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#1 posted 10-29-2014 08:12 PM

I’d love to see one of these in person… but our closest Lowes is a pretty small volume store and it’ll take forever to get this here.

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#2 posted 10-29-2014 08:50 PM

I would like to see one in action also. I tend to avoid normal HGTV/pintrest crowd hours at these stores (thank goodness for the Home Depot as it draws the majority of them) but now besides the idiot blocking me from getting to what I want because they can’t figure out paint isn’t in the sheet goods aisle i will have a robots taking up space with an idiot in tow.

In all fairness it is a neat concept and one I think we will see a lot more of with the current tend in pay and benefits associated with unskilled labor force. I thought I came across a burger robot that will do the cooking and some of the prep work but I think it was still slightly higher in price than the workers it would replace.

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#3 posted 10-29-2014 08:52 PM

As I get older I’m going to need one of those to show me where my woodshop is :)

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#4 posted 10-29-2014 09:01 PM

Don’t need one a Lowe’s, but the way WalMart resets the store every 10 days, I can’t even find milk anymore. :)
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#5 posted 10-31-2014 03:24 AM

Businesses will do anything to keep from giving someone a job.

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#6 posted 10-31-2014 03:44 AM

I think it’s a great idea, it will never be late, it doesn’t get drunk and call in sick, won’t ask for a raise. Won’t treat you like crap, ignore you, or decide the phone call they are on is more important then the customer right in front of them.. All stores should have a robot/computer that tells you where something is, I sure wouldn’t want to pay someone $15.00/hr to tell some idiot where the screws are.
I personally like to drool at all the new crap they are selling you whilst “Looking for what I came for” but it is nice to have someone/something tell you where it is.
I want to see the first guy punch the thing.

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#7 posted 10-31-2014 01:38 PM

Similarly – you can now buy 3-d printers at Home Depot.
Need parts, just make it at home!

Get a Dremel Idea builder for a thousand bucks.

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#8 posted 10-31-2014 02:42 PM

It might be better that some of the kids that do not know much about the store, but they do have some
real good help. Next will be a self checkout aisle like Home Depot.

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#9 posted 10-31-2014 07:12 PM

Doc, I would love to tinker with one of those but not for that price, you buy one and I will give you $10.00 and day for use.

Gus,
My Lowes has a self checkout but they always have a person or two watching the area so it really didn’t take jobs away. They have taken it down before because they were having theft and having people forget to run parts through.
I would rather the employees spend their time helping me with a real question then helping someone find some dumb part. It’s all relative anyways, go to North Brunswick, NJ and there is a guy on every isle, here there is a lot of employees depending on the day and time.

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#10 posted 11-02-2014 05:10 AM

If there is one in the electrical section, I wonder if the advice will be as good as here on LJ? ;-)

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#11 posted 11-02-2014 07:30 AM

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I would like to see one in action also. I tend to avoid normal HGTV/pintrest crowd hours at these stores (thank goodness for the Home Depot as it draws the majority of them) but now besides the idiot blocking me from getting to what I want because they can t figure out paint isn t in the sheet goods aisle i will have a robots taking up space with an idiot in tow.

In all fairness it is a neat concept and one I think we will see a lot more of with the current tend in pay and benefits associated with unskilled labor force. I thought I came across a burger robot that will do the cooking and some of the prep work but I think it was still slightly higher in price than the workers it would replace.

- TravisH


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#12 posted 11-02-2014 01:22 PM

If it is better than the old female voice system, “Assistance needed in the wiring section”, that Lowe’s unsuccessfully has used for years, it might be better. But I can see aisle problems in my Lowe’s. The aisles are already almost too skinny to have to carts passing. On the other hand, having a guy come up to you immediately and another every 1-2 minutes to ask you what you need, like Ace Hardware does, when all you really want is a couple bolts and I know where they are…can be just as frustrating.

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#13 posted 11-02-2014 04:00 PM

Topo, with the ability of people to only hear what they want to hear, and ignore warnings and then want
sue someone else because of their stupidity, I do not think the robots will be giving any advice, just
locations of parts.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 11-02-2014 04:33 PM

Excuse me, where is the Men’s Room?

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#15 posted 11-02-2014 05:29 PM

They cant be any worse then the employees we have here.

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