Thursday, 12 September 2013

News: Sears Launches 2013 Wish Book with iPad Edition

It may be the last gasps of summer in Toronto, but Sears is ready for the holidays.

The Sears 2013 Wish Book Catalogue
For many Canadians the Sears Wish Book is a seasonal reminder that the festive season is around the corner. The holiday annual is a part of the department store retailer’s catalogue business and trades heavily on its focus on toys and gifts.

This year Sears is introducing iPad editions to complement the release of their Wish Book as well as LOOK! (a quarterly fall fashion look book first introduced last year). Both are also available in print and online editions.

"Sears wants to engage with customers in ways that are relevant and meaningful to them," said Calvin McDonald, President and CEO, Sears Canada in a release.  "For many Canadians who have grown up in the electronic age, the Catalogues iPad app provides an easy and familiar way to see what's new and place an order at the same time. As the country's leading gift guide and fashion trend barometer for the season, the Wish Book and LOOK! report iPad apps, respectively, are the retail industry's leading publications in shopping technology and innovation."

The Wish Book iPad edition features a search engine, the ability to bookmark items, and a Wish List maker. Also available is a social media component that allows customers to share products and Wish Lists with Facebook and Twitter.

The news Wish Book can be viewed via the Sears Catalogue app (available to download from iTunes) or viewed online at

Though the retailer's troubles are well documented, their catalogue and online business remains one of the most extensive in the Canadian marketplace. Sears has combined their long standing catalogue business with e-commerce and has over 1,400 catalogue/online pick-up locations across the country. Annually over 3 million Canadian households receive the Sears catalogue.