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Some Schnucks stores limiting hours due to staffing shortages

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - The hours at several Schnucks stores are being pared back, due in part to staffing shortages, the grocery chain said Monday.

Starting October 4, most stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin will be open from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. However, several stores in the St. Louis area will keep the same hours:

Arsenal
Cross Keys
Dorsett
Hampton Village
Ladue Crossing
Lindell
Loughborough
Richmond Center
South City
Downtown St. Louis

The chain also announced that the deli, meat and seafood counters will be open 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. seven days a week.

Just like Dierbergs, Schnucks says their stores will be closed this year on Thanksgiving, Christmas and December 26.

https://www.kmov.com/news/some-schnucks-stores-limiting-hours-due-to-staffing-shortages/article_07e21bb0-1fd3-11ec-a955-933ea2555a38.html

Looks to be reaping the "benefits" of the questionable decisions made in the 1980s to move away from the career employee and support the theory of the disposable workforce. The "there's always someone else to take this job if you don't like it" mantra seems to have run out of warm bodies to do so. The Baby Boom generation who were the career cadre of employees have mostly retired, the Walmartization of the workforce lead to not only a missing generation following on into senior clerk and management positions but a general lack of hands and feet.



Cathedral of The Sea

Just finished this series. Really enjoyed it. It's a bit brutal in parts, but the 1300's were a bit brutal so it seems to be representative of the period.

Missouri Inmates Sew Custom Quilts For Foster Children: 'It Kind Of Breaks Your Heart'

Every so often, Jim Williams wakes up in the middle of the night and lies awake inside his prison cell, thinking about quilt designs.

As his fellow inmates at South Central Correctional Center snore and shift in their sleep, Williams mulls over the layout of cloth shapes, rearranging them in his mind. “I’m kind of a perfectionist,” he said. “I’ll wake up at 2:30 in the morning and think, ‘That color really isn’t going to work.’”

It wasn’t always this way. Williams had never touched a sewing machine until last year, when he was recruited to sew face masks for prison inmates and staff during the pandemic.

Now he’s part of a small group of volunteers at the Licking, Missouri, prison who spend their days making intricately designed quilts for charity. The group, which relies entirely on donations, is working on an ambitious project: sewing personalized quilts for every foster child in Texas County.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/culture-history/2021-07-09/missouri-inmates-sew-custom-quilts-for-foster-children-it-kind-of-breaks-your-heart

Fighting the Big Grocery Monopoly

In March, the National Grocers Association (NGA), a trade association representing independent grocery stores, released a white paper detailing the ways dominant retailers abuse their market power over suppliers and marginalize small grocers. The pandemic exacerbated these abuses, the group argues, citing practices such as Big Box retailers demanding priority access to products in short supply, while smaller stores were frozen out. The group calls for enforcing antimonopoly laws, including the long-dormant Robinson-Patman Act, to address what it deems “economic discrimination.”

Passed in 1936, Robinson-Patman was intended to preserve the viability and diversity of smaller retailers by ensuring that the big chain stores did not engage in price discrimination and other unfair business practices. For example, it makes it illegal for suppliers to charge small retailers more than they charge the big chains for the same product.

The NGA argues that it is time to revive Robinson-Patman and other antimonopoly statutes. “The lack of antitrust enforcement has handicapped competition in the grocery sector and harmed American consumers,” said Chris Jones, NGA’s senior vice president of government relations. “Economic discrimination is, in fact, a problem that extends well beyond our industry … [We’re calling] on Congress and the federal government to modernize and enforce the antitrust laws.”

Smaller, family- or employee-owned grocery stores sell 25 percent of all groceries and play a unique role in the grocery market. According to the USDA, rural areas and low-income communities left behind by chain stores tend to rely more on these independent food retailers. New or local food suppliers may also get their start selling to independent grocers before growing into larger distribution, the NGA’s white paper argues.

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2021/05/13/fighting-the-big-grocery-monopoly

Daily Food Holidays Link


This is the site I used for the posting of daily food holidays before that became somewhat controversial this past weekend. Some of you expressed in the last post on Saturday or in PMs over the last few days that you enjoyed the information so I am providing the link to my source material.

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/2020/12/03/

For those who expressed their concerns about the posts I assure you that no marketing of any product, food, food group, specialty dish or event was intended on my part only lighthearted fun.

