How to create affiliate product links using the Sears Product Search API?

Jun
4
Posted by kbhatt | about 9 months ago

One of the reasons you might want to use the Sears Product Search API is to find a specific product you are interested in and create an affiliate link to that product from within your app, website, or blog. In this post, we will walk you through the process of creating an affiliate link. 

Before we delve into the specifics of creating an affiliate product link, it is important to note that Sears and Kmart work with Commission Junction to provide affiliate services to their partners. If you have not already signed up for an affiliate program -i.e. Sears/Kmart- that you are interested in, you would first need to do that and obtain a publisher ID in order to be able to earn affiliate commission by creating and posting product links in your application or website. You can sign up here for Sears Affiliate Program and Kmart Affiliate Program.

Okay, now that you are signed up and have a Commission Junction Publisher ID, you can get started with creating all the affiliate product links that you need.

There are two steps to creating the affiliate link for a given product --

  1. create a product URL using the information obtained from Product Search API, and
  2. embed the product URL obtained from step 1 in an affiliate link template along with your commission junction publisher id.

Note: we are assuming that you already know how to use the Product Search API to find a product that you need to create an affiliate link to. Further, we are assuming that you know how to create a product URL for that product. If you want a quick refresher to both of these concepts, please refer to Getting Started with the Sears API. In this post, we will focus on the step 2. 

The Affiliate Link Format

In order to create the affiliate link to a product, we need to walk through the structure of an affiliate link template. An affiliate link template looks like the following --

http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-{PID}-11515703?url={productURL}

where, 

{PID} represents your Commission Junction Publisher ID, and

{productURL} represents the URL you created in step 1 above.

The {PID} and {productURL} are the only two values that you need to supply in order to create an affiliate product link. The {PID} would only need to vary if you have set up multiple Publisher IDs in your Commission Junction account. And the {productURL} would change for every product that you wish to create an affiliate link to. The rest of the wrapper URL stays the same in all situations.

Example - Create An Affiliate Link To An Adam Levine Shirt On Kmart

Now, let's consider an example. Let's say, you want to create affiliate product links to Adam Levine shirts available on Kmart.com. Let's further assume that you have already found the Part Number of an Adam Levine shirt using the Sears Product Search API with the store parameter set to kmart.

Adam Levine Men's Yarn-Dyed Shirt - Buffalo Check Plaid

Adam Levine Men's Yarn-Dyed Shirt - Buffalo Check Plaid

The Part Number for this shirt is 042VA71689412P and so you have already created the Product URL, which is http://www.kmart.com/s/p-042VA71689412P. You also have your Commission Junction Publisher ID, say, 1234567. At this point, you are ready to create the affiliate link to this shirt by replacing the {PID} and {productURL} placeholders in the affiliate link template.

After correct substitutions (highlighted below) of the placeholders, your affiliate link for this shirt should look like this: 

http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-1234567-11515703?url=http://www.kmart.com/s/p-042VA71689412P

You might want to test it by clicking on it and ensuring that the link takes you to the right product page on Kmart. Tested that the link works? Great! That's pretty much it. This affiliate link is ready to be embedded into your app, blog or website. 

 

Getting Started with the Sears API

Jun
3
Posted by kbhatt | about 9 months ago

Are you looking for a quick introduction to the Sears API? Look no further than Getting Started with Sears API using Java or PHP

This short guide touches upon topics that include, among other things: 

  • concepts of Functions, Result Sets, and Categories,
  • a code snippet to perform keyword search on our product catalog using the Product Search API, 
  • an example response (xml format is used, but you could also obtain your responses in json), and
  • constructing a deep link to products on sears.com 

The included code snippet is provided in both Java and PHP.

We hope you will find this guide helpful to quickly familiarize yourself with the basics of working with the Sears API. What other aspects of the Sears API would you like to learn more about? Please feel free to contact us here or send in your comments and questions to apisupport@searshc.com. Happy hacking! 

