While preparing for Thanksgiving and the children, grandchildren, etc. coming over I reviewed with my wife how we can best manage the event. Previous years Mary and I would whip ourselves into a frenzy with list making, shopping, and most importantly cooking the dinner. At the point when we had everybody over and the table was set, exhaustion would settle in and it was time for my nap.  Let’s look at some of the food prep alternatives today and how we have embraced the change.

Why I won’t cook so much.

When cooking Thanksgiving dinner, like most activities in life there are trade offs. For this decision I'm looking to make a trade off between money and effort (without sacrificing quality).  I chose Wegmans even though my normal market of choice is Giant.  Wegmans has a great reputation for their products and I had tried them many years ago.

As we have discussed in prior Newsletters the trend towards shopping at home the Amazon way is getting ingrained in the way we operate. The cost of preparing the dinner you can see on the chart below the Cost Per person is not large, definitely better than eating out, and cooking a prepared meal at home let’s you enjoy the family without feeling brain dead when the guests leave.

Of course there are a lot more changes in the way we shop than that. The Whole Foods / Amazon deal is starting to really shape the market and how we eat our meals.

The latest Quarter reports (3rd) were terrific according to Reuters,

Revenue rose 34 percent to $43.7 billion in the third quarter, including $1.3 billion in sales from Whole Foods. Analysts had  expected $42.1 billion.

Now in order to even drive more business over the Holidays Amazon will be setting up pop up stores on Thursday to sell devices. Of course they will not stop their march forward. Learn about their plans here.

Distributor and Processors change is here get on the wagon!



Issue 640 - Everything Cycles.

Transformation and disruption was a topic in an article in the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer. I read about the demise of Sears & Roebuck titled The Big Stumble. They believed they had no competitors. The New York Times dubbed them "The Amazon of the gilded age." Those of us in the baby boom generation remember Sears.  As a young boy I remember thumbing through the catalog, dreaming of what I could buy if I had the money.

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