The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing

Amazon comes to conquer brick-and-mortar retail, not to bury it. In the last two years, the company has opened 11 physical bookstores. This summer, it bought Whole Foods and its 400 grocery locations. And last week, the company announced a partnership with Kohl’s to allow returns at the physical retailer’s stores. Why is Amazon looking more and more like an old-fashioned retailer? The company’s do-it-all corporate strategy adheres to a familiar playbook—that of Sears, Roebuck & Company. Sears might seem like a zombie today, but it’s easy to forget how transformative the company was exactly 100 years ago, when it, too, was capitalizing on a mail-to-consumer business to establish a physical retail presence. To understand Amazon—its evolution, its strategy, and perhaps its future—look to Sears. * * * Mail was an internet before the internet. After the Civil War, several new communications and transportations systems—the telegraph, rail, and parcel delivery—made it possible to shop at home..

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Report: Bulls, Dwyane Wade Reach Agreement On Buyout

(CBS) The Dwyane Wade era is over in Chicago after just one season. The Bulls and Wade have reached an agreement on a contract buyout, the Tribune’s K.C. Johnson reported Sunday evening. The news comes on the eve of the start of training camp for a rebuilding Bulls team that traded All-Star forward Jimmy Butler on draft night in June. On many occasions, the 35-year-old Wade had expressed a desire to play for a contender at this stage in his career. Wade had exercised his $23.8-million player option for 2017-’18 on June 20, two days before the Bulls traded Butler. He gave back about $8 million of that money, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. Wade averaged 18.3 points while playing in 60 games in his lone season in Chicago, which saw the Bulls grab the eighth seed and lose to the Celtics in six games in the first round of the playoffs.

Bulls, Dwyane Wade agree to a buyout: Report

CHICAGO – It appears that the era of Dwyane Wade will come to an end after just one season. On Sunday night, just before the Bulls are scheduled to open training camp this week, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Bulls have reached a buyout agreement on the final year of the guard’s contract. Wade, according to the repot from K.C. Johnson, will give up between $8-10 million of his $23.8 million dollar contract for the 2017-2018 season. Reporter […]

#FeedonThis: The National Anthem takes the spotlight this NFL Sunday

CHICAGO – Much of the focus on this NFL Sunday came before the game, when NFL players across the country took their own action to protest critical comments from President Trump this past week. The Bears locked arms during the signing of the National Anthem at Soldier Field on Sunday while the Steelers didn’t even come onto the field until the anthem was finished. This was the scene across the NFL as players and teams showed solidarity in their efforts […]

Angered By Donald Trump’s ‘Divisive’ Remarks, Bears Stand Together As One

By Chris Emma— CHICAGO (CBS) – Late Saturday night in his downtown hotel, Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan sat in isolation and reflected. He felt anger toward President Donald Trump, who condemned player protests in the NFL with harsh words at an Alabama rally the night before. Trevathan reflected on the long, important discussions ever present with Bears teammates all Saturday and how team chairman George McCaskey came down to make sure they felt his support. After cherished time together as a team, Trevathan returned himself to blissful isolation where he could be alone in thought. “How do I want to be defined?” Trevathan asked himself. “How do the ’17 Bears want to be defined? How do we want to be defined as men – not as individuals, as men. As each person in this position … How do we stand as a team?” Two days after Trump referred to players protesting by kneeling during national anthem as “Sons of b—–,” the Bears stood together for the national anthem with their arms locked t..

The Bears’ first win was on Eli Hershkovich’s mind on Sunday’s Sports Feed

CHICAGO – It. Finally. Happened. The Bears won a game during the 2017 season. It really didn’t take that long – just three weeks – but it’s been almost three years since the team won a game in September. Back-to-back 0-3 starts have a 1-2 beginning seeming like progress for fans. The thrilling game, which featured a number of highs and lows for John Fox’s team, was the bulk of Eli Hershkovich’s discussion on Sunday’s Sports Feed with Josh Frydman. […]

Emma: Bears Refuse To Be Broken In Wild Win

By Chris Emma— CHICAGO (CBS) – “What, are we going for two or something?” Electrifying Bears rookie running back Tarik Cohen was left puzzled as longtime team equipment man Tony Medlin pulled him from the sidelines back out toward the field. He couldn’t have even been joking with that inquiry given how bizarre the Bears’ 23-17 overtime victory against the Steelers was at Soldier Field on Sunday. Cohen had just finished a highlight-reel play in which he rushed to the right sideline with speed toward the edge and made a man miss. He next sped forward 25 yards and then cut to the inside, with two more Steelers whiffing on tackles. His acceleration then led to the middle of the field, then one more cut made Steelers cornerback Artie Burns a victim. Soldier Field celebrated what it thought was the Bears’ first September victory since 2014 – and the shades of Devin Hester it had just witnessed – and Cohen threw the ball somewhere in the vicinity of section 324 (he has a fine coming for t..

