EvenBob
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September 22nd, 2019 at 7:48:12 PM permalink
I just placed a large order with
Walmart. As soon as I hit the
'place order' button, a page
came up saying order is on
it's way. When i think of what
happened in that split second,
I can't really comprehend it.

It went from my computer,
to whatever city has Walmart's
computer. From there it went
to my debit card's computer
in Salt Lake City. It approved
it, sent the info to Walmart,
which informed me, all in
less than a second. And it
also informed a warehouse
of the order.

Compare that to making an
order from Sears 50 years ago.
Send it to them by mail, it
gets sorted, sent to the right
dept, and maybe 3-4 days
after you sent it the warehouse
gets the order.

We take all this instant communication
for granted. And Mark Twain
didn't invest in Bell's telephone
because he saw no use for it
other than a novelty.
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michael99000
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September 24th, 2019 at 10:40:48 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

I just placed a large order with
Walmart. As soon as I hit the
'place order' button, a page
came up saying order is on
it's way. When i think of what
happened in that split second,
I can't really comprehend it.

It went from my computer,
to whatever city has Walmart's
computer. From there it went
to my debit card's computer
in Salt Lake City. It approved
it, sent the info to Walmart,
which informed me, all in
less than a second. And it
also informed a warehouse
of the order.

Compare that to making an
order from Sears 50 years ago.
Send it to them by mail, it
gets sorted, sent to the right
dept, and maybe 3-4 days
after you sent it the warehouse
gets the order.

We take all this instant communication
for granted. And Mark Twain
didn't invest in Bell's telephone
because he saw no use for it
other than a novelty.



And yet the NFL still uses the same method to measure first downs that it did in 1940
EvenBob
EvenBob
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September 24th, 2019 at 11:09:54 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob


Compare that to making an
order from Sears 50 years ago.
Send it to them by mail, it
gets sorted, sent to the right
dept, and maybe 3-4 days
after you sent it the warehouse
gets the order.



As I recall, most of our Xmas
presents came from Sears
and would have to be ordered
before Tgiving if you wanted
them by Xmas. My parents did
little in store shopping in the
50's, it was too expensive. Shoes
were about the only thing we
got in an actual store.
You sat in a chair and some Al
Bundy type would measure your
foot. Do they still even do that?
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
Jimmy2Times
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September 24th, 2019 at 2:45:27 PM permalink
The thing used to measure foot size at the shoe store when we were youngins was called the "Brannock Device" (HQ of Brannock was in Syracuse New York). My Uncle worked for Brannock and had boxes of them in his basement - we use to love playing with them. I pretty am sure that after my Aunt passed and the house was sold they all went out in the trash. Too bad as today they are probably worth something to collectors, to collectors.
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AZDuffman
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September 24th, 2019 at 2:57:00 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

As I recall, most of our Xmas
presents came from Sears
and would have to be ordered
before Tgiving if you wanted
them by Xmas. My parents did
little in store shopping in the
50's, it was too expensive. Shoes
were about the only thing we
got in an actual store.
You sat in a chair and some Al
Bundy type would measure your
foot. Do they still even do that?



Hah! Last time I was at the shoe store I could barely find one, had to ask.
All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others
AZDuffman
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September 24th, 2019 at 2:57:40 PM permalink
Quote: michael99000

And yet the NFL still uses the same method to measure first downs that it did in 1940



I just found out the WFL tried to use a different method in the early 1970s and it was a dud.
All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others
EvenBob
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December 16th, 2019 at 2:15:14 AM permalink
I love Walmart, but I really love Amazon. Especially Amazon pantry. If you buy 15 items in Amazon pantry, for orders over $35, you get 15% off the purchase price. If you pick price competitive items, 15% is huge. How they can afford to do this, with free delivery, is amazing to me. I get deliveries from Amazon 5 days a week. I buy most of my groceries now from Amazon and Walmart online. I still have to go to the store for meat and produce and dairy.
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AZDuffman
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December 16th, 2019 at 3:50:49 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

I love Walmart, but I really love Amazon. Especially Amazon pantry. If you buy 15 items in Amazon pantry, for orders over $35, you get 15% off the purchase price. If you pick price competitive items, 15% is huge. How they can afford to do this, with free delivery, is amazing to me. I get deliveries from Amazon 5 days a week. I buy most of my groceries now from Amazon and Walmart online. I still have to go to the store for meat and produce and dairy.



Basically they cannot afford to do it. AMZN is what, 3% net profit? So much of that comes from Prime. The base business will have problems when sales stop growing at abnormal rates. Also when AMZN ends up taking a union, which I kind of think is inevitable.
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GWAE
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December 16th, 2019 at 7:40:56 AM permalink
I just signed up for amazon business. They gave my 2 year old business a 10k line of credit with no personal guarantor. When my employees need supplies they can go onto the site, add to cart and check out. It comes to me for approval. I take a quick look at what they want, hit approve and it is here in the next 48 hours.
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standbymyman
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December 16th, 2019 at 9:18:57 AM permalink
And what does that have to do with Walmart?

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