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Tuesday
Dec132011

Lowe's Faces Backlash for Pulling Ads from TLC Muslim Show

Alex Wong/Getty Images(MOORESVILLE, N.C.) -- Lowe's is facing heavy condemnation from all over the Internet, including celebrities who have taken to Twitter to denounce the home improvement company following its decision to pull its advertisements from a TLC show called All-American Muslim.

Russell Simmons, the hip hop entrepreneur and chairman for the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, has been vocal with numerous tweets regarding the issue.

In one tweet about Lowe's, he wrote, "U endorse hate. U may be held accountable we will promote a boycott if they don't reinstate campaign and apologise #allamericanmuslim."

"I will sic every civil rights agency on @lowes until they straighten this out," Simmons vowed.

The TLC reality show focuses on Muslim families in the greater Detroit area.  Some groups have objected to the show, with the conservative Florida Family Association, which organized an email campaign aimed at Lowe's to drop the ads, calling it "propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda's clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values."

"It appears that we managed to step into a hotly contested debate with strong views from virtually every angle and perspective," Lowe's said in a statement posted on its Facebook page, recognizing that "we've managed to make some people very unhappy."

Actress Mia Farrow got involved in the battle, writing, "Big effort on Twitter to hit Lowes where it hurts, Let's all #boycottLowes."

A MoveOn.org campaign with a goal of 20,000 signatures already had more than 19,400 signatures early Tuesday morning.

"Defend our American values: tell these companies to fight back against bigotry and fear-mongering by publicly repudiating calls to stop advertising during TLC's All-American Muslim," said the petition.

The petition is directed at the CEOs of dozens of companies including T-Mobile, Wal-Mart and Time Warner Cable, and asks them to publicly reject requests to pull their ads from the show.

Lowe's said it received a lot of communication regarding the program that became a "lighting rod" for many different views and chose to pull its ads for that reason.

"We believe it is best to respectfully defer to communities, individuals and groups to discuss and consider such issues of importance," the company said. "We strongly support and respect the right of our customers, the community at large, and our employees to have different views.  If we have made anyone question that commitment, we apologize."

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Monday
Dec122011

Criticism After Lowe’s Pulls Ads from TLC's 'All-American Muslim'

Alex Wong/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- A decision by home improvement retailer Lowe’s to pull its advertisements from the reality series All-American Muslim, which airs Sunday nights on TLC, has drawn criticism from some.

The Detroit News reports that Suehaila Amem, a cast member of the show, which centers on the lives of five Muslim families in Dearborn, Mich., called Lowe's actions, “sad.”  Meanwhile, local Muslims referred to the matter as, “a slap in the face of our rich American diversity.”

A Lowe’s spokesman tweeted on behalf of the company: “We did not pull our ads based solely on the complaints or emails of any one group. It is never our intent to alienate anyone.”

The company has not said whether a campaign against the show by the conservative Florida Family Association influenced their decision.

The association posted on its website, “All-American Muslim is propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values.”

A Lowe's representative reportedly wrote back to the Florida Family Association: “Thank you for contacting Lowe’s. We work hard to listen to our customers and respond to their concerns. Lowe’s has strict guidelines that govern the placement of our advertising. Our company advertises primarily in national, prime-time television programs and on a variety of cable outlets. Lowe’s constantly reviews advertising buys to make certain they are consistent with its policy guidelines.”

Lowe’s also made a statement on its Facebook page, part of which reads: “Lowe’s has received a significant amount of communications on this program, from every perspective possible. Individuals and groups have strong political and societal views on this topic, and this program became a lightning rod for many of those views. As a result we did pull our advertising on this program. We believe it is best to respectfully defer to communities, individuals and groups to discuss and consider such issues of importance.”

Amem said on Sunday, “I’m saddened that any place of business would succumb to such bigots and people trying to perpetuate their negative views on an entire community.”

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Wednesday
Oct262011

How Does Walmart’s Price Match Measure Up with Other Retailers?

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BENTONVILLE, Ark.) -- Walmart has announced that it’s beefing up its price matching policy for the holidays, but is the company’s new policy any better than what competitors are offering?

The temporary price-matching policy will give customers a store gift card for the difference of any eligible product purchased from Nov. 1-Dec. 25 that is found at another store for a lower price.

“The great gift we can give our customers this holiday is great low prices on the things they want most,” Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer of Walmart U.S., said in a statement.  “Walmart is easing shopping stress this Christmas by allowing customers to shop when and how they want, all while guaranteeing low prices through the entire holiday season.”

The move comes as the 2011 holiday season, which accounts for a good portion of retailers’ annual revenue, is ramping up.

