By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We know you’re ready for the weekend, so we’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your day. From predicting the future by looking to the past to improvements in cordless drills, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing | Derek Thompson: As the saying goes, “The more things change, the more things stay the same”. As much as Amazon seems like an unstoppable retail juggernaut, it’s important to remember that we’ve seen this before. In fact, we saw many of their moves decades ago with Sears. Taking a look at Sears’ historical playbook can help modern retailers figure out what moves Amazon may make next.

LG’s David Vanderwaal Breaks Down The Luxury Majaps Market | TWICE staff: Check out how LG’s Dave Vanderwaal explains the appeal of the luxury market for major appliances. In addition to much more appealing profit margins, there are also opportunities for increased innovation. Luxury markets allow for brands to find new ways to stand out from the crowd, whether that’s with a tablet integrated into a refrigerator, or a washing machine capable of washing two loads at once.

The Best Cordless Drills Consumer Reports Has Ever Tested | Paul Hope: Cordless drills have come a long way as a product category. In fact, they’ve advanced so much that Consumer Reports admits it had to update all of its testing equipment in order to test the drills accurately. Between longer lasting batteries and improved motors, today’s cordless drill shoppers have some seriously advanced tools to choose from.

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