NOTE: This is a special edition of Mouse Print* in addition to this week’s regular feature.
All the office superstores have always offered free shipping on orders over $50. Now Staples is breaking ranks and quietly raising that minimum to orders over $75.
A spokesperson for the company explained why this happened:
Our primary focus is to serve our small business customers. In the interests of serving our customers with fast delivery and running our business cost effectively, Staples.com changed the minimum order amount for free delivery from $50 to $75 on April 30. We believe this change will have little impact to customers’ overall experience given that the vast majority of our small business customers generally place orders for at least $75.
For what it’s worth, the other two office supply superstores, Office Max and Office Depot, still offer free delivery on orders of $50 or more. The question is, for how long?