CNBC reports that Sears is expanding its relationship with Amazon, growing the number of Auto Centers that will install car tires bought on Amazon from 71 to 118.

The story quotes Mike McCarthy, vice president and general manager of Sears Automotive, as saying that "Amazon customer reviews have been very positive and we are two months ahead of schedule," and that “customers are also ‘taking advantage’ of additional services, like oil changes, when they come to Sears to get their tires installed.”

KC's View: This isn’t a relationship. It is a lifeline…and I continue to believe that it presages a move that Amazon could make to take greater ownership of the auto center business. Let’s not forget that Sears Holdings is closing stores, selling off brands, and trying to persuade people - mostly unsuccessfully - that it has some sort of plan for retail survival.