grocery game monthly challenge

The grocery game challenge #4 Sept 23-29, 2013: Does size really matter?

Yes Size Really Does Matter Of course size matters so you should keep your eyes peeled for all marketing and pricing strategies although many are not tricks. It’s up to you as the consumer to find out what the difference is even if it is staring us right in the face. If you are smart about grocery shopping you will always keep size and weight in the back of your mind especially if you aim to stick to your grocery budget. Don’t beat yourself up though if you miss something we all do it and we pay more but what can you do but be aware the next time around. Pricing strategy It’s not the first time I noticed pricing strategies at grocery stores but at Metro the other evening while we were doing a quick run around for coupons and picking up our lotto max ticket we noticed tonnes of Cashmere 8 pack toilet paper reg price $8.33 on an actual sign posted on these skids. My instant reaction was …”yeah right”. It was later in the day but I thought to myself that there is no way I’d pay that kind of money for toilet paper unless I […]

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The grocery game challenge #2 Sept 9-15, 2013: Why you should use the produce scale

It’s Worth It To Always Check Your Numbers You can go in just about any of the grocery store chains in Canada including small markets or even organic grocery stores and you will likely find a produce scale or a grocery scale depending on what department you are shopping in. Today I want to focus on the produce scale only because I happened to notice while grocery shopping on Friday in the midst of chaos because we went at the wrong time that not many people actually use the grocery scale at all. In fact we must have noticed only 2 or 3 people bother to weigh what grocery store products they were purchasing before pushing their grocery cart off to the next fruits and vegetables. Normally we go shopping during the day if we can when it’s quiet but since I’m on vacation we thought we would battle the aisles with the Friday crowd when the new flyer specials came out for the week. Bad Idea! When I was talking to my best friend this morning and he told me that he never looks at the price when things are sold by weight, only the final price. This got […]

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The grocery game challenge Sept 2-8, 2013 #1- Back to school treats for kids

What’s In My Lunch Box? It was back to school today for many Canadian kids which meant the grocery stores were jam-packed and it was near impossible to get help if you needed it as there just wasn’t enough staff. The streets tend to get a bit crowded here when the students arrive for University and College but we have learned to have patience. Funny though while at Shoppers Drug Mart the University students were piling in and the sheer amount of snack items being purchased was outrageous. The counter was filled with Red Bull, Mentos, snack packs of crackers and cheese, chips and chocolate bars. In my head I was thinking how unhealthy all the food was and the cost to purchase the items. Back to school lunches While I was reading the grocery flyers for this week you couldn’t miss the “Back to School” sales in just about every flyer. Many of the sales that were advertised were for convenience foods such as juice boxes, chocolate, cookies, various types of bars and get this, Perrier water. I know, I was thinking the same thing, what kid brings Perrier water to school? I’m pretty sure that a sandwich is standard for […]

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The grocery game challenge Aug 26-Sept 1, 2013 #4- Customer care

Cashier Takes Service Too Far Last week I talked a little bit about cashiers, the role of the cashier and how important excellent customer service is. With the good we get the ugly and today I have part 2 of the role of the cashier and customer care. Yesterday while standing in line at a local grocery store I was witness to a cashier having a bad day and a customer who wasn’t going to stand for her attitude. My wife thought I was being nosey but I wasn’t the only one either as customers were watching and our own cashier was trying to listen in and find out what was going on. She was so entranced in the back and forth dealings with the cashier and the customer that she even took our coupons, removed the coupon amount then handed them back to us lol. I told her that she might need those to balance her cash at the end of her shift. She laughed and lightly bopped herself at the top of her head with the palm of her hand. She said that she has her days. I said you and I are both too busy wondering what’s […]

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The grocery game challenge Aug 19-25 #3, 2013- The role of the cashier

Excellent Customer Service Is Part Of The Job The job of a cashier can be a busy one depending on where you work but in a grocery store a cashier is on the go all the time. Working in customer services has its advantages and disadvantages and one thing I would like about it is that you get to interact with the people. If you are an extrovert like me then you enjoy chatting to people and making them smile. Even though the job of a cashier can get frustrating at times especially when you have customers who take out their daily frustrations on you the only thing you can do is 1. smile or 2 get frustrated. When I pull my grocery cart up to the grocery store checkout the first thing I do is make contact with the cashier whether male or female. Grocery store checkout line It’s important for me to acknowledge the cashier from the start. It’s like building rapport before you even say hello. I learned most of what I will tell you today in leadership training because being a leader doesn’t necessarily mean you have to lead a team. You can lead someone by […]

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