With nearly half of this year's holiday shoppers using the Web to research gift ideas and making purchases on-line, Sears is reminding its on-line customers they have until Dec. 17 to place orders and ensure their gifts arrive in time through standard shipping. Buy on-line, pick up in store customers can shop as late as Dec. 23.
That deadline also applies to a free shipping mail-in rebate offer on items that qualify for normal UPS shipping charges (most items weighing less than 70 pounds) ordered on sears.com. After Dec. 17, delivery of orders placed on sears.com are not guaranteed to arrive for the holidays through standard shipping due to the enormous volume of packages mailed this month. Sears customers have until Dec.19 to use expedited or premium shipping alternatives.
Customers who don't have to ship items may have more flexibility. They can order on-line as late as Dec. 23 and, depending on product availability, arrange to pick up their purchases until Dec. 24 at local Sears stores. Customers can visit sears.com for more information on this option.
Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services. With revenues in 2002 of $41.4 billion, the company offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more than 2,700 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the U.S. and Canada, including approximately 1,000 full-line stores and 1,600 specialty stores. Sears also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com, and specialty catalogs. Sears is the only retailer where consumers can find each of the Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands' End brands together -- among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the largest provider of product repair services with more than 14 million services calls made annually.
SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.
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