Tuesday, February 12, 2013

IT SNOWED!


Yup ... this pretty much shows the result of the recent storm ... took a few hours to dig out of this ... and was glad that Don our maintenance guy came in on his day off to help ... with the snowblower!

We got a solid two feet ... and Melanie snapped this for me to share.   Gives some perspective.

I personally enjoy shovelling ... it's a great workout in winter ... especially if you are off from work ... and have the time to deal with it ... but it did create issues for staff ... who got stuck in it ... and not able to make it in to work.

Oh well ... life goes on.

The day after ... was sooo different ... sunny & clear ... but once the dig out was done ... they came in droves to buy the essential things to cope ... and needless to say ...snow blower sales were brisk!

Yup ... a serious storm generates a lot of need ... and that translates into sales ... the bottom line is increased.....and welcome at the time of year when it would otherwise be slow.

Winter in Canada ... bring it on!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Snow Biz!

February is a weird month in retail  ...  typically the slowest.

Christmas is well past ... and when the credit card statements hit the mail ... reality sinks in ... OMG ... did I really spend that much???

Yup ... and now it's time to pay up!  Less expendable income ... no more shopping until that gets paid for ... until a big storm hits!

All of a sudden ... there is a change of focus ... things that are required to combat the elements!

Top sellers when this happens ... salt ... ice melter ... windshield washer fluid ... wiper blades ... shovels & even snow blowers ... snow tires & batteries (which die from the cold ... even I had to do this recently) ... and that my friends ... is what I mean by Snow Biz!

Oh ... but it doesn't stop at the required necessities ... because snow can also provide fun ... and seems to boost sales for things like toboggans ... sleds ... skates ... ice fishing stuff ... and the like!

Bring it on!  Canadians actually do embrace winter ... have learned to love what fun it can bring us.

Snow ... a four letter word for some ... but ... it's all a matter of perspective ... for those of us who know that this is simply winter in Canada!

It's only temporary ... spring will be here soon!  Enjoy it while you can!

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