Staples is discontinuing its sale of Staples Connect smart home products.
In a statement, Staples stated that customers who purchased Staples Connect products will still be able use them: "Related products will be supported in collaboration with Z-Wave Products, a leading provider of Z-Wave enabled wireless technology including security, lighting, and energy monitoring products, and smart home software company Zonoff."
The US office supplier retailer was one of the earliest proponents of smart home technology, launching the platform in 2013. Staples Connect currently supports 150 products from 13 different companies.
Brands with Staples Connect-certified products included Lutron, Philips, Honeywell, First Alert, Yale, Kwikset, Schlage, Jawbone and more.
Z-Wave Products has set up a dedicated website and a hotline to ensure that Staples Connect customers are assisted during the transitional period.
In statements given to Twice, Staples spokesman Mark Cautela said that the move was prompted by “changing market dynamics and a focus on more business-oriented solutions”.
It should still be noted that the company – which has 107 stores in the UK – has made a bold decision to leave a market that is in a state of growth.