World’s Largest Online Retailers Embrace Home Automation

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4Q 2013 | IN-1017259


New Home Automation Focus for Amazon and Staples


In the last few weeks, two major U.S. retail brands and the world’s largest online retailers have launched smart home automation offerings. In July, Amazon launched its Home Automation store, which aggregates home automation devices and consumer tutorials on the site. But it is the foray by big box home and office supplies retailer Staples into home automation that is the more important of the two announcements. Starting in November this year, the company will be selling its own Connect home automation platform and related devices to control a range of connected devices that manage lights, heating, and blinds with a mobile app.

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Staples Connect includes a gateway device, the Staples Co...

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