Staples Announces Black Friday Game Plan

Staples Black Friday Thanksgiving Cyber Monday Deals Store Hours 2015

It's October 1st, and with 56 days to go, we have our first major piece of official Black Friday news!

Staples announced today in a press release that Black Friday deals will go live online on Thanksgiving day. A specific start time isn't mentioned, but if 2015 is anything like years past, online deals will begin at midnight. As always, customers with a free Staples Rewards Membership will receive free shipping sitewide. Staples Black Friday deals will begin in-store at 6AM on November 27th and will continue through Cyber Monday.

You probably remember the backlash last year over stores that decided to start their in-store Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving morning. Staples' president addressed the issue today, stating that "We want our customers and associates to enjoy Thanksgiving their own way". Giving shoppers the option of staying home on the holiday while still snagging great deals will no doubt be appreciated by customers and employees alike, especially considering the fact that merchants have been open earlier and earlier in previous years.

The press release also mentioned that Staples will feature "special holiday savings" in-store and online beginning in early November. They said that the deals will be available for "a huge assortment" of tech devices as well as other business essentials, but no other details were revealed.

While this isn't a Black Friday ad, it is a pretty interesting announcement. Having Black Friday deals available online on Thanksgiving is a win-win situation; employees get to stay home, traditionalists can focus on their families and get deals in-store the next day, and those of us addicted to Black Friday goodness can still get their shopping on via the Staples website. What do you think? Do you hope more stores follow in Staples' footsteps?

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