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(The Consumerist)   The reason why milk is located in the back of the grocery store? It's not as obvious as you think   (consumerist.com) divider line 30
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2014-07-28 01:34:33 AM  
10 votes:
I know, right? The store I go to has the personal lubricant and cucumbers just about as far away as they possibly could be. I mean, who does that?
2014-07-27 11:28:34 PM  
9 votes:
And the reason that bread is always on the opposite side of the store from the milk is so the warm bread doesn't heat up the milk, right?
2014-07-27 11:54:08 PM  
6 votes:

ginandbacon: Every once in a while I'll be reaching in to grab some cream and someone will be back there stocking my shelf and I almost infarct.


Maybe you're lactose intolerant.
2014-07-28 06:35:47 AM  
4 votes:
I thought it was put there to stop the cows from trying to get it back
2014-07-28 12:22:44 AM  
4 votes:

ginandbacon: Every once in a while I'll be reaching in to grab some cream and someone will be back there stocking my shelf and I almost infarct.


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2014-07-28 05:31:33 AM  
3 votes:

SamFlagg: (Heck, I even worked in a store that stocked Bread and Milk in the same isle!)


Makes sense.  It would be dumb to have to take a boat trip just to get one of those.
2014-07-28 05:16:07 AM  
3 votes:
At my store they moved the toy isle behind the pharmacy area,  now I can get my ping pong balls and anal lube and I'm back outside to perform my shows!
2014-07-28 04:50:58 AM  
3 votes:
In other news, water is wet.

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Film at 11.
2014-07-28 04:37:41 AM  
3 votes:

Radak: Yeah, I always figured it was at the back because of delivery access.

Now, department stores, on the other hand?  Those layouts are  evil.


Well they do department stores like that because of ghosts.
2014-07-28 03:34:17 PM  
2 votes:
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2014-07-28 09:37:14 AM  
2 votes:

cakeman: i like to place my kid friendly stuff low on the rack so they can badger their parents when they see it from the cart. I also sell more cake that's on sale if I put it by the meat section. I used to be key to be by dairy but not anymore. Perhaps it's because everybody that buys my cake tends to buy some sort of meat.


Well yeah. How can you have any pudding if you won't eat your meat?
2014-07-28 04:41:54 AM  
2 votes:

Doc Batarang: Radak: Yeah, I always figured it was at the back because of delivery access.

Now, department stores, on the other hand?  Those layouts are  evil.

Well they do department stores like that because of ghosts.


Who goes to department stores anymore? So many online options, many without ridiculous taxes. Seriously, Craigslist alone has so so many desperate folk, and you can find just about anything.
2014-07-28 04:16:24 AM  
2 votes:
Yeah, I always figured it was at the back because of delivery access.

Now, department stores, on the other hand?  Those layouts are  evil.
2014-07-28 02:42:59 AM  
2 votes:

zamboni: I know, right? The store I go to has the personal lubricant and cucumbers just about as far away as they possibly could be. I mean, who does that?


Obviously trying to get you to pick up some canned soup at the same time.
2014-07-27 11:53:00 PM  
2 votes:
Every once in a while I'll be reaching in to grab some cream and someone will be back there stocking my shelf and I almost infarct.
2014-07-29 04:21:15 PM  
1 votes:

parasol: durbnpoisn: There is no news here.  About the only thing I could add that also makes sense is that the coolers should be as far away from the front door as possible.  Every time you open the door, you are letting the cool air out, and warm air in.  Obviously the air nearer the front door is not as controlled as the air at the far back.

Very sensible - I would have traded it for the inverse recently - one of the coolers at the grocery "went bad" - it was emitting some small amount of smoke and smelled like......burning plastic with a hint of diesel and metal and caused an immediate sharp head pain.
The floor staff seemed quite unconcerned ("yeah, we know, someone's gonna fix it") but the smell remained for days - I guess lack of ventilation

The same store also seems to attract birds who fly in and can't get back out


Protip: all stores attract birds. Most stores hire guys with pellet guns to kill and remove them whenever an issue arises.
2014-07-29 04:10:03 PM  
1 votes:

robertus: skrame: I used to work in a grocery store, and if you thought the short distance between the truck and the cooler stopped us from leaving the milk out for four hours on occasion, then you're crazy.

/delivery was supposed to be at 7 or so, and sometimes they came as early as 4. With freezer/cooler staff coming in just a few hours, no one else is going to step up and waste an hour moving and rotating the milk.
//Sam's Club. We sold a town of milk.

