The merchants listed in Dealerscope’s registry of the Top 101 CE retailers in the United States and Canada sold $227.7 billion in consumer electronics in 2014, a modest 3.35 percent increase over the $220.32 billion earned the previous year. Relatively static sales, however, are not indicative of a static marketplace.
Over the past few months, Apple Pay has become the most popular payment method in the Staples app on iOS. The company now says 30% of its sales through the app come from Apple Pay. While Apple Pay is often used for contactless payments in the real world, it can also store debit and credit card information for digital transactions.
Confirming rumors from earlier in the week, Staples announced that it has agreed to purchase rival Office Depot for an equity value of $6.3 billion.
The Mobile Electronics group announced this week the arrival of a new comprehensive benefits program, a Group Purchasing Alliance Program provided by The Member Savings Program Inc.
According to The New York Times, "dozens" more companies have signed up to support Apple's new mobile payment system. That includes banks like SunTrust, Barclaycard, USAA, TD Bank North America, and Commerce Bank, and retail stores like Staples, Winn-Dixie, and Albertsons.
Staples this week announced the launch of a new program called Staples Exchange. The retailer describes the program as "a world-class platform that makes it easy for suppliers to offer products to Staples customers."
MakerBot Monday announced a pair of expanded partnerships with major retailers. The 3D printing firm said it will soon begin selling both MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers and the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner at select Staples locations.
Staples has launched an investigation into a possible security breach that may have left customer credit cards vulnerable. The office supply retailer’s locations in the northeast may have been affected, according to reports. After it was found there was a trend of fraudulent credit transactions that could be tied back to Staples, the company publicly acknowledged an investigation on Tuesday.
Many major retailers, including Best Buy, made headlines for announcing that they won't accept Apple Pay when it launches next Monday. One national CE retailer will, however- RadioShack.