A pilot program for the office supplier's smart-home hub was successful enough to merit a broader US roll-out, along with new hardware and more partnerships.
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It's probably too early to commit to a master smart-home platform, but for basic home automation across multiple devices, Staples Connect works well -- and at $99, it's priced just right.
The retailer says it expects to close the stores by the end of 2015 and save approximately $500 million in the process.
We see potential in this system, and at $99, the price is right.
Zonoff and Staples Connect will expand with new partners in 2014.
Staples Connect will launch supporting perhaps the largest curated ecosystem of smart home devices.
Ivee Sleek is a voice-activated assistant that can answer questions, respond to commands, and connect to a ton of other smart home devices.
Apple's tablet lineup was previously available just through Staples' online store.
The products are available online but not in retail stores, as the chain continues to gradually expand its lineup of Apple products.
The brick-and-mortar stores have removed the lockers used for temporarily storing purchases for Amazon customers, Bloomberg reports.