The Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber (BWCC) has joined with the Detroit Regional Chamber to market an extensive Office Depot discount program. Open to member companies and their employees, the program also provides benefits to more than a million employees of federal and military agencies through an exclusive partnership with Office Depot and the employee welfare and benefits collaborative RecGov.
RecGov reaches the employees of federal agencies and military components through a web-based program as well as quarterly luncheon programs for MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) organizations and employee benefit associations.
Nearly 15 years ago the Detroit Regional Chamber in Michigan inaugurated a discount program with Office Depot for member companies. Rather than develop a more extensive sales force, the office supply company determined it would be beneficial to work through regional chambers of commerce, reaching their member companies.
Working closely with the BWCC, this benefit was then extended to employees of member companies through a no-cost employee benefit program.
The Detroit Chamber now has affiliations with more than 800 chambers in 42 states, including the BWCC.
Working closely with RecGov and The Detroit Chamber, the BWCC inaugurated a program to serve the employees of such agencies and military components as the National Institutes of Health, Fort Meade, Joint Base Andrews, the Social Security Administration, the State Department, the Treasury Department and many more.
The Office Depot discount program provides discounts ranging from 10% to 60% off retail for a core list of more than 250 items, as well as 5% off retail for most other items, excluding computers and related technology hardware. It is an excellent benefit for employees and costs the employer nothing to implement.
Employees can make purchases both in store and online via credit card, with free delivery for orders exceeding $50.
Since its inception, the National Chamber Program has sought to provide tangible, valuable benefits to chambers and their members worldwide through Office Depot, said Cristin Stevens, director of National Affinity Programs for the Detroit Regional chamber.
Constituting one of Office Depot’s largest group purchasing organizations, the National Chamber Program now supports the needs of member companies of every size and represents more than 500,000 companies across the nation.
“Through partnership with the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber, we are thrilled to join with RecGov and offer our program discounts to government employeees,” said Stevens.
Government personnel appreciate the efforts, too, to provide increased value in these difficult economic times.
The Office Depot program is now offered to all employees through the NSA Civilian Welfare Fund (CWF).
“Office Depot gave us great support in kicking the program off with give-aways and their representatives coming in and talking the program up,” said CWF Manager Tom Rayhart. “It has been very popular and much appreciated.”
The Office Depot program is available to BWCC member companies and organizations to use for their employees. To learn more, contact BWCC’s Finance and Operations Manager Marc Rucker at 301-725-4000 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.