twice connect
careers

Sears Exiting Seven CE Categories, Revamping Departments

4/09/2004 11:47:00 AM Eastern

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears is overhauling its CE assortment and will redesign its electronics departments to better accommodate the new mix.

The improved merchandise offering will feature an expanded assortment of digital and traffic-driving items while focusing on fewer key products, the company said.

As part of the re-assortment, the mass merchant is exiting seven product categories, including PCs, peripherals, component and mobile audio, film cameras, cellphones and PDAs.

According to a Sears spokesperson, the retailer arrived at the edits by analyzing every CE SKU and removing those with the smallest market share.

The products will be replaced with "more relevant and productive" categories, the spokesperson said, including deeper assortments of digital cameras, DTVs, gaming hardware and software, DVD movies and other digital products.

Sears recently held a powwow here with 45 vendors to apprise them of the changes.

The new assortment will be housed within a redesigned department that will boast new layouts and fixtures, glass walls, and improved product adjacencies. Sears is also moving its plasma display SKUs from their present in-aisle perch to the back wall "for better presentation," the spokesperson said. "We’re making it easier for consumers to shop and find what they’re looking for."

The floor reset is slated to rollout this August.

The effort is part of a multi-year "re-launch" of Sears’ full-line locations, which includes a store base upgrade, productivity improvements, IT and supply chain initiatives, and better marketing and in-store merchandising.

Separately, the company has opened its second Sears Grand pilot store, this one in Gurnee, Ill. Like its predecessor, which launched last fall near Salt Lake City, the store is a freestanding, full-line operation with wider aisles, brighter, more colorful floors, added services like banking and key cutting, and traffic driving, quick-turn items like CDs and DVD movies.

Grand opening festivities included contests, giveaways and an autograph session with Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman.

PHOTOS
Nationwide PrimeTime 2014

Scenes from Nationwide PrimeTime buy fair held in

ProSource Meeting Filled With Optimism

San Antonio — Optimism reigned at ProSource’s

Ingram Draws 500 To Spring Vendor Expo

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Ingram Micro Consumer

CEA Holds ’14 Digital Patriots Dinner

Washington — CEA held its annual Digital Patriots’

8 Technology Accessories For a Greener Earth

An Earth Day review of Earth-friendly products, by

BrandSource Shows Diverse Product Selection

BrandSource’s Summit show at the Marriott World

Scenes From Toy Fair

By Lisa Johnston