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I wish change was instant. I wish change hit the world as obviously and effortlessly as this realization hit me just now: that change is progressive. Or more specifically: progressive change. Change in social order. Change is use of technology. Change in (what I'm mainly thinking about) long-term environmentally beneficial industrial business models; processing.

It takes so long because there's always someone working against it, as if *Change* is an opposing force to whatever ideals each individual has. But can't we agree that the ideals we have are dependent on change: that we are not our living ideals, in our ideal world, living our ideal life?

Of course not all change is positive, and I'm just as flustered as to how easy it is for corporations and larger entities to portray negative progress as change we should embrace, while positive, simple (and even profitable) things like having rebates on dairy products with a nearing expiry date take years to catch on. I don't know where this rebate idea first flared, or how widespread it has become, but it's only during recent years that I'm seeing a surplus of reduced prices in larger supermarkets, though short expiry dates have always been a problem.

What did they think they didn't have to gain before they implemented this system? That people wouldn't buy the newer and regularly priced products in benefit of the old? Isn't that a sign that the supermarket in question is taking in too much stock and should re-evaluate their business plan?

Maybe it's the surplus of negative change phased as something good that leaves us suspicious of good change... though we still adhere to social propaganda like mindless sheep (just a metaphor - sheeps are great). We don't question authorities or motives as much as we should.

Well, the change in rebate pricing on products with short-term expiry dates was probably my main topic for this post. That's what I'm ranting about here. That it didn't catch on quicker. That there's still such a large wastage in the food industry, that the norm and reform doesn't appear from one day to the other. But it seems to be here now so... rejoice, at the progressive improvements of the world.

Wish they'd speed up the progressive transition from oil to other more renewable energy sources too. I mean damn, it's been technology in progress for the past 50 years already! Fo pretzel.

First world problems maybe. But Mars isn't habitable yet - this may be our first and only.


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  1. S3C
    Friday Apr/10/2015

    It's a first world problem, that completely f*cks up starvation issues of the third world...there is no food shortage problem, there is a food distribution problem, and food industries are largely at fault in propagating this problem through buying massive surplus' of food where a sizable amount of the product continually ends up being left for naught, and some "excess" crop that is even destroyed to artificially raise supply and demand.

    Are rebates really profitable?? Customers know that food expires, and it's inevitable that the store will not sell 100% of the product contained within, and that some of the product on the shelf will not be as good as other product. Nonetheless, comparatively sub-par product can reflect poorly on the company, and leave an overall image that the store doesn't carry "the freshest food at all times". Also, there is a (small) possibility of the customer becoming sick, or just not enjoying the product. While the risk is that of the customer, such an experience may make them not want to shop at the store again. So they take their business elsewhere. Business which could have been 100+ product purchases per week, at the cost of 1 item. It's terrible reasoning, and I don't even know if this is common line of thought amongst customers...but middle to upper class market personnel have this mindset when constructing their business plan. Also another point to keep in mind is that warehouses are continuously shipped colossal amount of product, which needs to be continuously redirected to stores in the division. So why bother keep product that is nearing its "sell by"/"best by" date (which in reality is usually a matter of weeks off from an actual expiration date) and leave the new item to degrade and lose a potential sale?

    Speaking of which, shrink (the amount of product that gets disposed) is commonly a low concern in these business plans of food companies. They buy in bulk at low prices, and sell high. Corporations could overall reduce their orders, but a theory is (which i think you've mentioned in the past) the larger quantity of product in the store, the larger amount its shoppers are enticed to buy. There's also the risk of running out of an item if ordering too low- no item in stock that they want, customers will conduct more of their business elsewhere.

    Another problem is variety. Customers claim they want a wider selection of items, corporate pushes for variety in items, newer product is sampled towards customers, yet trends show that people generally stick to the same foods. And/or there just is not enough diverse tastes amongst customers as the store projects, but at the same time the store needs to anticipate a broader audience of customers shopping at their store for the more exotic items. Or if a regular shopper has a different item than what they would normally pick up, they know they can count on the store to carry the item (and pickup a few more items that catches their eye during their trip- grocery stores make A TON of money from unplanned purchases).

    Couldn't all this unsellable food be given to those in impoverished conditions?? Unfortunately that usually isn't the case- companies do not want to be held liable if an individual gets sick from consuming food that was deemed poor quality (even if a waiver is signed they want to avoid potential conflict) and even soup kitchens and homeless shelters will not except produce and other perishable food that was going to be tossed. Also remember that employees do not directly pay for the food that is to be for sale. So that leaves the potential issue of store managers over-ordering food for the sake of having extra that is likely to be thrown out, even for themselves or other people in need effectively eliminating potential sales.

    it's a f*cked up world but that's just the way she goes huh. personally I would go back to a straight barter system...and farmers and agricultural workers should be the millionaires, not fund analysts who sit on their hands and decide new ways to maximize revenue while ultimately wasting tons of good food in the process.

  2. Cyber
    Friday Apr/10/2015

    Mmm, first world problems with more severe implications than I'd considered. Excess crop gets destroyed to create supply and demand?? Is that happening everywhere?

    You really put things in perspective! I can't speak for anyone else, but personally I respect a company that cares for their product; discounts price or in other way effectively tries to make the most of any potential surplus. I may be thinking differently than most as I don't walk into a shop with the mindset of getting the 'freshest, most newest product', but rather as good a balance as possible between healthy and reasonably priced. If there's discounted dairy with nearing expiry, I snatch them, usually with little regard to what type or brand they are (considering there usually isn't much choice available at such discount price - they go fast - best shopping time for such items is early morning), so in that sense they may actually sell more: sell me items I previously would never have bought were they not reduced in price. Which is a win/win situation since I usually like trying new tastes.

    There doesn't seem to be such a large amount of surplus that the old takes precedence over the new either. With a working system they could have it so that discounts are set on a specific week day, or specific time (suggestively mornings), at which people with a more pressed financial situation would be able to stock up on all cheap old but gold products, and later during the day the regular slice of stressed businesspeople would flock in and buy things as they're used to, leaving a surplus for the former group to enjoy the next day, or week, or whenever. Some clever marketing could change people's mindsets if they for some reason are against a system where not all food is properly taken care of, after all, it'd be beneficial for all. Win/win for both consumers and corporations, or at least the middle-men - the shops. With a real power struggle for prices going on behind the scenes... well, that's the real problem then, the real roadblock.

    Yes indeed, I remember that topic. Apart from large quantities of product they have some nifty tricks at hand to make things seem more than they are, like mirrors over vegetables and fruits to further expand upon your first impression. But it's not a working method! For the world. The future. Well the mirrors are fine, but all that surplus waste is a bit distressing.

    Mmm that's true too. Even if I usually don't indulge in the more strange and exotic tastes contained on the supermarket shelfs, the fact that they are there give an impression of servitude; of providing all for everyone. Hah yeah, moral of the unplanned purchase: never go shopping hungry. ;) Or so they say!

    Yeah... I've read about shops pouring rat poison in their dumpsters to prevent people from fetching scraps. It's a twisted world, but hey, at least they seem to be starting up with these dairy product rebates over here (seems like it's not common where you live?)! And it seems to be working. Hopefully it'll only go uphill from here on out!

    The bartering era might be coming back too! Swapping items and services rather than selling is becoming real popular over here when it comes to items with prolonged use or decorative purpose, though it's still on such a small; individual scale compared to how much is consumed via regular sales. That'd be the dream world, where you repair old things, salvage what you can, take care of what you have, and get rewarded for making something out of nothing! And don't feel like you're not living like you're supposed to if you do.

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