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Holistic Businesses... Don t Follow This Example...

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Holistic Businesses... Don't Follow This Example...

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Financial transactions are as much about building relationships as they are spending money, so I have to admit, I do get a little peeved when I spend money and then feel disrespected by the company I've paid.

We used to buy our food from the local superstore. We'd spend on average around 4500 a year there.

I've shopped with this superstore for my entire adult life and therefore spent in the region of 76500 on their premises.

But then I noticed their quality had dro...

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holistic business,holistic minded business

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Financial transactions are as much about building relationships as they are spending money, so I have to admit, I do get a little peeved when I spend money and then feel disrespected by the company I've paid.

We used to buy our food from the local superstore. We'd spend on average around 4500 a year there.

I've shopped with this superstore for my entire adult life and therefore spent in the region of 76500 on their premises.

But then I noticed their quality had dropped. The apples in the store were bruised. The tins were badly dented each week. The tortilla wraps had begun sticking together, the pitta bread had wholes in it and they had begun to have items they used to have in stock, regularly out of stock.

So I wrote to the local branch. Three weeks later, when they hadn't replied I wrote to their Head Office. Funnily enough, they didn't reply either. So I assumed that perhaps ignoring customer's complaints was now company policy. I also noticed that nothing had improved in the store.

I suppose my 4500 a year is quite small compared to their annual profit of 2.65 billion. And I suppose losing my custom doesn't really mean that much to them.

However, this got me thinking...

I'd been wrestling with food miles and the environmental stuff for quite some time. I know that my veg, even if grown locally will probably go to somewhere like Germany to get packaged before it will return to the UK and go on a shelf.

I know all this is not good for the environment. I know how superstores are now able to dictate pricing to suppliers and even influence town planning. I don't necessarily like the idea of 180 new superstores being opened in the UK in the next 18 months. But I do accept there are some benefits to having these stores as part of the diversity of our culture.

But having said all that, when a company fails to value the relationship with a customer, then the customer is probably right to review the relationship with the company.

So I considered the food miles and the environment and the growth of the superstores and came to the conclusion... It was time to buy local whenever possible.

I've since found a local service that will supply me with all my fruit, salad and veg. They'll bring it in a box (a box we give back next week - so no extra packaging and no plastic going in landfills). What's more the prices are very good too!

I've since found out that when I spend money in my local economy, most of it stays in my local economy, yet when I spend it at a superstore, very little of it returns.

Since I live in the countryside and am surrounded by farmers - some of whom I know - I'd prefer to line their pockets than people who do not value my relationship with them.

Best

Neil