Stanley sharpens its utility blade offering
Stanley introduced a new carbide utility blade that it says lasts more than five times longer than competing blades.
The key to the product is Carbide Blade Technology, which provides increased blade life, maintains first-cut sharpness and offers snap resistance.
“The introduction of the new Stanley Carbide blades represents a strong commitment to innovation that began with extensive field research with professional contractors who rely on our products every day,” said Bob Scillia, leader of Stanley’s Cutting & Clamping Business Unit. “By lasting significantly longer than other blades on the market, we’re confident our new utility blades will meet contractors’ needs and lead to greater productivity on the job site.”
Stanley’s Carbide Utility Blades are uniquely manufactured by way of a patent-pending process that uses high-powered laser technology to deposit tungsten carbide powder onto the edge of every blade.
Diamond wheels are then used to grind a sharp finished angle on each Carbide blade. This high-speed process creates a durable and long-lasting edge while maintaining a flexible steel blade body.
The blades are expected to retail in packs of five (11-800) for approximately $4.99, packs of 10 (11-800T) for $7.99, and packs of 50 (11-800L) for $24.99.
Lowe’s employees get on the iPhone
According to Lowe’s Rick Damron, executive VP store operations, the Mooresville, N.C.-based retail giant has rolled out iPhones to more than 60% of its stores, where they’re used as sales tools and scanners.
The mobile devices customized with retail applications and based on Apple’s iPhone technology are expected to be rolled out to all stores by the end of the year.
Speaking during the Lowe’s third-quarter earnings conference, Damron said the intuitive devices are the first technology rollout that didn’t require training manuals.
"The feedback from our stores on all of these upgrades has been highly positive for one simple reason," he said. "Associates feel they are better equipped to serve customers.”
Damron said each store has about 25 of the iPhone devices. Because employees no longer have to walk to a fixed terminal about 400 times a day, it makes them more productive, he said.
Woman arrested with purse full of power tool accessories
Myrtle Beach, S.C., police arrested a woman at a local Lowe’s store after she was detained by a loss prevention officer with a purse full of power tool accessories, according to a report by WMBF-News.
The unnamed suspect was arrested Nov. 15 after she walked out of the store on Seaboard Street with 14 boxed saw blades, a drill bit and one pair of Mechanix Wear gloves. Together, the items were valued at $180. The Lowe’s loss prevention officer said he had observed her placing the merchandise in her purse.
The suspect told police she stole the items because she needed the money, according to the news report. She was arrested for shoplifting and taken to the Myrtle Beach jail.