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Sears makes push in connected-home products

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Sears is turning its focus on connected home products through the rollout of its new Connected Solutions Shops, which present home automation technologies in a hands-on, immersive format to Shop Your Way customers.

Citing the hundreds of billions in sales projected to be made by the connected home industry in the next five years, Sears made its case for positioning itself as a leading purveyor of smart home innovations.

"With a presence in more than 13 million homes annually, dominance across the appliance, fitness and tools categories and knowledgeable associates, Sears is uniquely positioned to lead this category," said Jim Pearse, VP consumer electronics for Sears Holdings. "We are presenting products ‘up and running’ enabling our customers and Shop Your Way members to discover and learn how they connect, work and fit into their daily lives. No one else in retail is doing this today."

Sears customers will be able to learn to program a connected garage door opener, as well as test out smart thermostats, lighting controls, smart watches, fitness products, home monitoring cameras and more.

"Many of our members are aware of ‘smart’ devices or ‘home automation’ products but don’t fully understand how they are used to make their lives better," said Craig LaRosa, DVP in-store experience and design for Sears Holdings. "Connected Solutions offers an entertaining and interactive environment to learn about the products and our dedicated sales team is ready to help customers develop solutions that are relevant to them."

The Connected Solutions shops have already opened in three Chicago-area pilot locations: Schaumburg, Vernon Hills and Oakbrook, Illinois.

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Carlisle Wide Plank Floors opens in Canada

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Stoddard, New Hampshire-based Carlisle Wide Plank Floors opened its first Canadian showroom in Toronto at Source of Furniture & Accessories (SOFA).

Showcasing Carlisle’s newest collections and the most-requested custom wide plank hardwood floors, the company’s showroom is described as “a destination for flooring design and inspiration and provides convenient access to the longest, widest center-cut plank floors in the industry.” 

“Our client base in Canada has experienced tremendous growth within the last few years, so the opening of a Toronto showroom was a natural extension for the Carlisle brand,” said Michael Stanek, president and CEO of Carlisle. “We’re excited about our new presence in Ontario and providing trade professionals in the region with the unparalleled quality and craftsmanship of our floors. “ 

Carlisle’s Toronto showroom showcases the company’s latest collections with dynamic panel displays and provides product samples and brochures. 

Carlisle’s new Toronto showroom is located in the International Centre at 6900 Airport Road, Suite 116, Mississauga, Ontario.

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Milwaukee expands with Empire

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Milwaukee Tool announced the acquisition of the Empire Level business based in Mukwonago, Wisconsin.

With a history dating back to 1919, Empire Level is a fully integrated solutions provider in the layout and measurement product categories. It’s also described as the leading U.S. manufacturer of levels, squares, layout tools, and safety and utility tape.

“From the invention of the Monovial to the introduction of the first Torpedo Level, Empire has a strong history of innovation. We share a passion for delivering best-in-class solutions for our users,” said Steve Richman, president of Milwaukee Tool. “We are extremely proud to expand our portfolio with Empire Level, and we are committed to driving disruptive innovation and accelerated growth within the business.”

Terms of the deal were not released.

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