TOTD 2018-2-21: The Best Run Business You Have Seen

I marvel at good systems. Some companies know how to deliver the goods and services. There are many businesses to choose from but I will choose Safeway of my youth. A grocery store is an amazing place. In a short time you can buy a variety of meat, produce, dairy, frozen goods, and dry food. You get a cart, bags, and a relatively fast checkout. A supermarket evolve from a small  stores.

A well run business has robust systems that handle the unexpected without breaking. Safeway kept the unit costs down. It treated the customers well. It thought ahead and the season goods on the shelf.  It is ran so well it was taken for granted. It just worked and the “dogs didn’t bark”.

What business do you think is well run?

 


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TOTD 2018-2-20: 30 Big Machines That Changed the World

I followed a link on instapundit.com to an article in Popular Mechanics. It was about the big machines that changed the world. As I am writing this I am thinking how portable/home machines changed our lives. We depend on them for cooking, cleaning, heating, entertaining, and informing. Check out this article and tell me what you think.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/infrastructure/g17885261/machines-that-changed-the-world/

I was surprised the SS Great Eastern #16 made the list for this ship was never a commercial success. It was made to carry passengers from England to the Far East without stopping for coal but was only used unprofitably on the Atlantic.

 


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TOTD 2018-2-19: Credit and Responsibility

Why is it people run to the front of the line to take credit but duck responsibility? Is it human nature to think all the problems were made by others and all the good came from ME?

Historically, people were proud of the colossal disasters the day before. The day after they didn’t want “Enron” on the resume.

To use the polling technique from the last election, what type of person is your neighbor? A Credit Hog or a “It’s not MY fault.”?


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TOTD 2018-2-17: Phone Navigation

For those of you who have scrolled miles to get where you want I will share my meager knowledge.

To get to the top of the page quickly on your iPhone/iPad. Touch the [Time] at the top middle of the screen and presto you are there.

To get to the bottom my best way is to follow these steps.

This gets me to the “Leave a Reply” box.

Anyone have better ways?

 


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TOTD 2018-2-16: You are not a product.

It saddens me to know many companies “mine” people to sell them to companies. In the “mine” is your personal data. They sell their mailing lists and your eyeballs to get you to click and buy. Gone are the days of a selling a box of Brand X with no strings. Now it is the “kind” discount and a “loyalty card” which is really a way to put your data into their database. If it is a store they know what coupons to print on your receipt. If it is the Internet they know your web history to show you ads. That free service online is not selling that service but you.

At Ratburger.org, you are not a product. You are not something to be sold. What you see is what you get.  No bait and switch.

 

 

 

 

 

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Johnny Carson

The King of Late Night had a secret. I know most of you thought he was just an Ed McMahan puppet but that can’t be true. It was more insidious. He had a habit. Sure he smoked but we are only talking 100 mm, right? No, it was worse than that and longer. Please look at the video and see for yourself how he was a slave. Can any of you remember him working without this “crutch”?


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It all started in Kobe.

As we all know the Morozoff Ltd is from Kobe so Kobe started Valentine’s Day.  For the doubters I have put an excerpt from Wikipedia.   If you have any questions, let me know in the comments.

… Morozoff Ltd. introduced the holiday for the first time in 1936, when it ran an advertisement aimed at foreigners. Later in 1953, it began promoting the giving of heart-shaped chocolates; other Japanese confectionery companies followed suit thereafter. In 1958, the Isetandepartment store ran a “Valentine sale”. Further campaigns during the 1960s popularized the custom.

The custom that only women give chocolates to men may have originated from the translation error of a chocolate-company executive during the initial campaigns. In particular, office ladies give chocolate to their co-workers. Unlike western countries, gifts such as greeting cards, candies, flowers, or dinner dates are uncommon, and most of the activity about the gifts is about giving the right amount of chocolate to each person. Japanese chocolate companies make half their annual sales during this time of the year.