Register now: Sears Startup & Dev Challenge in New York - Jun 5-8

May
13
Posted by kbhatt | about 9 months ago

Live in New York or wanna visit? Want to test your ideas for a new product, receive feedback from industry experts, and see if you have what it takes to scale your technology to the next level? Well, come join us at the Sears Startup & Dev Challenge in New York from June 5 to June 8. There are up to $50K in prizes on offer in addition to a chance to partner with Sears and grow your company.

What is the Sears Startup & Dev Challenge about?

Sears is looking for fresh ideas and potential partners to introduce at its retail stores and to its national customer base. We will present a selection of four challenges that we as a company are working on. We are looking for early stage startups and inidividual developers to create new solutions to these challenges or expand upon their own existing ones over an intense weekend of coding and workshops.

Which business challenges are available to work on?

There are four different challenges open to participants --

  1. Enrichment of Ratings and Reviews
  2. Awareness for our Baby assortment
  3. Improvement in post purchase support
  4. Driving the reach of PartsDirect

More details on the challenges are available here.

How do I participate?

Participation in the Sears Startup & Dev Challenge requires registration. In order to register, review the information made available at the Sears Startup & Dev Challenge event page. Identify yourself as a startup or an individual developer to register. Don't wait for the last minute to register. You would want to build your team (if you don't have one), discuss the challenges ahead of time, and consider your best approach. 

There are several ways to engage beyond registration:

Where in New York is the event location?

Where: WeWork Soho West 175 Varick Street, New York, NY

Click for directions

 

More questions/comments? Tweet your heart out to @searsapi. We look forward to seeing you at the event.smiley

So, How Did The Sears Code-A-Thon Go?

Dec
10
Posted by sahmed77 | about 1 year ago

150+ Developers and 40 Startups joined us for the Sears Code-A-Thon earlier this year in San Francisco. We were bowled over by the energy they brought with them. Over the course of two days, we saw several brilliant ideas taking shape leading to 42 apps competing for the grand prize of $40K in test budget.

We had such a good experience that we are already planning our next hackathon and continue this relationship we have initiated with the developer community.

Couldn't make it to the event? Check out the quick short video below to see what you missed :-)

For those of you that did join us in all the fun, can you spot yourself in the video?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sears Code-A-Thon in San Francisco

Aug
23
Posted by kbhatt | about 1 year ago

 

Sears Code-A-Thon in San Francisco  

What: Sears' Startup Code-A-Thon

Date: August 23-25th, 2013

Where: Spur Building, San Francisco, CA 

Click here to register

 

The Event

Sears is heavily investing into innovative web and mobile commerce initiatives. And we want to explore ideas that can be implemented for Holiday 2013.

In a nutshell: Sears Holdings is looking for mobile apps that can:

  • Focus on mobile and commerce experience and products
  • Drive traffic mobile and commerce experience
  • Increase engagement for mobile and web
  • Create an engaging holiday experience focused on key categories (apparel, appliances, auto) that produces new traffic and results in profitable sales
  • Integrate Shop Your Way Rewards loyalty program into the overall experience.

Technology focus areas:

  • Mobile
  • Social
  • Commerce/Payments
  • CRM

Sears HC brand focus for the event:

  • Sears

Fashion:  Cheryl Tiegs, Pilgrim, Roebucks, Gold Bond, Kardashian Kollection
Auto: Penske, Dashmate, Diehard
Home appliance: Kenmore, Coldspot
Consumer electronics: Craftsman, Silvertone, Tower

Sears' traffic: Web:  ~21M monthly unique visitors
Current number of mobile apps:  15 different apps across retail and various verticals (includes Kmart)

 

Prize Information

Two Tracks for the competion, one for startups and one for devs

1. Companies:

  • Opportunity to win $40K in test budget
  • Commitment from Sears to get your product/service in market by Holiday, 2013
  • Learn about other opportunities from Sears and the retail industry at large
  • Chance to learn about your end users and validate your technology, whether through a brand partnered project or in the market

2. Developers:

  • Opportunity to win up to $10K in cash and prizes
  • Opportunity to work with Sears' on independent projects
  • Meet potential co-founders

Note:

Opportunities: Beyond the obvious top prizes, Sears' wants to discover you or your startup and explore how they can build working relationships with the smartest minds in Silicon Valley.

