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Apple products coming to US Staples, claims retailer execs

CNETAnalysis: Staples carries all manner of phones, tablets and other devices, though the retailer has yet to reach an agreement with Apple in the U.S. – unless it has, that is. According to Apple Insider, several Staples executives – including the retailer’s senior vice president of global human resources, Regis Mulot – tweeted on Thursday that Staples will soon carry Apple products in the U.S. Staples’ strategic accounts coordinator, Erin LaFlamme, and field services manager, Mike Goggin, reportedly tweeted the news as well. Apple Insider reported on Thursday that those executives and others were at a corporate meeting at the time. We say “reportedly” because the tweets have apparently all been deleted or made private – the personnel were likely admonished for leaking this news, as if being at a meeting on Valentine’s Day wasn’t bad enough. The incriminating tweets Mulot’s tweet, before being deleted, reportedly read, “After Canada, #Apple products arecoming to #Staples in US. Great news!” LaFlamme’s said, “Thanks #Apple for letting #Staples sell you…oh, and for the delicious apple products to celebrate at…” with an Instagram picture of an apple-flavored beer and what appears to be an apple tart. Goggin wrote, “Staples just finalized a deal to begin selling Apple products,” accompanied by the appropriate hashtag “#finally.” iPads and iMacs and MacBooks, oh my Staples already sells iPads, iPods, MacBooks, iMacs, and countless Apple accessories in its stores and online in Canada, though notably it seems the retailer doesn’t stock iPhones. Still, it’s unclear exactly which products will be made available in the U.S. Given the number of tweets that reportedly went out on Thursday and the speed with which they were deleted, we don’t much doubt the veracity of this particular report. ! Still, TechRadar reached out to Staples and Apple for clarification. The companies have yet to respond.

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