• Lowe's talks big plans for IT hiring, new fulfillment center

    By: Ken Elkins, Charlotte Business Journal


    MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Lowe’s Cos. Inc. will hire 2,000 software engineers and open a new direct-fulfillment center out West as CEO Marvin Ellison sets out to make the Mooresville-based home improvement chain more efficient, boost sales in stores and return to preeminence in serving pro customers.

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    Ellison says it’s the team’s idea to transform Lowe’s into a “best-in-class” retailer. 

    Those 2,000 software engineers will allow Lowe’s to switch to company-written software from the past practice of buying “off-the-shelf” software and customizing it. 

    The plans to build a second direct fulfillment center come after Ellison and company last week dedicated a new, $150 million center in Tennessee that will eventually cover 75% of the country for two-day deliveries. The new fulfillment center out West will fill in the remaining 25% of the country with the promise of two-day delivery for items ordered online.

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