AlliancesThe Hartford Financial Services Group, Hartford, Conn., is providing low-cost auto and homeowners insurance to Sears, Roebuck and Co.'s 60 million customers nationwide. The service, which began July 1, enables Sears' customers to obtain insurance quotes either over the phone or via the Internet. The Hartford is assuming the underwriting responsibilities for the policies offered, while Sears, based in Hoffman Estates, Ill., is generating revenues based on the volume of its customers who participate in the program.
CarStation.com, a San Francisco-based Internet provider to the automotive service industry, is providing technology that will enable Progressive Auto Insurance Co. policyholders to locate collision repair facilities in the company's network via Progressive Web site at www.progressive.com. The search function will help consumers find shops in Progressive's network that have been pre-approved and whose work comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The program will also enable more than 800 collision repair facilities in Progressive's network to build online marketing and customer service capabilities using CarStation SiteManager software.
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