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According to Axios, Sears and Whirlpool are severing ties after a 101-year relationship. You will no longer be able to buy Whirlpool appliances at Sears, but Whirlpool will still make Kenmore appliances for the firm.

1. Why does this matter?
2. What other relationships has Sears changed in the recent past?
3. What did Sears tell its employees about severing the Whirlpool relationship?
4. According to the article, why are all these shifts happening at Sears?

LeVine, S. (2017) Struggling Sears cuts ties with another old friend., Oct. 24 (Retrievable online at