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  • KMART SEEKS "REVIVAL"; REPLACES MARTHA WITH RICK WARREN

    04/12/2006 11:34:52 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 35 replies · 1,875+ views
    TSS ^ | January/February 2005 | Horace Pook
    Fast on the heels of their impending merger with Sears, Kmart stunned the retail industry this week by announcing their plans to dump their longtime association with Martha Stewart and replace her with Rick Warren, best-selling Christian author of The Purpose-Driven Life. As part of their endeavor to “revive” their damaged reputation and spur growth, Kmart stores will phase out the Martha Stewart “Everyday” Collection later this year and introduce the Rick Warren “Purpose-Driven” Collection, which will reflect the hugely-successful philosophy of the popular pastor. Featured products in the collection will include a line of men’s Hawaiian shirts with matching...
  • The Sears Shuffle (Not competing well against Wal-Mart since Kmart merger)

    02/23/2006 6:52:44 AM PST · by Sam's Army · 84 replies · 2,120+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | Feb 23, 2006 | MICHAEL SASSO
    TAMPA - Shoppers may be scratching their heads lately at the changes taking place at their local Sears and Kmart stores. First, Kmart Corp. merged with Sears Roebuck & Co. to form Sears Holdings Corp. Next, the merged company announced it would change up to 400 Kmart stores across the country into a new store called Sears Essentials. This week, the company said it is retooling its Essentials stores by changing their design and changing their name to Sears Grand. How to read Sears' actions is being debated. A Sears spokesman said the company has learned important lessons about running...
  • Auto safety made easy (Dave Barry) (Lol)

    01/29/2006 7:15:06 AM PST · by nuconvert · 18 replies · 2,060+ views
    Maimi Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    Auto safety made easy BY DAVE BARRY Automobiles are a mixed blessing. On the one hand, they provide us with benefits that were undreamed-of in the ''horse-and-buggy'' days. For example, any time we get hungry, we can simply hop into the car, pull up to the drive-through window of a fast-food restaurant, purchase a tasty hot meal, spill our coffee on our thighs and sue a major corporation for millions of dollars. On the other (or ''left'') hand, automobiles can be very dangerous. The modern car is a complex and powerful machine; if we do not treat it with proper...
  • Target, Sears boycotts end

    12/10/2005 6:54:32 PM PST · by upchuck · 81 replies · 1,538+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Dec 10, 2005 | Alyssa Farah
    Retailers agree to bring back Christmas themes this season Posted: December 9, 20055:00 p.m. Eastern By Alyssa Farah © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com In a mid-season turnabout, Target stores have pledged to re-introduce Christmas themes into marketing efforts, prompting the American Family Association to officially drop its boycott. "We are pleased to learn that Target has heard our concerns and decided to use Christmas in their advertising and marketing efforts," said AFA Chairman Donald E. Wildmon. "Since the company has responded positively, we see no need to continue the boycott." AFA also called off a boycott on Sears after the chain decided to include...
  • “Scrooges”, “Grinches” and “Nice” organizations - CWA List of Christmas friendly retailers

    12/10/2005 7:00:21 AM PST · by NYer · 51 replies · 1,568+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | December 9, 2005
    Washington DC, Dec. 09, 2005 (CNA) - Intervening in the heated debate about the mention of Christmas on the public square, Concerned Women for America (CWA) presented a first Christmas list showing which businesses are honouring the Reason for the Season (the birth of Jesus), which ones are not, and which have mixed records. It first lists the corporation ‘Nice’ or friendly to the Original Christmas tradition.  This year Macy's joins the NICE list because it has returned the explicit mention of Christmas and Merry Christmas to its stores and its ads. L.L. Bean, on the other hand, just barely...
  • (re: MERRY CHRISTMAS) Wal-Mart employee --- "Good for them, I'm shopping at Sears"

