Quick Hits

Working sales during the holidays can have retail workers stressed out by all the craziness, not to mention the demanding shoppers.  One writer suggests things you should never say to retail workers during the holiday season:

  • “Wow, it’s busy in the store today” – Like they need to be reminded of the hell that they’re enduring.
  • “I’m in a hurry, could you make it quick?” – When the store is so busy sales associates are doing the best they can to get everyone out, they aren’t going to just kick things into a higher gear for you.
  • “Can you bring one in from another store?” – While a lot of stores offer this service, the holiday season isn’t the time to ask them to accommodate you, especially after December 20th. It’s your fault if you waited that long to shop.
  • “Are you sure you’re out of stock? Can you check again?” – You’re lucky if a clerk has the time to check once, let alone again. Maybe try calling a store ahead if you’re looking for a specific item.
  • Responding with “this is why brick and mortar stores are going under” when you don’t get what they want – That’s just plain rude. Plus, if you like buying online so much, you should have done it in the first place.
  • “Can I get a discount on this?” or “If you can’t find a price for this can I get it for free?” – What makes you so special that you deserve an exclusive discount?
  • “Can I please come in, I’ll be quick,” they say running in store five minutes before close – Unless you know exactly what you are looking for, don’t run into a store right before closing unless you want to get the evil eye from workers.
  • “Do you gift wrap?” – Unless a store has signs that they do this, don’t even bother asking. It’s not like any sales associate has the time, or desire to wrap that present for you.

Source: Mamamia

According to a new poll, 76% of organizations will host some sort of holiday party, with 96% of those companies paying for the party in full.  Overall, 48% of organizations will offer employees three or more paid days off during holidays. About 39% of companies will give gifts or bonuses to employees, with 30% giving bonuses, and about 10% giving merchandise, gift cards or gift certificates.

Source: Bloomberg BNA

According to a new report, 40% of Americans will travel over the holiday season, which translates to about 99.8-million people.  73% of people will be traveling to see family, with 85% of them staying in the U.S.  For those going on vacation, 58% will stay within the U.S., although the Caribbean is the most popular destination for those taking a holiday vacation. 

Source: Business Insider

A new study claims that kids actually benefit from having fewer toys rather than more.  Kids are more creative and focused during playtime when they have fewer toys to choose from, which means they are getting more quality out of their playtime.  Researchers suggest keeping toys in storage and only giving kids a limited amount to play with at one time.

Source: New York Post

McDonald’s lovers who hate shelling out too much money on fast food have a reason to celebrate. The fast food giant is officially bringing back their Dollar Menu, although it will actually cost a little bit more than just a buck.  Starting January 4th, the company is rolling out what they’re calling their $1-$2-$3 Dollar Menu, which features several of their food options in each price range. Dollar menu items include:

  • $1: Sausage Burrito, McChicken, Cheeseburger, any size soft drink
  • $2: Sausage McGriddles, two-piece Buttermilk Crispy Tenders, Bacon McDouble, some small McCafé beverages
  • $3: Sausage McMuffin with Egg, Classic Chicken Sandwich, Triple Cheeseburger, Happy Meal 

McDonald’s hasn’t offered their Dollar Menu since 2012, and the company believes it lost out on 500 million transactions because of it. Since they got rid of their value menu, many other fast food chains have introduced their own cheaper offerings, including Burger King’s Value Menu and Wendy's Right Price, Right Size Menu. 

Source: USA Today

Coffee-mate is making mornings happier with all their limited-edition creamers this holiday season and rumor has it, the newest flavors are going to be incredible. According to social media junk food guru Candy Hunting, there are five new flavors coming soon and two of them are inspired by The Cheesecake Factory’s namesake dessert.

The food blog reports that Strawberry Cheesecake and Dulce de Leche Caramel Cheesecake-flavored creamers will be hitting shelves in the near future. Coffee-mate’s parent company Nestle hasn’t confirmed the news just yet, but Candy Hunting usually knows what they’re talking about, so we’re very optimistic about these.

And the blogger also posts about three other new creamer flavors we can look forward to: Coconut Caramel Latte, Cookies and Cream, and Toasted Marshmallow Mocha. Who needs Starbucks when we can DIY coffee creations with amazing flavors like these?

Source: Delish

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