Staples: helping customers easily locate stores

About Staples

Staples helps the world work better with work solutions that deliver industry-leading products, services and expertise across office supplies, facilities, breakroom, furniture, technology, promotional products, and print & marketing services. The company supports businesses of all sizes from solopreneurs to the Fortune 100 and everything in between. Headquartered near Boston, MA, Staples operates in North America.

Industries: Retail & Consumer Goods
Location: United States

Staples has more than 1,600 stores throughout North America. The company wanted to help customers easily find the nearest store, along with driving directions and distances. While this service was a priority, the team didn't want to spend excessive time, money and resources building their own mapping infrastructure.

Google Maps Platform Results

  • Customers can quickly find nearby Staples stores and seamlessly display driving directions
  • Customers can quickly search and buy products online, then pick-up orders in store
  • The address autocomplete feature helps ensure that delivery locations are accurate when customers shop online

Helps customers locate one of 1,600 stores

"Google Maps was a natural choice for Staples. It has the most familiar interface and the most useful APIs. With Google Maps, we've been able to very easily build a website and mobile apps that let people quickly find a nearby Staples store and get directions to it."

Bolivar Bravo, Head of Mobile Engineering Staples "Velocity Lab" in Cambridge, Staples

Staples chose Google Maps and Google Maps Platform because of their familiar mapping interface and tools for easy integration with Staples' website and mobile apps. To help people find stores near them, Staples used the Maps Javascript API to build a location-finder map on its website. The iOS mobile app uses the Maps SDK for iOS for the store locator, and the Android app uses the Maps SDK for Android. To make it easier to find stores, the website uses the autocomplete feature to fill in the full name of a location when a user types in only the first few letters.

About Staples

Staples helps the world work better with work solutions that deliver industry-leading products, services and expertise across office supplies, facilities, breakroom, furniture, technology, promotional products, and print & marketing services. The company supports businesses of all sizes from solopreneurs to the Fortune 100 and everything in between. Headquartered near Boston, MA, Staples operates in North America.

Industries: Retail & Consumer Goods
Location: United States
Google Cloud Platform logo

12 Months FREE TRIAL

Try Kubernetes Engine, BigQuery, and other Cloud Platform products with $300 in free credit and 12 months.

TRY IT FREE
Google Cloud Platform logo

12 Months FREE TRIAL

Try Kubernetes Engine, BigQuery, and other Cloud Platform products with $300 in free credit and 12 months.

TRY IT FREE