    12/07/2005 1:14:05 PM PST · by doug from upland · 127 replies · 3,437+ views
    Phone call with Wal-Mart employee | 12-7-05 | dfu
    Update for those who might have missed the news. After the pressure from the American Family Association and customer calls, Sears is installing MERRY CHRISTMAS signs in all of its stores. Their customers spoke, and they listened. I spoked with a local Sears manager who confirmed the story. After I said thank you and that I will be shopping at Sears again, she said --- MERRY CHRISTMAS. I just finished a phone conversation with an employee at Wal-Mart. I asked for management, but I may have been connected with someone in customer service. The conversation began with me asking if...
  • Sears Puts 'Merry Christmas' Signs in Its Stores

    12/07/2005 10:29:53 AM PST · by doesnt suffer fools gladly · 53 replies · 1,579+ views
    Sears Puts 'Merry Christmas' Signs in Its Stores Sears has notified the American Family Association (AFA) that "Merry Christmas” signs have been shipped and are now on display in all its stores. In addition, the retailer notified AFA that the "Christmas" greeting has also been posted on the Sears.com Web site. Sears was one of the companies identified by AFA as banning "Christmas" in its in-store promotions and retail advertising. A list of companies banning Christmas and their responses can be found at www.afa.net. According to AFA, other companies are also making changes to include "Christmas" in their promotions and...
  • Lowe's listens: 'Christmas trees' Chain dumps 'holiday' reference after WND report, complaints

    12/01/2005 4:56:34 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 895+ views
    HOLIDAY BLUESLowe's listens: 'Christmas trees' Chain dumps 'holiday' reference after WND report, complaints One day after a WorldNetDaily story brought national exposure, the home-improvement retailer Lowe's dropped references to "Holiday Trees" in favor of "Christmas Trees" only. As WND reported, a Lowe's store in Austin, Texas, featured a banner that referred in English to "Holiday Trees" but in Spanish said "Christmas Trees." The American Family Association says its supporters contacted Lowe's to express their displeasure. The company responded in a statement: "To ensure consistency of our message and to avoid confusion among our customers, we are now referring to the...
  • CHRISTMAS SHOPPING INFO: Bill O'Reilly's list of where stores stand on saying MERRY CHRISTMAS

    11/30/2005 3:11:56 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 80 replies · 2,575+ views
    billoreilly.com ^ | Nov 30 05 | Bill OReilly
    Below find a list of the major department stores across the country and where they stand on using Christmas in their holiday advertising and other promotions. JCPenney: "Christmas" mentioned in print ads & other advertising Federated Department Stores (Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Filene's, Marshall Fields): "Christmas" mentioned in print ads & other advertising Employees are free to use any holiday greeting that they feel is appropriate Dillard's: "Christmas" mentioned in print ads & other advertising FAO Schwarz: Using "Holiday" this year in advertising materials Employees are free to use any holiday greeting that they feel is appropriate Toys 'R'...
  • Stores using the word "Christmas" this year

    11/29/2005 8:14:26 AM PST · by Blogger · 113 replies · 2,590+ views
    November 29, 2005 | blogger
    Sears- has a "Christmas Shop" on their website Michael's- extensive use of Christmas Hobby Lobby- extensive use of Christmas Kroger- not afraid to use Christmas Dillards- was advertising a sweater for Christmas as early as this morning on their website, but have gone more generic now Walmart- not overt, but at least they are using it now Home Shopping Network - 23 days until Christmas QVC- Christmas Shoppe Hickory Farms- Christmas gifts Kirklands- has a Christmas section on their website
  • Anyone Been To Sears Lately? (Christmas Related...You Will Laugh)

    11/19/2005 10:38:59 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 199 replies · 4,965+ views
    Sears | 11-19-05 | my favorite headache
    Ahhhhhhhh yes...the softer side of Sears. Upon my trip to the retail "giant" I walk by and notice the price of the Christmas Trees they were pushing...but oh...what is this? They are not called Christmas Trees...nope. They are not called Holiday Trees...nope. They are not called Festive Trees...nope. They are called...................... WISHING TREES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Sears Receives Freedom Award for Support to Reserves

