Office Depot starts same-day delivery service

In a bid to shore up its eroding sales, Office Depot said Monday that it’s testing same-day delivery in three markets.

“With our new same-day delivery and our omnichannel approach, we are utilizing our retail stores as assets and part of our supply chain to give our customers the best possible experience,” Office Depot Chief Executive Gerry Smith said in a statement.

Customers who shop on officedepot.com can choose scheduled same-day delivery. The service is available in South Florida, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Office Depot says it will waive delivery fees as it tests the service.

Staples, Office Depot’s larger rival, began same-day delivery more than a year ago. Both retailers have been hurt by the rise of Amazon and by declining demand for pens, papers and printer cartridges.

Office Depot’s sales fell from $12.7 billion on 2014 to $11 billion in 2016, and the Boca Raton-based retailer has been closing stores and distribution centers.

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