Nick HarrisMD, BFP WholesaleInnovation is a key part of every retailer’s armoury, but is it as important as it should be to the baker on the high street? As a bakery retailer, how often should you change your portfolio or introduce a new line? Does a new line always mean that you delete a slow-moving line to make room in your display cabinets?Disappointingly, when proposing new ideas to our customers, we are often told that the product “won’t sell to my customers”, or even “My customers won’t try anything new”. If these statements are true, then why do the most successful retailers constantly renew and refresh their portfolios?The retailer that does not innovate and change is limiting their range to their existing customers and will struggle to attract new people through their doors. Successful high street businesses are those that constantly refresh and update their products and offers. During a recent survey of regional bakeries, we were surprised to see how many were not selling cake pops or, even more surprisingly, the number not selling cupcakes. Visit any national coffee shop and see how much space they give to these two lines to not sell them in a high street shop must be excluding some potential customers.On a different note, I recently asked some of our clients how they describe themselves to their customers as a craft baker, an artisan baker, a master baker or just a baker? But can your customers tell the difference? They shop with you because you offer them consistent quality, good flavour and well-presented items at a price they consider correct. So ask them what you are, and they will simply say you are their local baker, whom they use regularly and are pleased to recommend to their friends. read more
The signing day for high school athletes was recently announced. Lynna Irby, star sprinter from Pike High School, signed her letter of intent to attend Georgia University. The high school senior is a perfect 45-0 in her previous 3 state track tournaments. She won the 100, 200, and 400m dashes in her previous 3 state meets.She not only excels in Indiana, but she also won a silver medal in the 400m at the Global Championships in each of the past two summers. She is the 7th fastest high school runner in history with a fantastic time of 51.30 seconds.Watch for Irby in the next World Championships as well as the 2020 Olympics. She should be the next Hoosier to be a medalist because the 6 who have beaten her all have World and Olympic medals already.
After missing his first nine shots to start the preseason, the No. 2 overall pick made his first regular-season attempt look easy.“I think the first basket is always going to mean something to me,” Ingram said. “Of course, it’s an 82-game season, so I’ve got to worry about the next game.”Ingram finished 4 for 6 from the field in 24 minutes in the Lakers’ 120-114 victory over Houston. That corner 3-pointer – to beat the shot clock – was only the first of what is expected to be thousands of made baskets. Kobe Bryant made 11,719 in his 20-year career.Kids everywhere dream of making a basket in the NBA, but Ingram said he didn’t feel any anxiety before releasing his first.“We have a very unselfish team,” he said. “So I’m not worried about getting shots up because I know they’re going to come. The open person usually gets the shot, so that’s all I really worried about.” Ingram will be checking off a litany of firsts now that the season is under way. Does anyone remember their first rebound or offensive foul?“I remember my first game,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “I think I picked up like three fouls in 10 seconds and then I had to go sit on the bench.”Next up for Ingram: His first road trip.The Lakers play their next four away from home, starting tonight in Utah.“This is different for me,” he said, “being we just played yesterday but it’s going to be fine.”For any rookie, it’s an adjustment to go from the two-games-per-week schedule of college hoops.“The road is tough in this league,” Walton said.”We have all the confidence in the world in Brandon, but it’s like everything else in this league. You have to experience back-to-back games and flying to different time zones.“It’s early in the season, so I think he’ll be all right. But it’s all part of this rookie process of learning the NBA – game and life.”Sit and watchJordan Clarkson is not accustomed to sitting on the bench. As a second-year guard last season, Clarkson played a team-high 32.3 minutes per game. He started each of the 79 games he played.So imagine how different things must have felt in the first half Wednesday, when he played just six minutes as a reserve.The $50 million man checked in with 5:24 left in the first period, and back out with 10:46 to go in the second, having tallied two points and two fouls. Meanwhile, the Lakers managed to stay close without risking a third foul for Clarkson.“He stayed ready and in the second half he was our best player,” Walton said. “He’s been like that.”Clarkson scored 23 of his team-high 25 points in the second half, propelling the Lakers to victory.The former second-round pick seems entrenched as the Lakers’ top bench option, at least for now.“I don’t think he was expecting his role to be what it is so far,” Russell said. “No telling what it could be toward the middle of the season or the end, but he’s doing a great job of just being mature and making the best of it.”Jazz on the mendThe Utah Jazz are coming off a 113-104 season-opening road loss to Portland. Star forward Gordon Hayward is out with a fractured left ring finger, but power forward Derrick Favors (knee) is expected to go through the morning shootaround and is considered a game-time decision tonight, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.“They’ve got a really good team,” Walton said. “I’m really impressed. Quin Snyder has done a phenomenal job with them. … They move the ball, they set hard screens, even with guys being banged up they still have enough guys up there to be a really good team.” EL SEGUNDO >> It had been 17 years, but Metta World Peace still remembered the shot.“Three-pointer,” he said, while gliding on a workout machine following Thursday’s Lakers practice. Then, pointing: “That side of the court.”D’Angelo Russell’s memory only had to stretch 12 months, but he was just as confident: “Jump shot off a curl.” Timofey Mozgov remembered a game against Boston and a mid-range jumper.Not every player recalls the details of his first NBA basket, but those who do acknowledge the significance of the professional rite of passage. It was the one experienced by Brandon Ingram on Wednesday night when his corner 3-pointer with 2:57 left in the first quarter fell through the net. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more
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