At Home Depot, an assist from Google
The Home Depot will join Google Express this fall. The move will give customers the ability to shop through voice with the Assistant on Google Home.
According to the world’s largest home improvement retailer, the move will make it more convenient than ever for customers to shop however they want.
"We're focused on delivering convenience and value as we continue to invest in best-in-class interconnected experiences for our customers," said Online President and Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Hofmann. "Google has been a key strategic partner for us over many years and we're excited to take our relationship to the next level with the Google Assistant and Google Express."
Later this fall, customers will have an additional way to purchase innovative products – with the Assistant on Google Home or on the Google Express website or app.
As described on its own Web site, Google Express is available across the continental United States. Customers get free delivery when they meet the per-store minimum, which is $25 to $35 in most stores. Delivery time ranges from same-day to 3-day delivery, depending on the geography and the store.
Store’s that already have a presence on the Google Express site include Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond, Petsmart and Brickmans Ace Hardware. Walmart is also coming soon.
A new twist on screwdrivers
Milwaukee, Wis.–Milwaukee Tools is updating its Cushion Grip screwdrivers with a new line with enhanced features that are designed to insure the grips will not fall off. Unique to the new Cushion Grip screwdrivers is new-to-world tactile identification on the end of every tool that allows users to simply feel for the correct tool on their belt without having to look. Other features include a wrench-ready bolster and knurling for precision applications.
“When it comes to screwdrivers, one of the biggest user frustrations we encounter during jobsite research is the retention between the grip and handle,” said Brian Doyle, product manager for Milwaukee Tool. “The superior mechanical retention we’ve engineered between the grip and handle on the new Cushion Grip screwdrivers finally provides users the peace of mind that the grips won’t fall off. Pair that benefit with an array of additional premium features, and these new screwdrivers are in it for the long haul.”
The company said the addition of a custom machined tip prevents cam-out, increasing performance and durability. Each tool also has a lanyard hole for attachment to lanyards or peg hooks.