Sears Calls Out Home Depot and Lowes in a Turf War!
Home Depot is the largest home improvement retailer in the United States with over $4 billion dollars in annual revenue. They are known for their large selection of products at affordable prices, but they have been criticized for their price gouging practices.
Many consumers have complained about being charged up to 50% higher than other stores when buying certain items such as paint, lumber or even toilet paper.
Lowe’s is one of the largest home improvement retailers in the United States with over $3 billion dollars in annual revenue. They are known for their wide variety of products at competitively priced prices, but they have been criticized for their high markups on some items like batteries and paint.
In response to these complaints, Home Depot announced plans to raise its minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.00 per hour starting January 1st, 2013.
Lowe’s followed suit by announcing a minimum wage increase of their own for all employees beginning in April of 2012. These increases were seen as retaliation against Home Depot and Lowe’s because they felt that the two retailers were unfairly taking advantage of customers by charging exorbitant prices while offering subpar customer service.
In addition to paying higher wages, Home Depot and Lowes have committed themselves to fixing their internal issues and satisfying their customers. Home Depot has started requiring more employees on registers, further training management staff, and making awnings for outside each store to provide better shelter during bad weather.
Lowe’s has started hiring more employees and more employees that speak fluent English. They have also fixed issues with their internal computer systems in order to help employees provide better customer service.
In addition to these major changes, Home Depot and Lowe’s have announced a “Buy Nothing Day” for the entire month of December in which they will offer their customers 10% off every day for the entire month. This is the first time either store has ever given such an offer, and it is being seen as a major attempt to lure customers away from their competitors.
The Home Depot and Lowes are locked in a fierce battle for market share in the home repair industry. With these new strategies, one of these retailers is sure to come out on top.
You’ve visited these stores both as a customer and as a potential employee. Give us your thoughts on why one of these companies is better than the other.
Which store would you rather shop at? Which store would you rather work at? Why?
Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
How to write
This is a discussion topic, which means you are supposed to write in a conversational manner. Avoid writing in passive voice and try not to overuse the same words.
Use multiple senses ( sight, hearing, smell, etc.) to make your writing more engaging.
You can also link to any relevant sources you find online.
A good son
Son: Hey dad. I made the football team.
Dad: That’s great! I’m proud of you!
You’re such a good son.
Son: Thanks dad. I’ll try my best to make you even prouder.
Dad: I know you will.
Son: You know, I’ve been thinking about college lately. I really want to become a doctor so that I can help people.
Do you think I’ll be able to get into a good medical school?
Dad: I think you’ll be able to get into any school you want. You’re a great kid with a lot of potential. Try to become a doctor and I’m sure you’ll do a great job.
Son: Thanks, Dad.
Dad: Hey, what about me? Aren’t you proud of me?
I’m trying to live my life so that maybe one day, you’ll be proud of me too.
Son: Dad, I already am proud of you. You’re such a good dad.
Dad: Thanks son. I love you.
Son: I love you too, Dad.
Discuss ways in which the relationship between this father and son can be strengthened through further enrichment of quality time spent engaging in meaningful conversation.
What are some potential areas of conflict that may arise between them?
Give reasons for your views and use specific evidence from literature to support your opinions.
How to write
This topic is basically about improving a father-son relationship. You can either focus on the son or the father in this topic.
Of course, you can also focus on both. Try to use personal experiences to support your views. Please do not copy-paste anything from the internet, and be sure to reference using Harvard format if you are using sources.
The best way to write this topic is to start with your opening sentence. Once you have that, the rest should follow naturally.
Please do not add “I think that” or “I believe that” in the beginning of your paragraphs. This is not a theoretical subject, so such words have no place here. Instead, just state what you think using factual information and your own personal experience.
When you have written your first draft, you can go back and add citations. Remember to add a citation whenever you mention information that is not commonly known.
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Don’t try to fool me by using grammatical errors to change words. I’ll know what words you’re trying to change.
I will be reading each revision carefully.
This is Part 1 of 2. Part 2, due Thursday, will be an evaluation of the ways in which a student may strengthen the father-son bond using positive reinforcement and trust.
Part 1: 20% (Due Thursday)
Part 2: 20% (Due Wednesday)
Participation: 20% (Students will be chosen at random to answer questions from me weekly. Your response and answers must make sense and be easily understood.)
(Misspellings and bad grammar are two things that should never occur when writing a university level essay. You’re writing to gain my knowledge, not to impress me with your lack of it.
If you make too many mistakes, I won’t be able to understand what you’re trying to say. If you’re spelling a word wrong, such as “there” instead of “their,” you should know better by now. If you’re not sure of something, look it up or ask somebody. Don’t guess. If you’re unsure of the proper usage of a word or phrase, look it up or ask somebody. Don’t make an educated guess. If I can’t understand what you’re trying to say, your grade will suffer greatly. Don’t let that happen. Please.)
Late papers will not be accepted under any circumstances.
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- Creating” chicks who fix”: Women, tool knowledge, and home repair, 1920-2007 (DD Taylor, JS Archer – 1996 – Amacom Books)
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- Robotic nation (RW Oliver – Journal of Business Strategy, 1999 – go.gale.com)
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