Month: December 2012


The other day I was attending a function in a hall at an arena. A group of young hockey players were leaving. They were pulling their equipment out to the cars/vans/suvs in wheeled bags. No-one was walking home, in fact, many of the young “athletes” were being picked up at the door. Their parents drove around to pick them up rather than everyone walking to their parked vehicle.

Something didn’t seem right. We’re trying to encourage people to exercise, but we’re giving off the wrong impression of exercise.

Sure, playing games is exercise, but it should be the added bonus to or a highlight of our exercise not the major or possibly the only part.

Exercise should be a part of living. Such activities as walking somewhere daily; taking the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator; when shopping parking further away from the mall/store entrance. You know, the simple stuff.

What does driving a child to an arena, having him/her wheel the equipment into the building and after the game picking her/him up at the door teach?
• exercise is an event that has to be organized.
• the trip to and from organized exercise shouldn’t require physical activity.
• why should I carry something I can roll on wheels (even though we all know that the stuff being pulled can easily be carried)?

I can understand a goal tender rolling equipment. It’s bulky, awkward and a tight fit through most doors. However, if exercise becomes a part of life rather than an event, goalers could also carry their stuff (when they have it all on, they seem to move easily when stopping pucks. I play some goal and lug my equipment over my shoulder in a wheelless bag. It’s all possible.

The idea of exercise being an event rather than part of life was highlighted in a cartoon a while back. The scene was a tourist couple in a 2nd world country having a lunch in a sidewalk café. There were no cars evident, the towns citizens were walking, carrying, pulling. The caption over the tourists was “This would be a nice place to stay, but there’s no fitness club”

So to be fit, move. Move often. Move more. Move lots.

The Plaidneck

Pesky charges

S & H

The retail business is a bit of a mystery.

When you go into a store and purchase something, especially if you purchase on sale, you will most often get that item at a good price. A price that is the same as their on line store.

To market to you in person, they have to:
• keep a supply of the item in a central warehouse.
• deliver the item to the store and probably in sufficient numbers to satisfy demand thus risking the necessity of overstock
• display and manage the item so that you will see it and no-one will pilfer it.
• heat and light the building and keep it neat, clean and appealing so that you will be enticed to continue to shop there.
• handle the item and have staff deal with you personally when you make the purchase.

To market by internet, catalogue or phone things get easier
• their stock is all in a central location
• they receive your order often electronically
• then they ship it.

However with the remote transaction the customer:
• is often charged a handling fee (no such fee in the physical store where the item is handled many times).
• is charged delivery (even if ordered by catalogue from the physical store, you get charged delivery to that store (as if they don’t deliver to themselves when they stock their shelves?).

I don’t really object to a realistic delivery charge for moving the goods from their warehouse to my home address. I didn’t have to drive anywhere at 40 to 50 cents per klick. I do; however, find it odd that there is a delivery charge to get the product to a store that would have had to deliver it to themselves to stock their shelves. The fiction that they are different divisions so operate separately just seems to be a dodge to charge more.

I have an acquaintance who sells on line. He doesn’t make much if anything on the item. His profit is shipping and handling.

So when comparing on line costs to in store costs, remember the handling and shipping costs.


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