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Oft-criticized Sears Holdings (SHLD +0.8%) appears to be outperforming rivals in the use of Big...

Oft-criticized Sears Holdings (SHLD +0.8%) appears to be outperforming rivals in the use of Big Data to set pricing on the fly at its retail stores. The company is using open source software to correlate large amounts of data relevant to pricing in a bid to maximize margins. The big picture: The retailers with the most sophisticated algorithms increase their ability to incorporate real-time data such as weather and buying trends and become more efficient.
Comments (15)
  • SHLD is quietly putting it together quite nicely.
    15 Jun 2012, 02:02 PM Reply Like
  • It's still about manipulation and greed. Nobody wants to admit that what they're doing is wrong, until it blows up in everyone's faces.
    15 Jun 2012, 10:39 PM Reply Like
  • Oh so when the competition does it it's ok.
    16 Jun 2012, 04:11 PM Reply Like
  • Amazon has done this to me several times lately. I shop for something and then come back later to make the purchase and the price is higher. It is high just enough for them to make a few extra $$ and to not deter me from making the purchase.
    16 Jun 2012, 02:27 PM Reply Like
  • The holding company is starting to bloom

     

    Laheim
    16 Jun 2012, 03:43 PM Reply Like
  • If the retail does better Sears will not only be a home run but a grand slam as Berkowitz once stated.
    16 Jun 2012, 03:46 PM Reply Like
  • The difference is Sears cares about the consumer.
    17 Jun 2012, 04:10 AM Reply Like
  • Since when?? I've been reading all of the bad, how customers can't get the help they need when they come into a store.
    17 Jun 2012, 10:03 PM Reply Like
  • They are changing their business plan, hense, hiring better employees in the process. Lamert's plan is only in its early stages.
    18 Jun 2012, 07:55 AM Reply Like
  • I think it's too late for the turnaround. There's no chance for Sears like JC Penney, it's over.
    18 Jun 2012, 08:24 AM Reply Like
  • We will see Lampert is a master asset allocator. The company is called Sears Holdings and not just Sears Retail.
    18 Jun 2012, 09:12 AM Reply Like
  • Lampert owns personally over 22 million shares od Sears Holdings stock.
    18 Jun 2012, 09:12 AM Reply Like
  • Allocator in this case just means manipulation to me.
    19 Jun 2012, 08:21 AM Reply Like
  • And all of those shares he owns he's been able to buy a very opulent place in the Miami area for $40 million dollars. In the meantime, employees are barely getting along...okay. So, do you agree with that kind of thinking? Do you think it's just for someone with that much power to parade it to all of his employees who read about it on the internet to feel good about going to work??
    I'm not arguing with you MSF Investments, I'm just pointing out the pain the employees and customers are suffering for his million dollar life.
    19 Jun 2012, 08:23 AM Reply Like
  • The merger or joint venture with Autozone is imminent.
    17 Jun 2012, 11:49 AM Reply Like
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