Click here to close now.

Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Wayne Lam, Larry Dragich, Sebastian Bos

News Feed Item

Sears And Kmart Invite Shoppers To Deck The Halls This Holiday Season With Sandra Lee, Jaclyn Smith And Ty Pennington

Announcing SHOP YOUR WAY(SM) Holiday Decorating Sweepstakes

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The holidays are right around the corner, and Sears and Kmart are the festive headquarters with everything needed to decorate the home and entertain in style. According to the National Retail Federation, the average U.S. shopper will spend $750 on gifts, decor and more this season, increasing total U.S. holiday sales to $586.1 billion. While shoppers plan to spend the majority on gifts for family members, the average person plans to spend $52 on decorations, increasing holiday decor spending to $6.9 billion*.

Sears and Kmart offer a wide range of affordable and stylish holiday decorations to outfit homes with exclusive lines from celebrity designers Sandra Lee, Jaclyn Smith and Ty Pennington.  Decorators can also find the must-have items of this season including pre-lit artificial trees in all shapes and sizes; dazzling LED light displays; ornaments for every color scheme and theme; outdoor decor and the Lemax Village Collection – all without breaking the bank.

SHOP YOUR WAY REWARDS(SM) Members can also enter for the chance to win a sweepstakes to enjoy a shopping spree in New York City with Sandra Lee or Los Angeles with Jaclyn Smith, or have their home completely decorated for the holidays by Ty Pennington.

Decorate It Forward with Kmart
This holiday season Kmart, along with Sandra Lee and Jaclyn Smith, invites consumers to "Decorate it Forward" -- spread holiday cheer by sharing the gift of decorating and entertaining with family, friends and those in need. Decorating tips and inspiration to help others can be found www.kmart.com/DecorateItForward. Everyone can Decorate it Forward in different ways, such as:

  • Decorate for a Cause – Kmart is collaborating with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on an exclusive holiday ornament. For every $5 St. Jude Collectable bear ornament purchased, Kmart will give $1 to support St. Jude and its mission. St. Jude Collectable Holiday Bears can be found exclusively in Kmart stores nationwide and online beginning Nov. 15, 2012.
  • Share the Love – Kmart lets online shoppers send virtual ornament cards designed with Sandra Lee's and Jaclyn Smith's Collections to loved ones with the Kmart Christmas Virtual Ornament Creator. These unique e-cards can be customized with personal photos and holiday greetings, and are sure to make holidays brighter.

Kmart shoppers can outfit their homes with exclusive and on-trend decor lines from Sandra Lee and Jaclyn Smith. Sandra Lee has created updated classics with her unique Fa La La," "Merry Holiday" and "Pastry Confections" themes, and Jaclyn Smith brings elegance with her "Midnight Clear," "Golden Inspirations" and "Enchanted Holiday" themes.

Fans of Sandra and Jaclyn can also enter to win one of two shopping sprees with the celebrity designers. One winner will join Sandra on an exclusive Kmart holiday shopping trip in New York City where she'll lend her decorating and entertaining expertise. Another winner will join Jaclyn Smith on an exclusive Kmart holiday shopping trip in Los Angeles where she'll help style the winner's home for the holidays. For official sweepstakes rules, visit www.kmart.com/decorateitforward or logon to www.SHOPYOURWAY.com and check out the Win Your Way application by Nov. 26 to enter to win.

Sears Cheer Headquarters
Sears is the Cheer Headquarters, helping to deliver Christmas merriment this holiday season. Whether shoppers are looking for decoration inspiration from an expert design team or deals on the perfect tree, ornaments and twinkling lights, Sears creates the perfect place to gather for a great celebration.

The Commander in Cheer this holiday season is Ty Pennington, providing new holiday decor in four distinctive themes that are available exclusively at Sears, including: Golden Adornment, Home Sweet Holiday, Jewel Jubilee and Winter's Night.