Livestreamed Services Catch On At Funeral Homes, But Slowly

Livestreams have allowed people with compromised immune systems or out-of-town family members and friends to safely attend funerals during the coronavirus pandemic.

St. Louis-area funeral homes started offering to livestream services in April as capacity limits and social distancing reduced the number of people who could attend services.

Funeral directors now say the technology will become a permanent fixture in the industry.

“It's a regular part of our repertoire now,” said Dan Flynn, general manager of Jay B Smith Funeral Homes in south county.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/coronavirus/2020-11-25/funeral-homes-invest-more-in-livestreamed-services-but-its-slowly-catching-on

UMSL Supply Chain Expert Reflects On Industry Possibilities, Lessons Of 2020

George Zsidisin studied political science and music in college. But he also participated in the Army ROTC, and after serving as a quartermaster of logistics in the military as a young man, he strayed from his initial academic interests. He reentered civilian life equipped with a different skill set, one he soon put to use in the world of supply chain management and research.

The supply chain is an aspect of life many people take entirely for granted — except when local stores run out of, say, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and food staples. But it’s a critical system that, even before 2020, has often meant the difference between life and death.

And if you ask Zsidisin, who now spends much of his time instructing aspiring supply chain professionals, he’ll tell you the job security in the industry is also a plus.

“People will always need stuff,” he said. “So I figured if I could get into a field where there’s always going to be a demand for it, well, that makes sense to me.”

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/show/st-louis-on-the-air/2020-11-25/umsl-supply-chain-expert-reflects-on-industry-possibilities-lessons-of-2020

SLU Study Shows St. Louis, St. Louis County Mask Mandates Slowed Coronavirus Infections

Epidemiologists at St Louis University say the rate of new coronavirus cases significantly decreased in St. Louis and St. Louis County after government officials began requiring people to wear masks in public.

The findings come from a preliminary study in which researchers studied coronavirus cases in St. Louis and St. Louis County and compared the data to that of St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin counties, which did not require masks.

Before St. Louis and St Louis County began requiring face coverings in July, the rates of new cases in all the counties were similar.

But three weeks after the city and county began requiring masks, their rate of new infections was 44% lower than those of the other counties, researchers said.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/coronavirus/2020-11-27/slu-study-shows-st-louis-st-louis-county-mask-mandates-slowed-coronavirus-infections

Soldiers In Training At Fort Leonard Wood Will Get Holiday Leave Despite Coronavirus Concerns

Fort Leonard Wood is moving forward with plans for holiday leave for its soldiers, despite concerns about the coronavirus and travel.

The two weeks in December known as block leave provides a rare opportunity for entry-training soldiers to leave the post and see their families. It will go on as planned but with new precautions.

Brig. Gen. James Bonner, commander at Fort Leonard Wood, said the leave is more important than ever this year.

“The operational tempo of our team in 2020 makes block leave vital to the well-being of our people. We must take care of the physical, mental and spiritual health of our military, civilians and families,” Bonner said.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/government-politics-issues/2020-11-29/soldiers-in-training-at-fort-leonard-wood-will-get-holiday-leave-despite-coronavirus-concerns

How the Union Pulled Off a Presidential Election During the Civil War

The United States has never delayed a presidential election. But there was one instance in which some wondered if the country should: when the nation was embroiled in the Civil War.

The 1864 election was the second U.S. presidential election to take place during wartime (the first was during the War of 1812). Still, it wasn’t the logistics of carrying out a wartime election that made some people want to postpone it. Rather, it was the fact that by the spring of 1864, the Union had no clear path to victory, and many feared President Abraham Lincoln wouldn’t win reelection.

Today, conventional wisdom holds that incumbent presidential candidates are more likely to win reelection, especially during wartime. Franklin Delano Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term during World War II, and Richard Nixon delayed Vietnam peace talks because he thought prolonging the Vietnam War would help his reelection chances in 1972 (and indeed, he won a second term). Yet in 1864, this wasn’t a common assumption—the eight presidents directly preceding Lincoln had each served one term or less.

Lincoln’s main weakness as a candidate was that the Union’s war against the Confederacy wasn’t going well. By the spring of 1864, the Civil War had been going on for three years with no end in sight, and many voters (i.e., white men ages 21 and up) were starting to get war-weary. Lincoln agreed with his advisors that his chances for winning reelection looked grim, but he disagreed with those who suggested he delay the election.

https://www.history.com/news/civil-war-presidential-election-abraham-lincoln
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