A Tramp Stamp on the Tomato!

I can’t wait to see if there will be a “tramp stamp” on my store-bought tomatoes one day soon. Change is coming to the produce industry.  Tattoos may soon replace those annoying but helpful little stickers you find on most fruits and veggies. 

There’s a secret trick to deciphering number codes on produce stickers – those leading with the number 9 are organic food, and those that lead with 4 are just plain food, grown however the farmer chooses.  Remember this: nine is fine and four is a bore.

I wonder if the tattoos will be tiny and hard to see like the stickers are now or big and artistic like a full sleeve? I wonder if shoppers will find the tattoos offensive or perceive them to be dangerous to eat?

This trend is beginning in Europe. Can you guess which U. S. retailer will lead the way with tattooed produce? Flip a coin on Whole Foods or Walmart. Sustainability is key to them both, and that’s what’s behind the tattoo movement.

I like the idea of tattoos on produce. I look forward to the day that I will no longer have to stick the labels from the veggies all over my hand when I’m prepping the organic goodies for the juicer.


The Full Sleeve



Why are Checkout Lanes Understaffed?

Why, at a HUGE @meijer on a busy Thursday evening, are only 4 lanes open? Each lane had frustrated shoppers trying to get home! Seven or more carts per lane and self check-out lanes are jammed. Hello.  I am a SHOPPER! Please care about me.

On this visit I made an effort to speak to a manager. The only manager on duty was from the Photo department. But she listened well, and agreed the problem was uncalled for. She couldn’t do anything about it, but did tell me she’d let the store manager know. I gave her my card in hopes the store manager would call me. He did, the next morning.

Will the problem get resolved? Not sure, but I feel that the shoppers needed a voice. Clearly the retailer understands its traffic patterns well enough to know when it needs peak staffing. It’s just not smart to annoy the shopper enough that he/she decides on another option for a $200 cart full of merchandise.