But price-matching is not new to Walmart or other big retailers.  Numerous retailers like Target, Sears and Best Buy have price matching policies in place year-round.

With holiday shoppers expected to be tight-fisted this year, price matching is one way to lure consumers to retailers.  So as retailers duke it out for the projected $465 billion in retail sales, here’s a match up of pricing policies at some of the nation’s top retailers:

-- Staples
“If you find a lower price anywhere else on a new identical item, just show us the lower price when you buy the item at Staples and we will match the price, or within 14 days of your Staples purchase and we will give you the difference,” according to the website.

-- Target
“If you find an item in a competitor’s printed ad that is priced lower than it is at your Target store, we will match the price. The competitor’s ad must be local and current, and the product must be the identical item, brand name, quantity and model number,” according to the company’s website.  Customers have within seven days of purchase to make a claim.  Target.com, the online entity of the company, is excluded from price matching.

-- Sears
“If you find a lower price on an identical branded item with the same features (in Consumer Electronics identical brand and model number) currently available for sale at another local competitor retail store, Sears will match that price plus give you 10% of the difference. Just bring in the original advertisement to a sales associate at the time of, or within 14 days after, your purchase,” according to Sears.com.

-- Best Buy
“Best Buy will match the price if you find a lower price on an identical available product at a local retail competitor’s store, a local Best Buy retail store or BestBuy.com. Simply let us know when you are making your purchase or during the return and exchange period. Perfect Match Promise products have an extended 60-day price match period,” according to the company’s website.

-- Amazon
“With the exception of TVs, Amazon.com doesn’t price-match with other retailers (including those who sell their items on our website). We do, however, consistently work toward maintaining competitive prices on everything we carry,” according to Amazon.com.

-- Home Depot
“If you find a current lower price on an identical, in-stock item from any local retailer, we will match the price and beat it by 10%. Excludes special orders, bid pricing, volume discounts, open-box merchandise, labor and installation, sales tax, rebate and free offers, typographical errors and online purchases,” according to the company’s website.

-- Lowe’s
“If you find a lower everyday price on an identical item at a local retail competitor, just bring us the competitor’s current ad and we’ll beat their price by 10%. If a competitor is offering a percent off discount, we’ll reduce our current price by the same percentage discount that the competitor is offering,” according to the Lowe’s website.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Oct172011

Lowe’s Closes 20 Stores, Cuts 1,950 Jobs

Alex Wong/Getty Images(MOORESVILLE, N.C.) -- Home improvement giant Lowe’s Cos. said Monday it will close 20 underperforming stores in 15 states and cut 1,950 jobs.

Half of the locations closed Sunday while the others will be shut in a month, the Mooresville, N.C., company said in a statement. Lowe’s, the number-two building supply chain after Home Depot, said the move will allow it to focus on its more profitable locations.

Before the closures, Lowe’s operated 1,725 stores.

Lowe’s will only open 10 to 15 stores in North America annually beginning in 2012, rather than the 30 it had expected to open.

The stores affected by Monday's announcement are located in Los Banos, CA; Biddeford, ME; Old Bridge, NJ; Westminster, CA; Ellsworth, ME; Batavia, NY; Denver, CO; Ionia, MI; N. Kingstown, RI; Aurora, IL; Rogers, MN; Emporia, VA; Oswego, IL; Claremont, NH; S. Tacoma, WA; Chalmette, LA; Hooksett, NH; Brown Deer, WI; Haverhill, MA; and Manchester, NH.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Oct172011

Lowe’s Closes 20 Stores, Cuts 1,950 Jobs

Jim R. Bounds/Bloomberg via Getty Images (MOORESVILLE, N.C.) -- Home improvement giant Lowe’s said Monday it will close 20 underperforming stores in 15 states and cut 1,950 jobs.

Half of the locations closed Sunday, while the others will be shut in a month, the Mooresville, N.C. company said in a statement. Lowe’s, the No. 2 building supply chain after Home Depot, said the move will allow it to focus on more-profitable locations.

Before the closures Lowe’s operated 1,725 stores.

Lowe’s will only open 10 to 15 stores in North America annually beginning in 2012, rather than the 30 it had expected to open.

The stores affected are in: Los Banos, CA, Biddeford, ME, Old Bridge, NJ, Westminster, CA, Ellsworth, ME, Batavia, NY, Denver, CO, Ionia, MI, N. Kingstown, RI, Aurora, IL, Rogers, MN, Emporia, VA, Oswego, IL, Claremont, NH, S. Tacoma, WA, Chalmette, LA, Hooksett, NH, Brown Deer, WI, Haverhill, MA, and Manchester, NH.

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