Experts say Sears’ share of the appliance market is a fraction of what it once was. And Sears and Kenmore have become an afterthought for appliance manufacturers.”Whirlpool didn’t stop innovating, they just stopped using Sears as the launch partner,” said Cohen.That has left Kenmore products uncompetitive.”It’s the equivalent of a flip phone in the smartphone era,” said Sean Maharaj, director in the retail practice at consultant AArete.Whirlpool (WHR), a company that got its start more than a century ago by selling at Sears, pulled its products from Sears stores last year, along with its Maytag, KitchenAid and Jenn Air brands. The power dynamic between the Whirlpool and Sears completely turned around.
SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileInterac will begin rolling out PIN less debit cards starting next summer to speed up and simplify purchases for Canadians. The Interac system will be similar to PIN less credit card systems.Similar to the PayPass system already in place on MasterCard credit cards, Canadian bank card holders will soon have the option of flashing their Interac Flash debit card at designated card readers, instead of having to enter a personal identification number, Barry Campbell of the Interac Association told the CBC’s The Lang O’Leary Exchange recently.”There’s a groundswell from major retailers in Canada. This is a preferred payment option” he said.Read moreWould you use a PIN less debit card? Take our survey.Internet freedom: Should government have the ability to shut down the internet?The Egyptian government shut down access to the internet and the country’s cellphone data network early Friday, according to media reports.
SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileWhile sifting through some stacks of DVDs in my ever more cluttered apartment last night, I stumbled upon an unexpected treat: a few years back, my sister presented me with a box set of British claymation guru Nick Park’s collected chronicles of Wallace Gromit. If those names mean nothing to you, you’re missing out the cheese loving Plasticiney man and his faithful canine companion are a true delight. Two of Park’s shorts about the pair ’93’s The Wrong Trousers and ’95’s A Close Shave won Oscars.This return to the glorious world of Wensleydale curds and Cockney accented antics inspired me to check in on what Park’s been up to since releasing 2005’s Wallace Gromit in the Curse of the Were Rabbit.
Much/er. Well, I say the older I get the better I was. That’s for sure. Her take: Measuring the relative success of American presidents in foreign policy is an almost impossible task. Even narrowing the task to the 20th and 21st centuries demands almost ridiculous comparisons. What are the metrics? Lives lost? Lives saved? American interests served? But which ones? Many might argue that Franklin Roosevelt was one of our nation’s greatest foreign policy leaders, ushering in the era of American global leadership, ridding the world of a vile dictator.