3D printers are coming to Staples
Staples Inc. has been a place to get printing done since it opened in the 1980s, but now the retailer is taking printing to a whole new level.
Starting Sept. 14, Staples, is offering a new online 3D printing platform, which will let small businesses and consumers upload their own 3D designs or select from a curated assortment of models.
The new platform will allow users to submit their own 3D files on Staples.com, and customize designs by selecting from an assortment of materials and colors as well as adding text, figures, and images to any printable project. It also features a responsive, interactive 3D viewer so users can preview their creation before it’s printed.
Staples has offered 3D printing as a service in its retail locations and through its copy & print sales teams, but the new service offering makes 3D printing more accessible.
“This is a great addition for our business customers that are looking for an easy way to prototype with quick turnaround time, and at an affordable price,” said Behzad Soltani, VP of services, e-commerce for Staples, Inc. “The platform allows beginners to get a taste and try 3D printing by selecting one of our existing models and making it their own through our customization options.”
The platform is powered bySculpteo, an online 3D printing service that offers on-demand 3D printing of individual products as well as short-run manufacturing.
Staples previously announced in May 2013 that it would be the first major U.S. retailer to carry 3D printers. The company has since rolled out 3D printing hardware and accessories in a limited number of stores, and expanded its overall product selection to include printers by MakerBot.
In addition, the retailer launched in-store 3D printing services in pilot stores in New York City and Los Angeles, as well as in a limited number of stores supported by Stratasys.
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New honor for Container Store chief
Kip Tindell, co-founder, chairman and CEO of The Container Store, has joined a global list of who’s who in retailing.
Tindell was inducted into the World Retail Hall of Fame during a closing day ceremony at the World Retail Congress in Rome, Italy. Now in its ninth year, the World Retail Hall of Fame has honored founders of some of the retail world’s most iconic brands.
“I’ve spent a lifelong career in retail and can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s the most exciting and innovative industry out there. So, to be recognized by the World Retail Congress in this light, given the organization’s high caliber impact on the global retail landscape, is beyond thrilling and humbling,” said Tindell.
In addition to Tindell, 2015 inductees are Dr. Christo Wiese, founder and chairperson of Pepkor Holdings (Pty) Limited and Shoprite Holdings Limited; Mohammed Alshaya, executive chairman, the Alshaya group of companies; and Juan Cúneo Solari and Reinaldo Solari, former chairmen, Falabella.
“Each year the World Retail Congress consults its advisory board, the Grand Jury for the World Retail Awards and other retail industry peers to identify those individuals they believe should be honored for their lifetime achievements and contribution to retailing. This select group of Hall of Fame members are true pioneers in the retailing world and on behalf of the Congress and its advisory board I am delighted to confer this honor on Kip Tindell and welcome him to the World Retail Hall of Fame,” said Ian McGarrigle, chairman of WRC.
Previous inductees include Martha Stewart, Paul Smith, Burt Tansky (former CEO of Neiman Marcus), the Nordstrom family, Phillip Green (chairman of the Arcadia Group, owner of Topshop), Mickey Drexler (CEO of J.Crew), Gordon Segal (founder and former CEO of Crate & Barrel), Mike Ullman (former CEO of J.C. Penney) and Ray Kelvin (Founder & CEO of Ted Baker).