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Awards and Recognition

Recognition is an expression of appreciation for a job well done. Our vision is to improve the lives of our customers by providing quality services, products and solutions that earn their trust and build lifetime relationships. These awards would not be possible without the support of our associates, customers, vendor partners and the communities that we serve everyday. We are privileged to be recognized by the following respected organizations:

Sears Automotive has been awarded the 2014 Head of the Class Award
Sears Automotive has been awarded the 2014 Head of the Class Award in the National Service Chain category by the Auto Care Association (ACA). This award recognizes companies that continually invest in educating and training their associates. This includes:

  • Courses required for technicians to receive the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification.
  • Product training hosted by key manufacturers.
  • Training in sales and service, as well as a leadership program to facilitate a “We Do What’s Right, NOW” culture.
  • Paid for associates to take courses on business analytics, technology, sales, category management, leadership and ethics.
  • Introduced “Knowledge Share,” a social interactive website for field associates to submit proven best practices and tips.

It also underscores that this type of investment provides value to associates and their companies, as well as the entire auto care industry.

Winners were selected based on the education and training practices of the company, including what prompted the company to invest in training, the initial goals, the types of training accomplished, results of the training and any future plans.

Congratulation to Sears Automotive for its continued investment in enhancing the quality and level of learning and skill development of all its associates!

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Sears Achieves "Genius Status" for its Work in the Digital Space
Sears is among three department stores to achieve "genius status" for its work in the digital space in a report released this month by L2. The two other retailers who achieved "genius status" are Nordstrom and Macy's.

The purpose of the study was to see how top department stores stack up in terms of e-commerce, mobile and social media. L2 analyzed Sears and other major department store brands based on more than 850 data points, including loyalty programs, merchandising, search, social media following and mobile app function. The brands were then ranked on a five-point scale, falling into five categories: feeble, challenged, average, gifted and genius. Sears' genius ranking was the highest of five rankings in the report.

We are very proud that our hard work is getting recognized in the industry. And more importantly, our efforts to transform our business through Integrated Retail and Shop Your Way continue to show traction as evidenced by the year-over-year increase of 18 percent in online and multi-channel sales we reported in our Q2 results. It's exciting when an objective third party recognizes the efforts we're making to move from a traditional retailer to a member-centric organization that leverages technology through Integrated Retail.

Congratulations to all the BUs across the organization that have worked so hard and have been instrumental in bringing these integrated capabilities to life.

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Kmart is March of Dimes number one partner for health of moms and babies
Kmart’s members, customers and associates have donated $11 million this year to March of Dimes’ annual March for Babies® to give more babies a healthy start in life.

“Because of Kmart’s support, more women will get the prenatal care they need, and 92,000 families of babies in newborn intensive care all across the country will get comfort and guidance. We are truly grateful to everyone at Kmart for their remarkable contributions to this effort,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of March of Dimes.

Kmart has been a March of Dimes partner for more than three decades, and its annual fundraising campaigns have raised more than $125 million, more than any other corporation.

“Kmart’s commitment to March of Dimes is historic,” said Tim Austin, Kmart’s SVP of Retail Services and the 2014 March for Babies National Chairman. “Helping babies clearly resonates with our customers and associates, and personally, it brings me immense joy. Kmart’s ongoing effort to support March of Dimes helps fund education programs and research initiatives that can help more babies receive the healthy start in life they deserve.”

Sears Holdings has been selected as a Silver winner by the online trade publication Retail Touchpoints for its 2014 Channel Innovation Awards.
This award program is designed to honor retailers who are achieving cross-channel success in today’s challenging retail environment.

Winners of the 2014 Channel Innovation Awards are focused on improving their businesses through unique targeted channel strategies. All winners are successfully integrating the benefits of successful channel marketing and services to their customers, and delivering impressive results.

Retail Touchpoints noted that, “Sears Holdings is changing from a traditional retail business model, into a member-centric business model which leverages data and technology platforms to provide benefits to its loyal members through Integrated Retail, with the goal of building lasting relationships with members, not just transactions.”

SHC was also acknowledged for:

  • In-vehicle Pickup – enabling members to pick up their online purchases at Sears’ stores within five minutes of arrival, without leaving the car
  • Get Advice – a crowd-sourced approach that gives members a way to tap into the expertise and product knowledge of Sears’ store associates as well as the Shop Your Way community
  • Member Assist – a tool that allows our members to interact one on one with our store associates to get answers regarding any product or service related questions
  • Shopping Recap – letting associates send an email recap of products they showed to members in-store
  • Digital signage – replaces paper signs and provides more flexibility with dynamic pricing
  • Returns and exchanges – both can be initiated online and completed in stores in less than five minutes

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SHC named one of this year’s 25 “Best Places to Work for Recent Grads"
Sears Holdings has been named one of this year’s 25 “Best Places to Work for Recent Grads.” ConnectEDU's annual “Best Places to Work for Recent Grads” survey identifies what the Class of 2014 is searching for as they begin their careers. This initiative identifies and acknowledges the employers who offer best-fit employment opportunities for entry-level candidates.

When asked, "Why work here?" an SHC representative said, "We assign our new college grads with meaningful projects that will make an immediate impact on the business they are supporting. We are currently in a state of transformation which allows new grads to really dive deep and make a big impact." Each company recognized offers employee benefits that promote work and life balance, a team-oriented company culture and opportunities for career growth. 

SHC was named along with other major companies such as AT&T, BMO Harris Bank, Exelon, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Purina and Verizon. Click here to see the full list of 25 companies also recognized. SHC was also accredited with this title in 2011.

SHC's Social Media Team was named winner of the 2014 Social Commerce Award
Our Social Media Team was named winner of the 2014 Social Commerce Award for Best Social Commerce Omni-channel Campaign for Sears’ Squirrel Revolt digital marketing campaign which initially released online. The award was presented to Sears Holdings by the social commerce experts at Buyapowa. The Social Commerce Award is a celebration of social media and a testament to some of the most creative and engaging campaigns in the field.

The team also recently won the eTail 2014 Social Media Best in Class Award. The eTail West conference honored SHC for its marketing excellence in paid social media.

We are proud to be leaders in the industry while we strive to become the World’s Greatest Integrated Retailer and build a team of Engaged Associates who Embrace Change and Technology. These awards are further proof that we are making great strides toward these Key Results.

Congratulations to the Social Media Team on both awards!

Craftsman Brand has been awarded the 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® "Power Tool of the Year" Award
The Craftsman Brand has been awarded the 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® "Power Tool of the Year" award by Harris Interactive. This is the fourth consecutive year that Craftsman has been named to this award. Each year the award is given to the brand that shows the highest brand equity and value and is driven by three factors: Familiarity, Quality and Purchase Consideration.  Harris Interactive is one of the world’s leading custom market research firms.

Craftsman beat out other popular brands such as Black & Decker, Bosch, Campbell Hausfeld, DeWALT, Hilti, Hitachi, Makita, Milwaukee, PORTER-CABLE, RIDGID, Ryobi and SKIL tools for the top spot.

The Harris Poll EquiTrend® study was conducted online among 41,806 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over between Jan. 11 and Jan. 27, 2014. A total of 1,531 brands were rated in 170 separate categories. Each respondent was asked to rate a total of 40 randomly selected brands. Each brand received nearly 1,000 ratings.