    10/18/2005 8:53:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 273+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 18, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2005 – Defense officials have lauded Sears, Roebuck and Co. for the many benefits they provide employees who have been called to the colors. The war on terror demands much of reserve-component military personnel. The sacrifices they and their families make are legion. But increasingly, the war is demanding much of reserve-component servicemembers' civilian employers. The National Committee for Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve presented companies that go the extra mile for reservists with the Freedom Award during a ceremony here Oct. 15. The Freedom Awards are the highest given by the organization. A Guard...
  • Top Employers Honored for Guard, Reserve Support

    10/14/2005 5:53:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 421+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 14, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2005 – Representatives of the nation's top organizations in supporting their Reserve and National Guard employees are here today to meet President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and to receive the 2005 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award. The award, to be presented here during an Oct. 15 ceremony, publicly recognizes employers for exceptional support above what the law requires. The Freedom Award is the highest in a series of Defense Department employer awards that include the Patriot Award, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Above and Beyond Award, and the Pro Patria Award....
  • America Supports You: Sears Earns Defense Freedom Award

    08/01/2005 7:22:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 628+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 1, 2005 | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2005 – Excellence deserves to be recognized, and an Alabama National Guardsman made sure it was when he nominated his employer for support above and beyond what the law requires. Army Spc. John Winkler nominated the Huntsville (Ala.) Sears, Roebuck & Co. store where he works as a customer service adviser in the automotive department for the support they have shown him when he drills or is deployed. The nomination was made through the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve's Web site, and when ESGR officials checked out the Sears corporate policy toward Guard and Reserve...
  • Kmart to Put Sears Name on 400 Stores After Merger

    03/09/2005 2:30:36 PM PST · by Cagey · 25 replies · 1,076+ views
    AP ^ | 3-9-2005 | Sarah Karush
    DETROIT (AP) - Kmart Holding Corp. announced plans Wednesday to convert more than a quarter of its stores to a Sears format following its merger with Sears, Roebuck and Co. Troy-based Kmart disclosed the plans on the same day that it posted a $309 million profit for the fourth quarter, a 14 percent increase over the previous year. The retailer also said sales at stores open at least a year continued to fall, though at a much lower rate than they had been. In trading Wednesday, Kmart's stock rose $2.42, or 2.2 percent, to close at $111.66 on the Nasdaq...
  • Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers!-(Fed.Dept.Stores buys MayCo = McDonaldization of retailing)

    03/05/2005 6:08:51 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 38 replies · 1,298+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | MARCH 4, 2005 | GREG CROSBY
    The bottom line is, there will be less choice for the consumer with the same merchandise being offered at all stores. It's the MacDonaldization of retailing. Where consistency trumps quality and selection, and low prices trumps service and a knowledgeable staff. There will be less variety in clothing since there will be fewer buyers making the choices. As a kid, I can recall when going downtown to shop used to be a special outing, almost an entertainment event. People actually used to get all dressed up to go "to the stores," believe it or not. Well-dressed ladies would lunch in...
  • S stands for Sears, but not much longer

    02/02/2005 9:13:24 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies · 1,268+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 2, 2005 | Becky Yerak
    After 95 years, shareholders of Sears, Roebuck and Co. should get ready to say goodbye to the letter S. When the Hoffman Estates-based retailer merges with Kmart Holding Corp. in an $11 billion deal expected to close next month, the new company plans to trade shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange, according to a regulatory filing. That means Sears will give up the single-letter ticker designation that it has used on the New York Stock Exchange since 1910. The new Sears Holdings Corp. hasn't chosen a trading symbol, but in a filing Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the...
  • Sears Paying Reduced Shipping Rates Post Holiday For Troops

    12/28/2004 3:04:43 PM PST · by sunshyne · 3 replies · 377+ views
    sunshyne
    This is pretty commendable, imo-anyone else heard about this? Sears.com Announces Free Holiday Shipping to APO/FPO Addresses, Reduced Shipping Rates Post-Holiday; Change Helps Families Spread Holiday Cheer and Good Wishes to Troops and Others Serving Abroad PR Newswire Save a personal copy of this article and quickly find it again with Furl.net. Get started now. (It's free.)HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing effort to support the families and friends of U.S. military troops and civilians serving abroad, Sears, Roebuck and Co.'s online channel, Sears.com today announced that it is extending its free holiday shipping...
  • Let's All Shop At Sears!!!

