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Contributed by Marian Brown on 09/07/2012
All campus office supply purchasers are advised that - starting Monday, September 10th - orders for desktop delivery service through Staples Advantage™ must total at least $50, an increase from the previously requested $25 order minimum. This move is due to steadily increasing costs for such delivery service, especially as fuel prices rise. It costs Staples as much to deliver a small box of items to your desk as it does to deliver a larger order of office supplies. You are encouraged to plan ahead and “bundle” your orders of office supplies to ensure that you meet this new $50 minimum order threshold.
The handy “Shopping cart” feature in the StaplesLink online order system allows you to compile requests for needed items and hold them in the system’s memory until you meet the $50 order minimum. You are also reminded that orders over $200 receive an automatic 2% rebate.
Consolidating orders is just one way that Ithaca and Staples can work together to make a positive impact on the environment. When ordering office supplies through the StaplesLink website, you are encouraged to use the Ithaca College approved Paper and Envelope shopping list as well as the new Sustainable Products shopping list. To help Ithaca College achieve its Climate Action Plan goals, all office supply buyers are encouraged to purchase paper products with 30% or higher percentage recycled content where such items are available – our purchase of recycled content paper is tracked and reported in our annual greenhouse gas emissions inventory.
You are also encouraged to check out the Office Supplies Collection and Reuse (OSCAR) closet to see if items you need are available - for free! - right here on campus.
Staples Inc. has been a leader within the office supplies industry for its focus on sustainability. Mark Buckley, VP for Environmental Affairs for Staples Inc., has spoken twice before on our campus, and he will be a featured presenter during EdEnergy Day on October 1st. As part of Staples’ “green vision”, which Mark helped to formulate, one corporate goal is to reduce global carbon emissions 50% by 2020. Staples is steadily working to maximize the fuel-efficiency of their fleet vehicles and to structure delivery routes to avoid unnecessary miles.
Thanks in advance for your understanding.