SICK OF THIS *$&, sorry #$%$* excuse of a retail chain.
Out of stock. Out of stock. Out of stock. Out of stock on all the common items. Out of stock, all the time.
Today it was spark plugs, bolts to attach license plate to trailer, Oil based Armor paint. Out of stock, out of stock, out of stock. Last week it was sandpaper, nails for nail gun, and 2" oil based paint brush. Out of stock, out of stock, out of stock.
Lowes is always, ALWAYS a roll of the die as to whether they will have what I need. It's gotten so very bad, that at times I just don't even try. I drive right on by that sorry store and travel the extra 5 miles down the road to go to HD. Ever since they centralized all ordering and inventory control at Corporate, and took it out of the hands of the local store managers, it's been nothing but OUT OF STOCK, OUT OF STOCK, OUT OF STOCK.
You want to know why HD is kicking Lowes tail now?
Easy ... OUT OF STOCK. LOWES stands for OUT OF STOCK.
If i could wait I wouldn't drive to the store - it would be ordered on-line in the first place.
A big portion of purchases are for items needed NOW as in a repair, replacement or a consumable and with a high urgency. If they can order on-line, they can order on line and fill the shelves.
Your sentiment is shared. The problem with Lowes is that the stores let corporate do most of the replenishment for them (auto-replenishment; which sucks). The way it should work is having the associates in the respective dept. manage inventory - stay on top of items that are out, low in quantity, fast sellers etc. and take ownership; micro manage their respective inventory. The associates are in the midst of inventory reality at a location, not corporate. Associates can react to inventory conditions much faster and more accurately than some auto-replenishment algorithm monitored by a corporate out of touch dweeb.
There's plenty of the product available that you are finding out of stock; problem is it isn't getting to that store - that one of 1,800 stores.
you need to go to either Home Depot or your local hardware store. I don;t want to see you in the ER with a heart attack. Sell your Lowe's stock, watch a little TV while you are in the hospital room recovering. I'll buy your shares of Lowe's.Remind your nurse that your meds have to be taken by 10:30 pm otherwise you can't sleep and you'll disturb the other patients.