Though it would be really nice to have a little rain, these pleasant days aren’t a bad way to go either. If this is global warming (not taking a stand here, we love and respect all of your opinions) then for us it is like moving to North Carolina without a realtor and closing costs. Plenty of extra time to spend pleasant days in the garden and long walks on the beach at Nag’s Head…oh, wait, that was a fantasy. Slab Cabin or up Nittany, then.
We are rapidly approaching a screeching halt when it comes to serving those of you who visit us at Meyer Dairy. Our permit runs out on the 18th of the month which only leaves this weekend and next (Oct 12). I can hear and deeply appreciate the weeping and gnashing of teeth out there among the masses. We are strategizing ways to fill in this gap. One is that we will be continuing on down in Spring Mills at the Retail Shop. Our current hours are Friday 10-7 and Saturday 10-4. Those may be adjusted but for now it’s a two-day affair. We are also seeking venues where we would set a “passive” freezer where we would stock common items or leave special orders for pick-up. Another possibility is delivery. Many of you know that I am quite willing to do anything I can to get you what you need (particularly if you’ve asked for it ahead of time and we biffed it). I have notions of continuing this service but if it becomes a regular thing I am probably going to need to start charging for it…I don’t have a plan or a model for this so if any of you have used delivery services that you saw work, could you please let us know what the pricing structure was.
This idea of being at Meyers and passive freezers and delivery is part of an over-all vision for our retail ops (little Tom Clancy reference there). When you think of meat, we want you to think Rising Spring. I think that has started to happen for some of you but we know there are many things we can do better than or additionally to what we are doing now. The biggest thing that people have asked for that we have not delivered on is a price list. The fact is, if you knew or, better put, we communicated to you what is available to you directly from the shop and via our suppliers (we have excellent, high quality suppliers) you bring out the pitch forks and torches. The “why” is that is a lot to manage and cash flow. Keeping everything in stock that everyone might want, particularly in the perishable world, is a daunting task to manage and pay for (good on you to the big guys). Frankly, we just couldn’t do it on a speculative basis, we’d pretty much have to know it was going to go out the door. This last point is the nut of where I think the greatest potential for pricelists getting their start with RSMC lies…getting a list out there from which you could order, perhaps in case or partial case quantities, in a way that gets you “anything you want” and relieves us of “having it all hanging out there.” Or you could say, “Hey, figure it out, you’re in retail, that’s the deal,” and you’d be right, it just takes longer to make that happen. We’re getting there and we want to be your spot.
Ok, that being said, I just want to point out that as I am typing this next word it is 8:12:36 am, no 9:35 stuff. Not too shabby, see you up there around 10-ish or back here at the shop! Thanks for your business!