Lowe's to give 42,000 Apple iPhone 4 handsets to employees

Lowe's to give 42,000 Apple iPhone 4 handsets to employees
Home improvement chain Lowe's plans on giving 42,000 Apple iPhone 4 handsets to employees. According to Bloomberg, the phones initially, will be used to retrieve data. For example, the phone will be helpful for employees needing to scan a bar code, check product information, view how-to videos or even to connect to lowes.com. Company CIO Mike Brown says that eventually other functions will be added like the ability to make phone calls, send and receive e-mails and text. Also, credit and debit card purchases will also be handled by the iPhone in the future in order to keep traffic down at the registers, which happens to be the same reason that Apple Store employees are outfitted with iPod touches equipped with special software.

According to Brown, each store will receive about 25 Apple iPhone 4 handsets as the company plans on spending a record amount for Lowe's on technology in the fiscal year ending in January. Lowe's has added Wi-Fi hotspots, increased the bandwidth at locations, and is making more of its stock available online. 72,000 computer screens are being replaced with flat-screen displays.

Lowe's is in fierce competition with Home Depot in the home improvement area of the retail market. The latter gave out Motorola handheld devices to its workers last year so that they could spend more time helping customers and less time working away from them. Despite adding the Apple iPhone 4 handsets and all of the other improvements, Tim Hoyle, research director for Haverford Investments, says that Home Depot is well ahead of Lowe's and anyone who thinks that they can catch up to them is naive.

source: Bloomberg via electronista

Lowe's is giving employees an Apple iPhone 4 to streamline customer interaction

Lowe's is giving employees an Apple iPhone 4 to streamline customer interaction


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30 Comments

1. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I would much rather shop at Lowe's than Home Depot. The folks at Lowe's and Menards actually know what they're talking about.

2. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

well this is kind of an easy way to pump up the sales numbers... but in the meantime it is untrue like hell.

3. CooterLooter

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 08, 2011

My cootersense is telling me it's all a ruse. They take it out of the paycheck little bit each time.

4. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Great move by Lowe's

5. applesauce unregistered

Why iPhones? Seriously! -Small screen -Easily broken (bad in a hardware store with all-concrete floors) -Tend to get stolen a lot -Expensive to insure -Crummy reception, especially in buildings... If they're using the credit card thingee, there are many available for other smartphones. I have several Square credit card readers for my computer business, and they work great on my Android and Symbian phones, and my fiancee's Blackberry Torch

6. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Why not? With an iPhone you don't have to worry about the following: 1. Forced closing 2. Poor updates 3. Viruses and malware 4. Poor battery life(Android phones only have 3 hour batter life on average) 5. Poor design and functionality 6. LOL Android phones have the poorest reception

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

1. It force closes...there is just no error message. Think desktop PC without Error Reporting on... 2. Yea ok. I'll give you that. 3. Wow...lol. Wont even waste time respond to that...4, 5 and 6 too. If you gonna defend the iPhone, at least be more realistic about dissing Android and not look like an angry girl that just got felt up at school. The post you respond to probably had more realistic stuff in it than yours..

13. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

1.Force closing is due to bad coding on apps 2.Nexus 3.Only virus protection app an use sense you can tell if it is virus 4.I get 2 days out of my galaxy s i have seen 5 on S2 5.Nexus,Nexus One,Sensation,Evo 3D to name a few have great design 6.i have great reception an i can squezze my phone an make call

19. Undertaker unregistered

I say f**k YOU to that!

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

antennagate was an android issue? oh no.. that was an iphone4 issue. why iphones? because some idiot at the top doesnt know anything about phones.. thats why. If he did he would have had android phones shipped for less, that can do more.

27. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Lowe's is finally ahead of the competition and gave in to the Apple-pa-loosa.... great move on their part and congrats to the employees whom will dump their trashy Android phone and use a quality Apple product....

9. Bacon_Hat unregistered

When you have nothing to loose is when great innovation occurs. When your no 1 you take very calculated moves in order to not loose market share. I hope the best for Lowe's, don't count the underdog out.

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Take a hammer from a dept n smash it on the Iphone

20. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

at least it would take a hammer to damage it. all you have to do is open the box for an android phone and you already have a useless brick.

28. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

shuddap stupid fan girl. why arent you in the kitchen makin me a sammich

11. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

Hmm. It's cool that Lowe's is using technology in their stores, but I'd think a tougher phone would be better for them. Like the Casio G'zone Commando. It could handle a drop on those concrete floors...

12. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Better off giving them Nexus S

14. somebody unregistered

mayb iphone 4 cannot sold out anymore because of many new powerful android devices.therefore,they just can give away for their employees. :)

15. Fattzoo unregistered

Well..... truthfully they work really well and there not For personal use and with the old style systems They have it's a big step and the cases that's on them are 2 inchs thick plus have a hard shell too. Why would u use android when u have people that are not tech savvy When iOS is user friendly for old and young.

16. shynepo

Posts: 39; Member since: May 21, 2010

I wish I worked at lowes so I could win this phone so I can win this phone and sell it to some iphone fan boy for $500 so I can by an epic 4g touch!!!

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly!! The resell value on the iPhone is amazing.

29. joshua unregistered

the iphone are not for personal use. they are for store use only. so you cant sale them. they belong to the store. you have to still it and they might be blocked. youare gonna get fired if you take them out of the store.

17. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

DAM i missed all the good posts

18. DeviantDroid

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 28, 2011

Lets work on clearing up some stupidity. Lowes is not jet giving these to all employees.... They are going to be used in the story only for store purposes. ( Just like cash register and forklifts don't go home with employees at night..... Essentially the only thing that these things can do right now is access Lowes app and go onlineoh and calculater...... They are blocked from nearly everything else. Eventually they will phase out LRT Guns and most of the cordless sales floor phone for these iPhones... Basically Lowes went with IPhone because at the time this discussion of adding technology to Lowes The IPhone was the one and only love child of At&t who is Lowes phone provider. This plan has been in the future since 2010 atleast long before At&t lost exclusivity....

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

in other news, 30,000 lowes employees "accidentally" drop their iphones, shattering them all... and go back to using their better built android phones.

23. dj unregistered

lol @ this article making android users angry

25. getalife2203

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 05, 2010

Hey cmon guys....whats up with this argument again?? BOTH the iPhone and Android has its pros and cons. Unless you want to continue becoming childish brats and continue fighting over phones.......so be it.

26. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Lowe's will file bankruptcy soon after signing all cell phone contracts.

30. edgenoavala unregistered

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