Sears is continuing to grow its partnership with Amazon, expanding its tire business by providing installation and balancing for any tires bought through the online retailer.
Sears began working with Amazon in May in 47 auto centers, but now installs consumers’ Amazon tire purchases in all U.S. states, Sears Auto Center confirmed in late August.
Sears began selling DieHard-brand auto parts on Amazon in December 2017 and later added tires to its mix of Amazon.com products.
Sears Auto Centers install and balance tires, dispose of tires and rebuild valve stems and tire pressure monitors for Amazon purchases shipped to Sears stores, says Mike McCarthy, vice president and general manager of Sears Automotive.
Amazon shoppers buy their tires online, and then choose the time, date and Sears Auto Center location for installation, according to Sears.
“We’re thrilled to extend this valuable service across even more areas and into hundreds of additional stores,” McCarthy says. “Providing excellent auto service, such as fast installation and free Performance Snapshot evaluations, is at the core of our business and partnerships. By working with Amazon, we’re proud to further meet and surpass that commitment, thanks to the ease and convenience of their program.”
Sears has been struggling for years to regain profitability, and has closed hundreds of Sears department stores and Kmart locations as part of the process. The company is closing 46 more stores in November, USA Today reports.
In addition, Sears CEO Edward Lampert recently offered to buy the company’s Kenmore appliance brand and another Sears business.