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After a lifetime of inefficient cheese placement thanks to a 3 year internet crusade, Subway could be re-designing their cheese distribution technique…
Three years ago, a Left-Handed Toons comic (seen after the jump) illustrated the insanity of Subway’s cheese distribution policy. The triangular cheese slices were lined up in a row with overlapping corners, and even worse, some parts of the sandwich were rendered cheeseless.
The comic kickstarted a small movement encouraging the sandwich chain to start alternating the orientation of their cheese slices, as seen in the image above, which would provide for a more equitable cheese distribution.
Retail Refugees loves innovation in packaging and food concepts, but this just looks nasty… Meet Sushi Popper
“We’re trying to change the norm of boxed foods,” said Furst, who serves as the company’s president. “We’re trying to open people’s eyes and say, ‘This isn’t just another frozen product — this is a frozen product that happens to be extremely good.’ ”
Each Sushi Popper includes eight pieces of precut sushi and a bit of wasabi wrapped inside an airtight tube. After opening the top of the tube, diners can add soy sauce from a small stick affixed to the packaging, and grab their first piece of fish. They reach the next piece by pushing up on the bottom of the tube.
“It took thousands of hours to develop something to hold the sushi, to make sure it pushes up correctly and make sure the soy sauce doesn’t leak,” Furst said. “It took us a lot of engineering time.”
According to Furst, the tubed snack is the perfect food for a nation on the go.
A shiny red dispenser that looks like a soft drinks machine has been installed in the Moscow mayor’s office with more to follow in the country’s parliament. The firm behind the luxury dispenser says 33 such machines have been installed across the Russian capital in government ministries and upscale office blocks.
The machine dispenses tins and glass jars full of red salmon caviar or roe, in varying portion sizes, costing from the equivalent of about £3.50 up to £15. The more sought-after sturgeon caviar – varieties of which have been hunted to the brink of extinction and command a much higher price tag – is not for sale in the machines. But at a time when Russia is still emerging from a deep economic crisis, publicity about the dispensers is likely to anger many.
Russians traditionally love caviar, sieved and slightly salted fish eggs, and spread the cheaper red variety on buttered bread, washing it down with sparkling Soviet ‘champagne’ on special occasions. But the more expensive black variety is too expensive for most Russians and annual sales of wild black caviar are limited to about nine tons each year.
Regardless how much you think you know about shopping, it can be pretty much guaranteed that the people that actually work in shops know more. A former salesclerk and AOL contributor shares a few secrets of the biz…
“The salesperson knows what size you really wear.
Most customers shuffle through the racks, pick out what they want, pay and leave. However, we do have the needy clients, too. She usually asks for a dress in a size 4; the salesperson suggests an 8. No, she wants a 4. The salesperson finds the 4 and brings it to the changing room. She also discreetly places a 6 and 8 on a chair nearby. Ten minutes later she hears a whisper: “Hello? Sales lady? Could I try the size 6?” She grabs the 6 and passes it along, while also hanging the size 8 on the outside of the door. In the end, the client leaves the store with a size 8 dress tucked into her shopping bag.
Number one pet peeve: return-and-exchange abusers
Colleen Hollis, who owns a children’s clothing store, notes, “We know what brands our store carries. A lady brought back a dress that looked similar to one we carry and it did have our sales tag on it.” But on close inspection, Hollis noticed that while the dress was similar to one she sold, it wasn’t from a manufacturer that she’d ever dealt with. “The customer had bought a cheap knock-off brand and our dress. She kept our dress, took the tag off and applied our tag to the knock-off brand dress to get a refund for the more expensive dress!” She laments, “The extent some people will go through to abuse the system amazes me every day.”
If it’s not on sale, you’re paying too much
In most cases, even when an item is 50% off, a brick-and-mortar store is still making 100% profit on it. This is why Lezlie, a sales associate who didn’t want her last name used, states, “My motto is never pay full price. I always wait for the items to go on sale.” Of course, retailers hide the marked down items in the way back so that you have to pass all the newest pieces, with their 400% mark-up, to get to them. But hunting those items down will give your wallet a break without hurting the store one bit-though I must admit that splurging on the occasional hot-new-thing will make your commission-earning sales associate very happy.”