    12/09/2004 9:46:34 AM PST · by PreviouslyA-Lurker · 119 replies · 3,375+ views
    Personal E-mail | Unknown | Unknown
    Let's all shop at Sears!!!!!! I assume you have all seen the reports about how Sears is treating its reservist employees who are called up? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up..Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two years. I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its...
  • Sears Helping Our Troops During the Holidays

    12/05/2004 9:35:08 AM PST · by outfield · 8 replies · 339+ views
    Fibre 2 Fashion ^ | 11/30/2004
    Sears.com makes holiday gifting overseas affordable & convenient 30th November 2004 Sears, Roebuck and Co.'s online channel, Sears.com today announced that it is extending its free holiday shipping promotion to include APO/FPO addresses. Sears.com is also reducing its shipping rates to APO/FPO addresses to match those of standard U.S. addresses. The changes will help families and friends of loved ones serving abroad send gifts and good wishes more affordably and more conveniently. Sears.com (http://www.Sears.com) had previously offered free holiday shipping only to standard U.S. addresses. "With record numbers of military and civilian personnel deployed, we feel strongly that we need...
  • Numerous Propane Tanks Stolen From Store (Columbus, Ohio)

    11/30/2004 11:28:47 AM PST · by Columbus Dawg · 131 replies · 4,796+ views
    WCMH-TV ^ | November 30, 2004 | Columbus Dawg
    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Officials are investigating the theft of about 30 propane tanks from a local hardware store, NBC 4's Nancy Burton reported. The propane tanks were stolen at about 10 p.m. Monday from the Sears Hardware store in the Northwest Center at Henderson and Reed roads. The tanks were being stored outside in locked cages, Burton reported. Police said thieves broke the locks on the last two cages and stole about 30 tanks. Burton said a witness called the store as the theft occurred. The manager on duty then called police, but the suspects left the scene before police...
  • Kmart-Sears merger about price, quality

    11/19/2004 1:41:08 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 14 replies · 960+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | November 19, 2004 | John Fitzgerald
    Average customers know the same thing that ministers of high finance understand: It's all about the price. Shoppers Thursday at the Billings Sears store were eager to find out what a proposed merger between Sears and Kmart means to their pocketbooks. "I'm going to go where the prices are the cheapest," said Mary Chenoweth, of Shepherd. Wes Peterson, of Wolf Point, pointed out that the quality of Sears goods would probably benefit Kmart. "I see a bigger benefit for Kmart than for Sears," he said. The $11 billion merger will create the third-largest retailer behind Wal-Mart and Home Depot, with...
  • Iowahawk: Sears/Kmart Acquires France

    11/18/2004 6:09:06 PM PST · by IowaHawk · 17 replies · 1,389+ views
    Iowahawk Blog | 11/18/04 | David Burge
    The retail industry received another shake-up today as Sears Holding Corp. (NYSE: S), the parent company behind the recent merger of Sears and Kmart, announced the acquisition of embattled European cheesemaker France (NASDAQ: FROG). The buyout deal, estimated at $2.7 billion, will position Sears/Kmart/France as the world's third largest retailer and 15th ranked military power. Reaction of Wall Street was mixed, with shares of Paris-based France rising 11% in late trading after the announcement, while Hoffman Estates, IL-based Sears Holdings dropped 19%. "The acquisition of France indicates there will be further consolidation within the low-end, weird-smelling retail segment," said Ivan...
  • K-Mart to Aquire Sears.

