Sears Holdings Issues Open Letter to Affiliates

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.  (  Sears Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq: SHLD) today issued an open letter to Amazon affiliates.

Dear Affiliates,, in response to e-Fairness legislation, is once again threatening to leave states and terminate relationships with all its affiliates rather than contribute to the local community by collecting and remitting the sales tax that is due.  

This time, one of those states is our home state of Illinois and we want affiliates here, in California and around the country to know that you have a place with us. We recognize and value our relationships with our over 6,500 affiliate partners AND the state and local communities we serve.  

As states continue to grapple with increasing budget deficits and businesses, large and small, slowly make their way out of one of the worst economic declines in recent history – Amazon turns its back on its customers, affiliate partners and the community to maintain an unfair competitive advantage that ultimately puts Amazon’s customers at risk.

We hope that you’ll consider becoming a part of the Sears Affiliate Team. Our websites serve hundreds of millions of customers annually and we are committed to ensuring that our relationships with our affiliate partners and communities are mutually beneficial.  We look forward to hearing from you!

To sign up and for more information please visit the Sears Affiliate Team website located at .

Imran Jooma
SVP and President, Sears eCommerce

About Sears Holdings Corporation

Sears Holdings Corporation is the nation’s fourth largest broadline retailer with over 4,000 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada.  Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, consumer electronics and automotive repair and maintenance.  Sears Holdings is the 2010 ENERGY STAR® Retail Partner of the Year. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, and a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands’ End, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington brands.  It also has the Country Living collection, which is offered by Sears and Kmart.  We are the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 11 million service calls made annually.  Sears Holdings Corporation operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation.  For more information, visit Sears Holdings’ website at