 

Click here for more details

Sears API Featured App: Kardashian Kollection

Mar
21
Posted by philipnowak | about 2 years ago

What do the Kardashians and tech nerds have in common?

APIs.

No, really!

The Kardashian Kollection and Sears API are BFFs (best friends forever) as the app leverages the Sears Product Search API.

Once a user clicks on a Kardashian Kollection product category, the Sears Product Search API is invoked to get all of the products associated with that category. Categories include: denim, handbags, jewelry, shoes, hosiery/initimates, sunglasses and women's.

Want to have your app featured on the Sears API blog? Email us at OnlineApiAdmin@searshc.com.

LAST CHANCE: 2012 Sears API Developer Network Survey (Plus $50 Gift Card Giveaway)

Jan
23
Posted by philipnowak | about 3 years ago

 

Happy Monday to my fellow Sears Developer Network-ites,

Last chance to complete the 2012 Sears API Developer Network Survey.  The survey closes at 11:59pm CST on Tuesday, January 24th.

If you've already completed the survey, thank you very much.

If not, here's the link: 2012 Sears API Developer Network Survey

Your feedback will help us evolve our product roadmap, so that we can address the most pertinent issues as soon as we can.  

We want to hear from you about what we can do better, whether you want access to more API interfaces, better documentation, faster support, FAQs, tutorials, news, example code or examples of the cool products others are building.

Don't forget about the $50 gift card we're giving away if you complete the whole survey AND fill out your contact information at the end including name, email address and developer API key.  Terms and conditions here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks again,

Philip Nowak
Product Manager, eCommerce APIs
Online Business Unit | Sears Holdings Corporation
Email: OnlineAPIAdmin@searshc.com
Phone: 224-829-2982            

 

Sears Named 2011 Mobile Retailer of the Year and 2011 Mobile Commerce Website of the Year

Jan
20
Posted by philipnowak | about 3 years ago

One of my favorite things about working on the API Product Management team is seeing all of the amazing products and apps that the Sears Developer Network builds using the Sears Open API Platform.

Since launching the Sears Developer Network and the Sears Open API Platform in 2010, we haven't particularly done a good job in showcasing your work.  That's why, here at the start of 2012, we've made the commitment to do our best to highlight the achievements and contributions of our developer community.  

We're excited to start the year off with a BANG with one of our very own!

Just a few weeks ago, our very own Sears Mobile team earned not one, but TWO of the highest accolades and most prestigious awards in mobile commerce: 2011 Mobile Retailer of the Year and 2011 Mobile Commerce Website of the Year.

Check out the wonderful words Mobile Commerce Daily had to say about these two fantastic honors:

Mobile Commerce Daily is convinced that Sears serves as a role model for retailers for its outstanding use of mobile. The Mobile Retailer of the Year is the most prestigious honor for smart, strategic and creative use of the mobile medium. Target won the honor in 2010 and eBay won in 2009. 

“Sears gets that mobile commerce is not about the channel, but about the customer,” said Mickey Alam Khan, editor in chief of Mobile Marketer and Mobile Commerce Daily, New York. “Today’s store is not just doors, shelves and escalators, but keypads, local search and appealing product display on screens, and Sears’ mobile strategy is completely reflective of how control of shopping has shifted to the customer. 

“Through its 360-degree use of mobile to support not only that medium but stores and online, Sears has shown a level of maturity rare among the nation’s leading retailers,” he said. “Sears’ mobile presence is making it easier to shop with the brand, and thus prepare the retailer for 21st century retailing and marketing.” 

