Retail Roundup—Sears stops selling Whirlpool; Target's free holiday shipping

Sears breaks ties with Whirlpool after 100 years.

Sears stops selling Whirlpool

After 100 years of partnership, Sears will stop selling Whirlpool branded appliances. Sources at Sears say that Whirlpool used its strong position in the marketplace to make demands that Sears could not meet. (Bloomberg)

Albertsons implements new risk-management solution

Albertsons has implemented a retail risk-management solution that will connect its data with law enforcement and the judicial system in order to facilitate the prosecution of repeat shoplifting offenders. The Alto AllianceSM is a way to report a retail crime in real time and connects the offender to any previous incidents or involvement in organized retail crime. (Progressive Grocer)

Threadless acquires footwear company

Threadless has acquired Bucketfeet, a line of artist-designed footwear. Both companies are from Chicago and as part of the deal, Bucketfeet has closed its three brick-and-mortar locations, which account for 5% of the business. (Crain's Chicago Business)

Target rolls out holiday free shipping

Target has rolled out its 2017 holiday deals, which include free shipping and a line of gifts under $15. The company will also offer promotional deals during weekends for the last two months leading up to the new year. (Fortune)