Office supply chain Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) may become the next major retailer to offer Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) products through its online store. According to 9to5Mac’s exclusive inside source, Apple and Staples have already inked a deal that will allow the Staples Online Store in the U.S. to begin selling the iPad and iPod on October 1.
Although Staples already sells the iPad via its website in Canada, this would be the first Apple device distribution deal for its U.S.-based online store. Earlier this year, Staples began selling various Apple accessories through its website and brick-and-mortar stores in the U.S.
According to 9to5Mac’s unnamed source, the accessories distribution deal was a test run to see if Staples would be able to sell enough Apple products to warrant a full distribution deal. Apparently, the amount of Apple accessories that Staples sold convinced Apple that the office supply retailer should also sell the iPad and iPod products.