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’ small-format hopes to what next-gen stores might look like, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Sears Mini-Stores to Sell Appliances, Mattresses | Kimberly Janeway: As part of Sears’ plan to turn a new leaf, the retailer is going to expand on smaller, leaner stores that focus on its strengths. These stores will sell major appliances and mattresses, as well as offer smaller appliances and Sears Home Services.

Tech is crashing the world’s biggest design fair | Katharine Schwab: The Salon del Mobile in Milan, Italy, gives a peek at the trends coming in furniture and interior design for the coming years. Increasingly, tech companies like Google, LG, and Sony are joining the party. Some of this is to emphasize that they are design-driven companies, but it’s also fair to say that it’s just one more sign of how deeply intertwined technology is to day-to-day living.

UX: What’s In Store For Next-Gen Retail |Alan Wolf: With the continual blurring between the digital and physical world, retailers have a unique opportunity to make sure that their digital storefronts and brick-and-mortar stores have a similar feeling and complement each other. This will become increasingly important as digital-native Gen Z shoppers become a bigger player in the market.

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