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ChaoticNeurons
Watching the world slowly going down the crapper.
08:33 PM on 12/14/2012
So, will this mundane article be on the front page till next week?
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06:43 PM on 12/14/2012
A few years ago I went into one of The Real Canadian Superstore's in Courtenay, BC. They were selling California strawberries in their produce department. You know the big tasteless ones that are all white inside?
Right next door to the Superstore was a U-pick strawberry field. Right next door! You know the tastier ones that are red inside?
In a world where someone cares the store manager might have called Galen Jr. and told him that sweet Canadian strawberries were almost growing up the store walls.
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PiperSniper
09:49 AM on 12/15/2012
Our rural Foodland stopped selling local products (herbs, vegetables) when they were bought out by Sobey's ... nothing says 'small town/family oriented' like products from thousands of miles away
05:27 PM on 12/14/2012
i feel empathy for Amanda and her fiance, being entrenched in a legal battle, dealing with sickness and a struggling business is not a position i wish anyone to be in. HOWEVER, in the wholesale business, there is no guarantee. an intent to buy means nothing to anyone except investors or banks, as it shows that there is business to be HAD. it's something for investors to roll the dice on. it makes the investment LOOK better. this is a prime example of a small business putting all of their eggs in one basket and attempting to run before they could crawl. the truth is, they aren't business people. she's a personal trainer, he's a humanitarian. they should have hired a rep who had dealings with grocers, and that rep would have told them that a good vendor starts small, sells to independents, creates cash flow and then approaches large scale retailers once they can support the cost of doing business with them.
the pity plea of a sick fiance and broke family members really has nothing to do with loblaws, they changed their mind... it's not illegal to change your mind.
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06:34 PM on 12/14/2012
You described the situation pretty well.

It wasn't like they invented yogurt to start off with. It seems like they wanted to start at the top without proving themselves by getting their product into smaller stores and building their market slowly. The top may mean higher volumes but it also means lower profit per unit. Basically, between the 2 of them, they have zero marketing experience as far as I can tell. I have little sympathy for those that would borrow money from family on the expectation of a bonanza.
I'm not a big fan of The Real Canadian Superstore but I'm also not a fan of people who get in over their heads and then cry out asking for pity.
05:25 PM on 12/14/2012
No surprises here. Big companies steal ideas, creativity, and the initiative of the small independent companies or people. They could care less that they destroy the lives of these people in the process.
Walmart tried to have a start in Germany. People did not like them. They failed. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-macaray/why-did-walmart-leave-ger_b_940542.html
Loblaws is another Walmart. It is time to support local companies. The more support that is given locally for local products, green products the prices will come down. Not surprisingly Walmart is greatly supported in China. Buy something made in China and you will be buying it all over again within months. Sometimes weeks. Everyone knows that. I hope this couple wins against this corporate parasite.
05:12 PM on 12/14/2012
Loblaw's now has a major Publicity problem it's tough when the truth about how you do business comes out of course they could try something different like actually being an honorable and above board company, ah who am I kidding it is Loblaw's after all, which has gone straight down hill since Dave left.
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TwoZeroOZ
05:13 PM on 12/14/2012
"truth"

Funny, I don't get my truth from youtube videos.
06:58 PM on 12/14/2012
Yes but all of us can't afford to constantly get our updates from the National Enquirer.
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weagree
05:11 PM on 12/14/2012
Why is this "news"? David/Goliath. Let them figure it out.
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petermanierka
to be old is to be wise-sometimes
03:48 PM on 12/14/2012
Another store to stay away from? First Walnuts now
Loblaws,where will it end?
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Barron
04:10 PM on 12/14/2012
And Holt Renfrew, they treat their employees like garbage. They busted up an attempt to unionize by threatening employees. Minimum wages for 500.00 shirts.
05:28 PM on 12/14/2012
they busted up an attempt to unionize because they staff are complete rubbish. 90% of them work there for discount and the other 10% create 99% of the sales, bringing in 6 figure income.
02:33 PM on 12/14/2012
Loblaws doesn't like the small businesses. For some reason they don't support them and this has to change. They want to be in control of everything coming in. If it doesn't come through Atlantic or TRA or store approved wharehouses they aren't interested. Small communities and families depend on the bigger stores accepting their wares. Loblaws has to apologise and make this wrong a right.
01:27 PM on 12/14/2012
I HAVE HATED LOBLAWS EVER SINCE DAVE NICHOLS LEFT. AFTER SEEING THIS VIDEO I WILL NEVER SHOP THERE AGAIN. LOBLAWS SMELLS LIKE WALMART-TALK TO SOME OF THEIR EMPLOYEES SOMETIME AND THAT IS NOT A COMPLIMENT. i HOPE THESE PEOPLE GET MILLIONS OF DOLLARS .I SHOP IN STORES THAT ARE RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS SUCH AS COSTCO BUT LOBLAWS WILL NEVER GET ONE PENNY FROM ME AGAIN.
01:22 PM on 12/14/2012
I remember when the Dole banana company's corruption and mistreatment of their workers was revealed to the world in a documentary and how Dole used their full corporate might / money / political pressure to bribe people within the world of social media to ridicule the makers of the documentary.

These negative comments criticizing Amanda House's YouTube video are eerily similar.
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02:26 PM on 12/14/2012
Yes, because Loblaws has basically taken over third world countries and oppressed their people in the name of commerce. Yes, they are just...like...Dole...

Hyperbole adds nothing to the discussion.
12:38 AM on 12/15/2012
And calling her a blackmailer is not over the top.
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TwoZeroOZ
05:15 PM on 12/14/2012
This is the problem when someone's paranoia is larger than their intelligence: "I disagree with you, therefore you are a shill".
01:18 PM on 12/14/2012
Big company promises to put little company products in its store.
Big company then figures it can make the product itself cheaper.
Stealing idea equals profits.
Amanda just doesn’t know how these corporate guys do business.
Her mistake was thinking she would be treated fairly.
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TwoZeroOZ
05:25 PM on 12/14/2012
Big company says it might be interested in selling little company products.
Little company has no business experience, and assumes this means they should start production.
Big company changes its mind.
Little company tries to blackmail big company by posting a youtube video
Peons fall for youtube video.

^ Much more likely.
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TwoZeroOZ
12:18 PM on 12/14/2012
I feel sorry for Loblaws.

This woman took a huge gamble by starting production before a purchase order was in place. That is not something a good business person would have done. Her gamble didn't pay off. Now, she's attacking an innocent company for her own failures.
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dclintn648
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01:52 PM on 12/14/2012
But she DID have GUARANTEES from Loblaws and what did you expect her to do - wait until she received the actual orders and THEN start to set-up everything necessary to fill them? You can't do that overnight!!! Obviously you know nothing about good business, so don't pretend that you do.
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TwoZeroOZ
02:22 PM on 12/14/2012
But she DIDNT have GUARANTEES from Loblaws.

She likely only received verbal confirmation of interest.

Further, no company expects a new product to be instantly produced. I can't believe you honestly think that Loblaws doesn't consider production time. Ridiculous.