OfficeMax and Verizon Wireless Unveil Strategic Alliance

OfficeMax and Verizon Wireless Unveil Strategic Alliance

Verizon Wireless to Offer National Service Plans Through OfficeMax

July 11, 2002


Brenda Boyd Raney



Steve Baisden



CLEVELAND, OH and BEDMINSTER, NJ - OfficeMax, Inc. (NYSE: OMX) and Verizon Wireless today unveiled a strategic alliance with OfficeMax to offer small business customers its full suite of wireless solutions in over 700 OfficeMax locations nationwide.

The solutions include Verizon Wireless' award winning wireless service plans, [FREEUP] prepay service, as well as Express Network, Verizon Wireless' newest high speed data service that gives users full Internet access, intranet access and traditional email functionality via a laptop at unprecedented wireless access speeds. Verizon Wireless [FREEUP] service will be available in OfficeMax stores during the back-to-school selling season, with the full suite of solutions planned for roll out by November 2002.

"OfficeMax continues to strategically align itself with world-class retailers like Verizon Wireless," said Michael Feuer, OfficeMax's chairman and chief executive officer. "With this alliance, Verizon Wireless becomes a preferred provider of wireless communications, giving our customers access to a host of innovative voice and data plans from the leading provider in the wireless business."

OfficeMax in-store offering will showcase Verizon Wireless America's Choice nationwide service plans, Mobile WebSM, Mobile MessengerSM and other data services. The alliance also calls for Verizon Wireless to train OfficeMax sales associates on Verizon Wireless' complete service line. Customers can expect a consultative purchasing experience and to be assisted in getting the wireless plan that best suits their needs.

"Serving the small business customer is one of our priorities," said John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "This agreement with OfficeMax will allow us to reach millions of small business customers and other mobile professionals."

About OfficeMax

OfficeMax operates nearly 1,000 superstores in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and a joint venture partnership in Mexico. In addition to offering office products, business machines and related items, OfficeMax superstores also feature CopyMax and FurnitureMax, store-within-a-store modules devoted exclusively to "print-for-pay" services and office furniture. Additionally, the Company reaches customers with an offering of over 30,000 items through its award winning eCommerce site, OfficeMax.com, its direct-mail catalogs and its outside sales force, all of which are serviced by its three PowerMax distribution facilities, 18 delivery centers and two national call centers.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide
wireless voice and data network and 30 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.