Evolution is forever calling on the past to look at ways to improve for the future, but in some areas of bakery and café retail design, what the more distant past offered is seemingly now a good enough solution.Product display has evolved in the same way as mainstream fashion taking the existing idea, but improving on it to essentially evoke the feeling of the good old days. With the invasion of the big four supermarkets to retail parks and now in smaller high street locations, the need to be creative in product display is increasingly important in grabbing the attention of the next sale for the smaller, independent retailers.The solution appears simple: open up the counter to remove physical barriers, such as glass display screening and general clutter, so that staff and product are as close to the customer as possible. It’s reassuring in a ’we’ve-got-nothing-to-hide’ way and it’s personal, with an opportunity to build relationships with customers. Traditional display solutions, such as cake stands or open rattan baskets, can now be seen on the serve-over counters in many of the high street coffee chains, which are trying to build on both the ’local’ and ’deli’ trends.Increasingly food-educated and critical, consumers like to see what they are going to eat. They want to make their own decisions and they want to pick and choose their own muffin and a return to open display supports this. However, they will also want to know who made it, how long it has been sat on the rough block chopping board and, most importantly, what precautions have been taken to prevent the exposed muffin from being contaminated by sticky fingers and passing cold germs. It’s this balance between close-up product and reassuringly good hygiene that is the most difficult issue to overcome in this developing trend and one that food hygiene guidance fails to shed much light on.The operational challenges of an open product display are a further issue to contend with. A cake stand with a lid won’t have a lid for long and the fresh product on display will only stay fresh for four hours at best, which means regular refreshing and potential increases in waste. Some stores have opted to work on the basis of customers picking from the front of the display, so there is a one-off, one-on refresh of product to maintain quality, but this needs to be well-managed to ensure a constantly fresh product and a continually happy regular customer.The solution actually isn’t quite so simple. The back-fill, served display fridge does have a place within a store, but it shouldn’t be the sole display unit. There should be space on the counter to get closer to your customers and there should be fresh product on display, but keep it covered; a simple acetate sheet will do and, where possible, offer a well-covered or wrapped alternative for [email protected]
Last weekend boasted the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival, taking place over one day – September 18th – at the beautiful Montage Mountain near Scranton, PA. Hosted by Willie Nelson, the event featured sets from Neil Young + Promise Of The Real, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Sheryl Crow, Brothers Osborne and Lee Ann Womack. The Outlaw spirit was in full force, as these iconic artists turned in tremendous performances for an adoring crowd. With Willie Nelson and his children Lukas and Mikah playing as well, this was truly a special and memorable.Thanks to photographer Sam Watson, we now have a full gallery of images from the festival for you to enjoy. Take a look through the gallery below! We’ll see you there next year. Load remaining images
The curtains closed on yet another era in Jamaica’s rich political history when Portia Simpson Miller, a former Prime Minister and former President of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) took her final bow and exited the building after being lauded by Parliamentarians on both sides of the house on Tuesday.During the special joint sitting of Parliament on Tuesday Simpson-Miller, who was first elected in 1976, said her journey was by no means easy but she is proud of her record, particularly in her constituency of St. Andrew South Western.An eldery resident of Majesty gardens chills outside his residence which is nestled in the former constituency of Portia Simpson Miller“I inherited a constituency with poor and inadequate housing, poor or no public infrastructure, poor health-care facilities, and limited access to special services,” she said, adding that the election of 1976 saw her “thrown into the deep enduring a period of extreme political violence”.She told colleagues that despite widespread criticism and the challenges, she fulfilled her mission.“In the early days, some said I could not read…. Is it not ironic, that now they say I read too much. While some judged me harshly I was determined to be who I wanted to be, not how others saw me. I speak of my harsh experiences, not with malice – that when the slings and arrows come at you, bind up your wounds, and focus on your dreams.”Prime minister Andrew Holness, in leading the tributes, pledged to ensure that Simpson Miller’s work as a champion of the poor, will continue to live on.“She is a metaphor of hope and faith . In her political carrier she has been placed against powerful personalities and has never been intimidated by a challenge. I am saying to you on your retirement, that there is a new defender of the poor people of Jamaica.”Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister and one of four Caribbean leaders, recalled her journey from the rural community of Wood Hall to Jamaica House.“I defied the odds…..and had a date with destiny.”In 2006, she took the reigns of government, when the baton was passed from then Prime Minister Percival James Patterson.The sitting was also the final one for Dr. Omar Davies, a former Minister of Finance under the People’s National Party.Omar Davies also bid farewellDavies, who represented the constituency of St. Andrew Southern since 1993, will, like Simpson Miller handed in his resignation on Thursday.The special sitting was attended by former Prime mInisters P.J .Patterson and Edward Seaga as well as the Speak of the House of Assembly in the Cayman Islands McKeeva Bush.A date for a by-election to fill the vacancies in Simpson Miller’s and Davies’ constituencies, is yet to be announced.