By Michael Thomsen For Dailymail.com
Published: 00:53 GMT, 20 February 2020 | Updated: 00:56 GMT, 20 February 2020
Today, Staples announced a new pilot program that will offer professional podcast studio rentals at seven of its retail locations in the Boston area.
The rentals will cost $60 for a 60 minute session, which includes a 10 minute setup by an in-store professional and a 10 minute breakdown to help prepare the files for editing and uploading.
The studios will be setup for one host and up to three guests, and for an additional charge customers will be able to pay for professional audio editing through Staples’ partner company, We Edit Podcasts.
Seven Staples locations around the greater Boston area will let customers rent podcast recording studios for $60 an hour
The studios themselves will be built by iHeartRadio, using RØDE microphones, a RØDECaster Pro control board and Shure headphones, according to Endgadget.
The podcasts themselves will be distributed through a separate partnership with Spreaker.
The podcasting initiative is part of Staples Connect, the retailer’s attempt to compete in the coworking and office services business.
No longer a simple retailer, the company sees itself as a ‘worklife fulfillment’ brand.
According to Shuba Srinivasan, marketing chair at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, the move was motivated by an economy that’s driven more and more workers into freelance and contract position.
The initiative is part of the company's new Staples Connect initiative, which has seen a heavy emphasis on professional services, including desk rentals, private office rentals, and more
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