Sears to Offer 3 Ultra HD 4K TVs for Well Under $1,000
November 25, 2013

The race to the pricing bottom in the Ultra HD TV market is accelerating. Sears just announced some eye-opening Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals on what it calls 4K HDTVs (and what the Consumer Electronics Association calls Ultra HD TVs).

Some Black Friday Sales Start a Week Early
November 20, 2013

Black Friday is a no-holds barred, shop-til-you-drop battle royale, and it’s beginning earlier with every press release. Walmart and Toys ‘R Us were among retailers that had announced they would begin Black Friday sales Thanksgiving night. Then Sears and Kmart went more aggressive, starting their sales Friday, November 22. Sears will be open for 41 straight hours. Wait, they still have Sears stores somewhere?

Seiki 4K TVs Ship to Sears
November 11, 2013

Seiki Digital announced Monday that it has begun to ship its 55-inch 4K TV for sale at Sears locations.

Sears Home Appliance Unveils New Showrooms
October 24, 2013

Sears has announced that it is debuting a new look for its Sears Home Appliance showrooms. The new concept will include a new merchandising layout, and more space for cooktops, laundry and other products. 

Vance Pflanz, President of Pflanz Electronics
August 1, 2013

Vance Pflanz is not only a premier purveyor in Sioux City, Iowa, of the immersive home entertainment experience. He and Pflanz Electronics, the business he has built as its president, are products of total immersion in the CE trade.

The Plan to Make Sears Shoppers Go Digital
May 29, 2013

In its attempt to reverse two years of losses and a six-year sales slump, Sears is going all in online. The company's new mantra is "integrated retail," a phrase uttered over and over again last week by Chief Executive Eddie Lampert as he addressed "unacceptable" losses and a plan to turn things around. The idea is to stitch together closely sales on the Internet and mobile devices with those in bricks-and-mortar stores. Lampert said Sears is doing this by shrinking shipping times, inviting online customers to pick up goods at its stores

Sears Reports Bigger-Than-Expected 1Q Loss
May 28, 2013

It was another ugly quarter for Sears Holdings Corp.

The beleaguered department-store chain reported a steeper-than-expected loss for its first quarter on slumping sales.

It also announced that it is considering selling its protection-agreement business in an ongoing effort to raise cash as it struggles to reverse its fortunes. The unit runs the part of the business that sells customers service contracts that guarantee to fix or replace appliances if they break within a certain timeframe.

Sears Launches New Leasing Program to Cater to Financially Strapped Shoppers
May 10, 2013

For those financially strapped shoppers who can't wait for layaway, Sears has another option. Sears Holdings Corp. is launching a program at its namesake department stores that will allow shoppers unable to qualify for credit to lease such big purchases as electronics, home appliances, furniture and mattresses.

The program, which was tested last September in 10 stores, is being rolled out to all 900 stores starting this week. Sears is launching the program with leasing service WhyNotLeaseIt.

Not Final Curtain for Sears Canada CE; Company Reaffirms Presence
April 29, 2013

Contrary to reports on and elsewhere on Thursday, Sears Canada is not exiting consumer electronics and window coverings, according to the company's V.P. of Corporate Affairs & Communications. In an exclusive interview Friday afternoon, Marketnews was informed of this by Vincent Power. "I hope to be speaking with you again about electronics for Black Friday, in November," says Power.

He strongly affirmed that Sears Canada stores are still very much in CE retailing. "One or two smaller stores are out of it," he states, "and in all stores it is reduced.