Category Archives: Home Improvement

Forget About The Home Depot Rivalry: Lowe’s Needs To Hammer Amazon.com

From Forbes on August 25, 2016:

Building on a strengthening housing market, Home Depot and Lowe’s each recently reported Q2 gains that bucked general shopper trends for traditional retailers, leading many to speculate that the home improvement titans were more immune to current digital pressures, aptly titled the “Amazon Effect.” With Home Depot arguably the stronger performer of the two – I’ve previously detailed the struggles Lowe’s has had in the past with attracting male shoppers as well as with its regional competitor Menards – recent analysis of the digital generation, a.k.a. Millennials, exposes vulnerabilities that Lowe’s in particular faces with this next great generation of spenders. Continue reading

If Lowe’s Wants to Get Serious About Home Depot, It’ll Have to Man Up

Forgive me if this sounds archaic: home improvement is still a man’s world. Despite the fact that many “Honey-Do” lists are evolving into “Honey-I-Can-Do” mantras thanks to the increasing influence of Pinterest, blogs, and an age of “look what I did” D-I-Y social sharing, the female segment in the home improvement category is still trailing her male counterparts.

Case in point: the Home Depot upswing. The retailer’s 7% comp store sales increases in Q4 2012 eclipsed the 1.9% increase posted by rival Lowe’s. Home Depot’s stock has also become a star performer as of late, recently reaching a 52 week high, once again outpacing Lowe’s. With the housing market and our Happiness Score – a leading indicator of key economic markers, including housing starts – perking up, it seems that Home Depot is better positioned to take advantage of the possible housing spoils to come this spring.

So what’s wrong with Lowe’s? Continue reading