Sears saw double-digit growth in mobile sales during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and had the highest-ranking mobile commerce sites for Black Friday, according to the Compuware Gomez Performance Satisfaction Index.

Why are we so excited?

Sears Mobile consumes our Product Search APIProduct Details APIStore Locator API and several of our 150 internal-facing APIs that are exposed for consumption by Sears and select partners.  

Why should you be excited?

We want you to use our data and Open API Platform to build your own mobile apps or any other experience your heart desires.  Our public facing APIs are available for anyone in the SDN community to use, but if you are an active Sears Open API Platform user and want to take it to the next level with some of our internal-facing APIs, let's talk: @SearsAPI or OnlineApiAdmin@searshc.com.

Sears (@SearsAPI) Has a Developer Network and Open API Platform? Yes We Do!

Jan
19
Posted by philipnowak | about 3 years ago

 

Sears has a Developer Network and Open API Platform?  Yes we do!  We've had one for almost two years now, after originally launching the Sears Developer Network and the Sears Open API Platform in February of 2010

At 125 years old, Sears might be one of the oldest retailers in the country, but we're all in on driving technological innovation through eCommerce, mobile commerce and social commerce.

This might be the reason we raised some eyebrows and quickly sparked some interest in the Sears Developer Network and the Sears Open API Platform when we launched our new @SearsAPI Twitter account.  Here are some of the fun tweets that came across our Twitter stream:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We originally launched with two APIs: Product Search and Product Details.  We now have 6 public-facing APIs that developers can consume for their applications in xml/json response format:
{C}
{C}

1.      Product Search: search and browse products within sears.com, kmart.com and mygofer.com catalogs 

2.      Product Details: retrieve product details from sears.com, kmart.com and mygofer.com catalogs 

3.      Store Locator: retrieve Sears or Kmart store locations near an address given as input 

4.      Deal of the Day: retrieve the mygofer.com Deal of the Day 

5.      Top Sellers: retrieve top seller products from sears.com, kmart.com and mygofer.com catalogs 

6.      Sales and Deals: retrieve sales and deals data from sears.com, kmart.com and mygofer.com catalogs 


We also have over 150 internal-facing APIs that are exposed for consumption by select partners and power applications from our mobile team, Sears.com, Kmart.com and MyGofer.com. 

Not satisfied with the APIs we've made available to all registered users in our Sears Developer Network?  Tell us what you're looking for in our first ever Sears API Developer Network Survey, tweet us @SearsAPI or email at OnlineApiAdmin@searshc.com

Already build something really cool using our APIs and want to share it with the SDN community?  You're in luck as we're looking for products and apps to feature in our Developer Showcase series here on the SDN blog.  Drop us a tweet at @SearsAPI or email at OnlineApiAdmin@searshc.com.

 

 

2012 Sears API Developer Network Survey

Jan
12
Posted by philipnowak | about 3 years ago

As I mentioned in my first post as the new Sears API Product Manager, I’m here to help you build cool and interesting things using the Sears Open API Platform.  

We want to hear from you about what we can do better, whether you want access to more API interfaces, better documentation, faster support, FAQs, tutorials, news, example code or examples of the cool products others are building in-house or outside of SHC (Sears Holdings Corporation).

How are we doing that?

Our first ever survey, the 2012 Sears API Developer Network Survey.

It's not painful like most surveys out there.  Almost all of the questions are multiple choice and additional comments are optional.

But here's the thing, while we're grateful for any feedback we receive from you, your comments are valuable to us, like little gold nuggets of insight.   Your feedback will help us evolve our product roadmap, so that we can address the most pertinent issues as soon as we can.  

Are you in?

Let's sweeten the deal a little bit.  We're giving away a $50 Sears gift card to a random winner.

The catch?

You have to complete the whole survey AND fill out your contact information at the end including name, email address and developer API key.

