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2020-04-17 1:37:07 PM  
I always thought the great hope of an amazon.com being as big as it is, is that it would be able to figure out all of the logistics issues to properly supply demand in times like this.

"What if a pandemic hits?" being one of the things they've prepared for and have the ability to ramp up supply for.

Apparently amazon.com is just another ecommerce site.  Just bigger.  Not different because of its scale.
 
2020-04-17 5:19:17 PM  
The only supermarket in our area with any stocks of bog roll and paper towels is Whole Foods.
Coincidence?
I think not.
 
2020-04-17 5:47:11 PM  
Not according to my PM. The only real blessing is that he's rather self-aware, so even though he knows it's bullshiat, he freely admits that it's required bullshiat and that we all have to take a bite to get the client to swallow it.
 
2020-04-17 6:18:34 PM  

Tillmaster: The only supermarket in our area with any stocks of bog roll and paper towels is Whole Foods.
Coincidence?
I think not.


Local Costco two Saturdays ago had a huge pile of their house brand mid-day, and people weren't even crushing to grab it. 1 per customer, natch, but, y'know, clean buttholes.
 
2020-04-17 7:10:49 PM  
Of course pivot tables can't solve everything!

That's why we have macros.
 
2020-04-17 8:58:38 PM  
Kind of happy I never really got in to the whole online ordering way of things, and please don't take this as me down talking people who use it or some better than thou thing, I've certainly used it for things that I can't find within a reasonable driving distance from me. I just never fully got it, I'm 36 just for reference. I hate waiting for something to arrive in a few days, especially if I can go buy it right then. If there's a movie or a game I want, and I know it's available at a store, I go get it. If it's food I go to the grocery store. The idea of waiting a day or days for something to come just so it takes out the having to go out for 30 mins, purchase the item, and come home and use never made sense. Like the example in the story was the person had placed something like 46 orders? That's insane to me. I get it, it's useful for a lot of people, especially people that have issues going out in public, be it for health or personal, or especially during the Covid outbreak. The fact that so many people have become near dependent on delivery services to bring them things they could easily go get themselves in a matter of minutes blows my mind.
 
2020-04-17 9:48:08 PM  

Tillmaster: The only supermarket in our area with any stocks of bog roll and paper towels is Whole Foods.
Coincidence?
I think not.


When you charge four times what other retailers do customers may purchase from other retailers first, alt-Romero.

/think not, you did
//bog roll ... sheesh
///three
 
2020-04-18 12:01:12 AM  

Dibikad: Kind of happy I never really got in to the whole online ordering way of things, and please don't take this as me down talking people who use it or some better than thou thing, I've certainly used it for things that I can't find within a reasonable driving distance from me. I just never fully got it, I'm 36 just for reference. I hate waiting for something to arrive in a few days, especially if I can go buy it right then. If there's a movie or a game I want, and I know it's available at a store, I go get it. If it's food I go to the grocery store. The idea of waiting a day or days for something to come just so it takes out the having to go out for 30 mins, purchase the item, and come home and use never made sense. Like the example in the story was the person had placed something like 46 orders? That's insane to me. I get it, it's useful for a lot of people, especially people that have issues going out in public, be it for health or personal, or especially during the Covid outbreak. The fact that so many people have become near dependent on delivery services to bring them things they could easily go get themselves in a matter of minutes blows my mind.


so you live within 15 mins of any store that might have what you want. not everyone is in the same boat.

What if the nearest store is 30-60-90 mins away?  and the selection is small?

I lived in a small town...the electronics section at the local walmart was it, if they didn't have what you wanted then closest best buy, game stop or similar was an hour away.

multiply that by everything else and ordering online has its perks.
 
2020-04-18 12:46:32 AM  

downstairs: I always thought the great hope of an amazon.com being as big as it is, is that it would be able to figure out all of the logistics issues to properly supply demand in times like this.

"What if a pandemic hits?" being one of the things they've prepared for and have the ability to ramp up supply for.

Apparently amazon.com is just another ecommerce site.  Just bigger.  Not different because of its scale.


No business preps for a once-in-a-hundred-years black swan event. They might now, but it would have seemed insane 4 months ago. It's pretty impressive what they've already done at the drop of a hat.
 
kab
2020-04-18 1:22:18 AM  
The fark they don't :)
 
2020-04-18 4:54:01 PM  

slobberbone: Tillmaster: The only supermarket in our area with any stocks of bog roll and paper towels is Whole Foods.
Coincidence?
I think not.

When you charge four times what other retailers do customers may purchase from other retailers first, alt-Romero.

/think not, you did
//bog roll ... sheesh
///three


Same price (more or less) as we paid in Stop & Shop, back in those days when bog roll stalked the land.
 
2020-04-18 8:37:04 PM  

Hyjamon: Dibikad: Kind of happy I never really got in to the whole online ordering way of things, and please don't take this as me down talking people who use it or some better than thou thing, I've certainly used it for things that I can't find within a reasonable driving distance from me. I just never fully got it, I'm 36 just for reference. I hate waiting for something to arrive in a few days, especially if I can go buy it right then. If there's a movie or a game I want, and I know it's available at a store, I go get it. If it's food I go to the grocery store. The idea of waiting a day or days for something to come just so it takes out the having to go out for 30 mins, purchase the item, and come home and use never made sense. Like the example in the story was the person had placed something like 46 orders? That's insane to me. I get it, it's useful for a lot of people, especially people that have issues going out in public, be it for health or personal, or especially during the Covid outbreak. The fact that so many people have become near dependent on delivery services to bring them things they could easily go get themselves in a matter of minutes blows my mind.

so you live within 15 mins of any store that might have what you want. not everyone is in the same boat.

What if the nearest store is 30-60-90 mins away?  and the selection is small?

I lived in a small town...the electronics section at the local walmart was it, if they didn't have what you wanted then closest best buy, game stop or similar was an hour away.

multiply that by everything else and ordering online has its perks.


Lived in Roseau, MN for 7 years. Closest wal-mart and mc Donald's was an hour away in Thief River. Only thing I ever ordered was Sharon Jones and the Dapp Kings record. But I get your point.
 
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