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Will People Be Attracted to “Shop Your Way” at Sears?

For quite some time now, Sears and sister retailer Kmart have significantly lagged the retail industry in performance. We even did a post on the problems with a photo montage. Now, Sears has decided to incentivize customers in a rather … Continue reading

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The Woes of Sears in Photos

For quite a while now, Sears and its sister chain Kmart have trending downward. Part of this has been due to the effects of the recession. But another part of the problem has been  the lack of investment to keep … Continue reading

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Can Kmart Be Fixed?

For a long time, Kmart was a prominent retailing leader and innovator. According to its Web site: “More than one hundred years ago, Sebastian Spering Kresge opened a modest five-and-dime store in downtown Detroit … and changed the entire landscape … Continue reading

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2013 May Be a Make or Break Year for Some Long-Time Retailers

Best Buy, J.C. Penney, RadioShack, and Sears are among the best-known retailers that have faced tough times recently. Will 2013 be the year they regain their popularity — or the year when then decline even further? As today’s Wall Street … Continue reading

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Are 2012’s Black Friday Doorbusters Really a Good Real?

As we have blogged before, Black Friday “deals” are not always what they seem. They are often not the best bargains of the year, but typically a tool to lure consumers to the store. Today (Black Friday 2012) is no … Continue reading

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Retailers Retooling Holiday Layaway Plans for 2012

Retailers are expecting (hoping?) for a better 2012 holiday season after a slow several years. They are planning for post-recession shopping behavior. According to Alec Foege, writing for JWT Intelligence: “Back in 2009, Kmart and Sears revived the old Christmas layaway concept, … Continue reading

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Sears: From One to None

Sears was one of the companies on the original Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index. In its hey day, Sears was the go-to retailer for everything from “socks to stocks” (to reflect its ownership of Allstate Insurance and Dean Witter, the … Continue reading

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