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ORDER AND SHIP EARLY! Orders may require longer lead times due to post-pandemic shipping and industry-wide supply chain challenges.
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Order And Ship Early!

A massive increase in online shopping and residential deliveries has created record-breaking shipment volumes for UPS, FedEx and USPS. They can't keep up with demand. This can add days to production and delivery times in some instances. As your partner, we are committed to providing you with the best possible experience and service. Planning ahead allows Staples Promotional Products to help you meet your desired timelines. If you have large orders and tight deadlines, please call customer service for extra planning and attention.

On-time delivery could require longer shipping lead times, so order early!

  • Delivery of in-stock orders may be delayed due to longer shipment transit times
  • Custom orders may be subject to double delays. Inventories may take longer to reach decorators. Once decorated, shipment to the customer can take longer too
  • Paying for expedited services no longer guarantees on-time delivery. Shippers have discontinued their “money-back” delivery time guarantees for the foreseeable future

Plan & order early!

While Staples is working with suppliers and freight carriers to secure priority processing, delays cannot be mitigated in all cases. Shipping carriers do not know when shipping volumes and capacities will normalize. We will keep you informed as volumes and shipping times improve.

Have a mandatory in-hands date?

Share it with customer service! They will know the best options to ensure timely delivery.

Order early if you can!

Build a few extra days into your timeline just in case.

Shipping to or from Southern California?

Order even earlier! That region is experiencing the longest delays.
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Stretch Your Small Business

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Discover big opportunities for your small business by learning how to make the most of your marketing budget and efforts. 

You have big dreams for your small business. Having a good marketing strategy can help turn those dreams into reality without breaking the bank.  Follow these tips and tricks to show off all the great things your business has to offer while making the most out of your time, budget and energy. 

 

Online Engagement

Utilizing websites, blogs, emails and social media provides a way to encourage people to get involved and stay connected with your business. Online communication tools are also great for sharing updates, reminders and showing off what your business has to offer. If you want to take it a step further, consider offering deals, promotions, coupons or sneak peaks to exclusive customers who follow your social media, or are part of your email list. Loyal customers will appreciate the gesture and new customers will keep a closer eye on your business. 

 

Community Engagement

Small businesses are the heart, soul and back bone of several communities across America. The more involved your business is, the more likely your brand will be viewed as a pillar of the community. Participating, sponsoring or hosting things like fundraisers, festivals and functions offers the perfect opportunity to get face-to-face interaction with customers and build brand loyalty. 

 

Giveaway Tips

Giveaway items can be an extremely effective marketing tool to help your business go the extra mile. Be sure to choose unique swag that will surely be the talk of the town. We recommend handing out promo products for community events, parades or the first 50 customers who visit one morning.

 

The Aluminum Cell Phone Ring and Stand is a great option for higher-end gift that is still extremely affordable. As a bonus, recipients will be reminded of your business every time they use their phone. Another tried and true item is the Pocket Spray Hand Sanitizer which is perfect by itself, or paired with other items for a gift bag. If you plan on giving away items to several people, choose the cost-efficient Alligator Clip – perfect for hanging notes, artwork and good grades on the refrigerator. 

 

Contact your Staples Representative for more ideas and inspiration to stretch your small business. Don’t have a Staples Rep? Call 1.800.369.4669 or email scs@staples.com to get started.