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Lowe's to Deploy 42,000 iPhone 4 Devices to Stores


Bloomberg reports that home improvement store chain Lowe's is deploying 42,000 iPhone 4 devices to its workers next month.
Next month, Lowe’s will introduce its MyLowes online tool that customers will be able to use to store owner’s manuals, warranties and paint formulas, Chief Information Officer Mike Brown said in an interview. The Mooresville, North Carolina- based company is arming workers with 42,000 iPhone 4s to answer shoppers’ questions and ring up purchases.
The move is an attempt to better compete with rival Home Depot, which introduced a similar program last year with Motorola handhelds.

Each store will be receiving 25 devices that "will be enabled for mobile calling, emailing and text-messaging as well as processing credit and debit card purchases".

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Posted: 39 months ago
Seems to me Lowe's could have saved much money by using iPod Touches and having Wifi in their stores. They might have Wifi already. Doesn't seem like they need a phone for this.
Rating: 9 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago
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Posted: 39 months ago
But I don't understand how Lowe's can write custom software for it if it's not "open". How can it possibly work! I'm sure businesses will be ordering up Android phones and tablets by the tens of thousands once they catch on.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago

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Thank you!! I was just thinking, what a creepy-looking guy they chose for this picture. He looks so excited, doesn't he?
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago

But I don't understand how Lowe's can write custom software for it if it's not "open". How can it possibly work! I'm sure businesses will be ordering up Android phones and tablets by the tens of thousands once they catch on.


Are you joking?

http://developer.apple.com/programs/ios/enterprise/ (http://developer.apple.com/programs/ios/enterprise/)
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago

I can see how this could be very successful. Those stores are huge, so being able to contact other employees and managers to ask questions instead of hoofing it all over the store would be helpful and should speed up shopping. Would also be nice to be able to make purchases on the spot with an associate for items like appliances, paint, locks, lumber and plants.

If you've worked in corporate, you know the cost to implement this kind of initiative in time, training and such far exceeds the actual cost of the devices. As a Lowes shareholder, I'm glad to see them pursuing this strategy. :cool:


I agree. I also see where IOS5 and iMessage would be very helpful in communicating with fellow employees via free texting.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago

I think this cheapens the iPhone brand. I hope Apple did not give Lowe's any discount.

Think about it. If you love your iPhone and believe it is a distinguish personal device that sets you apart from those Android phones, why would you want to see a chain hardware store use it as a commodity work tool?

I for one don't think this is a good idea.:mad:

Let Samsung, Motorola etc. play the cheap plastic phone produce in masse game. If Apple play the volume game, then they are surely to loose against the Asian plastic makers. Why would you want to race to the bottom with the Asian clone makers?



Where do people get this stuff? It's a freaking phone, a tool to get things done. Distinguished personal device. :rolleyes:
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 39 months ago
Maybe wait a month for the iPhone 5?
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Posted: 39 months ago
Amazing!

42,000 x $? = a good day's sales.

In the larger picture a drop in the bucket - but Apple keeps doing it over and over.

Pretty impressive.:)
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Posted: 39 months ago
now one of the reasons you won't get any help at lowe's they will be talking on the iphone 4 instead of helping customers.
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