    11/17/2004 8:03:18 PM PST · by BooBoo1000 · 77 replies · 4,309+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11/17/04 | Associated Press
    November 17, 2004 | Get Your Local News and Weather ABC News Kmart to Acquire Sears in $11 Billion DealDiscount Retailer Kmart to Acquire Once-Dominant Sears Department Store Chain in $11 Billion Deal A Kmart employee collects shopping carts in the parking of Kmart store in the Northridge section of Los Angeles Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004. Kmart is acquiring Sears, one of the most venerable names in U.S. retailing, in a surprise $11 billion deal that will create the nation's third-largest retailer. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian) The Associated Press NEW YORK Nov 17, 2004 — A resurgent Kmart, home of the...
  • Kmart, Sears to Merge in $11 Billion Deal

    11/17/2004 6:19:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 70 replies · 1,579+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday November 17, 8:39 am ET | Megan Reichgott,
    Kmart, Sears to Merge in an $11 Billion Deal That Will Create Nation's Third Largest Retailer CHICAGO (AP) -- The discount retailer Kmart Holding Corp. is combining with one of the most venerable names in U.S. retailing, Sears, Roebuck & Co., in an $11 billion deal that will create the nation's third largest retailer. The company being created by the surprise combination announced Wednesday would be known as Sears Holdings Corp., but will continue to operate the Kmart and Sears stores under their current brand names. The combined company is expected to have $55 billion in annual revenues, 2,350 full-line...
  • Sears, KMart to Merge in $11 Billion Deal

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Kmart Holding Corp. on Wednesday said they would merge in an $11 billion deal to form the third-largest U.S. retailer. The companies said in a joint statement that the new company, Sears Holdings, will have about $55 billion in annual revenues, 2,350 full-line and off-mall stores, and 1,100 specialty retail stores.
  • Sears Supports Deployed Troops, Families (USA)

    11/09/2004 7:52:27 PM PST · by Dubya · 41 replies · 931+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Nov. 9, 2004 | Donna Miles
    Sears, Roebuck and Co. is proving to be a friend of military families -- from making up lost pay for its employees called to active duty in the National Guard and reserve, to donating $2 million to the National Military Family Association for military family programs. The Chicago-based retailer announced in September that it is extending its military pay differential and benefits coverage to five years. This is the second extension this year. In January, Sears extended its military pay differential to three years, from 30 months. The announcement, which affects about 200 full-time Sears employees, also means they can...
  • Sears Military Support Fact Sheet

    10/28/2004 12:37:24 PM PDT · by outfield · 7 replies · 2,530+ views
    National Military Family Association (NMFA) Sears provided $2 million to the National Military Family Association (NMFA) to develop and enhance programs that address the unique challenges faced by military families. The donation is the largest contribution in NMFA's history. Additionally, Sears and NMFA published a book titled A Tribute to Military Families: Letters of Thanks from Our Nation's Children. The book was created to increase awareness about the importance of military families and to raise funding to support programs that address the unique challenges faced by these families. Proceeds from the book's sales will go to NMFA for programs benefiting...
  • Several Indicted in Texas PAC Probe (Delay NOT Indicted/Charged)

    09/21/2004 12:35:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 694+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/21/04 | April Castro - AP
    AUSTIN, Texas - Three people and eight corporations — including Sears and Cracker Barrel — were indicted Tuesday on charges of making illegal campaign contributions through a political action committee formed by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. DeLay, a Texas Republican, was not charged. The grand jury has been investigating whether $2.5 million in corporate funds were used illegally to help Republican candidates win elections in 2002 that gave the GOP a majority in the Texas House for the first time since Reconstruction. The GOP later used its majority to redraw Texas' congressional districts to favor Republican candidates. Those...
  • Sears Pays Reserve Employees Difference Between Military Pay and Their Normal Pay!

