Eye on Retail: Sears gives big boost to digital offerings
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Eye on Retail: Sears gives big boost to digital offerings

BY Marianne Wilson

Sears Holdings Corp. is adding an array of name brands and other products sold by third-party sellers to its website.

The embattled retailer announced it is adding floor care brands Hoover, Dirt Devil and Oreck, and shoe brands Dockers, G.H. Bass & Co. and Lucky Brand to its online marketplace. The retailer is also adding precious metals, including gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion bars, rounds and coins, as well as premium bullion products.

“Sears continues to grow the online product selection offered by third-party marketplace sellers as we develop new relationships with leading companies to participate in the sears.com ecosystem,” said Peter Lai, chief online officer for Sears.

The retailer will be adding the footwear brands via Nashville Shoe Warehouse, an authorized online retailer of select men’s and women’s national shoe brands. The company currently has about 200 products available on the Sears site, with G.H. Bass & Co and Lucky Brand being new to the site.

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Irwin’s latest release is a fast one

The company points to ergonomic enhancements to its Vise-Grip Next-Gen locking pliers.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Hand tool manufacturer Irwin launched its Vise-Grip Next-Gen Fast Release Locking Pliers. The new Fast Release Locking Pliers are ergonomically designed to provide more control than ever before, the company said.

Irwin says the product is designed with the end-user in mind, providing more comfort and control than the brand’s prior version of locking pliers. The end-user will have an easier time gripping, squeezing, and releasing the locking plier because the handle span in the open position (the position most difficult to grab and operate a locking plier) is reduced by 20%.

“Irwin is continually looking to make tools that deliver, so that our end-users can deliver,” commented Matthew Grella, product manager. “We are excited about the innovations to the Vise-Grip Next-Gen Fast Release Locking Pliers product line, which were designed to provide best-in-class strength, durability and comfort to users in a variety of industries.”

The pliers are more comfortable to use because the end-user is not forced to open their hands wider than their natural span.  The reduced hand span also allows the locking operation of the plier one-handed, leaving the other hand free for the end-user to support themselves on a ladder or while working under a vehicle.

Primary end-users for the Fast Release Locking Pliers include automotive mechanics, welders, contractors (especially in the metal framing industry) MRO’s, and DIYer’s. Primary uses include holding/clamping, bolt and fastener removal, automotive repairs, welding and soldering pipe.

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Georgia-Pacific expanding lumber production

New planned facility in Georgia is third mill announced in past 12 months.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Strength in the U.S. housing market has prompted Georgia-Pacific to continue expanding its lumber production operations.

Georgia-Pacific plans to open a new lumber production facility in Albany-Dougherty County, Ga. at the Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park.

Construction of the $150 million, 320,000-square foot, technologically advanced plant is scheduled to begin in 2018 with an anticipated startup in late fall 2019.

Once fully operational, the plant is expected to employ more than 130 full-time employees and generate an estimated $5 million in annual payroll.

“Albany-Dougherty County is an ideal site for the latest of three new lumber production facilities in the Southeast,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber. “The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority and the Georgia Department of Economic Development have been incredibly supportive of this new venture and we look forward to a long and beneficial relationship.

Once in production, the new facility expects to receive approximately 180 log trucks a day and produce approximately 300 million board-feet of lumber per year.

This is the third softwood lumber mill opening that Georgia-Pacific has announced in the past 12 months. The Atlanta-based manufacturer also plans to build a 340,000-square-foot facility in Warrenton, Ga. and last year announced 300,000 square-foot facility in Talladega, Ala.

 

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