From The Storyteller
Hello All: Sometimes wondering about the answer to a question is more fun than getting the answer. Our 2nd week's link to our Youtube video is https://youtu.be/sBuKAboHlkw . Enjoy, Doug
“I was surprised at all the different things people eat”, is the response I got from the middle-aged woman filling online orders at Dillons supermarket here in Lawrence. Being an avid people watcher, I marveled as she moved to filling 12 different order baskets simultaneously. My question to her was "Have you learned anything from filling grocery orders for other people every day?" She was smiling when she answered. Then she added, “I’ve also discovered this store has things I didn’t even know existed.”
Her comment really surprised me, because if you can discover new things in a local grocery store you’ve shopped for years, what magical discoveries can be found in something like a Target or Super Walmart? Which naturally brings me to consider the unique people, who are the “buyers” for these huge stores.
Yes, I know there are computers involved, but there are folks called “buyers”, who find, evaluate, and order all those wonderful things stores sell. All day, every day they spend their time examining “stuff”, some of which is pretty normal and some that most people don’t even know exists.
Do you think, when it comes to shopping for themselves, do people who shop all day for others, including the professional “buyers” and the talented woman I watched filling orders, prefer to do most of their shopping online or in person? Are they going to do the in-store thing, buying and comparing things on the shelf out of habits formed at their day jobs, or are they going to be so tired of buying “stuff” for others that they actively avoid setting foot in a store when the possibility of ordering online exists?
Moral: Just wondering because some habits are really hard to break.