    08/23/2004 11:06:32 AM PDT · by Chapita · 31 replies · 1,249+ views
    email | August 23, 2004 | SneakyPete
    Below is a email I sent to the Sears customer service web site,and the reply I received. I had received one of those e-mail "chain emails" that we all get stating what I thought were bogus claims,so I sent my own email off to get verificiation. It is really good to see a Corporate citizen like Sears taking a step like this,and I can only hope other US corporations learn from it and adopt similiar programs. In the meantime,if you need something Sears sells,pay them a visit and buy it there. You might even want to mail them a letter...
  • Sears job cuts will total 3,300

    07/23/2004 3:04:39 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 31 replies · 1,950+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 23, 2004 | Becky Yerak
    2nd period weak and outlook bleak Plagued by poor clothing sales, Sears, Roebuck and Co.'s second-quarter profits were about a third less than what Wall Street expected, and the nation's biggest department store chain warned of a bleaker outlook for the rest of the year. It wasn't good news for Sears' employees, either. Under pressure to prove it can perform as a pure retailer since last year's sale of its profitable credit business, Sears announced Thursday that about 3,300 jobs, or 1.6 percent of its U.S. workforce, are in the process of being eliminated this year. That includes layoffs of...
  • K-Mart To Sell Up To 54 Stores to Sears

    06/30/2004 6:50:16 AM PDT · by 11th Earl of Mar · 16 replies · 773+ views
    AP | 6/30/04
    DETROIT (AP) -- Kmart will sell up to 54 of its stores to Sears, Roebuck and Co. for a maximum of $621 million, the retailer said Wednesday... The announcement came less than a month after Troy-based Kmart announced it was selling up to 24 stores to Home Depot for as much as $365 million. http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/sw100341_20040630.htm
  • Operation Purple Offers Free Summer Camps to Military Kids

    06/09/2004 7:09:24 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 9 replies · 1,654+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | June 2, 2004
    Operation Purple Offers Free Summer Camps to Military Kids American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, June 2, 2004 – A major American corporation and a military-related nonprofit organization are partnering to send military kids to camp this summer. The National Military Family Association and Sears, Roebuck and Co. are working together to make Operation Purple possible. Operation Purple gives military children in 11 states and the U.S. territory of Guam a chance to attend summer camp. In most cases, preference is given to those children with a deployed or recently redeployed parent. The program "allows children from all branches to...
  • SEARS SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS!

    06/08/2004 8:44:04 PM PDT · by Zansman · 23 replies · 266+ views
    Sears Customer Relations | e-mail | Employees of Sears
    This is an e-mail I received in response to an e-mail I sent Sears Customer Service: Dear John, Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your support for our actions regarding our associates who have been called into active duty. As you may have read, Sears has extended its program of military pay differential to 36 months. This includes allowing Sears reservists who are full-time employees to continue participating in the company's life insurance, medical and dental programs, if they choose. The company will also hold a comparable position for these individuals for up to five...
  • MARRIED OR NOT, GAYS GAIN PARTNER COVERAGE

    04/07/2004 1:12:06 PM PDT · by JesseHousman · 57 replies · 666+ views
    Forbes.Com ^ | 4/7/2004 | Ashlea Ebeling
    While gay marriage is a current hot-button issue for politicians, business leaders have been wrestling for years over whether to offer health coverage to their employees' domestic partners. As employers look into the benefits and costs of covering domestic partners, more and more of them are saying yes--not due to a court order or political pressure but because they think it makes good business sense. Since last year, 34 of the 500 biggest U.S. public companies have started the coverage, bringing the total up to 210, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based gay and lesbian lobbying group....
  • Circuit City to Sell Credit-Card Business to Bank One

    01/20/2004 2:10:19 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 12 replies · 2,584+ views
    TBO ^ | 1/20/04
    Va. (AP) - Circuit City Stores Inc., the nation's No. 2 consumer electronics retailer, will sell its private-label credit-card business to Bank One Corp. for $1.8 billion in cash. Circuit City said Tuesday that it is shedding the credit-card operation so it can focus on renovating and relocating aging stores, as well as opening new outlets. In November, the retailer sold a bank-card portfolio to FleetBoston Financial for $1.3 billion. The upcoming sale "further simplifies the investment picture for Circuit City shareholders and allows us to focus our attention on the needed improvements in our retail business," said W. Alan...
  • MEANINGFUL SHOPPING: How Can I Buy Presents and Support Good Companies at the Same Time?

