Kohl's to sell Amazon products in Chicago, Los Angeles stores

Amazon Echo drops to $79.99 in latest sale

The departments will be created to demonstrate how Amazon-powered smart home products can modernize and simplify home management, entertainment, security and more with Echo devices, Fire TVs and Fire tablets.

Kohl's says it will add Amazon's new "smart home experience" to 10 of its stores starting in October, in which customers can order the company's devices, accessories and services inside of the department store. Products sold includ Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Tablets and more.

"We're focused on delivering convenience and value as we continue to invest in best-in-class interconnected experiences for our customers", said Home Depot Online President and Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Hofmann.

Amazon's Echo, a digital assistant, will be available soon at smart home experience stores at 10 Kohl's locations in the Los Angeles and Chicago areas.

At Kohl's locations, customers can also schedule an Amazon expert to come to their home and install these devices. The new store-in-store concept, dubbed the Amazon Smart Home Experience, will begin appearing next month.

Kohl's - which is based in based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin - has more than 1,1000 stores in 49 states. The broader department-store industry is finding it hard to maintain sales, in the face of competition from online stores like Amazon. Shares were above 5 percent early morning. The company wants to include the Cortana support for all the compatible devices and hence they have made a decision to tie up with Amazon.

The move is part of Amazon's bid to occupy space offline as well.

U.S. Bank customers can now check an account balance, make a payment on their U.S. Bank credit card and more, simply by speaking a command to an Amazon Alexa device. About 71 percent will use Echo devices, with the Google Home speaker trailing at 24 percent.

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