By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From the smart home’s growing mainstream presence to the additional benefits of BOPIS, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

As Prices Drop, Smart-Home Devices Will Overtake Smartphone Sales | TWICE Staff: Smart homes are ready for their close-up! As connected devices become more mainstream, the demand for them is only growing. In just a few years, experts are predicting that they’ll be in greater demand than smartphones.

8 easy ways to revamp your kitchen | Jennifer Baum Lagdameo: Kitchens are often the heart of the home, where most family and guests gather. As such, homeowners can often get quite a bit of bang for their buck by renovating their kitchen spaces, even in small ways. Ideas like the ones presented here will give consumers plenty of options for future renovations.

Eye on Retail: In-store spending soars during BOPIS trips | Deena M. Amato-McCoy: It turns out that the option to “Buy Online, Pick up In Store” (or BOPIS) benefits more than just consumers. Retailers who offer the option to BOPIS are noticing that consumers often end up spending extra while they’re in the store, picking up additional items since they’re already there.

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