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Report: management turnover hurts Sears

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A report from Cleveland Research points to significant management turnover at Sears, which has been linked to frustrations over inventory reduction aimed at improving cash flow.

The activity is nothing new for the struggling retailer, whose sales have dropped every year since 2007. Turnover has been a continued theme, with former CEO Louis D’Ambrosio exiting the scene in February and chairman Edward Lampert, who had no experience in retail, taking his place.

Most recently, Sears Canada CEO Calvin McDonald resigned from his position. Sources close to the situation said McDonald had butted heads with Sears Holdings Corp. and was dissatisfied with the retailer’s progress. His move came in the midst of a three-year restructuring initiative, the timing of which some analysts believe will dampen Sears’ progress.

Cleveland Research reported that apparel comps are currently negative. Additionally, shares are going down in the appliances segment, and Kmart suppliers are reducing their 2014 forecasts. 

 

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Frost King acquires PortaSeal

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Mahwah, N.J.-based Thermwell Products, makers of Frost King, has acquired PortaSeal of Morristown N.J., a manufacturer of weathersealing products, according to David Gerstein, president of Thermwell.

PortaSeal is known for its prime-quality wood and self-adjusting vinyl door sets. These include Weth-R-Strip, the economy model for sealing doors and windows; Insulated Strip, the double insulated product ideal for new construction and remodeling projects; and Magnet Stop with the magnetic core gasket that assures a tight seal on metal-clad entry doors. The company also makes Gara-Seal and Gara Bottom, vinyl products for sealing all around and under garage doors.

The PortaSeal product line will be marketed in conjunction with Thermwell’s best-known brand, Frost King.

In addition to Frost King, Thermwell’s family of products includes Mortite rope caulk, W. B. Marvin adjustable metal window screens, Seal-Rite automotive weatherstrip, Regent tapes, Lever slitting machinery, Filmco polyethylene drop cloths and trash bags, and Kraver screening.

Thermwell has offices and factories in Mahwah, N.J., and Sparks, Nev., with production and distribution facilities throughout the country.

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Worx LeafPro offers universal cleanup

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The new WORX LeafPro High Capacity Universal Collection System brings to market a universal leaf collection system that not only fits the popular Worx Trivac Blower/Mulcher/Vac, but all other major brands of electric and gas blower/vacs, as well.

The advantage of a blower/mulcher/vac is its time-saving ability to herd, then shred, leaves into mulch for the garden, compost bin or curbside pickup. What normally would take numerous bags to fill by hand; a blower/mulcher/vac settles the debris into a few bags, the company said

Worx LeafPro solves the six-step dilemma of emptying the bushel bag every time it’s full. There’s no more taking off the strap, unzipping the bag, shaking out the bag, rezipping the bag and placing the strap back over your shoulder.

The Worx LeafPro connects to the blower/mulcher/vac through a 4-in. adapter/hose that is 8 ft. in length with a total reach of 16 ft. One end of the hose fastens to the vac, while the other end feeds into a circular, elastic nylon cover. This elastic cover is designed and engineered to snugly slip over the rim of 32- to 55-gallon round containers, and then cinch tied. Power on the vac and a massive leaf pile can be channeled through the vac and hose and then into the container. 

“We simplified our leaf collection system that’s had massive appeal," said Brandon Martin, product manager for Worx. “Now, regardless of the blower/mulcher/vac used by the homeowner, LeafPro saves time and energy clearing leaves without the need for bending or stooping.”

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