Congratulations to the Craftsman team for continuing to serve, delight and engage our members.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI)
This is the ninth year that Sears Holdings has scored 100 percent on the HRC Foundation's 2014 Corporate Equality Index. The perfect score is a testament to the company's commitment to equality through programs that reinforce inclusiveness of all associates and an understanding that diversity is a key business imperative. The Corporate Equality Index score is based on an analysis and rating of 737 businesses and their policies and practices pertinent to LGBT associates e.g., equal employment opportunity, benefits and associate networks to name a few. View the 2014 Corporate Equality Index report.

Sears Holdings is ranked in the top 100 in the 2013 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Rankings are determined by an analysis of a company’s adoption benefits, e.g., financial reimbursement and paid leave available to employees that adopt. The Foundation compiled the results from survey data collected from nearly 500 U.S. employers. The release of the Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List helps the Foundation increase foster care adoption awareness while celebrating those businesses that support adoptive families.

Diversity MBA Magazine names two Sears Holdings leaders to its Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders 2013 list
Deidra Merriwether, SVP, COO, Sears FLS and Kmart, and Hemant Porwal, VP, Procurement, are being recognized for their outstanding leadership within SHC and their communities, along with other leaders on the list from Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs and non-profit agencies.

The honorees will be featured in Diversity MBA Magazine’s summer 2013 issue and will be honored at the magazine’s awards gala held Sept. 19-20 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Ill.

Nominees are generally selected for being newsmakers and for generating change in diversity and inclusion.

2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year winner
Sears Holdings has been selected as a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year winner for Sustained Excellence in both the Retail and Energy Management categories by the US Environmental Protection Agency. This is Sears Holdings Corporation's fourth consecutive ENERGY STAR award and first year receiving Sustained Excellence - an award reserved for ENERGY STAR partners that demonstrate an exemplary commitment and dedication to energy efficiency. This year, Sears Holdings is being awarded for both its role as a retailer of ENERGY STAR certified products and for energy management in its stores.

According to Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Sears Holdings leads the field with its commitment to energy efficiency and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money and create a healthier environment." (Read the full press release)

The 2013 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. Award winners are selected from nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

Over the last 20 years, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI) 2013
This is the eight year that Sears Holdings has received a perfect score on the HRC Foundation's Corporate Equality Index. The perfect score is a testament to the company's commitment to equality through programs that reinforce inclusiveness of all associates and an understanding that diversity is a key business imperative. The Corporate Equality Index score is based on an analysis and rating of 688 businesses and their policies and practices pertinent to LGBT associates e.g., equal employment opportunity, benefits and associate networks to name a few. View the 2013 Corporate Equality Index report.

Sears Holdings Ranks #14 on G.I. Jobs’ the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers List
For the seventh consecutive year, Sears Holdings has been recognized by G.I. Jobs on its Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list. For 2013, the company is ranked at #14. This award recognizes companies’ efforts to employ and support military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, as well as military spouses. A consistent top 50 ranking is a testament to Sears Holdings’ continued commitment to military recruiting.

Sears Holdings is being recognized for its commitment to employ veterans, provide outreach and professional development opportunities, as well as assist veterans in making the transition from the military to corporate culture. Among the acknowledgements is Sears Holding’s internal Associate Military Support Network which provides additional support and resources for veterans and military families.

Sears Holdings is committed to hiring military veterans and military spouses, and considers them among our most valuable assets.

Sears Holdings is ranked as the top broadline retailer in the Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption - 2012
Rankings are determined by an analysis of a company’s adoption benefits, e.g., financial reimbursement and paid leave available to employees that adopt. The Foundation compiled the results from survey data collected from nearly 500 U.S. employers. The release of the sixth annual Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List helps the Foundation increase foster care adoption awareness while celebrating those businesses that support adoptive families.

The Craftsman AssureLink Garage Door Opener received a Silver Edison Award in the "Applied Technology - Smart Systems" category and the Craftsman QuickBoost Charger received a Bronze Edison Award in the "Applied Technology - Power Management" category.

Sears "Turf Wars" Marketing Campaign Wins Top Honor in the Retail Category at the 2012 North America Effie Awards.
The Sears "Turf Wars" marketing campaign has won the top honor in the Retail Category at the 2012 North America Effie Awards, a Silver Effie.

The Effie Awards are given yearly by Effie Worldwide, Inc., a non-profit organization designed to provide information regarding effectiveness and results in marketing communications. The Effie Awards recognize any and all forms of marketing that contribute to a brand’s success and they are known by advertisers and agencies globally as the preeminent award in the industry.

Sears "Turf Wars" was launched in 2011 for Sears' Lawn & Garden business. The campaign focused on Sears' key brand, Craftsman, and showed that Sears was willing to fight for the right to be on our customers' lawns by bringing customers exclusive innovations, trusted services and enhanced online shopping tools at competitive prices. Our brands and integrated services continue to be two of our strongest assets as we show our customers why Sears is the best place to shop for their Lawn & Garden products

Craftsman wins two Edison Awards for Best New Product - 2012
Sears Holdings Corporation and the Craftsman brand are winners of two Edison Awards for product innovation. The Edison Best New Product Awards are known around the world for recognizing and honoring innovation and excellence in the development, marketing and launch of new products and services. These awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison, while also strengthening America's drive to remain at the forefront of innovation, creativity, and ingenuity in the global economy.

The Craftsman AssureLink Garage Door Opener received a Silver Edison Award in the "Applied Technology - Smart Systems" category and the Craftsman QuickBoost Charger received a Bronze Edison Award in the "Applied Technology - Power Management" category.

CivilianJobs.com Recognizes Sears Holdings Corporation as a 2012 Most Valuable Employer for Military - 2012
CivilianJobs.com, where America's military connects with civilian careers, has named Sears Holdings as a winner of the 2012 Most Valuable Employer (MVE) for Military award.

The winners were selected based on surveys in which employers outlined their recruiting, training and retention plans that best serve military service members and veterans.

Sears Holdings maintains a longstanding commitment to those who serve in the military and is privileged to assist the troops and their families through several military programs and initiatives. We are honored to receive this distinguished award and continue to look for new ways to work with our military organizations as we transform our company.

The 2012 MVE for Military awards was open to all U.S. based companies.

Sears' SHC Connect wins "Mobile App of the Year" for Store Operations - 2012
Sears SHC Connect was awarded the "Mobile App of the Year" for Store Operations by RIS News during the sixth annual Retail Technology Conference in Orlando, Fla.

SHC Connect is a mobile hybrid application - delivered on iPads and iPods or through store kiosks - that provides Sears and Kmart store associates with access to their daily task lists, store stats and store performance and goals.

The 2012 awards were judged by the publication's senior editorial staff and Chris Hazelton, research director for Mobile and Wireless at The 451 Group. This honor highlights how our company has remained committed to staying at the forefront of digital innovation and expertise as we strive to become the leader in integrated retail.

Sears Holdings has won the 2011 PMI Distinguished Project Award - 2012
Sears Holdings has won the 2011 Distinguished Project Award from the Project Management Institute (PMI®), the leading global membership organization for project managers. This award recognizes and honors successful projects that have promoted project management concepts, techniques, practices or theories through the effective application of project management principles.

