Lowe's Gets New Paint... and Robots to Sell It

Sherwin-Williams paints and high-tech help come to the big box

February 06, 2015
Orchard Supply Hardware La Brea store

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Starting in March, Sherwin-Williams paint will be available at Lowe’s. In addition to its traditional brands, the paint giant is also providing Lowe’s with two independent lines—Painter’s Masterpiece and Property Advantage—designed to serve the trades. The deal likely comes at the expense of competitor Valspar, which said it lost $150 million to $180 million in paint business from an “unspecified North American retailer,” according to a report from Bloomberg.

In other Lowe’s news, the company is testing a new idea—robots that will help shoppers find a product. Debuting at an Orchard Supply in California, the so-called “OSHbots” will roam the store and, when a consumer types the name of an item onto its screen, will lead the person to the correct location, just like a flesh-and-blood employee. PR

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