Google set to triple number of stores selling Chromebooks worldwide

Summary:Google is promising to add more national markets for the Chromebook later this year too.

Anticipating the back-to-school sales already, Google has announced some major additional retailers for its Chromebooks.

The biggest new partner would have to be Walmart.

The retail behemoth will start off with just the newest Acer Chromebook starting today . With a price tag of $199, the 16GB SSD machine will have a soft launch at approximately 2,800 U.S. stores this week.

Walmart is expected to get more Chromebook models later this summer.

Staples will also be joining the Chromebook reseller sheet as soon as this weekend with a more diverse portfolio made up of models from Hewlett-Packard and Samsung as well as Acer. Consumers can look at both at Staples' website and 1,500 stores for Chromebooks, while businesses can go through the company's Advantage B2B program.

That's not even close to the end of Google's ambitious retail plans.

Although a roadmap hasn't been provided, the Internet giant already has Office Depot, Office Max, Fry’s and TigerDirect to start selling Chromebooks in the coming months.

On an international playing field, Chromebooks are being dropped into more stores across the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Australia. Google is promising to add more national markets to the list later this year too.

Up until now, the two biggest partners have been Amazon.com and Best Buy.

Google's director of Chromebook marketing, David Shapiro, asserted in a blog post on Monday that taken altogether, this plan effectively triples the Chromebook retail footprint to more than 6,600 stores worldwide.

Topics: Laptops, E-Commerce, Google, Hardware, PCs

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