Sears Holdings won the award in recognition of its successful completion of the Business Management System V2.0 Transformation. The intensive, year-long program enabled Sears Holdings to become more agile and to achieve higher levels of portfolio, program and project management maturity based on PMI standards. The program was executed within cost and on schedule.

Kenmore, Craftsman & DieHard Brands wins South by Southwest Interactive Award - 2011
Craftsman Screw*d won the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Award in the Business Category. The SXSW Interactive Awards honor the best new and most cutting edge in digital work, from mobile and tablet apps to websites to kiosks and installations and beyond.

Craftsman Screw*d was an interactive reality show where Craftsman tools dropped the unhandiest person they could find, Alan Weischedel, into the wild alone, equipped with nothing but an earpiece and a set of Craftsman tools. Faced with extreme tool challenges in the bayou, the desert, and the mountains, his survival depended solely on the advice coming in from the tool-savvy community viewing him online in real-time at home.

The SXSW Award is an excellent example of how Sears Holdings continues to showcase its most important brands, like Craftsman, as leaders in innovation and product development while continuing to build lifelong relationships with customers through social media and integrated retail.

To see highlights from the Screw*d webcasts, click here.

Sears Holdings wins "Corporate Commitment Award" and Kmart achieves "Leaders" recognition from EPA's ENERGY STAR program - 2011
Sears Holdings has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR® program's highest honor: the ENERGY STAR "Corporate Commitment Award."

Sears Holdings received this distinction as a result of its superior achievements and best practices in Product Retailing and Energy Management, and for executing above and beyond industry energy efficiency standards. Sears Holdings is just the fifth corporation to earn the Corporate Commitment distinction in the EPA's history, and is the first company to receive the award since 2005!

Additionally, Kmart achieved the ENERGY STAR "Leaders" recognition for reducing energy consumption by 10 percent. In fact, since January 2008, Kmart has reduced energy consumed in our buildings by 11.4%. Kmart achieved this accomplishment through the use of building energy management systems, sound energy disciplines and store lighting retrofits at over 860 facilities.

Sears Holdings has worked with ENERGY STAR® for more than 13 years and continues to demonstrate our dedication as a sustainable retailer. Through internal and external initiatives, we educate our customers and associates about the importance and benefits of energy efficiency for the environment and empower them to purchase products with an energy star rating, the government-backed symbol of energy efficiency.

Bulldog Digital Social PR Awards for Excellence in Online Communications - 2011
Sears and Kmart each won a Bulldog Digital Social PR Award for Excellence in Online Communications. These awards - judged by journalists and bloggers - recognize the most outstanding achievements in external communications and publicity using online and social media tools and techniques. Sears received gold for the Sears Blue Blogger Crew-Consumer Electronics campaign, for the Best Use of Digital/Social for a Consumer Technology Campaign category. Kmart Gamer received silver for the Best Use of Digital/Social in the Arts/Culture/Entertainment Campaign category. The campaigns were assessed on their ability to achieve extraordinary visibility and influence opinion, as well as on their creativity, command of media and technology and tenacity.

2011 Mobile Retailer of the Year
Sears has been named 2011 Mobile Retailer of the Year by Mobile Commerce Daily, the highest accolade in mobile commerce and retail, for its continued focus on the customer. The article states "Sears gets that mobile commerce is not about the channel, but about the customer," said Mickey Alam Khan, editor in chief of Mobile Marketer and Mobile Commerce Daily, New York. "Today's store is not just doors, shelves and escalators, but keypads, local search and appealing product display on screens, and Sears' mobile strategy is completely reflective of how control of shopping has shifted to the retailer." Khan added "Through its 360-degree use of mobile to support not only that medium but stores and online, Sears has shown a level of maturity rare among the nation's leading retailers," he said. "Sears' mobile presence is making it easier to shop with the brand, and thus prepare the retailer for 21st century retailing and marketing."

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI) - 2011
This is the seventh year that Sears Holdings has received a perfect score on the HRC Foundation's Corporate Equality Index. This year's edition of the Corporate Equality Index rated 636 businesses on a scale from zero to 100 percent in the areas of equal employment opportunity, employee benefits, organizational LGBT competency, public commitment and responsible citizenship.

WasteWise Honorable Mention - Very Large Business Partner of the Year - 2011
Sears Holdings is the recipient of the 2011 WasteWise Honorable Mention for Very Large Business Partner of the Year. We developed a comprehensive sustainability program and effectively recycled a variety of materials including, plastics, cardboard, batteries, tires and appliances. In 2010, we diverted more than 410,000 tons of waste from the landfill. Our waste reduction efforts in 2010 resulted in greenhouse gas emission reductions of over 1.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is equal to taking more than 200,000 passenger cars off the road for a year.

Lands' End Named a Top Ten Retailer for Customer Service
Lands' End was named one of the top ten retailers for customer service by shoppers in the National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation/American Express Customers' Choice survey for the sixth consecutive year. The final ranking of each retailer will be announced on Jan. 17, 2012, at the NRF's 101st Annual Convention and Expo. The NRF Foundation/American Express 2011 Customer Service survey was designed to gauge consumer attitudes toward retailers' customer service and to provide a listing of the top customer service retailers. The survey, which polled 9,374 consumers, was conducted by consumer marketing intelligence firm BIGresearch from September 6 -14, 2011.

This Old House Top 100: Best New Home Products of 2011 - 2011
The Craftsman Quick Boost Charger (model 5325) was selected by This Old House editors as one of the Top 100: Best New Home Products of 2011. The annual awards honor the year's most innovative new products and ideas for the home in seven categories: Kitchen, Bath, Tools, Building Products, Outdoor Living, Home Tech, and Finishing Touches. This Old House editors selected products they believed would make a difference in the lives of their readers and their families, helping them find products that would save them time and money and help them fix up their homes with greater ease.

Newsweek's Top 100 Large "Green" US Companies - 2011
Sears Holdings was listed on Newsweek's Top 100 Large "Green" US Companies. Ranked at number 95 (overall) and the number eight retailer, this year's placements show significant improvements over last year's rankings of 206 and 24, respectively. The Newsweek green rankings are derived from three criteria: An environmental impact score, which is a comprehensive and standardized measurement of the overall environmental footprint of a company's global operations; an environmental management score, which measures the quality of each company's environmental policies, programs, targets and initiatives on the basis of their operations, suppliers and contractors; and an environmental disclosure score, which reflects the quality of a company's sustainability reporting and involvement on key initiatives such as carbon disclosure.

Popular Mechanics Readers' Choice Award - 2011
Craftsman has won the 2011 Popular Mechanics Readers' Choice Award: favorite "hand tool" brand for the third consecutive year. More than 4,500 readers, including home improvement and automotive experts, weighed in on their preferred brands and Craftsman received nearly 60% of all votes.

Adoption-Friendly Workplace - 2011
Sears Holdings ranked as the number two retailer and was ranked in the Top 100 Adoption- Friendly Workplaces overall by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Rankings are determined by an analysis of a company's adoption benefits, e.g., financial reimbursement and paid leave available to employees who adopt. The Foundation compiled the results from survey data collected from nearly 500 U.S. employers. The release of the fifth annual Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List helps the Foundation increase foster care adoption awareness while celebrating those businesses that support adoptive families.

