Office supply chain Staples this week announced a new same-day delivery service for major U.S. cities.
The service, called Staples Rush, will allow customers that place weekday orders for thousands of products on Staples.com by 3 p.m. to opt for delivery by 7 p.m. that evening.
The fee will be $14.99 per delivery — although the company said the price could change while the program is in its initial phase — and deliveries will only be made in areas covered by the service.
Staples said that the program is already active in parts of Boston, Dallas and New York and that Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and other cities will be added "shortly."
“Thanks to Staples’ unmatched omni-channel capabilities, which already include the ability to buy online and pick up in store, we will deliver the products customers need when they need them, so they can make more happen without having to wait on shipped orders," global e-commerce executive vice president Faisal Masud said in a statement.
Staples added that it will utilize its own delivery fleet and that more products and services -- including copying and printing and its Staples Business Advantage business-to-business division -- will be added in coming months.
The service adds Staples to the growing list of retailers, such as Amazon.com and Walmart, that offer same-day delivery. It also follows the recent blocking of a long-sought merger between Staples and Office Depot.