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Sears expands Free Store Pickup

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Shop Your Way members at Sears and Kmart will now have 2,000 more store locations from which to elect Free Store Pickup services.

Using the integrated shopping option, customers can pick up their online orders at their choice of over 2,000 locations nationwide, ready in five minutes or less. This is especially convenient for customers who wish to buy Kmart supplies, but live substantially closer to a Sears location.

The service also makes it possible to obtain free pickup for exclusive brands like Bongo and Outdoor Life.

"Sears was the first broadline retailer to provide the convenience of free buy online pick up in store more than 12 years ago, and we continue to introduce integrated offerings to help our members shop on their own terms," said Imran Jooma, executive VP, Sears Holdings. "Leveraging the breadth of both Sears and Kmart’s online and in-store networks means more convenience for members and opens an even wider brand-name product selection available to fans of both stores."

According to the company, multichannel transactions are on the rise. Of all online sales, they comprise 60%. The number of online and multichannel sales increased by 26% over the last year.

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All Power America recalls snow throwers

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A potential fire hazard is behind the recall of the Single Stage Snow Thrower from All Power America.

Menards stores and independent hardware retailers sold the products from September 2012 through December 2013 for about $200.

Hazard: According to the recall announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, exposure to Chinese gasoline for extended periods of time while testing the product overseas caused the carburetor needle to become corroded and allow fuel to leak, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

The company has received 58 reports of carburetor leaks. No fires or injuries have been reported.

The recall involves about 10,000 units.

The snow throwers are black and yellow and have a red cap on the gas tank. They have a 20-in.-wide snow clearing width and an 87cc, 4-cycle engine. 

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HCN Stock Watch: Case of the Mondays

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The market had a major case of the Mondays. All but one of HCN’s Top 30 suffered blows, with many falling 2 or more percentage points.

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