COLLOQUY Loyalty Award - 2011
Sears Holdings received the 2011 "Master of Enterprise Loyalty" award for the Shop Your Way Rewards program during the 2nd Annual COLLOQUY Loyalty Awards presented by LoyaltyOne and Visa. LoyaltyOne is a global provider of loyalty strategy and programs, customer analytics and relationship marketing services. The award honors companies that demonstrate best practices in applying customer insights throughout their entire organization and are transforming themselves from being product or channel focused to being truly customer-centric organizations. The winner of this award is hand-picked by a jury of 19 loyalty experts assembled by Colloquy. For the past 20 years the Colloquy organization has been the go to source and leading voice of loyalty best practices around the world.

STORES Favorite 50 Online Retailers List - 2011
For a third year in a row, three of Sears Holdings e-Commerce websites ranked in the Top 25 on STORES Magazine's list of 50 Favorite Online Retailers of 2011. Sears.com was number nine, Lands' End was number 15 and Kmart.com was number 16. Sears Holdings continued to be a leader amongst its peers in the online retail space by bridging the digital and physical worlds to create the most positive shopping experience for customers. STORES Favorite 50 Online Retailers is a list of e-Commerce websites as ranked by the consumers who use them. The survey polled 8,379 shoppers and asked two open-ended questions: "What website do you shop most often for apparel items?" and "What website do you shop most often for non-apparel items?" No merchant’s names were listed or suggested. The final list was assembled by ranking online companies in order of total mentions.

NRF Foundation/American Express Customers' Choice - 2011
Lands' End was named one of the top ten retailers for customer service by shoppers in the NRF Foundation/American Express Customers' Choice survey for the fifth consecutive year. This survey was designed to gauge consumer attitudes toward retailers' customer service and to provide a listing of the top customer service retailers. The survey, which polled 9,291 consumers, was conducted by consumer marketing intelligence firm BIGresearch from Aug. 31 - Sept. 8, 2010.

Harris Poll EquiTrend® 'Power Tool of the Year' - 2011
The Craftsman Brand has been awarded the 2011 Harris Poll EquiTrend "Power Tool of the Year" award by Harris Interactive. This award is given to the brand that shows the highest brand equity and value and is driven by three factors: Familiarity, Quality and Purchase Consideration. The sponsor of the pole, Harris Interactive, is one of the world's leading custom market research firms. Craftsman beat other popular brands for the top spot. The Harris Poll EquiTrend® study was conducted online among 25,099 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over. A total of 1,273 brands were rated in 53 separate categories. Each respondent was asked to rate a total of 60 randomly selected brands.

Best Brick & Mortar Game Retailer and Deal/Sale of the Year - 2011
Kmart was awarded the Best Brick & Mortar Game Retailer in the 8th Annual Cheapy Awards, ending a competitor's four-year streak of winning the award. The Cheapy Awards are the only awards that recognize the best (and worst) in video game retail, nominated and voted on by the Cheap A** Gamers (CAGs), the most knowledgeable video game shoppers in the world. The CAGs cast over 56,000 votes across 13 different retail related categories and five CAG community categories.

Kmart also won the Best Brick and Mortar Deal/Sale of the Year for its 'Black Ops' promotion. Kmart's Video Games Buyer received three awards for the Biggest CAG Shopping News, CAG Community Award and the Speedy1961 Deal Buster Award. Kmart's video Games Buyer was considered the number one community member/contributor in 2010.

Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index - 2011
For seven years in a row, Sears Holdings has scored 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. The score is based on an analysis and rating of 618 businesses and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender associates i.e., equal employment opportunity, benefits and associate networks to name a few. Since 2008, the company has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality by HRC.

Top 20 Best Places to Work for Recent Grads - 2011
Sears Holdings was recently named to the list of the Top 20 Best Places to Work for Recent Grads. Companies making the list are seen as offering outstanding training programs, competitive pay and benefits and extraordinary opportunities for rapid career growth for recent graduates. The survey collected responses from 120 companies. From these responses, Experience.com and Salary.com narrowed the list down to 20, based on each company's training programs, growth opportunities, organizational culture and benefits. Sears Holdings is honored to be among the organizations listed by recent graduates. We pride ourselves on the opportunities offered to emerging professionals in the workplace and look to continue to build a culture where results count.

SABRE Award - 2011
Sears recently received a SABRE Award. The SABRE Awards honors public relations campaigns that demonstrate the highest levels of creativity, integrity and effectiveness. It is the world's largest award competition for the public relations industry. Sears, along with our agency Euro RSCG PR, received the Gold SABRE Award in the "Retailer" category for the "50 for Five" program. Partnering with Rebuilding Together, the program built 50 homes in New Orleans to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Golden Trumpet Awards - 2011
Both Kmart recently won Golden Trumpet awards from the Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC). Kmart received the PCC's Golden Trumpet award for the "Share the Word" Black History Month program. Utilizing social media and in-store events, the program encouraged African-American women to nurture their own beauty, inside and out.

Kenmore also received a Golden Trumpet award for the "Kenmore Baking for the Troops" campaign, which encouraged Americans to ask Kenmore to send dozens of cookies to our servicemen and women with personal messages on their behalf. Conducted via Kenmore's Facebook page, the campaign reached its goal of a quarter million cookies in just two weeks, garnered more than 30,000 new brand Facebook fans and received hundreds of heartwarming thanks from service member families, military personnel and caring Americans.

ENERGY STAR® Retail Partner of the Year - 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Sears Holdings Corporation a 2011 ENERGY STAR® Retail Partner of the Year for the second consecutive year for our outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through our numerous initiatives focusing on educating customers about energy-efficient products. Award winners were selected from more than 17,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program. An ENERGY STAR partner since 1998, we were recognized for making energy-efficient products more accessible and understandable for our customers. In turn, our customers save money on their utility bills and contribute to protecting the environment.

G.I. Jobs: Top 100 Military Employer - 2011
G.I. Jobs honored Sears Holdings as the number 29 employer on their Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list for 2011. For the last three years, the company has ranked in the top 50. This award recognizes companies’ efforts to employ and support veterans, members of the Military, Reserves, and National Guard, as well as military spouses. A consistent top 50 ranking is a testament to Sears Holdings’ continued commitment to military recruiting efforts.

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Innovations Awards - 2011
The Kenmore brand received three 2011 Design and Engineering Awards in the following product categories:

The CES Innovations Awards program is sponsored by PCWorld and recognizes the most innovative consumer electronics products in the industry's hottest product categories.

BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois’ Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics - 2011
The Better Business Bureau of Chicago & Northern Illinois honored Sears Holdings as a company that exemplifies ethical business practices towards customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees and communities in which they do business. The company was chosen as the best among nearly 2000 Chicago area companies.

