Hardware Retailing

OCT 2018

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HARDWARE RETAILING | October 2018 46 S till trying to understand smart devices? In a category that is still relatively new to the market and that seems to change constantly, it may be difficult to know where to start. While it may be tempting to wait until you see more customers willing to pay for the technology, you don't want to miss out on a sales opportunity. And when it comes to choosing the smart home devices to stock, you have plenty of choices. To help you sort them out, here are 10 items to help you start the smart home category. Smart Home Products to Sell in 2019 Locks Smart door locks can include a whole list of features, such as remote unlocking if someone in the family forgets their key and geofencing that locks the door when you get a certain distance away from the home (in case you forget). Thermostats Energy savings is a big selling point for many smart home devices. Smart thermostats can increase the energy efficiency of a home by creating heating and cooling cycles based on the homeowner's daily schedule. Lightbulbs Users can connect with bulbs remotely to dim them, change their color or turn them on and off. This is one of those products you need to see to believe, so consider setting up a floor demo so shoppers can see it in action. Security Camera This device will likely be part of a larger security system that works with other devices. When selling kits, talk about the benefits of self-installed home security systems, which tend to cost less than professionally installed ones.

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