Home Depot expands its cloud computing tools with extended Google Cloud deal

Home Depot is increasing its investment in cloud computing to expand its range of digital tools that have helped it meet the surging demand from both professional contractors and DIY customers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The home-improvement chain plans to extend its existing multiyear cloud-services contract with Google Cloud, which will allow the company to improve existing digital services and offer new ones. Home Depot has already launched several new cloud-based services this year, including a rental system for heavy equipment, voice-activated product searches, and AI-enabled software to predict inventory shortages and monitor supply chains.

The company’s shift to the cloud has enabled it to handle sharp spikes in online traffic and to quickly respond to changing market trends and coronavirus safety guidelines.