We usually just left it on the truck until the crew came in.

/Had to unload one of those trucks at the end of an 8-hour shift. The truck had come in late and we couldn't let it sit overnight. Took forgoddamnever since I weighed about 150 pounds and those racks were huge. Got paid hella overtime.
//Former cartpusher


Ha, I had a similar story. It was the 4th of July, so I was getting time and a half already. The dairy truck was late and came at the end of my shift. The manager on duty didn't want to unload it because if you don't know how to use a power jack and move the milk pallet the wrong way... splat goes the milk. So she asked me to do it.

She didn't know they'd have to pay me holiday overtime pay. She got in big trouble the next day.
2014-07-29 04:06:00 PM  
1 votes:

doglover: The author of this article has never heard of "two birds, one stone" before.


More of a causation thing.

Originally, they put it in the back of the store to make people go through the store. Most women didn't work and went shopping basically every day.

Then, things changed. But we're not about to demolish grocery stores and rebuild them with coolers in the front. That's why a lot of places put a little cooler near the front door with some milk in it, which is really annoying for the stock boys to fill. It doesn't actually turn over that much because most people don't use it, so it ends up causing more waste.

Also, people are used to it being in the same place and get mad when you move stuff (try working at a store during a remodel).
2014-07-28 12:03:30 PM  
1 votes:

jayphat: Oreamnos: BizarreMan: Next you're going to tell me that they really rearrange the entire store every few years to make it more convenient for me and not to make me wander every damn aisle looking for things.

There's a place (not a grocery store but a big box retailer) I essentially stopped shopping at because each time I went in they had moved everything around. Eventually I said screw it.

You sound old.

Seriously, it's always the old people who shop your store once every 4 years that are like "You've moved everything around since i was last here." I can't help it the last time you were he was when Bush was president.


Someday, you'll go into a grocery store and think "Hey, they're finally playing cool music!"  Then it will hit you, you're old.
2014-07-28 08:49:39 AM  
1 votes:
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2014-07-28 07:47:53 AM  
1 votes:

assjuice: There are people who go to a store and only buy milk?


They are called husbands on the way home from work.
2014-07-28 05:31:36 AM  
1 votes:
some grocery chains wouldn't have a small dairy cooler at the front of the store for people who need milk and are in a huge hurry

And they don't!

Been in stores from Fl to NY, to VA to WY.. Dakotas to TX.. WI to NV.. even up in Canada;  have NEVER seen a store do this. Always at the back of the store, yet the meat section - which oddly enough is also in a cold, refrigerated cooler or display, is ALWAYS much closer.
Of course the meats are closer to the deli, so when the meat expire and go bad, they snatch up the bad stuff, take them to the deli and make "fresh" meals to sell at 3 times the price it would have sold when fresh. (two can play the BS game)

The fake media BULLSHIAT they come up with...
2014-07-28 05:20:11 AM  
1 votes:
I want to know why peanut butter, jelly, ketchup, and mayonnaise are all in different areas. Mayonnaise is used on sandwiches a lot more than salads. I don't need to find it next to the ranch and thousand Island.
2014-07-28 04:55:05 AM  
1 votes:
I would expect Consumerist readers to be completely incapable of imagining any circumstance at all in business not to be motivated solely by screwing over customers.  To normal people who have several functioning brain cells the actual reason is obvious.

Also, who goes to a grocery just to pick up one milk and nothing else.  That's what 7-11s are for.
2014-07-28 03:00:23 AM  
1 votes:
Really subby? Interesting!?
Whar "Obvious" tag, where,
2014-07-28 01:25:28 AM  
1 votes:
Next you're going to tell me that they really rearrange the entire store every few years to make it more convenient for me and not to make me wander every damn aisle looking for things.
2014-07-28 01:21:04 AM  
1 votes:
If that's the case how come dairy is way in the back of my local Walmart and frozen foods are up near the front.

In my Kroger dairy is in the back and frozen is nearby. Except for organic vegetarian "dairy" is in the diagonal opposite corner.
2014-07-27 11:50:59 PM  
1 votes:
My grocery store used to have the bread and the peanut butter and jelly together, about two aisles away from the milk. They did a big renovation recently, and in the process they just had to move the bread to the far side of the store, and move the peanut butter and jelly away from the bread.
2014-07-27 11:28:19 PM  
1 votes:
Yes... it is that obvious
2014-07-27 11:26:42 PM  
1 votes:
actually that's pretty much exactly what i thought the reason was.
 
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