Lowe’s face backlash in wake of canceling ads on ‘All-American Muslim’ reality show
New York City — Lowe’s Home Improvement is facing a backlash in the wake of its decision to stop advertising on a reality show about American Muslims. About 40 local and national Muslim and Arab-American leaders from around the nation are expected to participate Monday evening in a conference call to discuss the decision by the home improvement chain to pull its ads from the cable show "All-American Muslim,” The Detroit News reported.
"A possible boycott is on the table but that would be a collective decision by various leaders," said Dawud Walid, the executive director of CAIR-MI, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Lowe’s canceled its ads after getting what it said was a "significant amount of communication" about the show. But the chain did not address reports that its decision was influenced by the conservative group Florida Family Association, which described the show as "propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values." The sent three emails to its members, asking them to petition Lowe’s to pull its advertising.
The program details the lives of five suburban families from Dearborn, Mich., a Detroit suburb with a large Muslim and Arab-American population.
Calling the Lowe’s decision "un-American" and "naked religious bigotry," Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, told The Associated Press he would also consider legislative action if Lowe’s doesn’t apologize to Muslims and reinstate its ads.
The senator sent a letter outlining his complaints to Lowe’s CEO Robert A. Niblock.
"The show is about what it’s like to be a Muslim in America, and it touches on the discrimination they sometimes face. And that kind of discrimination is exactly what’s happening here with Lowe’s," Lieu said.
Lowe’s issued a statement in response to the controversy. "Individuals and groups have strong political and societal views on this topic, and this program became a lightning rod for many of those views," the statement said. "As a result we did pull our advertising on this program. We believe it is best to respectfully defer to communities, individuals and groups to discuss and consider such issues of importance."
Cosi announces new CEO
Deerfield, Ill. — Cosi announced the appointment of Carin L. Stutz as the company’s new CEO and president beginning Jan.1. She also will join the Cosi board of directors.
Stutz, 55, joins Cosi from Brinker International, where she was president of global business development, leading all aspects of franchise development and operations for 240 Chili’s and Maggiano’s restaurants around the globe.
Morrisons taps Galleria Retail to automate merchandising processes
Chicago — Galleria Retail Technology Solutions, a provider of retail and category optimization solutions, announced that Morrisons, the United Kingdom’s fourth largest food retailer, will utilize its complete product suite to automate its merchandising strategy.
A Galleria customer since 2008, Morrisons will continue to use Galleria’s customer-centric merchandising dolution and will also implement the supplier’s Intelligent Store Optimization, Behavioural Cluster Planning, Store Operations Workbench and Galleria Foundation Services in more than 400 stores across the United Kingdom.
“With more than 11.5 million shoppers each week, our goal is to optimize our selling space in every store and ensure that we have an appropriate assortment to meet our individual customer needs” said Andrew Plews, head of trading systems development controller at Morrisons, which operates more than 470 supermarkets. “Galleria offers us a complete, single-source solution to automate our merchandising processes across both macro- and micro-space planning in support of our objectives.”