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”.
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.
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.
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.
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”?
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.