Are you in now?

Let's do this:  2012 Sears API Developer Network Survey 

If you'd rather forego the chance to win the gift card and instead submit the survey anonymously, just leave the contact info fields on the last page blank and hit submit.

One more thing, if you haven't already noticed, we're ramping up our blog posts, so be sure to subscribe by:

RSS: http://developer.sears.com/blog/feed
Twitter: @SearsAPI 

-Philip

Philip Nowak
Product Manager, eCommerce APIs
Online Business Unit | Sears Holdings Corporation
Email: OnlineAPIAdmin@searshc.com
Phone: 224-829-2982      
Skype: Philip-Nowak
Twitter:  @PhilipNowak  

As always, here's the legal mumbo jumbo you must abide by if you'd like to be eligible for entry into the gift card giveaway. 

 

*****WINNER OF $50 SEARS GIFT CARD IS RICH POWELL*****

 

SEARS API DEVELOPER SURVEY SWEEPSTAKES

2012 OFFICIAL RULES

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

 

1.      HOW TO ENTER:  The Sears API Developer Survey Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins on January 11, 2012 at 9: 00 am Central Time (“CT”) and ends January 24, 2012 at 11: 59 pm CT.  To enter, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012_Sears_Developer_Network_Survey (“Survey Site”), and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the survey (including name, email address and developer API key) and enter the Sweepstakes.  Limit one entry per person during the Sweepstakes Period.  Sponsor’s decisions will be final in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes and winner eligibility.  Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification.  Not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected entries, all of which are void.  Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized individual account holder of the account associated with the winning entry in order to be awarded a prize.

 

2.      ELIGIBILITY:  The Sweepstakes is open to valid registered members of the Sears Developer Network who are legal residents of the United States and are 18 years or older at the time of entry.   Void where prohibited by law.  Eligibility is conditioned on the acceptance of these Official Rules at time of submission.

 

3.      RANDOM DRAWING:  The prize winner will be selected in a random drawing scheduled to be conducted on approximately January 26, 2012 by Sponsor’s representative(s) or designee(s).  Potential winner will be contacted via email or telephone, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, by a Sponsor representative.  If potential winner cannot be contacted, or if prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize.

 

4.      PRIZE:  There will be one Prize, consisting of one (1) $50 Sears Gift Card.   Approximate Retail Value of Prize: $50.  Odds of winning a Prize depend on number of eligible entries received.   

 

5.      CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION.  Taxes on the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. Prizes are not transferable.  No Prize substitutions or cash redemptions allowed except by Sponsor, who may substitute a prize of equal or greater value if advertised Prize becomes unavailable.    Winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility/release of liability and publicity (where permitted) within a time period designated, or prize may be forfeited.  Failure to comply within the designated time period may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. By accepting prize, winner agrees to release Sponsor and each of its affiliates, officers, directors, and associates from any and all liability, loss or damage of any kind arising out of or in connection with their participation in this contest or with respect to awarding, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize or while traveling to or from any prize related activity.  Winner agrees to abide by these official rules and the decisions of the Sponsor management team whose decisions are final on all matters relating to this Sweepstakes.  Sponsor is not responsible for any printing, typographical, mechanical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Sweepstakes, or in the announcement of the prize.

 

An entrant may be prohibited from participating in this Sweepstakes if, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion, it reasonably believes that the entrant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other entrants, the Sponsor or associated agencies.

 

6.      NO RECOURSE TO JUDICIAL OR OTHER PROCEDURES: To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Sweepstakes are hereby excluded, and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights.  Entrants agree that these Official Rules are governed by the laws of Illinois.

 

7.      INTERNET:  Sponsor is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion via mobile phone or otherwise.  If for any reason the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or otherwise affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes or any portion thereof without further obligation or advance notice.  Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes or any portion thereof at any time, and for any reason without further obligation or advance notice.  Sponsor reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date.  Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process.