    12/21/2003 10:51:10 AM PST · by Cinnamon Girl · 29 replies · 321+ views
    Cinnamon Girl
    Last night, as two men holding hands walked by me on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, I studied the window display of Bijan because I couldn't believe what I was seeing. "God Bless Our Troops" with photographs of the troops surrounding Santa Claus, being thanked by a little child in Iraq-- on Rodeo Drive! amidst Gucci, Harry Winston, Versace-- where the wealthiest people in Hollywood and around the world shop. As odd as this might seem to the rest of the country, putting pictures of the U.S. military in the windows of an exclusive shop on Beverly Hills is a...
  • Sears or Walmart

    11/26/2003 7:38:49 AM PST · by LandofLincoln · 156 replies · 5,845+ views
    11/26/03 | DR
    I've not been big on Sears but this is something to consider... Please note forwarded message: I Assume you have all seen the reports about how Sears is treating its reservist employees who are called up? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up, BUT... Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees, for up to two years. I submit...
  • SEARS COMPANY SUPPORTS ITS RESERVISTS

    11/18/2003 8:00:00 AM PST · by princess leah · 9 replies · 231+ views
    Internet Friend ^ | November 18, 2003 | princess Leah
    I assume you've all seen the reports on how Sears is treating its reservist employees who are called up for military duty. By law, all companies are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, reservists take big pay cuts and lose benefits as a result of being called up. However, Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs for all its reservists who are called-up for up to 2 years. Sears is being an exemplary corporation and should be recognized for its contribution. I decided...
  • Citigroup Pays $31.8 Billion for Sears' Credit Business

    11/03/2003 11:00:50 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 14 replies · 406+ views
    TBO ^ | 11/3/03 | AP
    NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - Citigroup Inc. Monday completed the $31.8 billion acquisition of Sears Roebuck & Co.'s Credit Card and Financial Products business, opening the door for the nation's biggest financial services company to start nursing the struggling unit back to health. New York-based Citigroup said the purchase price included a 10 percent, or $2.9 billion, premium on Sears private label and bankcard credit card receivables of $28.6 billion, and $300 million for other assets, business facilities and employees. The deal also included $10.4 billion in debt and other liabilities. Earlier in the year, Sears' credit-card operations were plagued...
  • Radio Tag Debut Set for This Week...(Or, how to track cutomers.)

    09/20/2003 1:25:23 PM PDT · by GirlyGirl2003 · 10 replies · 245+ views
    Wired ^ | September 15th | Mark Baard
    <p>Welcome to Wired News. Skip directly to: Search Box, Section Navigation, Content.</p> <p>A consortium of retailers and consumer goods companies plan to unveil the replacement for the bar code next week. The upgrade will use a controversial radio technology that critics say will significantly expand the powers of retailers to track the whereabouts of their goods and the people who buy them.</p>
  • Citigroup's Weill to Step Down as CEO

    07/16/2003 7:17:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies · 302+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/16/03 | Jonathan Stempel
    Citigroup's Weill to Step Down as CEO Wed Jul 16, 4:44 PM ET By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sanford Weill on Wednesday said he will step down as Citigroup Inc.'s (NYSE:C - news) chief executive, relinquishing power to a longtime lieutenant after building the world's No. 1 financial services company. Ending years of speculation about Weill's successor, Citigroup said Charles Prince, 53, will become CEO by Jan. 1. He has run Citigroup's corporate and investment bank since September, and had been the company's top lawyer. Weill, known as "Sandy," turned 70 in March and will remain chairman until...
  • Sears' Money Goes to Assist Already Affluent Homosexual Community

