Tag Archives: Shopping

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do Stores Ask For Your ZIP Code?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Do Stores Ask For Your ZIP Code?

If you’ve shopped in an actual store any time in the last 10 years or so, you’ve probably experienced that uncomfortable moment at the checkout counter when the cashier asks for your ZIP code. It feels odd & a bit intrusive, since it doesn’t really seem relevant to whatever you’re buying. Soliciting your email address…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Grocery Stores Vs. Supermarkets

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Grocery Stores Vs. Supermarkets

Ever wondered what separates a grocery store from a supermarket? Are there even any real differences? Well, actually…yes, there are! Grocery stores have been around a lot longer than supermarkets. Back in the day, when most towns had a bakery, a butcher shop, and a grocery, the grocery store offered townsfolk an efficient way to…Read More

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Customers Are Sometimes Called “Guests”

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why Customers Are Sometimes Called “Guests”

For the longest time, businesses called their customers “customers”. But, more & more business owners have begun referring to their customers as “guests”. It’s super-polite and sort of odd. But how did that get started, and why? Well, we have Disney to thank (or blame, depending on how you look at it). Back in 1955,…Read More