The three things you need to know today in Chicago: Mon, Sept 25

1. The Reeling Film Festival, Chicago’s premiere LGBTQ film event, continues this evening. Movies will be screened at Landmark Century Centre Cinema beginning at 6:30pm. Tickets are $12 per showing. 2. Australian psychedelic rockers King Gizzard play at Lincoln Hall tonight at 8pm. Tickets are available for $32. 3. Head to Salonathon at Noble Square’s Beauty Bar this evening to catch the rotating lineup of Chicago comedians, musicians and artists. It begins at 9pm and is free to attend. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.

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Marcus Cooper Makes Brutal Mistake, But Bears Find A Way To Pick Him Up

By Chris Emma— CHICAGO (CBS) – There was no excuse to be offered by Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper on Sunday, nor did he even consider. Simply put, he made a brutal mistake. In the waning seconds of the first half, Bears specialist Sherrick McManis came through with a big play, blocking a Steelers field goal attempt. Cooper scooped the ball up and with time expired on the clock, he was running toward the end zone with only green grass in sight when he slowed down his pace a few yards before the goal line. “He was swaggin’ his way to the end zone,” Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks said. There was too much swag for Cooper, who was chased down from behind at the 1-yard line by Steelers tight end Vance McDonald. The ball went loose into the end zone, where it was illegally batted out of bounds by Steelers holder Jordan Berry. Before confusion to the ruling on the field could ensue, the shock factor came into play. “It was just a mistake on my part,” Cooper said. “I didn’t think any..

Local Football League Fears Relocation Due To Obama Library

CHICAGO (CBS) — A community football league could be playing its last homecoming game at Jackson Park, as that’s where the Obama Presidential Library is set to be built. Coach Ernest Radcliffe got emotional as he looked out at the field Sunday afternoon, located at 61st and Stony Island. “I give it not 100 percent, I give it 250 percent to make sure that every kid out here is safe,” Radcliffe said, “As you can see, everybody is having a good time.” Both current and former players say it’s about more than just football. (Photo: Michele Fiore/WBBM) Radcliffe started the Wolfpack team in 1997. He called this 20th, and maybe last, homecoming ‘The Last Ride,’ as their future is uncertain. They’ve been told the field will be moved just two blocks south, but so far, they don’t have a Community Benefits Agreement, which would put in writing the commitment to replace and improve the parkland and sports fields that the league has used for two decades. Radcliff said once the field is displa..

Lucas Giolito, Avisail Garcia Lead White Sox To 8-1 Win Over Royals

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie right-hander Lucas Giolito pitched seven strong innings and Avisail Garcia drove in three runs with his 18th homer and a double to lead the Chicago White Sox past the fading Kansas City Royals, 8-1, on Sunday. Kevan Smith had a solo homer and a single for two RBIs as Chicago took two of three from the Royals and dropped them 5½ games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card. Kansas City has seven games left. Lorenzo Cain’s homer in the fourth was the only run off Giolito (3-3). One of the top prospects for the rebuilding White Sox, the 23-year-old Giolito allowed five hits while striking out five and walking none in his 11th career start. He has given up just four runs over 20 innings in his last three outings. Royals starter Ian Kennedy (4-13) allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings as he lost his seventh straight decision. The right-hander hasn’t won since July 26 at Detroit. Chicago’s Tim Anderson singled twice to extend his career-high hitting streak to 15..

Behind Jose Quintana’s Shutout, Cubs Top Brewers, Close In On NL Central Crown

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jose Quintana pitched a three-hitter for his second big league shutout, and the Chicago Cubs beat Milwaukee, 5-0, on Sunday to close in on a second straight NL Central title and damage the Brewers’ playoff hopes. Coming off its first World Series title since 1908, Chicago (87-68) won three of four in the weekend series and opened a 5 1/2-game lead over the second-place Brewers (82-73) with seven games remaining. Milwaukee began the day one game behind Colorado for the NL’s second wild card. Quintana (7-3 with Cubs, 11-11 overall) struck out 10 and walked one in his second complete game in 182 starts. He threw 116 pitches, his most since Sept. 7 last year. He allowed singles to Ryan Braun in the first, Hernan Perez in the third and Keon Broxton in the fifth, and retired his final 11 batters after Domingo Santana walked in the sixth. Broxton was the only Milwaukee runner to advance past first, stealing second base in the fifth before pitcher Chase Anderson struck out...

Bernstein: Wild Bears Win Trumped By Bigger Movement

By Dan Bernstein — senior columnist (CBS) There will be ample time to discern any meaning from the Bears’ bizarre 23-17 overtime victory against the Steelers at Soldier Field on Sunday and to figure out exactly what was going on out there if such things are possible. That it was as abnormal a football game as we have seen in recent memory was appropriate, on a day marked by broader and much more important issues than blocking and tackling. History was made across the NFL on Sunday, starting with the early kickoff in London, as a one-man protest against discriminatory police practices and racial oppression suddenly became a larger movement due to the inflammatory comments made by a president bent on whipping up his white-supremacist political base with public attacks on black athletes. It was at yet another campaign rally in Alabama on Friday night where Donald Trump careened into discussing Colin Kaepernick, exhorting his faithful against “those people” taking a knee ..