Staples and software platform provider Zonoff are expanding the Staples Connect program, which includes a new ecosystem device partners, support for additional wireless protocols, and the opening of a Manhattan in-store display.
As part of the expansion, companies partnering with Staples Connect include Kwikset, Netgear, Radio Thermostat, Centralite, Withings, Waxman, Goji, Koubachi, and Rachio. These partners join Philips, Linksys, Lutron and Honeywell.
“We’ve got this opportunity to drive the most compelling ecosystem of devices,” said Mike Harris, CEO of Zonoff. “At the end of the day, the more we can embrace and bring in to this solution, the better it is for consumers. We’re sticking to this model where we work with premium brands you know and trust, but we’re keeping it open for new, compelling and emerging companies as well.”
Staples Connect also is planning to expand support for ZigBee, Bluetooth and Insteon-based products. The platform already supports protocols such as Z-Wave, Lutron ClearConnect and Wi-Fi.
“Staples Connect is already the most aggressive and interactive retail initiative to bring the connected home and office to the mainstream consumer,” said Peter Gerstberger, Director of Technology Merchandise and New Business Development at Staples. “We look forward to continuing to expand the device support and system capabilities over the coming weeks and months.”