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The holiday Black Friday shoppers are expected to spend over 45 billion dollars this weekend.
That is a jump of about 3% from last year how much of that will be spent at Sears McCain.
Joining us now fifth president Ron boy here with his outlook for the weekend and of course.
I think seasons and welcome and -- see you brought you and I know which of the three days of Brookstone you went into Brookstone it was a turnaround story you've made that turnaround and and you know ticket on another turnaround story -- -- -- how you -- and.
I'm I'm feeling good about it we're we're making tremendous progress of their members and membership programs -- -- -- rewards program is pretty differentiator for us we're making.
Improvements in the product category.
In apparel for example we just.
Most outdoor life which was.
Which was a hit for us we're making improvements in the customer experience and and I think the members are gonna vote the wallets.
Say that you know I say it took it's a tough story advocates especially -- -- he knows domestic sales you know -- Intersil which is what -- what looks at down more than 3% so.
And you guys you've got to really trying to get that number positive -- is -- demographic.
Is it cheaper prices better brands looking due to.
Turn things -- first and foremost I think people are shopping differently if you think about this holiday season that's a good example of that if you look at our Q3.
Results there's couple really tough businesses consumer electronics really tough industry net of consumer electronics -- -- is actually up for the quarter.
If you look at how people are buying our online -- dot com Kmart dot com business up over 20%.
That half of our online business is now multi channel so you may look at something on your phone.
Buy it pick it up from the store or you may be in the -- -- have -- fifty million items you have on -- line.
By from the -- -- -- your house that part of the business which is the part that we're aggressively transforming driven by membership program it is making contraction.
I know that you're getting a sense already because every retail CEO today is looking over his shoulder.
How are you feeling about the numbers are far from Black Friday do you think that the we're gonna get a boost -- -- -- for well I don't -- Speak specifically through to our -- what I can say some reaction starting last night at 8 o'clock and Sears and Kmart Albania's things first time we opened at 8 o'clock on.
Thanksgiving Day with -- and the reactions some marquee categories -- -- solid of course she is all about Black Friday.
Though the -- business and both Sears and Kmart footwear and both Sears and Kmart appliances tools those core businesses.
The reaction -- to the programs have been very solid.
You know the day and a half into it we have a whole holiday ago.
But we think what we've done for members of what we're doing -- products -- started to work.
Not name -- the debt earlier last night that you know we're talking about 4000 stores but what about the actual real estate itself let me when people look at particular at the series brand.
You've got a lot of your stores are attached to malls there's -- question marks up and up the mall model anymore at that's gonna be changing do you.
Are you ready now to reinvest in the stores to redo those stores -- can bring -- -- and fresh is that an investor.
So a couple of things we've been investing very heavily in the membership programs so -- and we rewards in the technology used to drive -- a great member engagement so whether you're buying online on your phone more and more socially.
Or in the store integrating that experience second we announced in the spring.
A refresh program for the Sears stores which is currently rolling out more something less than fifty stores this year we'll have a good -- -- -- stores for the holiday season that's not a multi million dollar transformation but -- it.
It's a very focused -- on the customer experience.
-- getting Kmart.
That customer really focused really focused on the membership program as well in the benefits -- we -- -- program and as a foundation for growth.
Are you looking at at that the chain is a hole right now and may be looking at potential store closings in.
Completely underperforming markets were -- maybe you aren't shopping mall or it's just the store is just.
You know not just not performing up to -- would you consider.
Yes -- -- we've we have announced closings which are in place which announced earlier in the year we're working through those.
We look at every -- is an economic unit for more and more would look at those stores as places to serve -- -- so whether they're buying online -- in the store how they transact with us.
It goes into that equation we will continue to look at every store in the fleet and make sure that we know.
The the customer shopping there in full profitability about store and make those decisions but we haven't announced anything.
OK OK so wait and see in and you gonna come -- -- this is explicitly tell us when that happens right -- the got a piece of the lucky because of a few -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Only cricket it would ask you where you got you mentioned online about five times it sounds to me like you release are putting a lot more presence on your on line.
Absolutely if you think about how people shop that multi channel aspect of -- bigger and bigger and that's our focus -- -- year cirrus president formally -- -- is nice to have you studio again great to see them all right yeah -- thank you very much -- -- -- Collins I itself.
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