2010 Awards and Recognition  >>

Popular Science’s Top 100 Innovations - 2010
Popular Science recognized Kenmore Connect™ as one of the 2010 Top 100 Innovations as part of its’ Best of What’s New awards in the Home Tech category. Every year, the Popular Science staff reviews thousands of new products and technologies to find the 100 most outstanding. This award recognizes companies’ innovations that indicate where technology is headed in the future.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Building Competition – 2010
The Sears Full-line store located in Glen Burnie, Md., placed second in the first annual U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Building Competition. The EPA’s ENERGY STAR program challenged teams from fourteen buildings (i.e., retailers, schools, hospitals, hotels, etc.) across the country to measure their energy use and to “work off the waste” in their facilities from Sept. 2009 through Sept. 2010. The team’s final results included: a 31.7 percent reduction in energy use, $45,612 savings on their energy bills and a reduction in the carbon footprint of the store by more than 272 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

The American Legion Commander’s Medal - 2010
Sears Holdings received The American Legion Commander’s medal for ongoing support of military families. This citation recognizes the companies’ efforts to employ and support veterans, Heroes at Home - a joint effort between Sears Holdings and Rebuilding Together the nation’s leading volunteer home-rehabilitation organization and continued involvement in funding American Legion Veteran employment programs.

PR News Platinum PR Awards - 2010
Sears Holdings earned an Honorable Mention in the Community Relations category for the Sears Blue Appliance Crew: Cash for Appliances campaign. An Honorable Mention was also earned in the Multicultural Marketing category for Kmart National Layaway Week. These awards recognize the top PR campaigns of the year, the smartest communications initiatives and the people behind them.

US Banker 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance - 2010
US Banker magazine named Susan Ehrlich, SVP and President, Financial Services to its annual list of The 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance. The magazine ranks the women based on a wide range of criteria including the results of business initiatives, management style and overall influence in the financial community.

RxIMPACT Leader of the Year - 2010
Kmart Pharmacy was named the 2010 RxIMPACT Leader of the Year by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). This award recognized Kmart’s diligent efforts in mobilizing its network of pharmacists and pharmacy team members to communicate with their policymakers through the NACDS RxIMPACT website as a means to promote pro-pharmacy legislation at both the federal and state level.

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption 2010 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces AMERICA'S TOP 100
Sears Holdings ranked as the number two retailer and 53 out of 100 by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Rankings are determined by an analysis of a company’s adoption benefits e.g., financial reimbursement and paid leave, available to employees who adopt. The Foundation compiled the results from survey data collected from nearly 500 U.S. employers. The release of the fourth annual Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List helps the Foundation increase foster care adoption awareness while celebrating those businesses that support adoptive families.

STORES Favorite 50 Online Retailers List - 2010
For a second year in a row, three of Sears Holdings e-Commerce websites ranked in the Top 25 on STORES Magazine's list of 50 Favorite Online Retailers of 2010. Sears.com ranked number 10, Landsend.com was number 14 and Kmart.com was number 19. STORES Favorite 50 Online Retailers is a list of e-Commerce websites as ranked by the consumers who use them. The survey polled 8,486 consumers and asked two open-ended questions: "What website do you shop most often for apparel items?" and "What website do you shop most often for non-apparel items?" No merchants' names were listed or suggested. The final list was assembled by ranking online companies in order of total mentions.

Internet Retailers' Top 500 Online Retailers - 2010
Sears Holdings ranked eighth on the Internet Retailers' Top 500 List for online retailers in the Mass Merchant category. The Top 500 ranks business-to-consumer retailers in the U.S. and Canada, based on full-year online sales, including retail chains, catalogers, web-only merchants, brand manufacturers and digital content sellers. A research team gathers information about retailers to include from a variety of sources, especially the merchants themselves. This is the second year in a row that Sears Holdings has been ranked in the Top 10 on the Top 500 List for online retailing.

Best of Vets: Employers 2010
Sears Holdings was ranked as the number one retailer and number 15 overall in the Military Times EDGE magazine Best for Vets: Employers 2010 survey. Military Times EDGE is dedicated to showing men and women from the various branches of the services the practical and positive actions that can make their lives and careers better — both in the military and beyond. To be ranked, Military Times invited companies of the Fortune 1,000, the Defense News 100 and Federal Times' General Services Administration 250 to fill out an online survey about their military recruitment and retention policies. Responses were evaluated using four criteria: Recruiting - budget and personnel dedicated to military hiring; Training/Mentoring - number of orientation and mentoring programs exclusively or primarily for veterans; Reserve Policies - pay and benefits for activated reservists; Corporate Culture - representation of veterans in the work force and on the executive team, programs for military spouses and dependents and involvement in military and veterans causes.

Ladies’ Home Journal Do Good Stamp Winner - 2010
Lands' End was highlighted in the July issue of Ladies' Home Journal as a Do Good Stamp winner for their Big Warm-up initiative. In just one month, over 7,800 coats were collected in Boston and more than 33,000 coats nationally for the homeless. Additionally, the FeelGood initiative was recognized. Lands’ End partnered with Warming Families by donating 5,000 pounds of yarn that in turn was used to create nearly 30,000 hats for the homeless. Each quarter the magazine awards a "Do Good Stamp" to corporations that are "doing good" in their communities, committed to making the world a better place and are an inspiration to all.

International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill Award - 2010
Lands' End earned an Award of Merit in the category of Special Events for its work with the National Coalition for the Homeless on the Big Warm-up initiative. Entries are comprised of two parts; the work plan and work sample, and judged on technical excellence, creativity, innovation, effectiveness in identifying and responding to an organization’s or community’s needs, the delivery of measurable outcomes and the overall success of the project. This year’s competition received nearly 900 entries from 28 countries and only 106 entries were selected for awards.

American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Company for 2010
The American Heart Association recognized Lands' End as a Fit-Friendly Company with the highest level ranking - Platinum. Platinum status is conferred upon companies that met the criteria for fitness, nutrition, as well as a health-focused workplace culture and additionally demonstrated successful outcomes from their fitness programs. The award recognizes progressive leadership and innovative programming that promotes wellness and puts the spotlight on companies that create healthy lifestyle programs for their employees in the workplace.

Overall Best-in-Class Company for Adaptation of Mobile e-Commerce Initiatives - 2010
Sears Holdings was named Overall Best-in-Class by Acquity Group, a leading digital services firm, in its second annual Mobile Commerce Audit of the companies on the Internet Retailer 500 list. Through a point-based system that looked at 18 different metrics, Acquity Group found Sears Holdings to be the Overall Best-in-Class company for our mobile efforts as well as Best-in-Class for the mass merchant industry. The purpose of the study was to identify companies and industries that were leading the charge with mobile initiatives and are concentrating on mobile development that allows their e-commerce website to be accessible via a mobile device.

American Business Association Stevie Award - 2010
MySears.com online community won a Stevie Award in the Retail Web Site & Blog category for the 2010 American Business Awards. This award was created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and business people worldwide. Approximately 2,700 entries from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories.

Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival - 2010
The Craftsman brand received two internationally recognized awards for excellence in advertising at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. The awards are for radio spots created and placed in key Hometown Stores markets supporting the "Craftsman. Trust. In Your Hands." campaign. Craftsman won two Golden Lions (Single Spot Radio and Best Script Writing) for the "Universe Diorama" spot and two Silver Lions (Campaign Radio and Script Writing) for the "Hand Tool Lifetime Guarantee" spot. The Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival is the most prestigious of all advertising award shows, and winning an award at this festival is the highest honor a marketer can receive for creative excellence. More than 22,500 entries from all over the world (1,234 in Craftsman’s category alone) were showcased and judged at the festival.

