Sears’ Kenmore-Branded 4K TV Just Might Work

By Julie Jacobson · July 18, 2016 • Sears has unleashed a line of 4K UHD TVs, as well as IoT devices under the Kenmore Elite brand. Will the brand work for the living room and the smart home?

Home-Tech Mergers, Acquisitions, IPOs, Investments, Shakeups, Deals of 2015

By Julie Jacobson · December 29, 2015 • Flextronics picks up Wink, Legrand invests in Netatmo, goes public, Sears acquires WallyHome, Nortek acquires Numera ... and other IoT and A/V mergers, acquisitions and equity events of 2015.

Target, Sears and the Trouble with Home Automation at Retail

By Julie Jacobson · August 11, 2015 • Target and Sears build impressive showcases for home automation, but the breadth of offerings and confusion around ‘smart home hubs’ expose inherent flaws of retail IoT channel.

Sears Scrubology Steals Page from Best Buy’s Playbook

By Jason Knott · April 26, 2012 • Sears launches Scrubology store-within-a-store concept targeting healthcare employees. What other store-within-a-store concepts would you like to see?

Sears’ ServiceLive Lets Installers Bid on Jobs

By Tom LeBlanc · February 2, 2010 • The revamped online service marketplace lets consumers set price and installers bid. Company says it’s a win-win for competent installers.

Avoid Layoffs: Keep Your Idle Techs Busy Through National Install Networks

By Geoffrey Oldmixon · June 23, 2009 • Web-based switchboards—like ServiceLive, InstallerNet, Zip Express and OnForce—provide integrators with a means of contracting out employee skill and protecting against layoffs.