Buy Tires on Amazon, Install Them at Sears

Daniel Fowler
May 10, 2018

" customers can expect terrific performance and reliability from DieHard tires and professional installation from Sears Auto Centers".

Investor's Business Daily has the details on Amazon's deal with Sears.

Shoppers will be able to buy any brand of tires on, have them shipped to a Sears Auto Center and then bring in their vehicle to get them installed.

Lampert has closed unprofitable stores, sold assets, cut costs and tried to forge partnerships for Sears products and boost membership of its Shop Your Way rewards program.

"Let me be the first one to acknowledge we are on the right path but we haven't gotten over the hump". Last year, Amazon started selling Sears' Kenmore brand of appliances such as ovens and washing machines as well as DieHard auto batteries. Sears stock jumped 20 percent on news of the Amazon partnership after having falling more than 70 percent over the previous year. The shares were up 17.0 percent at $3.23 in afternoon trading.

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Initially the service will be available at 47 auto centers in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. However the retailer aims to quickly expand the service at its more than 400 auto centers nationwide. Amazon customers simply select their tires, the Sears Auto location and their preferred date and time for the tire installation.

The tire service will roll out to Sears Auto Centers in the United States over the next couple of weeks.

Separately on Wednesday, Amazon said it had partnered with homebuilder Lennar Corp to convert some of the home construction company's model homes into showrooms for digital voice assistant Alexa., Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has thrown Sears another lifeline, and share prices of the latter responded accordingly. Best Buy, the electronics store chain, said last month that it will be the exclusive seller of Amazon-powered smart TVs.

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