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Sears Canada outsources call centers

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Toronto-based Sears Canada is turning over the work currently performed at three internal Customer Contact Centres to IBM, the company announced.

Sears Canada says the move will "provide a significant upgrade in technology and processes." It will also cut about 1,345 jobs. 

"The changes we are making to our Customer Contact Centres will allow us to streamline the support structure of our organization while enhancing the overall customer experience," said Doug Campbell, president and CEO, Sears Canada. "Our partner will bring tools and technologies that will allow us to operate more effectively without the ongoing investment in and maintenance of legacy proprietary systems. This will provide our customers with the benefits of up-to-date technology and enable us to focus on our core retail business, the area where we believe we have the greatest opportunity to maximize the value of the Company."

The transfer will take place over the next nine months.

At the same time, the company is streamlining its logistics structure, which will result 283 additional job cuts.

"These types of decisions are not made without considerable thought and deliberation," added Campbell. "We are planning for the future of Sears Canada and taking steps now that will allow us to continue serving customers as a viable national retailer coast to coast in stores and through our Direct channel now and in the future."

Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network that includes 181 corporate stores, 241 Hometown stores, over 1,400 catalogue and online merchandise pick-up locations, 101 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide repair and service network. 

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Sears recalls oscillating fan heaters

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Sears and Kmart recalled Kenmore brand oscillating fan heaters due to fire and burn hazards, according to a release Wednesday from the Consumber Product Safety Commission.

The stores received seven reports of the fan heaters smoking or catching fire. There has been one report of smoke inhalation and another of a blister to a consumer’s finger.

The products were sold at Sears and Kmart from September 2013 through November 2013 for about $40. The manufacturer of the products is Collins Co., of China.

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US Green Building Council CEO joins Delos advisory board

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Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has joined the advisory board at Delos, a New York City-based real estate developer that incorporates environmental sustainability, as well as health and wellness amenities, into homes, offices and buildings.

“USGBC has long held that truly green buildings and communities are not only energy, water and resource efficient, but that their improved indoor environmental quality – access to daylight, use of active design, improved indoor air quality and supply chain transparency to toxins in materials selection – make them healthier for the people who live, work, play and learn in them,” said Fedrizzi.

Fedrizzi is the founding chair of the USGBC and has decades of experience in green building. He has served as USGBC’s president and CEO since 2004, driving the organization’s efforts to push green building into the mainstream and developing its proprietary LEED green building rating program. He is also chair of the World Green Building Council, and he serves on other various boards and committees, including the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health and the American Architectural Foundation.

“Delos has come to the marketplace with a lot of enthusiasm and innovation around groundbreaking wellness technologies that will help our LEED green building rating program and other rigorous green building efforts ensure our built environment is as healthy and safe for people as possible," added Fedrizzi. "I look forward to closely collaborating with the team and helping expedite the evolution of green building practices so they continue to enhance human health.”

Fedrizzi holds numerous awards, including the Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service from the Alliance to Save Energy, the Olmsted Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Arents Award from Syracuse University.

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