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 major industry breakups to the busiest holiday shopping day, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

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Sears Stops Selling Whirlpool Appliances | Suzanne Kapner & Andrew Tangel: This is a big breakup, guys. After more than a century, Sears and Whirlpool are parting ways, and consumers will no longer be able to find Whirlpool appliances in Sears stores. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the connections the two companies shared, and how the split might look for them.

Amazon Key is a new service that lets couriers unlock your front door | Ben Popper: Amazon wants to make home deliveries easier, and get into the home security game at the same time. By developing their own smart security cameras and partnering with smart lock companies, they’re in a position to trial a new service- packages left inside consumers’ homes. Whether or not people trust Amazon enough to let delivery drivers into their homes is anybody’s guess.

What Will The Busiest Shopping Days Be This Holiday? MasterCard Knows | Alan Wolf: It’s still too soon for me to start singing Christmas Carols in the office, but speculation on the holiday shopping season has been going on for awhile. MasterCard looked into its data on people’s shopping habits, and has declared the most popular day for holiday shopping, and it’s probably not any of the day’s you’re thinking.

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