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Alarm-Industry Giant Vector Security Opens Retail Shop, Touts Pro-Installed Home Automation

The 2,300-square-foot store features security demos and smart home automation technology, like the company’s own Amazon Alexa skills used to control smart locks, IoT lighting, and HVAC.

CE Pro Editors · August 08, 2018

Monster Products Files $300M Cryptocurrency Offering for ‘Monster Money’

Iconic Monster Products looks to pivot to blockchain and cryptocurrency from halcyon days of premium speaker cables; files S-1 with SEC for “initial currency offering” (ICO) of 300 million Monster Money (MMNY) tokens.

Julie Jacobson · May 31, 2018

Kohl’s Puts Amazon Smart-Home Hardware, Staff in Stores Ahead of Holiday Season

Kohl’s customers in 10 stores across Los Angeles and Chicago will have a chance to test out and purchase Amazon Echo, Dot and Fire devices — and sign up for Amazon Smart Home Services for in-home consultations.

Chelsea Cafiero · September 13, 2017

Inside the Vivint Smart Home Stores at Best Buy: A Huge Paradigm Shift

CE Pro’s Julie Jacobson visited several Best Buy stores in San Antonio, Texas, where Vivint Smart Home is testing a new business model for selling and installing security and home automation systems.

Julie Jacobson · March 24, 2017

UPDATE: JCPenney Plays Gender Card, Launches Home Automation Biz and Pro Installation

Capitalizing on its large female customer base, JCPenney is the latest big-box brand to get into home automation with new “Home Services,” featuring Samsung SmartThings and and other smart-home systems. [UPDATE: JCP is not installing the smart-home equipment, just the other five Home Services categories.]

Julie Jacobson · March 16, 2017

Report: HHGregg to File for Bankruptcy Soon

Indianapolis retailer HHGregg with 229 stores in 20 states is due to file bankruptcy in the coming days, according to news reports.

Jason Knott · February 24, 2017

Target Seriously Upgrades Its IoT Retail Presence

Target renovates its Open House store in San Francisco with more interactive displays and more smart home products. The store also collects qualitative and quantitative data on engagement levels by shoppers.

Jason Knott · February 17, 2017

Sonos Opens First Retail Store: Upscale Shop in SoHo with 7 Soundproof Listening Rooms

Sonos begins selling smart speakers at its first retail shop in New York City, offering customers a listening experience they can’t get anywhere else.

Chelsea Cafiero · July 15, 2016

Belkin Opens First Ever Retail Store at LAX International Airport

Cable supplier Belkin makes its first steps into the brick and mortar retail space with a direct-to-consumer store in the Loas Angeles Internation Airport (LAX) selling cables, headphones and connectors.

Chelsea Cafiero · June 24, 2016

Target’s New Minn. ‘Connected Living’ Space Features Smart Devices, Not Home Automation

IP cameras, smart thermostats, IoT basketballs line shelves of Target’s Connected Living Experience in Minneapolis area, but ‘experience’ is a misnomer and home automation is mostly absent.

Julie Jacobson · June 14, 2016