Staples has divulged some of its Black Friday deals. Teased items include:
*an HP Laptop with Intel Core i5 processor for $390, a savings of $250;
*Canon’s Pixma MG3620 printer for $30, a savings of $50;
*10 percent off Zoop drones, starting at $27; and
*a free exclusive tech coupon book with more than $700 in savings on tech accessories and services, available in stores only.
Sale items will be available online on Thanksgiving Day, when Staples locations will be closed, and in stores when the chain reopens on Black Friday (Nov. 25) at 6 a.m.
In the meantime, customers can get a sneak peek of the promotions starting Nov. 6 exclusively through the retailer’s mobile app, and dozens more deals will be revealed two weeks prior to Black Friday at Staples.com/blackfridayad.
“Whether our customers want to shop in stores, via our mobile app, on Staples.com or any combination, we’re offering more ways to save throughout the season beginning the week of Black Friday,” said executive VP and chief merchant Peter Scala. “Staples offers exclusive products, the latest technology, personalized holiday cards and invitations through Print & Marketing Services, and a large assortment of gifts for friends, family and colleagues.”
In other Staples news, the No. 1 office supply chain is addressing the issue of student debt — along with talent recruitment and retention — with a new student loan repayment program.
Under the first phase of the program, full-time U.S. associates with at least one outstanding loan obligation, and who have obtained or are in the process of receiving a degree from an accredited institution, will have their loan principal paid at the rate of $100/month for 36 months.
Staples already reimburses a portion of tuition fees for eligible associates, and provides 30 awards of $3,000 each to dependents of associates who plan to continue their higher education.
The program initially targets specific new-hire sales associates and existing internal candidates who have been identified as high potential and top performers, and will be offered to additional groups in the future, the company said.
“Staples is pioneering this effort within the retail industry to help with the recruitment and retention of the key talent needed to support our previously announced strategy to focus on mid-market customers,” said Regis Mulot, global human resources executive VP. “[That] we’re adding more than 1,000 people to our sales force and offering a student loan repayment benefit shows our commitment to supporting both new and existing associates.”
Staples will also pilot a “Refer a Talent” program later this year in which associates will be encouraged to refer high-potential outside candidates even if there is no specific open job for them.