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I referenced Amazon's Subscribe & Save yesterday, prompting one MNB reader to write:

I have one issue concerning Amazon's Subscribe and Save. It's a great deal on paper, especially with the extra 15% discount if you use it for 5 or more items. My problem is that I thought the price was locked in.

I have had the price on more than one occasion jump considerably, and without warning. Now I just buy those items when the price is right. 

That's interesting … and, I must admit, different from the experience I've had.  When the price goes up more than a certain percent, I get an email offering mer the opportunity to opt out.

That said, I've always argued that Subscribe & Save is a convenience play, not a price play.


Regarding the mass shooting at a Long Island, New York, Stop & Shop, where three people were shot and one killed, one MNB reader wrote:

I live 2 miles from that store. Everything was on lockdown, 4 Helicopters were in the air. 150 police were on the ground for the manhunt. They caught the (suspect) by 3pm. 

The manager that was shot and killed was our friends cousin! Sickening!! He was a hard working family man that everyone loved. 

ABC News reports that the 31-year-old man who was arrested by authorities has been charged with one count of 2nd degree murder and four counts of attempted murder.  Police said that he "has a history of mental illness and a violent past."


We took note yesterday of a Boston Globe story about how Ahold Delhaize-owned Hannaford Supermarkets says that "none of its food is tossed into landfills, which would make it the first large-scale grocer in New England and New York to achieve zero food waste … Hannaford has 183 grocery stores throughout the Northeast, and over the past year, the Scarborough, Maine-based chain has diverted 65 million pounds of unsellable food products to pantries, farms, and anaerobic digestion facilities, where the waste is converted to energy."

One MNB reader reacted:

Congrats to Hannaford!  You can have all the Ivory Tower initiatives you want, but it is the commitment of the rank and file that truly make this work.

This is a perfect example of how powerful and productive a commitment from all levels can be.  Hopefully, this focused example can be applied to other areas that are lacking at store levels.  Customer service, inventory management, employee satisfaction.  Not all but definitely some in my area.