By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! From shipping wars to recyclable carpets, here are some of our favorite articles from last week to get you back into the swing of working:

Amazon lowers its free shipping threshold to counter Walmart | Jon Fingas: Who do you order online from when you want free shipping? After Walmart lowered their free shipping rates, Amazon has decided to do so as well. E-commerce competition between the two retailers remains fierce, but in this instance it’s definitely the consumers who are getting the best of this deal.

Exclusive: Sears Licenses Kenmore Brand to Permasteel for Gas Grill Line | Alan Wolf: In order to increase revenue, Sears has been seeking to monetize its in-house brand names. Sears has already sold rights to the Craftsman name to Stanley Black & Decker. Now they will be allowing Permasteel to license the Kenmore name for grills.

texture-floor-carpet-fabricThe First 100% Recyclable Carpets Are Here | Eillie Anzilotti: These carpets are green! Not in color (though I suppose there’s no reason they couldn’t be), but in sustainability. New manufacturing processes have been developed in order to take up less space in landfills (carpets take up the second largest amount of space in landfills, after diapers).

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