High-tech rules for Home Depot’s seasonal décor

TORONTO —  Last night, buyers from Home Depot Canada’s seasonal and outdoor products categories gathered in a hip restaurant in downtown Toronto to present the latest in seasonal décor for the coming Christmas season. Everything from traditional trees and decorations to items driven by the latest high-tech gimmickry was on display.

A number of trees were pre-decorated right out of the box, while others featured trim also available from Home Depot Canada. A standout for this year was the increase in smart technology in many of the trees. One looked like a simple silver, unadorned tree. But it could be controlled remotely to begin changing colours, from red to green to purple. Another tree could shrink from nine feet to seven feet with the click of a button.

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