May 16, 2008, 12:00 AM

Office Depot partners with Google to offer web resources to small retailers

Office Depot Inc. has launched an online business resource center with Google to give small retailers access to Google’s marketing and business tools.

Office Depot Inc. has launched an online business resource center with Google to give small retailers access to Google’s marketing and business tools.

Through the resource center-accessible via a link at OfficeDepot.com-Office Depot customers will be able to use a variety of Google products to grow their businesses, including Google AdWords. Office Depot customers will receive $50 of free ads from AdWords, Google’s program for placing ads next to search results.

Retailers also will have access to Google Apps-including Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs-and Google Local Business Center, which can be used to create free online listings that include an address, phone number, hours of operation and photos. The listings appear in Google search results and Google Maps, and can link to the retailers’ web sites.

“As one of the world’s largest e-commerce retailers, Office Depot knows what it takes to be successful in the online space, and is excited to provide small businesses with innovative tools that will help their business to be successful as well,” says Jeffrey Rohling, vice president of direct sales. “By working with Google, we will be able to provide Office Depot customers real tools that will help them to grow and expand amid a very challenging business environment.”

Office Depot is No. 3 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide.

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