First and foremost, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for continuing to support our brand during this pandemic. It continues to be our highest priority in providing you with quality products during these difficult times. Sadly, COVID-19 continues to be with us.
Due to the recent increase in the cost of labor and materials caused by the pandemic, unfortunately, we will be increasing the cost of our products. But, with that also comes with an increase in the quality of our products. As many of you may know, starting in March 2020 we began offering free nationwide shipping as our way to continue to show our appreciation to our loyal customers and community.
Department of Labor's June Consumer Price Index states apparel prices rose 4.9% in June versus the year before — the largest jump in a decade. Crocs, Michael Kors, and Ralph Lauren are among those brands that have already raised prices. Cotton prices have surged 22% in the past two weeks alone.
We do understand the frustration with increasing costs, so we thank you in advance for your continued support and understanding. Effective immediately orders of $75 or more will now be shipped via UPS 2 Day shipping to ensure our products reach you sooner. All UPS orders will include tracking and insurance to protect your purchases. All orders under $75 will now be shipped via USPS with standard shipping.
We look forward to continuing to serve you via our website. Please feel free to reach out to us directly on any of our social media channels via @rapteez on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Please continue to stay safe and thank you again for all your continued support during these unprecedented times.
Kosta & Alex