Furniture Delivery

Furniture Delivery

We took delivery yesterday of a buffet/server.  We bought it from Macy’s, but it came in a van rented from Enterprise.  I wonder if Macy’s is so darn busy that they needed extra vans or that they’ve completely outsourced the delivery of their stuff.  I’m guessing the latter, as sales are reportedly plummeting for Macy’s as they are for most other department store chains and they are scrambling to cut costs in an attempt to maintain profitability while sales drop.

Macy’s announced in 2017 that it would be closing 100 stores over several years.  It said it would invest some of the resultant savings in beefing up its online sales.  That makes sense, but they’ve got a long way to go to become competitive with online-only home products retailers like Houzz, Wayfair and Joss & Main.

Just out of curiosity, I ran a search for [sofas] on Houzz; it returned a list of 8,914 choices, not including sectional sofas.  Running the same search at Macy’s produced a list of just 553 choices, including sectionals.

We did, after all, buy our buffet/server from Macy’s and based our decision solely on price and the online description, as our local store doesn’t stock the item.  That was after I had looked at literally thousands of choices on other websites, so there may still be hope for Macy’s.

It was interesting to me also that the van was from Enterprise Truck Rental, a sister-company of the more familiar Rental Car Company.  The truck rental operation only began in 1999, but already has 270 locations in the USA, not bad considering it entered the market as a stripling David choosing to battle against Goliaths like UHaul, Penske and Budget.




Keeping My Eyes Peeled

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Present Continuous, by Henk Visch

Photo by Gras-Ober via Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons

My wife, LaVonna, and I lived outside of the United States on-and-off for about 23 months of 2015, 2016 and 2017.  On nearly every day during our time abroad, I wrote a brief newsletter and distributed it to a few friends and members of my family.

Most of the contents of my newsletters sprung from notes I scribbled in pocket-sized notebooks about things I noticed as we rambled about. My notes and my daily deadline for the newsletter, I thought, kept me alert and energized no matter where we were or what we were doing; I wrote about castles but also about new-to-me products on the shelves of supermarkets.

We’ve been back in the USA for about two months, now, and I find myself less curious, less attentive and less energized than I had been.  The problem, if it is a problem, isn’t that things aren’t as interesting here in Denver, Colorado; it is that I’m no longer in the habit of taking notice of things and taking notes about them, and no longer am motivated to meet my deadline.

This blog will take the place of my newsletters and I will, I hope, return to the habit of note-scribbling.

The photo is of a sculpture entitled, Present Continuous, by Henk Visch.  It’s not in Denver, where I am, but it seems to be about noticing, and noticing–and writing about what I’m noticing, is what I’ll be doing.

(For the time being, I’ll be sharing these posts only via Facebook.  As soon as I figure out how to make it possible, though, you’ll have the opportunity to subscribe.)