  • Merry Makeover Sweepstakes – One lucky winner will receive a home visit and makeover from Ty Pennington as Ty and his crew decorates the winner's home for the holidays. The home makeover will include outdoor lighting, as well as indoor decor to complete the look. The winner will also receive an auto tire package from Sears Auto Center including four new tires, alignment and balance service, as well as a $1,000 gift card to use towards the purchase of holiday apparel at Sears.

To further celebrate the season of giving, from now until Dec. 26, 2012, Sears is donating $1.00 to Rebuilding Together for every eligible Merry Makeover sweepstakes entry, up to a maximum donation of $10,000. For more information about Rebuilding Together, visit www.rebuildingtogether.org.  To see the official sweepstakes rules, visit www.sears.com/cheerhq, or logon to www.SHOPYOURWAY.com and check out the Win Your Way application by Nov. 26 to enter to win.

*Source: National Retail Federation's 2012 Holiday Consumer Spending Survey conducted by BIGinsight

About Sears Holdings Corporation

Sears Holdings Corporation is a leading integrated retailer with over 2,600 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada and the home of SHOP YOUR WAY, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through SHOPYOURWAY.com.  Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, fitness equipment and automotive repair and maintenance. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, with a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands' End, the Kardashian Kollection, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as Sofia by Sofia Vergara and The Country Living Home Collection. We are the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 15 million service and installation calls made annually and have a long-established commitment to those who serve in the military through initiatives like the Heroes at Home program. We have been named the 2011 Mobile Retailer of the Year, Recipient of the 2012 ENERGY STAR® "Corporate Commitment Award" for Product Retailing and Energy Management and one of the Top 20 Best Places to Work for Recent Grads. Sears Holdings Corporation operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation.  For more information, visit Sears Holdings' website at www.searsholdings.com. Twitter: @searsholdings | Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SHCCareers

Media Contacts:
Larry Costello
Sears Holdings Corp.
(847) 286-9036
[email protected]

Leah Eisenstein
Zeno Group for Sears
(312) 396-9766
[email protected]

