It looks like Apple and Staples has come to an agreement that will allow Staple to sell Apple's products through its U.S. retail stores. The first confirmation came from Regis Mulot, Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources at Staples, who sent out a tweet saying, "After Canada, #Apple products arecoming to #Staples in US. Great news!". We assume that Regis Mulot was a little too trigger happy with his tweet because it was deleted soon after. Fortunately for us, many other executives has confirmed the agreement as well.
To Apple, this is probably just another day of meetings and agreements. But to Staples, this is a huge win, and it's apparent due to the excitement from its executives. Erin LaFlamme, Strategic Accounts Coordinator for Staples, tweeted, "Thanks #Apple for letting #Staples sell you...oh, and for the delicious apple products to celebrate at... ". Mike Goggin, Field Services Manager for Staples, tweeted, "Staples just finalized a deal to begin selling Apple products #finally".
This agreement has been long overdue in the U.S., especially considering that Canada's Staples stores have been carrying Apple products for quite a while now. The availability of Apple products in Staples's U.S. retail stores should increase the convenience of purchasing an Apple device for many consumers. Not everyone has an Apple store nearby, so Apple enters into agreements with retailers to get their products into the hands of as many consumers as possible.
None of the tweets about the Apple/Staples agreement said anything about when Apple's products will be available at Staples, but it shouldn't be too long from now. There also wasn't any confirmation on what Apple products would be for sale at Staples, but if it's anything like the Staples in Canada, you should expect to see Apple's whole selection of products, including iPods, iPads, Macbooks, and Apple TVs.