 

CAUTION: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent of the law.

 

8.      SEVERABILITY:  If any provision(s) of these Official Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.

 

9.      WINNERS’ LIST:  The winners list will be posted on http://developer.sears.com/sears-api-developer-network-survey after approximately January 26, 2012 and before March 26, 2012.

 

10.  SPONSOR:  Sears Holdings Management Corporation, 3333 Beverly Road, Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60179.

 

 

 

SEARS API DEVELOPER SURVEY SWEEPSTAKES

2012 OFFICIAL RULES

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

 

1.      HOW TO ENTER:  The Sears API Developer Survey Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) begins on January 11, 2012 at 9: 00 am Central Time (“CT”) and ends January 24, 2012 at 11: 59 pm CT.  To enter, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012_Sears_Developer_Network_Survey (“Survey Site”), and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the survey (including name, email address and developer API key) and enter the Sweepstakes.  Limit one entry per person during the Sweepstakes Period.  Sponsor’s decisions will be final in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes and winner eligibility.  Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification.  Not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected entries, all of which are void.  Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized individual account holder of the account associated with the winning entry in order to be awarded a prize.

 

2.      ELIGIBILITY:  The Sweepstakes is open to valid registered members of the Sears Developer Network who are legal residents of the United States and are 18 years or older at the time of entry.   Void where prohibited by law.  Eligibility is conditioned on the acceptance of these Official Rules at time of submission.

 

3.      RANDOM DRAWING:  The prize winner will be selected in a random drawing scheduled to be conducted on approximately January 26, 2012 by Sponsor’s representative(s) or designee(s).  Potential winner will be contacted via email or telephone, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, by a Sponsor representative.  If potential winner cannot be contacted, or if prize is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits prize.

 

4.      PRIZE:  There will be one Prize, consisting of one (1) $50 Sears Gift Card.   Approximate Retail Value of Prize: $50.  Odds of winning a Prize depend on number of eligible entries received.   

 

5.      CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION.  Taxes on the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. Prizes are not transferable.  No Prize substitutions or cash redemptions allowed except by Sponsor, who may substitute a prize of equal or greater value if advertised Prize becomes unavailable.    Winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility/release of liability and publicity (where permitted) within a time period designated, or prize may be forfeited.  Failure to comply within the designated time period may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. By accepting prize, winner agrees to release Sponsor and each of its affiliates, officers, directors, and associates from any and all liability, loss or damage of any kind arising out of or in connection with their participation in this contest or with respect to awarding, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize or while traveling to or from any prize related activity.  Winner agrees to abide by these official rules and the decisions of the Sponsor management team whose decisions are final on all matters relating to this Sweepstakes.  Sponsor is not responsible for any printing, typographical, mechanical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Sweepstakes, or in the announcement of the prize.

 

An entrant may be prohibited from participating in this Sweepstakes if, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion, it reasonably believes that the entrant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by cheating, deception, or other unfair playing practices or annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other entrants, the Sponsor or associated agencies.

 

6.      NO RECOURSE TO JUDICIAL OR OTHER PROCEDURES: To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Sweepstakes are hereby excluded, and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights.  Entrants agree that these Official Rules are governed by the laws of Illinois.

 

7.      INTERNET:  Sponsor is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion via mobile phone or otherwise.  If for any reason the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or otherwise affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes or any portion thereof without further obligation or advance notice.  Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes or any portion thereof at any time, and for any reason without further obligation or advance notice.  Sponsor reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date.  Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process.

 

CAUTION: Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent of the law.

 

8.      SEVERABILITY:  If any provision(s) of these Official Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.

 

9.      WINNERS’ LIST:  The winners list will be posted on http://developer.sears.com/sears-api-developer-network-survey after approximately January 26, 2012 and before March 26, 2012.

 

10.  SPONSOR:  Sears Holdings Management Corporation, 3333 Beverly Road, Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60179.