Office Depot will open five new Workonomy Hub coworking spaces, in the Houston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, and Orlando, Fla. markets in early July, with an Oregon location opening later in the summer. The spaces, which will be integrated into existing Office Depot locations, feature products and services aimed at helping small business owners, entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers and startups. After the latest openings, Office Depot will operate a total of nine hubs.
Workonomy Hubs feature areas where customers can work independently or connect with others in their community, in office spaces of up to 5,500 square feet. The hubs also provide access to desks, private offices, conference rooms and event spaces. Rentals are available by the day or monthly through memberships, with amenities including refreshments, concierge services, high-speed Internet, onsite tech support, printing, mailing and shipping services and office supplies.
The Workonomy Hubs are part of the retailer’s efforts to expand its B2B business, which also includes adding dedicated tech installation and consultation support kiosks inside stores, and offering the ability to generate labels at officedepot.com and drop off shipments at any Office Depot or OfficeMax location.
Office Depot also has partnered with Alibaba to combine Office Depot’s extensive U.S. supply chain with Alibaba’s global supplier network, catalog of product listings and manufacturing capabilities. The alliance aims to improve the capabilities of both companies for serving U.S. SMBs.