HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp. has expanded its program that provides full-service tire installation and balancing for Amazon.com customers to all of its Sears Auto Center locations nationwide, including Alaska and Hawaii.
Initially launched in May at 47 Sears Auto Centers in eight metropolitan areas, the ship-to-store tire program is integrated into the Amazon.com checkout process, providing customers with full-service tire installation and balancing for any brand of tires on Amazon.com.
There are now 295 stores in the U.S. on the Amazon platform, the company said, adding that there are no plans to expand into Canada at this time.
At the same time of the launch, Sears announced it would begin selling its DieHard brand of all-season passenger tires on Amazon.com.
Amazon.com customers select their tires, the Sears Auto location and their preferred date and time for the tire installation. Sears Auto Centers then will contact them to confirm their appointment, the companies said.
While Monro Inc., with its network of 1,170 locations in 27 Eastern states, also has become a designated tire installer for Amazon, Sears is the first nationwide auto service center to offer Amazon customers the ship-to-store tire program.
"The response from Amazon customers around this program has been extremely positive," Mike McCarthy, vice president and general manager of Sears Automotive, said.
"Our competitive bundled price for tire installation, which includes the installation of the tire, wheel balancing, valve stem or tire pressure monitor rebuild kit and the tire disposal fee is resonating with these customers. We're thrilled to extend this valuable service across even more areas and into hundreds of additional stores," he said.
"Providing excellent auto service, such as fast installation and free Performance Snapshot evaluations, is at the core of our business and partnerships. By working with Amazon, we're proud to further meet and surpass that commitment, thanks to the ease and convenience of their program."