT infrastructure, and lower its costs, according to the company.

Each solution will support different areas of the business. An end-to-end supply chain solution will help get products to market faster and offer real-time insight into day-to-day logistics, procurement, and forecasting. Armed with a more insightful HCM system, Office Depot will have the actionable data needed to consistently manage its global workforce. Meanwhile, an enterprise performance management (EPM) solution will help transform the finance operations, and enable data-driven —and more accurate — financial reporting.

“Office Depot is pivoting away from being a traditional office products retailer to a broader omnichannel services and products company and that causes a lot of complexity given our existing technology,” said Damon Venger, senior director, IT applications, Office Depot.

“We evaluated multiple vendors, but only Oracle could deliver the end-to-end solutions we needed, he added. “Oracle Cloud applications continue to evolve and expand — ensuring they can grow with us over time. This was important when looking for a company that could be a true partner and understand our unique business needs.”

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