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18 February, 2006

Retailers' logic

For reasons I won't elaborate, I need to buy ~500g of suet (the hard fat from around a cow's kidneys).  It also needs to be in 'factory-sealed' packets, so I can't buy fresh, from my local butcher.  I've tried Sainsbury's three times, but although I've found that location on the shelves, it's empty.

This morning, the duty manager explained that there isn't sufficient demand for Sainsbury's to include suet in the day-to-day restocking cycle, so it's difficult to predict when they'll have any, and anyway, it sells out almost as soon as it reaches the shelves.

So there's not much demand, yet it sells very well. Er....

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