Sears’ holiday plans include enhanced layaway services, mobile POS

Hoffman Estates, Ill. -- Kmart and Sears are gearing up for the holiday shopping season with the elimination of layaway service fees, a new layaway home delivery service and an enhanced in-store mobile experience.

Sears stores throughout the country are rolling out mobile point-of-sale devices to allow for shorter lines and greater convenience. The receipt can be emailed to them, printed or both. In addition, 500 Sears and Kmart stores recently armed associates with tablet devices that have a special shopping application for checking available inventory, accessing product information and videos, and selling merchandise available in stores or the company's websites right from the selling floor.

Kmart has eliminated layaway service fees until Nov. 17, and Sears has eliminated layaway service fees from Sept. 29 to Oct. 29, and Nov. 2 to Dec. 3. Customers can also shop at the chains’ respective websites and place items on layaway. Layaway items can be picked up at the closest Kmart or Sears store – or, for the first time ever – starting Nov. 7, they can opt to have the items shipped to their home.