San Francisco — Apple is starting to use its network of retail stores as distribution centres for shipping products to consumers, joining a trend popularised by other retailers.

The Cupertino, California-based technology company has typically shipped devices such as iPhones, Macs, iPads and accessories from warehouses located across a customer’s region or directly from China. Now items that are in stock can be shipped directly to consumers from a network of almost 300 retail stores spread across the US and Canada, according to people familiar with the matter...

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