    06/19/2003 10:37:10 AM PDT · by Buffalo Bob · 104 replies · 1,284+ views
    AFA.NET ^ | June 18, 2003 | Bill Fancher and Chad Groening
    (AgapePress) - The largest homosexual advocacy organization in America has received a large financial grant from Sears, Roebuck and Company. Last week, an article in The Washington Post newspaper confirmed what critics of homosexual advocacy have been saying for nearly a decade: homosexuals are among the most affluent segments of American society. So Peter LaBarbera of the Culture and Family Institute was surprised to find out one of the nation's largest retailers is trying to help homosexuals out with a grant. Peter LaBarbera "We've learned that Sears Roebuck, the retailer that's so well-known to Americans, has awarded a $200,000 grant...
  • A turning point in the Civil War

    06/05/2003 6:01:44 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 119 replies · 2,993+ views
    CS Monitor ^ | June 05, 2003 | Tom O'Brien
    July will bring the 140th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. Across Pennsylvania fields baking under the hot summer sun, reenactors will be out in force - most from the South, eager to replay, or imaginatively reverse, the whole encounter. Reenactments began in 1913, a time closer to the battle than to us. But Gettysburg is a place that history embalmed as a special shrine long ago. What new could there be to say about it?In the hands of two master historians, Stephen Sears and James McPherson, plenty, it turns out - though their books serve quite different purposes. McPherson's...
  • Just like your tires, wheels of justice may be out of balance

    06/04/2003 5:10:40 AM PDT · by TheOracle · 258+ views
    Sant Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 6/4/2003 | Bill McClellan
    You may have recently sued Sears. And won. Of course, there is an excellent chance you didn't even know you sued anybody. That's because this is another class-action lawsuit brought to you by your friendly barristers and judges of Madison County. In this instance, Sears is accused of advertising a wheel-balancing service at its auto centers that was supposed to include placing the wheel assembly on a machine that rotated the tire and determined whether the wheel assembly was well-matched. If it was not, the machine was supposed to shave minute particles from the tire. According to the lawsuit, this...
  • Sears Supporting American Troops

    04/01/2003 3:29:06 PM PST · by 2nd_Amendment_Defender · 15 replies · 156+ views
    4/1/2003
    A story at CitizenLink.org notes that, with more than 110,000 reservists taking part in the U.S. effort in Iraq, several American companies are going the extra mile to support them. Dozens of companies are offering them extras, including UPS, IBM, Conoco and Dell Computer Corp. One of the best examples, though, is Sears: their company is supporting the troops by making up the difference between reservists' pay and their regular salary at Sears for up to two years. Even though, like every other business, Sears is dealing with a struggling economy, the retailer says simply helping their customers isn't enough....
  • Sears Supports Our Troops

    03/31/2003 5:32:10 AM PST · by Hugenot · 38 replies · 1,845+ views
    Seamax ^ | 3/31/2003 | Fr. Michael Reilly
    We've heard a great deal about "allies" who have not supported America and her troops, but have you heard about what Sears is doing for our troops? The law requires employers to hold the jobs of reservist employees who are called to active duty, but people often lose their benefits and earn less with the military. KDPQ, Today's Christian Radio, is reporting that Sears is maintaining all benefits (including medical insurance and bonus programs) and making up the difference in salary for all reservist employees for up to two years. Sears has gone the extra mile to support our troops;...
  • O'Reilly bashes Pony Corporation for commercials geared at kids featuring porn stars

    02/24/2003 5:49:09 PM PST · by rocky88 · 88 replies · 183+ views
    The O'Reilly Factor | 2/24/03 | rocky88
    Bill O'Reilly points out tonight that the Pony Corporation (think ugly athletic shoes) is now pushing pornography on our kids through commercials featuring porn stars. The only stores that carry Pony merchandise are Modells, Foot Locker, and Sears.