Nicholas Eckhart

Moody’s Is Kind Of Worried About Sears Holdings, Especially Kmart

While Sears Holdings keeps trudging along its alleged “path to profitability,” Moody’s Investors Service has some doubts about the retailer’s prospects, and has downgraded its liquidity rating. That means that its analysts are concerned about the ability of Sears Holdings to keep its doors open and merchandise on the shelves. [More]

Sears Bringing Paint Back To Store Shelves Nationwide

Sears Bringing Paint Back To Store Shelves Nationwide

Now that home improvement materials are selling like hot cakes, Sears is hoping it can capitalize on the DIY trend by selling paint for the first time in four years. [More]

As Sales Continue To Drop, Sears Borrows $300 Million From Its Own CEO

Scott Miller

As more shoppers go online — or turn to retailers that don’t feel like they’ve just given up — same-store sales at Sears and its corporate kin Kmart have continued to sink, leading the once-great department store chain to borrow $300 million from the hedge fund owned by none other than Sears Holdings CEO Eddie Lampert. [More]

Sears Trying New “Fashion-Forward” In-Store Concept

Sears Trying New “Fashion-Forward” In-Store Concept

Sears may be closing stores faster than we can keep up, but the once-great retailer is apparently not ready to throw up its hands and give up. The department store chain has embarked on yet another tactic it hopes will finally be able to drum up some sales, righting the sinking ship. The plan this time? Showcase foreign apparel brands with a store-within-a-store concept.

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Nicholas Eckhart

JCPenney CEO: Macy’s & Sears Closures Are Pretty Great For Us

It’s kind of a no-brainer: when one company loses, its rivals stand to gain. And so it is for JCPenney, amid the turndown in traditional retail sales that’s causing Macy’s and Sears to close stores around the country.

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Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Will Administer Antibiotics To Your Windows Vista PC Now

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Will Administer Antibiotics To Your Windows Vista PC Now

The Raiders of the Lost Walmart are the brave mall explorers who scour the nation’s clearance racks for the most comically overpriced retail antiquities. Here are some of their latest discoveries. [More]

Retail Rivals Pulling Out Their Own Deals In Effort To Compete With Prime Day

Retail Rivals Pulling Out Their Own Deals In Effort To Compete With Prime Day

Just because Amazon is calling today Prime Day doesn’t mean other retailers can’t offer their own discounts and deals, too. As such, a whole bunch of retailers are pulling out specials designed to lure shoppers today, while carefully avoiding any mention of “Prime Day” [More]

Richie Diesterheft

All That’s Left At The Oldest Remaining Sears Are Fixtures And Khakis

The Sears store on Lawrence Avenue in Chicago is winding down operations. That’s a normal part of the retail cycle: when a store is no longer making money, you shut it down. What’s different about this store closure is that the Lawrence location was one of the oldest still-operating Sears department stores, open in that location for 91 years. It survived the Great Depression, but not the era of e-commerce and of Eddie Lampert. [More]

Sears Expands Another House Brand, Sells Kenmore TVs

Sears Expands Another House Brand, Sells Kenmore TVs

A few weeks ago, Sears announced with its quarterly earnings that it was looking into doing some unspecified money-making thing with its signature house brands: Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. Most observers assumed that this meant selling the brands, since Sears Holdings needs some cash flow. Instead, the company is expanding the brands to include new and related like DieHard car tires and now Kenmore-brand televisions. [More]

Nicholas Eckhart

Sears Holdings Cares More About Wall Street Than About Customers, And That’s Why It’s Doomed

Eddie Lampert, the manifesto-writing hedge fund manager who runs Sears Holdings, the company that owns Sears and Kmart, doesn’t understand retail. That’s isn’t always a bad thing in a manager: sometimes leaders with fresh perspective bring in fresh ideas. For Sears and Kmart, it’s meant over a decade of no investment in the company and the slowest liquidation and dismantling in retail history. [More]

Will

Sears Expanding DieHard Brand With Foray Into The Car Tire Business

After hinting that it would be exploring unnamed options for getting more out of some of its signature house brands, Sears has announced that it will be expanding DieHard’s reach in the automotive market by selling passenger-car tires under the brand. [More]

Mark Clifton

The 5 Meanest Quotes From Report On Sad State Of Sears

Last week, Sears all but admitted that it was looking to cast off the little that remains of its identity with the possible sell-off of its signature house brands Kenmore, DieHard, and Craftsman. What the heck happened to this once-great pillar of American retail? A number of industry insiders have their theories, and they aren’t pulling punches. [More]

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Lands’ End, Eddie Bauer Deny PETA Accusations Of Using Down Ripped From Live Geese

If you yank the soft down feathers from the body of a goose that’s still alive, here’s the thing: the goose can grow that plumage back, and you can pluck it again. That’s apparently the inhumane practice on some poultry farms in China. A continuing investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals discovered live-plucking on farms linked to suppliers of well-known U.S. retailers Lands’ End, Eddie Bauer, L.L. Bean, Sears, and Amazon. [More]

Oversized Box From Sears Has Enough Room To Stash Preteen Daughter

Oversized Box From Sears Has Enough Room To Stash Preteen Daughter

Amazon was once notorious for shipping items in comically oversized boxes, an e-commerce phenomenon that we blame on mysterious employees called the Stupid Shipping Gang. We don’t hear about over-packaging from Amazon that much anymore, perhaps because the Stupid Shipping Gang has all moved on to jobs packaging e-commerce orders at Sears. [More]

JeepersMedia

Sears Looking To Make More Money Off Its Kenmore, Craftsman Brands, Won’t Say How

Sears Holding has a great idea: instead of relying on sales of washers, dryers, and tools, it’s going to work on a way to make more money from its trusty brands like Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. As for exactly how it’s going to do that, Sears isn’t saying. [More]

SchuminWeb

What Are Shoppers Buying Since They Aren’t Buying Clothes?

It’s bleak out there for a clothing retailer, with sales slumping at many chains, leading some — American Apparel, Aeropostale, Pacsun, among others — to declare bankruptcy. So if we aren’t shopping for items to clad our bodies, what are we shopping for?

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Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Uncover Ancient Memory Stick At Sears

Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Uncover Ancient Memory Stick At Sears

A “memory stick” sounds like some kind of fascinating tribal artifact, perhaps a staff that elders hold while telling ancient legends. In electronics, of course, it was a revolutionary flash storage device from the late ’90s that made taking digital photos cheaper and easier, eliminating the need to attach a floppy drive to your digital camera. Unless, of course, you’re Sears. [More]

Why Is JCPenney Trying To Be More Like Sears, When So Many Sears Stores Are Closing?

Mike Mozart

In a previous era, JCPenney and Sears competed against each other for sales in just about everything from apparel to appliances to towels and sheets. Gradually, the rivals’ paths diverged somewhat: JCPenney focused on clothing, while Sears lowered its price point to push its core business of tools and appliances. So why, with Sears in the process of closing so many of its stores, is JCPenney once again going head-to-head with its old nemesis by getting back into the appliance game? [More]