5 WAYS SEARS CHANGED RETAILING AS WE KNOW IT

It made shopping a national pastime, long before Amazon and big-box stores. Even though it’s easy enough to dismiss Sears stores, with their bare shelves and empty parking lots, as an irrelevant relic of retailing’s past, the fact is that Sears was a pioneer, a household name that wasn’t just America’s largest retailer until Walmart overtook it, but a company that changed how Americans shopped and set the stage for the eretailers that would follow.