For most companies, Twitter provides a place for self-promotion, a vehicle for customer engagement. For Sears, Twitter often spotlights the company's failure. Not the standard somebody erred in judgment and tweeted something offensive failure, but the organization-wide attitudinal and operational failure that defines Sears. Over the weekend, I was in Toronto. While on Yonge Street by the Eaton Centre, I snapped pictures of the Sears store that, at one time, anchored this mall. Now the store's empty, leaving a hole in the heart of Toronto, literally and figuratively.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Global footwear company Deckers Outdoor Corporation, known for its Ugg and Teva brands, has selected the GT Nexus platform to improve supply chain collaboration and visibility. The cloud-based platform eliminates manual processes,...

/PRNewswire/ -- National outdoor gear and apparel retailer REI today announced that co-op members elected Beth Newlands Campbell, Stephen Lockhart and Gerry Lopez to three-year terms on the company's board of directors. The REI board also appointed Bert Quintana to complete the term of an open position. (Logo: photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120306/SF65403LOGO) Sponsored by: Campbell, who resides in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, joins REI's board as a new member. She is the president of Hannaford Supermarkets, a leading supermarket retailer in northern New England that operates 181 stores in five states. Hannaford is known for its commitment to healthy lifestyles, sustainability and volunteerism.

Bed Bath & Beyond announced plans to acquire home goods retailer Cost Plus for $495 million. The all-cash deal will close in the second quarter and Cost Plus will continue to operate as a subsidiary. The two home goods chains have worked together for two years, with Bed Bath & Beyond testing Cost Plus-style specialty food departments in several of its stores. That trend will accelerate after the acquisition. 

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