- Books, Literature, and Writing»
- Poems & Poetry
Some things are just too hard.
Life is a struggle, that we know.
It is often faulty equipment.
We falter and can hardly go.
So much work to do.
So many dates to keep.
So many foods to eat.
So many hours to sleep.
As life continues its rub.
By the end of the day,
We’re just a nub.
Blame the equipment!
We might put folks on various moons.
We might build bridges,
Out of pontoons.
We can harness horse power,
Wind power, and solar power,
Enjoy a hot shower or meteor shower,
And throw a baseball at a 100 miles an hour.
So many break-downs!
It does give one pause.
Must be the cause.
How else can we explain,
Such a high percent,
Of accepted abandonment.
It evokes deep bewilderment.
In parking lots you’ll see,
Over-turned wreckage and more..
It could happen at Wally World,
Or any health-food store.
To flabby butts,
And a lot of beer guts.
Muscles and celluloids,
People with hemorrhoids,
Tri-athloids on steroids.
I wonder what the pioneers would say,
If they saw such carnage and gore?
And- so many “did-not-finishers”,
At any given store.
Some people walk for miles,
For a little food in a sack.
But too many modern shoppers,
Can’t return a cart back to the rack.
It affects the young,
Middle-aged, and the old,
The weak, the strong,
The timid and bold.
Is the last bag you load,
Into your automobile,
The last conscious emotion,
That you can feel?
Advanced cultures reflect,
Its people, strong and smart.
What does this say for folks,
Who can’t return their shopping cart?
The aged are weak and dying.
Many are broken and slowed with arthritis.
But modern culture has an epidemic,
Of “Shopping Carthritis”.
ALDI stores were created by Karl Albrecht and Theo Albrecht. Their stores go back to 1946. Their mother started a small store in a suburb of Essen, Germany in1913. Their father was a miner and later a baker.
The two brothers split the company in 1960 over
a dispute whether they should sell cigarettes at the till or not. You could hardly tell they were apart though.
In Europe, Australia,
the United States, and many
parts of Canada,
a coin, or a reusable coin-sized token is needed to unlock a shopping cart from
When the cart is returned, the coin is refunded, so is no extra cost to the customer. The customer must simply return the cart to retrieve the coin. I inserted a quarter and all wheels rolled in harmony.
ALDI has a “no frills” design with all stores. You won’t see lavish and even decorative aisles.
Many products are on pallets in cardboard boxes, but shaped for easily handling by the customers.
Red or white?
Clean aisles and plenty of food.
Occasionally, ALDI offers special close-outs on electronics or other merchandise.
ALDI has a good selection of produce and fruit.
Cashiers pass products through a two-sided barcode scanner. Some products have 4 or 5 separate yet identical barcodes covering several sides of the packaging to speed this procedure.
Aldi has a 1 second delay, meaning the same barcode can't be scanned twice in under 1 second.This is to prevent double scanning.
Employees alternate between checking customers out and store maintenance. All employees focus on the register. But when customer traffic is low, only one employee will check people out while the rest perform other duties required to run the store such as stocking, cleaning.
In many countries, ALDI does not provide free plastic shopping bags. This includes most of Europe, the US, and Australia. The customer can purchase various types of plastic/reusable bags at the checkout. ALDI's customers are encouraged to bring their own bags.
Credit cards are not accepted in England, Ireland, or the U.S.
Debit cards are accepted in the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland, Australia, Slovenia and Hungary.
Checkout operators sit down in swivel chairs. I am so delighted that these cashiers have seats. Standing in one spot, for long, is very hard on the legs.
It is reported that the brothers retired as CEOs in 1993 and gave most of their wealth to foundations.
ALDI has some great ideas.