2010 Effie North American Awards
Sears won a Gold 2010 Effie North American Awards in the retail category for the Back to School "Don't Just Go Back. Arrive." campaign. Each year, the Effie Awards recognize the most effective advertising and marketing efforts in the United States.

G.I. Jobs: Military Friendly Franchise - 2010
Sears Hometown Stores was named a Military Friendly Franchise by G.I. Jobs magazine for 2010. They were chosen for their efforts and results in recruiting and retaining military and veteran store owners. This honor ranks Sears Hometown Stores in the top 10 percent of all franchises nationwide.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Partner of the Year - 2010
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has named Kmart "Partner of the Year." This honor recognizes the company's tremendous support and diligent focus on helping others in need. For the past four years, Kmart has partnered with St. Jude’s Thanks and Giving Campaign during the holiday season to help bring a happier Christmas to children and families across the country. Kmart was the top fundraiser in 2009.

Publicity Club of Chicago’s Golden Trumpet Awards - 2010
Sears Holdings won the Silver Trumpet award in the marketing category for Kmart’s "National Layaway Week" PR program from the Publicity Club of Chicago. The Golden Trumpet Awards is one of the most prestigious awards program in the Midwest honoring the year’s most distinguished achievements in public relations and communications practice. To qualify for the marketing category, the program had to publicize, promote and support the marketing of products, events or services to general or special publics. Award winners were chosen by leading Chicago area public relations executives.

STELLAService "Elite" Status - 2010
STELLAService, an independent customer service ratings agency, ranked Sears Holdings eighth and honored the company with “Elite” status in its annual rankings of the top 150 Web sites for customer service performance in 2010. STELLA ratings are intended to be used as a dependable guide for where to shop online, rating each Internet retailer on a scale of 0 to 100, with a higher score indicating better overall customer service quality. Elite ratings are very rare and represent only those few Internet retailers with outstanding customer service across each phase of the online buying process. The annual survey polled consumers about their spending habits and opinions of customer service. It was conducted by Greenfield Online and developed by Ovum, a part of the Datamonitor Group.

ENERGY STAR Rating - 2010
The Sears Holdings’ Hoffman Estates Support Center located in Hoffman Estates, Ill., qualified for the prestigious ENERGY STAR rating with a score of 83. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR rating, a building’s energy performance must score in the top 25 percent based on the EPA's National Energy Performance Rating System. To determine the performance of a facility, the EPA compares energy use among other, similar types of nationwide facilities on a scale of 1-100. Buildings that achieve a score of 75 or higher may be eligible for this ENERGY STAR rating. Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR rating use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The 2010 RACie Awards
At the Retail Innovation & Marketing Conference presented by the National Retail Federation, Sears Holdings was honored with the Peter Glen Award at the RACie Awards Ceremony. We received the award for Heroes at Home – a joint effort between Sears Holdings and Rebuilding Together the nation’s leading volunteer home-rehabilitation organization. To date, through this partnership over $20 million has been raised and over 50,000 families have been helped. The award is presented to companies who give back to their community or environment in a unique way. The company was also recognized for additional RACie Awards in the following categories: Rich Media, Broadcast single media Campaign, Digital in-store, Website Experience and Integrated Media Campaign.

ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year - 2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Sears Holdings Corporation a 2010 ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year for our outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through our numerous initiatives focusing on educating customers about energy-efficient products. Award winners were selected from more than 17,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program. An ENERGY STAR partner since 1998, we were recognized for making energy-efficient products more accessible and understandable for our customers. In turn, our customers save money on their utility bills and contribute to protecting the environment.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI) - 2010
For six years, Sears Holdings has received a 100% score from the HRC Foundation’s CEI report. This score is based on an analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Additionally since 2008, the company has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality by HRC.

G.I. Jobs: Top 100 Military Employer - 2010
G.I. Jobs Magazine honored Sears Holdings as the number 19 employer on their Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list for 2010. The last two years we ranked 25 and 50 respectively. This award recognizes companies’ efforts to employ and support veterans, members of the Military, Reserves, and National Guard, as well as military spouses. Improving our rank year-on-year is a testament to our company's continued commitment to military recruiting efforts.

2009 Awards and Recognition  >>

e-Tailing Group's Annual e-Commerce Gauge Top Customer Experience Web Site - 2009
Sears Holdings Online team once again received one of the top scores on the e-Tailing Group’s Annual Customer Experience Index results. This index names top retail customer experience Web sites. Additionally e-Tailing’s Annual Mystery Shopping Study leverages quantitative analysis to specifically understand how merchants stack-up against the e-tailing 100 Web sites, their category and direct competition. Web sites are scored on a 100-point scale where five key pages, merchandising and customer service (the triple crown of any customer experience) are all factors. Sears Holdings received the second best score of 86.25.

Number-One Retail Branded Site in North America- 2009
MySears was ranked the number-one retail-branded community site in North America and ranked number four out of the top five-branded communities in a study sponsored by the Word of Mouth Marketing Association and conducted by ComBlu, a company specializing in community marketing and influencer programs. The study examined the community and social marketing programs of 45 companies across nine different industries in 135 different communities and evaluated their effectiveness in the following areas: providing a meaningful experience for members, integrating their brand strategies across multiple communities and social media and taking advantage of best practices to strengthen customer engagement.

2009 Mobile Retailer of the Year Award
Sears placed third in Mobile Commerce Daily’s rankings of the 2009 Mobile Retailer of the Year. Mobile Commerce Daily is the news leader in mobile commerce and retail. We were recognized for our for our cross-channel and cross-format approach in mobile marketing and commerce, including the integration of the new ShopYourWay and Kmart Holiday Deal of the Day campaigns. We also received praise for our mobile “search” functions and continued innovation in providing an optimal customer experience. Rankings were based on readers’ submissions and the opinions of the publication’s editorial team.

NRF Foundation/American Express Customer' Choice Survey - 2009
Lands' End ranked number eight on this survey that measures consumer attitudes toward retailers' customer service and provides a listing of the top customer service retailers. This is the fourth consecutive year that Lands’ End has been named in the top ten.

The Vitrue 100: Top Social Brands of 2009
Sears was once again ranked in the Top 100 by Vitrue Social Media Index SMI who analyzed over 2,000 popular brands to develop their list. The Vitrue SMI assigns brands and products a score based on overall buzz from status updates, videos, photos and blog posts. Sears moved up four places to 96 this year and was the number seven retailer.

Channel Integration Award - 2009
Retail Touchpoints has recognized Sears Holdings as the winner of the 2009 Channel Integration Award in the Mass Merchant/Department Store category for our efforts to improve our performance through our innovative, service offering shopyourway - which helps our customers find whatever they want, wherever and whenever they want it. The Channel Integration Award honors retailers who have achieved cross-channel integration and improved the shopping experience for their customers.

Volunteer Leadership Award - 2009
The March of Dimes presented Sears Holdings a Volunteer Leadership award for our on-going support in raising public awareness of maternal and baby health issues. During the company’s 26-year partnership with the March of Dimes, we have raised over $79 million to support research and programs focused on giving all babies a healthy start on life.

Stars of Madison Avenue Award - 2009
The ADVERTISING Club honored Sears with the Stars of Madison Avenue Award. The award recognizes a company’s successful and wide-reaching social responsibility initiative that is integral to corporate brand marketing and dramatically improves the lives of those in need around the world. Sears Holdings was recognized for their efforts with Heroes at Home and Rebuilding Together. These programs help American soldiers readjust to civilian life through assistance in home improvement.

