NordstromsWhile Nordstrom has yet to find a suitable location in New York City, now online shoppers can get any item delivered for free. On Monday, Nordstrom (JWN) announced it will offer free shipping and returns for all U.S. orders. Before, shoppers had to spend at least $200 to be eligible for free shipping.

As the Seattle-based company stated in its press release, the new policy is part of the company's effort to "provide a more compelling online experience." Indeed, Nordstrom has made a number of moves in 2011 to increase its online retail stature. In February, the company acquired the flash-sale website HauteLook for $180 million in stock. In June, it launched a new version of for smartphones, and introduced a shopping function that allows customers to see whether items are in stock at nearby stores.

Nordstrom's second quarter earnings report suggests that online retail is a good direction for the company: Net earnings were $175 million, up 20% from the same quarter last year.

L.L. Bean, Zappos, Shopbop, and ASOS are among the few big-name retailers that have offered unconditional free shipping. As of now, no other department store chain offers the service. Macy's charges $8 for orders under $99. J.C. Penney's (JCP) and Lord & Taylor charge on a scale based on the purchase amount. Saks and others offer free shipping deals during certain times of the year.

Perhaps that will change now that Nordstrom has made the leap. On Aug. 26, Neiman Marcus issued a promotion code allowing free shipping on all orders. While originally the offer was set to expire on Monday, the day of Nordstrom's free shipping announcement, Neiman Marcus has extended it until Labor day.

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Pa Robert

Nothing's "free" - you simply pay higher prices to start with - amazing how stupid people are.

September 03 2011 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathy Hubbard Bostic

I love the service and friendly associates at Nordstrom's. I agree woth Scotttimscott--I recently purchased a $14 watch for my granddaughter. They offered to gift wrap for free. My mom purchases all of her gifts at Nordstoms that need to be shipped-She loves that after she pays for her gifts, that is it--they wrap. address mailing labels and send it all out for free.

September 01 2011 at 5:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like Nordstrom. They wrap and treat my humblest of purchases as if it was their most lucrative sale of the day.

September 01 2011 at 4:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Casual Male XL offers Free Shipping to a Store Near You I shop there all of the time Ask Your associate for Details

September 01 2011 at 3:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Free shipping? Those cheap clowns can pay their rent and employees for a year when they sell a couple of shirts. They are not generous with their employees on any level. I've quit shopping there years ago.

September 01 2011 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

awesome move Nordstrom!

August 31 2011 at 9:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Best and most accomodating retailer by far. A pleasure to deal with...

August 31 2011 at 6:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Way to go Nordstrom !!

August 31 2011 at 5:25 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Every retailer should offer free shipping ! Their business would increase multi-fold.

August 31 2011 at 4:59 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply