Google Expands Chromebook Sales to Walmart and Staples Stores
Google is growing its retailer network for Chromebooks as it hopes to get more of the devices into the hands of consumers.Google's Chromebook Web-enabled laptop machines will now be sold in Walmart and Staples stores, which will mean that the devices will now be available to consumers in more than 6,600 retail stores around the world. The announcement, which adds Walmart and Staples stores to the existing Chromebook retail outlets through Best Buy and Amazon.com, was unveiled in a June 17 post on the Google Official Blog by David Shapiro, Google's director of Chromebook marketing. "Chromebooks—a fast, simple, secure laptop that won't break the bank—will now be carried in over 3 times more stores than before," wrote Shapiro in his post. "Starting today, Walmart will be making the newest Acer Chromebook, which has a 16GB Solid State Drive (SSD), available in approximately 2,800 stores across the U.S., for just $199." The machines will be arriving in the chain's stores throughout the summer, he wrote. "And beginning this weekend, Staples will bring a mix of Chromebooks from Acer, HP and Samsung to every store in the U.S.—more than 1,500 in total."
Consumers will also be able to purchase the machines via Staples online, while business users will be able to buy them through the Staples Advantage B2B program, wrote Shapiro.