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Water Cooler / Re: Free steel
« on: August 13, 2018, 08:23:12 PM »

>>I'm not sure that's fair

I am in no way against people being vegetarian if they have solid and informed reasons for it like you do. If they are just doing it because it is a fad and they don't really know the implications that is where I have problems.

People will read an article talking about how the commercial beef industry is bad for the environment (which it is) and swear off meat. But then they will pay $50 for Hello Fresh to package some vegetables and other stuff in a styrofoam cooler and ship it across the country rather than walk down to a local farmer's market. I think those are the people that are the market for this.

>>But at the same time, it's a battle that must be won before the world gets richer

Totally agree here. The commercial beef industry isn't sustainable. But most of that has to do with the large feedlot structure that is in place now. Cattle weren't meant to live that way. If the industry could get back to small, local farms that care for the cattle properly and deliver locally that will make a huge difference. But then you would also have to convince people to pay $20 per pound for their steaks instead of $6.

>>traction in the market

I am guessing their market is the millennial who is more in love with saying they are a vegetarian than actually being a vegetarian. Like ergo said, the people who are really looking to get away from meat want more natural stuff.

I saw an article recently saying 5% of the country is vegetarian and 3% is vegan. Those numbers are lower than I thought but still a significant market.

These burgers are definitely better than any other veggie burgers I have eaten in the past but they still have a ways to go if they want to get meat eaters like myself to eat them on a regular basis.

>>Has anyone here tried one of their products?

I tried one of their competitors:

It isn't horrible and there are some oddities around it but cover it with enough toppings and it is passable. But I would never choose one of these over a real burger. I would be interested in trying some of the Impossible meat and seeing how it compares to Beyond Burger.

Water Cooler / Re: Free steel
« on: August 03, 2018, 05:12:20 PM »
About 15 years or so ago Spokane bought about 150 bikes for people to use to get around downtown. Within about a week most of them ended up in the river. I haven't heard of a free bike system that didn't end similarly.

Marketing / Re: Retailers set sights on Facebook, Google ad revenue
« on: July 30, 2018, 07:24:57 PM »
>>pay again on every search

For us it is slightly different. We don't do any on-site search advertising but we do work with vendors to have some featured on-site placements, preferential sort orders, one-off promos, etc. There is a whole team of people who work on these types of on-site promotions. No different than Kellogs paying to get featured grocery store placements for their cereal.

Honestly I am surprised it has taken online retailers this long to take that sort of offline model and apply it online.

Marketing / Re: Retailers set sights on Facebook, Google ad revenue
« on: July 30, 2018, 04:25:27 PM »
Yep, any smart online retailer will be implementing this type of promotion.

Water Cooler / Re: Couple more sensors and some AI would be good here
« on: July 23, 2018, 04:38:12 PM »
There is a railroad bridge here in Spokane that gets hit every few months. Only 11'6" clearance. It is clearly marked and has been that height for a LONG time so it is 100% driver error. AI could do a much better job avoiding stuff like this.

Water Cooler / Re: Fire Again!!!
« on: July 23, 2018, 04:30:22 PM »
I have been back in Spokane, WA for less than a week and there have already been 2 decent sized fires in the area. Both of them close enough to see big smoke plumes. They weren't huge and were contained fairly quickly but the smoke is in the air and it will stay that way for the next 2 months.

JIF Peanut Butter is a surprise there. I could see products that are primarily Southern (something like Duke's Mayonnaise) would tend towards conservative but I would have figured JIF was popular across the country. Most of the others make sense.

I wonder what those numbers would look like for Moon Pies or grits.


There is one walking distance from the office here. I went once and felt really, really weird not eating it in my car. Haven't been there on foot since.

Hardware & Technology / Re: I remember when barcodes were new
« on: July 06, 2018, 01:08:05 PM »
I don't think my parents ever even owned car seats for us kids. And the first car I remember riding in was our nice, red AMC Pacer.

14 seems like a decent solution. I haven't dug deep into it but it looks like there are a lot of options around setting time limits for different apps, filtering, tracking usage, etc.

>>some cart software

Avalara and TaxJar are probably hopping right now.

We already collect tax in about 45 states since we have so many physical entities, work with so many state schools, etc. So this won't affect us much. Most other large retailers are in the same boat. But the little guys will get screwed here.

So it is a matter of do you want to screw the brick and mortar small guys or the online small guys. I have seen quite a few different surveys and studies that show sales tax or lack thereof is a very, very small factor driving people to shop online. I can't think of an instance where I have ever abandoned a cart due to sales tax. Factors like product selection and convenience were a much larger factor. I don't think this law will be the thing that saves brick and mortar or even have more than a minuscule effect. States will be collecting more tax revenue so there is that benefit for them but parading the dying main street store as a sympathetic figure in all this is pretty lame.

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