Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Over-Ordering

This week went a bit wonky, but it always does just before I'm supposed to go on holiday! To start with, we have a lovely new boss arrived. Bless him, he seems sweet - if a little ambitious: he wanted 20 savings accounts done in a day. Flat out, with a miracle, we can manage that in a fortnight; my colleague went bright pink because she accidentally laughed at him when he said it!

Then I ordered 5 bags of 500 nightsafe seals to give to our few customers whom use the facility. Nice and simple. Instead, I received 5 BOXES... of 500 bags... of 500 seals. What the heck am I supposed to do with 1,250,000 bits of yellow plastic?! (Not actually the yellow seal used. These are erasers and can be purchased HERE.)

I mean, you'd think someone would stop and consider "Well, that seems like an awful lot for just one place." wouldn't you? But apparently they don't, as a customer of mine proved. She came to work in her bistro to discover a lorry attempting to deliver not 6 boxes of juice, but 6 PALLETS. It wouldn't have been much of a problem, however the sheer quantity of drink just would not FIT in the building!

It reminded me of the great Tesco fiasco of just over a year ago (19th August): "Tesco normally order 2 cages of creamcakes for the weekend. Due to an administrative error, FIFTY NINE arrived in our local branch. Everything half price! Cream cakes for a PENNY! We've had eclairs, cheesecakes, slices, doughnuts, custard, choux pastries... It's going to be a good defrostables month."

Waitaminute - where DID that year go?

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