By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From Sears’ potential future to appliance makers exploring new products, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Lampert offers secondary plan for Sears salvation | Marianne Wilson: While we already knew that Eddie Lampert was putting in a bid to buy out Sears as it enters a bankruptcy option, he’s also submitted a back-up plan. This one is slightly smaller in scope, but would still keep some Sears stores open. The bankruptcy auction is currently scheduled for January 14.

The TV gets its first major redesign in decades | Jesus Diaz: Screen technology has changed significantly over the years, but televisions have had roughly the same shape for ages. However, as screen technology advances further, manufacturers are starting to play around with what a TV is- including roll-up TVs like the one LG is introducing this year.

Appliance Makers Enter New Realms At CES | Alan Wolf: In an effort to build out appliances for smart home consumers, some manufacturers are looking beyond their usual appliances like refrigerators and washing machines. Some, like LG, are boozing it up with home brewing systems, while others, like Whirlpool are just doubling down on their classic appliances’ abilities.

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