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 Sears’ bankruptcy filing to tech spending this holiday season, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Why Smart Speakers Are Your Gateway to the Smart Home | Allen St. John: Whether your consumer is talking to Alexa, Siri, Assistant, or any other voice assistant, their smart speaker purchases are an important first step into building out a smart home. These products are enabling increasingly frictionless ways to do tasks ranging from streaming music to turning on lights or appliances.

What Sears’ Bankruptcy Means For Appliances | Alan Wolf: Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, which means potential changes afoot for appliance manufacturers and retailers alike. Some manufacturers were unconcerned for their profits in the long run, and several retailers stand to gain share as more Sears locations are closed.

Holiday Tech Spending On Track To Rise 3.4% This Year, To $96.1 Billion: CTA | Lisa Johnston: The consumer tech industry is on track to have a holly jolly holiday this year. Analysts are predicting that consumers will be ready to spend premium prices on goods such as TVs, Smartphones, and Smart speakers during the holidays this year.

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