Orchard Supply Hardware, often referred to as OSH, is a chain of home improvement, gardening, and hardware stores in the US. Founded in 1931 as Orchard Supply Farmers Co-Op, the company originally was made up of a group of 30 fruit tree farmers who put up $30 to purchase much-needed supplies during the Great Depression.
Today, Orchard Supply Hardware is a subsidiary of Lowe’s, and has more than 91 locations in the US, along with approximately 5,400 full-time employees.
The company has launched a new program called OSHbots, which are robot employees. These moving robots have LCD screens, 3D cameras, and speak both English and Spanish. The OSHbots can identify items brought in by customers and take them to where replacement items are or customers can research more products or similar products directly on the robot itself. This is a pilot program originally introduced in Lowe’s stores in 2014.
Parent company Lowe’s closed out all Orchard Hardware Supply stores at the end of 2018.