Sears picks new online leader; Let's hope he gets the security thing

Sears picks new online leader; Let's hope he gets the security thing

Summary: Sears Holdings is expected to name a Microsoft veteran to head its online business.According to the Wall Street Journal, Sears will name James Barr, who was the general manager of Microsoft's MSN Shopping and Marketplaces.

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Sears Holdings is expected to name a Microsoft veteran to head its online business.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sears will name James Barr, who was the general manager of Microsoft's MSN Shopping and Marketplaces. Barr will become a senior vice president of Sears Holdings.

Barr's appointment is part of a broader shakeup at Sears, but let's hope that the newcomer can bring in a little security know-how. Sears has had its privacy problems. Earlier this month, Sears' Manage My Home site allowed anyone to find your purchase history. Before that, security researcher Ben Edelman noted that Sears was using ComScore software to track your online browsing and violate privacy standards.

Barr, who will oversee operations, business and technology for Sears' online units, should be able to inject better project management at Sears. The big question is whether he'll have the budget to do anything. Microsoft throws money at MSN. Sears isn't likely to give Barr nearly as many resources.

Topic: Security

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  • What Sears needs ....

    ... is somebody smart enough to know that the only way to sell on the web is by SHOWING THE FREAKING PRICE.

    Every time I got to sears.com it takes over 5 minutes to force the darn site to show the freaking price. Most of the time, I have to pick a store, hit the refresh button multiple times and then if I'm lucky enough to get the "Buy" button, add the item to the cart just to see the stupid price.

    And BTW, the problem is not browser specific. I get the same result on Firefox (Win/Linux), IE (Win), Opera (Win) and Konqueror (Linux).
    wackoae
    • Hey they are just trying to give the same shopping ....

      experience as you get in the stores :)
      mrOSX