CNBC reports that home improvement chain Lowe’s is about to become a place where people can buy Craftsman tools, which for almost a century were controlled by Sears.

Sears sold the Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker earlier this year as it wrestled with its severe and continuing sales and profit issues. Stanley Black & Decker continues to sell Craftsman through Sears, but also is making the line available through other channel partners.

KC's View: If a good rule of modern retailing is that the path to success is one that exploits differences and advantages, rather than focusing on similarities and common ground, this is yet another example of Sears committing retailing malpractice. Craftsman used to be a differential advantage, but no longer.