DoorDash and Staples Team for Same-Day Back-to-School Deliveries


Staples has teamed with DoorDash to provide same-day deliveries on back-to-school items.

The partnership, announced Monday (Aug. 7), is the latest example of retailers taking steps to take advantage of what is expected to be a record year for back-to-school spending.

“Nearly 1,000 Staples U.S. locations are now available on the DoorDash marketplace offering consumers easy access to all they need for a successful school year,” DoorDash said in a news release, noting deliveries can arrive — on average — in under an hour.

The partnership offers consumers in the U.S. $20 off Staples orders of $40 or more. Staples products are also available via DashPash, DoorDash’s membership program.

As PYMNTS wrote last month, back-to-school (BTS) spending is expected to reach $41.5 billion this year, surpassing the $37.1 billion record set in 2021 and the $36.9 billion in 2022.

Companies such as Amazon, Walmart and JCPenney have all unveiled unique campaigns to entice consumers.

“As budgets continue to shrink, Amazon is taking steps to stay relevant. To that end, the company is placing an emphasis on deals,” PYMNTS wrote.

Walmart, meanwhile, said it would allow parents to shop for the 2023 school year at 2022 prices.

“With 80% of customers expecting to spend more on supplies this year … we’re excited to offer the school supply basket at the same prices as last year,” the retailer said in a statement.

More recently, PYMNTS examined an offer from Old Navy which gives consumers a one-year guarantee on uniform styles, meaning customers can now shop knowing that the retailer promises a full refund if products do not survive the wear and tear of a school year.

“At Old Navy, we understand the demands of a busy school year. That’s why our uniform products are made using durable fabrics that are proven to be built to last,” said Sarah Holme, head of design and product development at Old Navy.

Other players in the clothing space are seeking to secure a share in back-to-school spending (and beyond). Macy’s has rolled out a new brand that caters to women with a focus on addressing the limitations of the one-size-fits-all approach to clothing fit.

Named after its Manhattan flagship store, On 34th, the collection is due to be available both in physical stores and online beginning next week.