SOURCE Sears Holdings Corporation

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Today air travel is a minefield of delays, hassles and customer disappointment. Airlines struggle to revitalize the experience. GE and M2Mi will demonstrate practical examples of how IoT solutions are helping airlines bring back personalization, reduce trip time and improve reliability. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Dr. Sarah Cooper, M2Mi’s VP Business Development and Engineering, will explore the IoT cloud-based platform technologies driving this change including privacy controls, data transparency and integration of real time context wi...
It is one thing to build single industrial IoT applications, but what will it take to build the Smart Cities and truly society-changing applications of the future? The technology won’t be the problem, it will be the number of parties that need to work together and be aligned in their motivation to succeed. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jason Mondanaro, Director, Product Management at Metanga, discussed how you can plan to cooperate, partner, and form lasting all-star teams to change the world and it starts with business models and monetization strategies.
Internet of Things is moving from being a hype to a reality. Experts estimate that internet connected cars will grow to 152 million, while over 100 million internet connected wireless light bulbs and lamps will be operational by 2020. These and many other intriguing statistics highlight the importance of Internet powered devices and how market penetration is going to multiply many times over in the next few years.
Internet of Things (IoT) will be a hybrid ecosystem of diverse devices and sensors collaborating with operational and enterprise systems to create the next big application. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Bramh Gupta, founder and CEO of robomq.io, and Fred Yatzeck, principal architect leading product development at robomq.io, discussed how choosing the right middleware and integration strategy from the get-go will enable IoT solution developers to adapt and grow with the industry, while at the same time reduce Time to Market (TTM) by using plug and play capabilities offered by a robust IoT ...
To many people, IoT is a buzzword whose value is not understood. Many people think IoT is all about wearables and home automation. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Kavis, Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, discussed some incredible game-changing use cases and how they are transforming industries like agriculture, manufacturing, health care, and smart cities. He will discuss cool technologies like smart dust, robotics, smart labels, and much more. Prepare to be blown away with a glimpse of the future.
The Internet of Things is not only adding billions of sensors and billions of terabytes to the Internet. It is also forcing a fundamental change in the way we envision Information Technology. For the first time, more data is being created by devices at the edge of the Internet rather than from centralized systems. What does this mean for today's IT professional? In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed this very serious issue of profound change in the industry.
SYS-CON Events announced today that BMC will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. BMC delivers software solutions that help IT transform digital enterprises for the ultimate competitive business advantage. BMC has worked with thousands of leading companies to create and deliver powerful IT management services. From mainframe to cloud to mobile, BMC pairs high-speed digital innovation with robust IT industrialization – allowing customers to provide amazing user experiences with optimized IT per...
There will be 150 billion connected devices by 2020. New digital businesses have already disrupted value chains across every industry. APIs are at the center of the digital business. You need to understand what assets you have that can be exposed digitally, what their digital value chain is, and how to create an effective business model around that value chain to compete in this economy. No enterprise can be complacent and not engage in the digital economy. Learn how to be the disruptor and not the disruptee.
The Internet of Things is not only adding billions of sensors and billions of terabytes to the Internet. It is also forcing a fundamental change in the way we envision Information Technology. For the first time, more data is being created by devices at the edge of the Internet rather than from centralized systems. What does this mean for today's IT professional? In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will addresses this very serious issue of profound change in the industry.
Business as usual for IT is evolving into a "Make or Buy" decision on a service-by-service conversation with input from the LOBs. How does your organization move forward with cloud? In his general session at 16th Cloud Expo, Paul Maravei, Regional Sales Manager, Hybrid Cloud and Managed Services at Cisco, discusses how Cisco and its partners offer a market-leading portfolio and ecosystem of cloud infrastructure and application services that allow you to uniquely and securely combine cloud business applications and services across multiple cloud delivery models.
In his General Session at 16th Cloud Expo, David Shacochis, host of The Hybrid IT Files podcast and Vice President at CenturyLink, investigated three key trends of the “gigabit economy" though the story of a Fortune 500 communications company in transformation. Narrating how multi-modal hybrid IT, service automation, and agile delivery all intersect, he will cover the role of storytelling and empathy in achieving strategic alignment between the enterprise and its information technology.
Buzzword alert: Microservices and IoT at a DevOps conference? What could possibly go wrong? In this Power Panel at DevOps Summit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise and president of Intellyx, panelists peeled away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you'll have no problem fillin...
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Opening Keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, d...
Converging digital disruptions is creating a major sea change - Cisco calls this the Internet of Everything (IoE). IoE is the network connection of People, Process, Data and Things, fueled by Cloud, Mobile, Social, Analytics and Security, and it represents a $19Trillion value-at-stake over the next 10 years. In her keynote at @ThingsExpo, Manjula Talreja, VP of Cisco Consulting Services, discussed IoE and the enormous opportunities it provides to public and private firms alike. She will share what businesses must do to thrive in the IoE economy, citing examples from several industry sectors.
In his keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Rodney Rogers, CEO of Virtustream, discussed the evolution of the company from inception to its recent acquisition by EMC – including personal insights, lessons learned (and some WTF moments) along the way. Learn how Virtustream’s unique approach of combining the economics and elasticity of the consumer cloud model with proper performance, application automation and security into a platform became a breakout success with enterprise customers and a natural fit for the EMC Federation.
SYS-CON Events announced today that the "Second Containers & Microservices Conference" will take place November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, and the “Third Containers & Microservices Conference” will take place June 7-9, 2016, at Javits Center in New York City. Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities.
SYS-CON Events announced today that the "First Containers & Microservices Conference" will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City. The “Second Containers & Microservices Conference” will take place November 3-5, 2015, at Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities.
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal an...
17th Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some form of XaaS – software, platform, and infrastructure as a service.
The 17th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. 17th International Cloud Expo, to be held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, APM, APIs, Microservices, Security, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal today!