By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We know you’re ready for the weekend, so we’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your day. From smart locks to retail metamorphosis, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

One of the most popular mattress makers on Amazon is building an Amazon-powered store | Jason Del Rey: Tufts mattresses is continuing the trend of e-tailers opening brick and mortar locations. This time, there’s a bit of a twist to the story, though. They’re partnering with Amazon to improve customer experience and ensure that consumers can get their mattress in the kind of time frames that Amazon Prime has become noted for.

Independents Thrive As Box Stores Dive: Report | Alan Wolf: Independent, mom-and-pop type stores are making a comeback! It may be tough for big box type stores in the retail world these days, but independent retailers are growing steadily. This transformation of the retail world could really shake things up!

smart lock with "welcome john" textA swell of smart door locks | HBSDealer Staff: As more and more people begin to dip their toes into connected homes, one gadget seeing an uptick is the smart lock. The number of homes with smart locks is steadily growing, and estimates put them on track for annual unit sales of almost 1.7 million by 2021. (Psst! We’ve covered the growth of connected home products on the TraQline blog before, check it out here!)

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