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The Kmart Bus

Making of the Kmart V.E.R.V. Bus

Kmart had three goals in mind when it joined forces with West Coast Customs to create a first-of-its-kind virtual reality bus: 1) design a ridiculously awesome, out-of-this-world mobile experience; 2) make the experience appealing to Shop Your Way members, customers and families alike; and 3) create a bragworthy experience that can be shared socially.

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Aligned with our goals, West Coast Customs designed and built Kmart’s Virtual Experience Recreational Vehicle (V.E.R.V.) equipped with the latest in virtual reality gaming technology and design, including digital screens, unique product displays and a gaming lounge. To date, this bus has entertained thousands of current Shop Your Way members plus new members. It made appearances at 20 of our Top 25 stores, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the Super Bowl and the OK! Magazine Party at the Oscars. We’ve generated millions of impressions of social content from celebrities and NFL players including, Ne-Yo, Mario Lopez, Ray J, Scheana Shay, Kenya Moore, Warrick Dunn, Matt Light and Roy Williams.

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For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of V.E.R.V., tune in to “Inside West Coast Customs” at 8 p.m. CDT tonight, March 28 on the Velocity channel.

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Sears was one of the best places to work in the world. No that this moron took over everything people worked for is gone

Only one to make out is this ignorant pce of dog crap.

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Unbelievable. I was told we were in a wage freeze around 10 years back. I am coded as a Front End Associate, but have been working the slightly higher paid position of Service Desk Associate, starting with occasional shifts in 2007 to working there regularly since 2010. I have yet to see anything other than a state mandated raise. Seeing this is a slap in the face. Yes, it can be viewed as a goodwill gesture, but paying your employees for the job they are performing is also a goodwill gesture. Apparently, the only dollars that matter are the ones that go into corporates' pockets.

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Why would they build a bus when Bone Head Lampert is closing them all up

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I hope the engine blows up

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The only one making out on this deal is Eddie Lampert. This will be his next motorhome

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While watching the show, and they said Kmart, I had to hit menu to make sure I heard this right. I thought Kmart was all but out of business.

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Meant if you work at Sears Holdings. You guys have won if you are trying to compete with my attempt to be optimistic. I will just keep my optimism to myself. I do like my job, and no I am not Eddie. You all have done a good job with calling me names, etc and yes that is hurtful, so I will stick to just being the best manager possible for my team.

I will ask on Pebble what is going on with the bus and then those of you who think I am someone who I am not will see who I really am.

I really am sad about stores closing, really do worry about some of the anger here and am telling the truth about my work experience. I shop the Dundee Sears store every week and for their limited staff it always looks nice, bathrooms are clean, and all associates are very nice to me. I have a standing joke with the associates at package pickup as I buy a lot online and pick up in store. I buy literally everything at Kmart and Sears to support where I work.

I only said what I did about the discount because it is what I truly think. I thought this was a posting board for those who wanted to chat freely and question some things. I didnt realize that if I wasnt angry at Sears I couldnt post. Well now I know.

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It cost over $300,000. It's been to 12 stores.

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But the bus was supposed to visit Kmarts and not Sears ya snowflake. No one has seen the Kmart bus. What about the kids? Why no pictures of the kids having fun? I have kids and one of them was sick it might be fun for the kids to play a bit. We are not seeing that.

Where is the bus? What is it doing? Where has it been? What were the results?

I want to know. This bus was not built for the children. Someone needs to ask some questions about it and Hayley from Business Insider would be the one to do it? If she wants a lead it has to be this. Something is questionable here.

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If you work at Sears have you asked where the bus is? I have never thought about it, but if I was interested I would just ask. And if it really bothered me, I would keep asking until I got an answer.

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There is no way that this was done buy West Coast Customs as a donation. Why would WWC build a marketing bus for Kmart and not WCC? Did you watch the show? No.

Supposedly the bus has a schedule of appearance but I can't find that schedule.

No one seems to know where the bus is now?

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Why does everyone assume Sears paid for this? Perhaps it was donated by the company that designed it. On the discount thing, I know you dont believe me, but if you try the new program you might like it like I do. Takes starting to buy something, but once you do it is amazing the deals you get.

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Probably doesn't even exist.

The dates are old.

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This is morally reprehensible. "Every dollar counts" is what corporate told me. Shame on SHC for this.

Was this in a work email? I work for Sears & I didn't get one about this. Glad this board exists.

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They should be ashamed of them selves but Ian sure they are pating them selves on the back for a job well done.😣

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Kmart's closing doors all across the country and they build this ridiculous bus?? wow

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Sears's Holdings Corp/KMART has replaced the employee discount with Shop Your Way Points, which expire. Have you ever seen a sinking ship slowly burn? You are now. Unless, KMART was able to Risewear shoes to "foot" the entire build this is just another public example of poor financial decision making by those "in charge." />

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I lost my job at Sears. 20 years of my life and they are building a bus. Thanks Ed Lambert. A--hole!###

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Has Kmart or Sears seen any increase in business from this? If it has helped the kids at St Jude that's great.

Kelly Cook what a joke she is, a leopard skin coat in California really.

We are doomed😳

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I hope Ryan didn't take a rubber check from them.

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Just brazen and obtuse. No excuse.

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They can't stock the shelves or keep the lights on, but they can blow money on this?

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Not impressed with that build. Not buying that they built it for kids. They built that for themselves. Kelly and the other heavy weight should be fired.

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Saw that in my inbox just a few minutes ago. I think it would make a good temporary shelter for the folks who will be homeless after Sears/Kmart layoffs.

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I am going to watch this show to see how much money was wasted. This was a corporate email today in case it isn't obvious.

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Quite real.

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Is this a joke?

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I was picturing a much shorter bus.

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