Staples has announced that it will expand the home and office automation platform Staples Connect, a move that will include a 500-store rollout, new pricing for the Staples Connect Hub, and collaborations with Microsoft, Jawbone, and D-Link. The company asserted that it is the first retailer to announce the integration of wearable technology to its automation platform.
After a limited launch in the fall of 2013, Staples maintained that it would add Connect in-store displays to the 500 retail locations. The in-store additions will help promote the compatible device offering, which consumers already can purchase on Staples.com. The devices come from an array of top brand name manufacturers, the retailer pointed out, including Lutron, Philips, Honeywell, First Alert, Yale, Kwikset, Schlage, Leviton, Cooper, GE, D-Link, Radio Thermostat and others. The Connect product assortment includes 150 individual smart devices for the home or office, Staples noted.
“Staples Connect offers the best-in-class home and office automation solutions, with the widest array of product and services from the most trusted brands,” said Mike Edwards, executive vp/merchandising for Staples, in announcing the latest Connect initiative. “Our in-store expansion shows that Staples is committed to providing our customers the newest tech offerings and innovations, like Staples Connect, so they can make more happen in their business and at home.”