If you're in Ontario, Canada and have been to an OnRoute lately, you may have noticed that they have added a bunch of Subways. You may also have noticed that there's never a line up. The A&Ws are lined up out the door, but there are tumbleweeds floating by the Subways.
The food has been horrible for years, it's finally catching up with them.
Subway Grasps For Lifeline
I had a bit of an interesting situation yesterday. Before I start, full disclosure, I rarely order anything online. I like to see and touch something before I lay down my hard-earned dollars for it. Nonetheless, it’s covid time and we all have to make sacrifices.
So I placed an order with a large, Canadian retailer. Within an hour, I was outside their store picking up; very impressive. I drive home, open my package, and it’s the wrong thing. I checked my order, I had ordered correctly, but they had given me the wrong thing.
Not a big deal, right? Easy fix.
I call them, explain what happened, and was told, “sorry, there’s nothing we can do, you have to wait until our store opens to be able to do a return”
I was then told that it was actually impossible for me to have the wrong thing, their scanners wouldn’t allow it, but even if I did have the wrong thing, it was impossible to do anything about it. They did suggest that I just order and pay for another one, which they would seemingly be able to bring out to me, and then return the original when stores open back up.
I was floored.
All I could think about is what would happen if I had picked up an incorrect order from one of my local stores. It would be fixed in a minute.
This is why I left the corporate world 20 years ago and this is why I love small businesses. They’re quicker and smarter than these lumbering, old giants. Small business owners face their customers every day, and deal with them on a personal level. They take pride in a job well done, good reviews and positive feedback. That’s one of the best parts of being a business owner.
Unfortunately, that gets lost along the way when the joy of entrepreneurship gets taken over by the “do anything to save a buck, gotta keep the shareholders happy” mentality.
At the end of the day, it’s the consumer who has the final say. Our dollars are the real power, and we have to ensure that we’re getting full value from our suppliers.
Spend Wisely. Support Small Business.
It's been almost a full month since the 3 days of sick leave was implemented. The only problem is that there is still no information as to how employers are to be reimbursed.
My thought is that they're taking so long, hoping that business owners will forget to apply for reimbursement.
Please don't forget.
If you need help with the paperwork, let us know.
Let's talk a minute about mileage. At $.59 a km for the first 5000 business kilometers driven ($.53 after that), it can add up to a nice piece of tax free cash for a business owner.
But you have to track it.
You don't need to keep a pen and paper in the car anymore. There are several great software options that will use the GPS on your phone to keep you organized automatically.
If you need help with this, reach out and we will give you a hand. Don't leave this on the table!
$53 million? Not too shabby....I like this woman. Here's hoping she eventually goes public so we can all get a piece:
Toronto E-commerce company Knix Wear raises $53-million after CEO nixes involvement of any investor who questioned her pregnancy
There was this article in the Financial Post yesterday that showed that for every dollar a
company invests in it’s employees health, they get $1.62 back in productivity.
I used to work with a small company where I instituted A&W day. Everyone loved A&W day! They would all make it into the office for lunch, and we would sit around, eat onion rings, drink root beer and chat. At the end of lunch, everyone was in a good mood and off we would set back to work, having reconnected in a meaningful way with our fellow employees.
This article is talking about some higher levels of employee wellness, but this is a very interesting market that is opening up. If covid has taught us anything, it’s that the health of employees should be on every business owner’s mind
Staying calm is hard during these trying times...but we have to work at it and find a way. A clear mind will guide you through the coming months
It's nice to hear good news for the little guys:
For Independent Booksellers, the pandemic has been an unexpected boom
This is why I love entrepreneurs. They don't give up easily:
Hamilton Businesses Are Getting Creative To Survive Covid