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Responding to yesterday’s story about how major chains deal with the food waste issue, one MNB reader wrote:

I find the waste management grades to be interesting, and somewhat misleading in regards to Trader Joe's. I happen to work for Trader Joe's on the weekends, and food waste, at least at my location, is taken seriously. We pull close-dated perishable items 2-3 days prior to expiration, record it in our system and donate it to the food pantry. All of it. Some things are spoiled but it's very minimal. I happen to believe it is one of the best systems I have ever been a part of. I am not buying the "D" rating…

Fair enough.



Regarding the move by Kroger to emphasize education for its employees, one MNB reader wrote:

KC, this is the kind of move I would love to see Shaw's/Albertsons make;  that associates are assets and not liabilities, as you have said before.  I keep hearing that no one is applying for jobs, or they quit shortly after hired.  Doesn't anybody wonder why?  There are currently no training programs in place to get any department associates ready for promotion as department heads.  There hasn't been since we were owned by Sainsbury, and that's the truth.



We had a story yesterday about how Domino’s is going to start delivering to beaches and national parks, and I admired the effort even as I admitted that I’m not a Domino’s fan. Which prompted MNB reader Deborah Faragher to write:

Don’t know if you’ve had the opportunity to check out Ugly Delicious on Netflix yet. Great production value and quite fun watching David Chang. We’ve seen 3 thus far. So far, each is dedicated to a specific food. The first was pizza. When I saw your article and comments on Dominos today, thought you’d be interested—at least in checking out this episode. I will guarantee that the shows will definitely make you hungry so caution—do not watch on an empty stomach!

I’ll put it on my download list.



We had a piece yesterday about competitive problems facing Apple’s HomePod, and speculated that companies often only have a small window of opportunity when it comes to innovations. Prompting MNB reader Kris Kenyon Jackson to write:

Excellent point, just ask Blackberry or Palm about missing a window of opportunity!!

I ended my commentary by writing:

The Eye-Opening point, I think, was made by Leonardo da Vinci, who once spoke of “the urgency of doing.”

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply,” he once said. “Being willing is not enough; we must do.”


But of course, this being MNB, MNB reader Craig Espelien responded:

You could also have used a movie reference (instead of DaVinci) - “Try not. Either do or do not. There is no try.” - Master Yoda.

MNB reader Terry Pyles agreed:

And forget not the wisdom of Yoda - "Do or do not.  There is no try.”

It makes me so happy to get emails like these. Extra credit for everybody!
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