A question has arisen in my mind. The aforementioned wedding has (hopefully) a barbecue as part of the proceedings. But the weather forecast does not look too good. So that set me thinking. In spring and summer, supermarkets and garden centres are full of barbecues, patio heaters etc, and clothes shops are promoting skimpy beachwear (for the ladies at least!). The equivalent happens at Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day and Hallowe’en.
So, when the promised heat -wave does not arrive, or people are turned-off buying Christmas tree lights, chocolate and/or fireworks, what happens to all the unused stock? Are there large secret warehouses marked on the outside with their contents, which will not need to be looked at for twelve months? Do they suddenly become empty, or are there a succession of lorries in January, bringing in the un-sold Christmas tat, whilst at the other end of the building, other lorries are taking out all the Easter stuff still stored from the previous year? You can work out the rest of the sequence for yourself. In fact, come to think of it, the stock could be on moving pallets, trundling along at exactly the right speed to allow them to traverse the floor of the warehouse, just in time to be taken out at the next appropriate season.
C’mon, you great suppliers and warehouse builders, how about a round of applause for a brilliant idea……British inventors can still come up with the goods!