Staples rushes to same-day delivery

Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) is adding same-day delivery in major metropolitan areas with a new service called Staples Rush. The program is a test for the chain.

Shoppers who place orders by 3 p.m. Monday through Friday will be able to select an option at checkout to have orders delivered by 7 p.m. There's a fee of $14.99, but this amount could change, as the project is beta tested.

The service is available in "specific areas of select markets," according to a company statement, and is now live in parts of Boston, Dallas, and Manhattan with other cities including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle to follow shortly.

Additional products and services (such as Copy & Print) will also be added in the upcoming months, and Staples Rush will eventually roll out to contract customers of Staples Business Advantage, Staples' business-to-business division.

Products will be identified as eligible for same-day delivery and the assortment includes thousands of products available in stores.

It used to be that free shipping was table stakes for retailers, but it's increasingly looking as though the ante has been upped to include same-day delivery. Unlike some retailers that are partnering with third-party delivery services such as Uber and Lyft, Staples will use its own delivery fleet.

For more:
- see this Staples press release

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