Staples

Staples built a web app and mobile apps to help people find Staples stores anywhere in North America.

1,600
stores across North America
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"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."

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Challenge

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.

Solution

Staples chose Google Maps and Google Maps APIs 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 Google Maps Javascript API to build a location-finder map on its website. The iOS mobile app uses the Google Maps SDK for iOS for the store locator, and the Android app uses the Google Maps Android API. To make it easier to find stores, the website uses Autocomplete to fill in the full name of a location when a user types in only the first few letters.

Benefits

  • 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
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APIs used

Millions of apps and sites use Google Maps APIs to benefit from a powerful mapping platform. Discover which set of APIs Staples has used to create their website and mobile applications:

 

Google Maps Javascript API

Display locations of nearby Staples stores

 

Google Maps Android API

Display locations of nearby Staples stores

 

Google Maps SDK for iOS

Display locations of nearby Staples stores

 

Google Maps Directions API

Provide directions to the nearest Staples store

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