The Top 25 Nonbank Women in Finance - 2009
US Banker magazine named Susan Ehrlich, SVP and President, Financial Services to its annual list of the Top 25 Nonbank Women in Finance. Susan was recognized for supporting programs like layaway and the Christmas Club Card which make purchasing easier and more accessible for customers in the face of a difficult economy. Rankings are determined by financial performance, business initiatives results and length of tenure in the business as well as a nominee’s job complexity and responsibility, management style, best practices and innovations implemented, charitable work and overall influence within her institution, the industry as a whole and the community in which she lives and works.

Outstanding Achievement in Web Development - 2009
Craftsman.com was recognized by the Web Marketing Association for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development in their annual WebAward Competition. The WebAward Competition is the premier award recognition program for Web developers and marketers worldwide. Independent expert judges from around the world review sites in 96 industries. The best are recognized with a WebAward.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI) - 2009
For five years, Sears Holdings has received a 100% score from the HRC Foundation’s CEI report. This score is based on an analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Additionally since 2008, the company was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality by HRC.

Best Place to Launch a Career – 2009
BusinessWeek ranked Sears Holdings as one of the best places to launch a career. This year the company moved up in the rankings from 110 to 64. To compile the rankings, BusinessWeek polled 60 college career services directors across the country; collected data from a survey of 60,000 U.S. undergraduates by Universum USA, a Philadelphia research company; and required employers to submit statistics on everything from pay and benefits to training programs and retention.

STORES Favorite 50 Online Retailers List - 2009
Three of Sears Holdings e-Commerce Web sites ranked in the Top 25 on STORES Magazine’s list of 50 Favorite Online Retailers of 2009. Sears.com ranked number 10, LandsEnd.com was number 15 and Kmart.com was number 23. This list is based on two open-ended survey questions: “What Web site do you shop most often for apparel items?” and What Web site do you shop most often for non-apparel items?” The final list was assembled by ranking online companies in order of total mentions by the 8,635 survey respondents.

Webpick of the Week - 2009
Communication Arts, the largest international trade journal of visual communication, selected Craftsman.com for their Web Pick of the Week for bringing an iconic American brand onto an e-commerce platform and seeking to build a lasting relationship with tool enthusiasts by using community features to encourage dialogue.

Most Admired Employers for Minority Professionals - 2009
The readers of Black Engineering, Hispanic Engineering and Women of Color magazines which are part of Career Communications Group named Sears Holdings Corporation as one of the Most Admired Employers for minority professionals based on a survey regarding their impressions of diversity initiatives at top organizations.

J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Cordless Drill/Driver Study
Craftsman Professional ranks highest in satisfying customers with cordless drills/drivers, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Cordless Drill/Driver Study with a score of 806 on a 1,000-point scale. The study measures customer satisfaction with cordless drills/drivers based on evaluation in six key factors; drill performance, ease of use, battery performance, price, versatility of the battery platform in supporting other power tools and warranty.

Reader’s Choice Award - 2009
Craftsman was voted favorite?hand tool brand by over 7,000 Popular Mechanics’ readers. Popular Mechanics conducted a consumer brand survey to determine their readers preferred choice when selecting a consumer product. Twenty-nine different product categories were included, with a minimum of five brand choices in each category.

Overall Best-in-Class Company for Adaptation of Mobile e-Commerce Initiatives - 2009
Sears Holdings was named the Overall Best-in-Class Company and Best-in-Industry for the Department Stores/Mass Merchandise category for adaptation of mobile e-commerce initiatives by Acquity Group, a leading services firm focusing on digital solutions. The purpose of the study was to identify companies and industries that were leading the charge with mobile initiatives and concentrating on mobile development that allows their e-commerce web site to be accessible via a mobile device.

Home Appliance Retailer of the Year for Energy Star (E-Star) – 2009
Sears received Special Recognition for Retail Commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. Organizations recognized have achieved major energy savings and/or help consumers save money while also increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions by offering high performance products, educating consumers or offering incentives for a better ways to use energy.

Retailer of the Year for Energy Star - 2009
Sears Canada received Retailer of the Year for the second year in a row and also received the award in 2003. To qualify for ENERGY STAR designation, products must meet stringent specifications for energy efficiency and, depending on the product, be 10-to-50 percent more efficient than conventional products. The ENERGY STAR program builds on the Government of Canada's plan to fight climate change, which sets a course to achieve an absolute reduction of 20 percent in Canada's greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces - 2009
Sears Holdings ranked as the number two retailer and 48 out of 100 by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Rankings are determined by an analysis of a company’s adoption benefits e.g., financial reimbursement and paid leave, available to employees who adopt.

e-Tailing Group's Annual e-Commerce Gauge Top Customer Experience Web Site - 2009
Sears Holdings Online team received the top score of 88.25 on the e-Tailing Group’s annual e-Commerce Gauge. This index names top retail customer experience Web sites by rating sophisticated key pages, meticulous merchandising and comprehensive customer service.

Top 10 Most Valued Employer Award - 2009
Sears Holdings was a finalist for the 2009 Most Valued Employer Award from CivilianJobs.com. This award recognizes companies’ overall synergy toward hiring and helping veterans.

Reputation Institute’s Most Reputable and Recommended U.S. Companies - 2009
Sears Holdings ranked number 53 out of 153 companies named to this year’s list compiled by the Reputation Institute. This ranking was based on seven dimensions: Products/Services, Innovation, Governance, Workplace, Citizenship, Leadership and Performance.

Group Citation Award for International Association of Workforce Professionals - 2009
Sears Holdings won second place in California for our work with the Heroes at Home program from the International Association of Workforce Professionals.

Best Retail Ad - 2009
Sears Holdings and Tumri were awarded the Best Retail Ad Award by Web Marketing Association’s 2009 Interactive Advertising Competition (IAC) for “The Great Indoors Campaign.” The award is based on creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, and use of the medium.

G.I. Jobs: Top 50 Military Employer - 2009
Since 2006, Sears Holdings has been voted one of the most Military Friendly Employers by G.I. Jobs Magazine. In 2009, the company was ranked number 25. This award recognizes companies’ efforts to employ and support veterans, members of the Military, Reserves, and National Guard, as well as military spouses.

Employer of the Year 2008-2009 Award
Kmart stores in Puerto Rico were recognized for their dedication to hiring persons with disabilities by Futuros, Inc. These stores participate in the Employment Support Program which is managed by Educavipro, Inc. along with their local Vocational Rehabilitation Program

2008 Awards and Recognition  >>

NRF Foundation/American Express Customer' Choice Survey - 2008
Lands' End ranked number five on this survey that measures consumer attitudes toward retailers' customer service and provides a listing of the top customer service retailers.

Top 100 Social Brands of 2008
Sears was ranked number 100 by Vitrue who analyzed over 2,000 popular brands to develop their Top 100 list. Scores were calculated based on the brand’s social conversations, the size of the social media environment and the magnitude of the conversation. Sears was the number seven retailer.

Bronze Anvil, Award of Commendation - 2008
Sears received an honorable mention from the Public Relations Society of America in the B-roll category for the 2008 Sears Back-to-School campaign with Vanessa Hudgens.

BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois’ Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics - 2008
Sears Holdings won this award from the Better Business Bureau of Chicago for the category of companies with more than 7,500 employees. This award recognizes companies who demonstrate high ethical standards of behavior towards customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees and communities in which they do business.

Best Places to Launch a Career - 2008
Sears Holdings was ranked by Business Week as one of the best places to launch a career and was one of only six retailers who made the list.

G.I. Jobs: Top 50 Military Employer - 2008
Since 2006, Sears Holdings has been voted one of the most Military Friendly Employers by G.I. Jobs Magazine. This award recognizes companies’ our continued efforts to employ and support veterans, members of the Military, Reserves, and National Guard, as well as military spouses.

2007 Awards and Recognition (includes prior years)  >>

40 Under 40 -  2007
Crain's Chicago Business named Bill Harker, SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to its annual list of the Top 40 Under 40. Crain's 40 Under 40 highlights Chicago area leaders under the age of forty who are considered to be among the best and the brightest in the Chicago business community.

Top 10 Military Spouse Employers – 2007
Sears Holdings was ranked number seven by Military Spouse Magazine. Companies are recognized for dedication to having pro-military spouse policies and processes and for ongoing partnerships and support for military spouse organizations.

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Distinguished Service Award - 2006
Sears was recognized by MOAA with the Distinguished Service Award for support of associates in the Guard and Reserve and military families nationwide.

Department of Defense Freedom Award - 2005
Sears received this award which was created to publicly recognize American employers who provide exceptional support to those employees who voluntarily serve the nation in the National Guard and Reserve. The Freedom Award is the highest in a series of awards given by Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). A company may only receive this honor once.

100 Companies Providing the Most Opportunities for Hispanics - 2005
Sears was recognized in the 2005 Hispanic Corporate 100: The 100 Companies Providing the Most Opportunities for Hispanics as cited by Hispanic Magazine. This is the seventh consecutive year Sears has been recognized by this publication; Sears was first included on the list in 1999.

NAFE Top 30 Companies for Executive Women - 2004
Sears was named as one of the NAFE (National Association for Female Executives) Top 30 Companies for Executive Women for the second consecutive year. NAFE examined the number of women in each company overall, in senior management and on its board of directors. To be named to the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women, companies with a minimum of two women on the board completed a comprehensive application that focused on the number of women in senior ranks, including questions about the programs and policies which support women's advancement.

50 Best Companies for Hispanic Women - 2004
Sears was named as one of Latina Style Magazine's 50 Best Employers for Hispanic Women in September 2004. Companies were evaluated on issues that LATINA Style readers identified as most important to them in the workplace. Among the principal areas of evaluation are: number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, Latina board members, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, dependent/child care support, employee benefits, women?s issues, job retraining, affinity groups and Hispanic relations.

100 Best Companies for Working Mothers - 2004
Working Mother Magazine selected Sears as one of its 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers. Rankings are determined by an analysis of companies? family-friendly benefits and programs that help keep working moms' careers on track.

Corporate 100: Best Places to Work for Latinos - 2003
Sears was recognized in the 2003 Hispanic Corporate 100: Best Places to Work for Latinos as cited by Hispanic Magazine.

Top 25 Hispanic Recruitment Programs - 2003
Sears was named one of Hispanic Network Magazine?s Top 25 Recruitment Programs. 

NAFE Top 30 Companies for Executive Women - 2003
Sears was named by the National Association for Female Executive's (NAFE) as one of the Top 30 Companies for Executive Women. NAFE examined the number of women in each company overall, in senior management and on its board of directors. To be named to the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women, companies with a minimum of two women on the board completed a comprehensive application that focused on the number of women in senior ranks, including questions about the programs and policies which support women's advancement.

50 Best Companies for Hispanic Women - 2003
Sears was named as one of Latina Style Magazine's 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the U.S. and was recognized at a special White House briefing and reception. Companies were evaluated on issues that LATINA Style readers identified as most important to them in the workplace. Among the principal areas of evaluation are: number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, Latina board members, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, dependent/child care support, employee benefits, women?s issues, job retraining, affinity groups and Hispanic relations.

100 Best Companies for Working Mothers - 2001
For the third consecutive year, Sears was named in the October 2001 issue of Working Mother magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers. Rankings are determined by an analysis of companies? family-friendly benefits and programs that help keep working moms' careers on track.

Hispanic Magazine Corporate 100 - 2001
Sears was named in the January/February 2001 issue of Hispanic Magazine as one of the Hispanic Corporate 100. This list honors companies valuing diversity and supporting Hispanic causes by publishing Spanish-language material, targeting U.S. Hispanics, aggressively recruiting Latinos, fostering Hispanic employee organizations, and creating diversity programs.

Working Mother Best Employers for Female Executives - 2000
Sears was named on Working Mother magazine's Honor Roll for Best Employers for Female Executives in the December/January 2000 issue. Sears was recognized for its formal mentoring program which was introduced in 1999.

Next Step Magazine Diversity 100 - 2000
Sears was selected to be a member of the second annual Next Step Magazine Diversity 100 listing of America's Most Diverse Corporations.

50 Best Companies for Hispanic Women - 2000
Sears was named as one of the 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the U.S. by Latina Style Magazine in August 2000. Companies were evaluated on issues that LATINA Style readers identified as most important to them in the workplace. Among the principal areas of evaluation are: number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, Latina board members, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, dependent/child care support, employee benefits, women?s issues, job retraining, affinity groups and Hispanic relations.

Hispanic Magazine Corporate 100 - 2000
Hispanic Magazine
named Sears to the Hispanic Corporate 100 list in the January 2000 issue. This award spotlights those companies that contribute most to the Hispanic community overall. Whether it?s through donations to Hispanic organizations, organizing Hispanic employee associations, scouting talent from Hispanic MBA and diversity programs, maintaining diversity supplier programs, promoting Hispanics within its ranks and naming Hispanics to positions on their boards, these companies? actions speak louder than words.

Shape Magazine?s 100 Best Companies for Women - 1999
Sears was ranked 31 of the 100 Best Companies for Women by SHAPE Magazine in November 1999.

100 Best Companies for Working Mothers - 1999
Sears was named one of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers by Working Mother in October 1999. Rankings are determined by an analysis of companies? family-friendly benefits and programs that help keep working moms' careers on track. 

America?s Top Corporations for Women Business Enterprises - 1999
Sears was named in America's Top Corporations for Women Business Enterprises by Women's Business Enterprise National Council in September 1999. This national award honors corporations for world-class programs that create level playing fields for women's business enterprises (WBEs) to compete for corporate contracts.

50 Best Companies for Hispanic Women - 1999
Sears was recognized as one of the 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the U.S. by Latina Style Magazine. Companies were evaluated on issues that LATINA Style readers identified as most important to them in the workplace. Among the principal areas of evaluation are: number of Latina executives, mentoring programs, Latina board members, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, dependent/child care support, employee benefits, women?s issues, job retraining, affinity groups and Hispanic relations.

Next Step Magazine Diversity 100 - 1999
Sears was selected to be a member of the first annual Next Step Magazine Diversity 100 listing of America's Most Diverse Corporations.

 

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