Retailers Flip on the Switch with Early Holiday Promotions

| Daniela Forte

The Halloween candy is probably still sitting in children’s bags and jack-o-lanterns are still aglow on people’s front porches, but the holiday shopping season has arrived. Here is a sample of what some of the major retailers are doing to push holiday season deals.

Anticipate Customer Desires with Precision Inventory Planning

| Rod Daugherty

Big data analysis has revolutionized the understanding of customer demand, providing visibility and precision for inventory planning on a whole new level. Now you can not only better understand what influences buying behavior but begin predicting what and when customers will buy with unprecedented accuracy.

Sears to Cut Ties with Whirlpool

| Daniela Forte

Sears is cutting ties with Whirlpool products including Maytag and KitchenAid appliances, following a pricing dispute. Here are some highlights of the dispute between the two companies.

Sears Holdings to Launch Kenmore Products on Amazon

| MCM Staff

Sears Holdings announced the launch of Kenmore products on Amazon.com, as well as the integration of the full line of Kenmore Smart appliances with Amazon Alexa. See how this will enhance the distribution of Kenmore products.

Sears to Cut 400 Jobs

| MCM Staff

Sears Holdings Inc. announced it would cut 400 jobs in its corporate offices. See what Sears Holdings Inc. executives had to say about the plan.

Descartes Acquires ShipRush for $14 Million

| Mike O'Brien

Descartes Systems Group, a provider of Software-as-a-Service for logistics in B2B and B2C companies, has acquired parcel shipping software firm ShipRush for $14 million, expanding its services as it goes after midmarket ecommerce shippers. See what the business combination means for their joint customers.

Retailers Shouldn’t Miss Their Netflix Moment

| Tige Savage

Are retailers poised to take advantage of their “Blockbuster-Netflix” moment? Now is a good time for them to learn from Blockbuster’s mistake – not buying Netflix –
and aggressively acquire small, well-positioned ecommerce firms.

Sears Holdings Sells Craftsman to Stanley Black & Decker

| Mike O'Brien

Ending years of speculation, Sears Holdings will sell its popular Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker for an estimated $900 million. It is also closing 108 Kmart and 42 Sears locations, while getting $150 million in loan guarantees from its CEO. So what’s in store for its other popular brand – Kenmore appliances – as the retail business continues to decline rapidly?

Sears Launches Pilot Appliance Store in Colorado

| Mike O'Brien

Looking to play to a core category strength, Sears Holdings announced plans to open a pilot standalone appliance store in Fort Collins, CO on May 19. If the concept is a success, it would quickly be rolled out in other markets.