What’s old is new again – October 2017

I’ve been reading an article about a delivery service in Great Britain that is entering into the home delivery market for groceries in competition with a couple of other services already going. This company feels there is room in that market to expand this home delivery service.Meanwhile back here in the U.S., we find the ultimate home delivery company, Amazonpurchased Whole Foods which seems to be moving that food retailer into the home delivery market too.

In an effort to keep up with companies like Amazon other retailers are moving into the “order online and get it delivered to your home” concept. This is good news for the U.S. Postal Service and private carrier companies.

Another article that appeared recently in my local paper was advertising classes in home canning techniques. It seems there is a new niche out there where people buy or raise their own produce and then have to can it in order to save the surplus.  These are labeled as something different than the “homemakers clubs” some of us remember from several years ago.  Back then these groups were struggling to find new members because of invention of the microwave oven.

Another “at home” service is the tele-health programs some businesses are offering to combat rising health care costs. In this particular program the person who is sick at home can call a health care professional, and describe their symptoms and learn whether they needed chicken soup or an ambulance.

All of this reminds me of the old westerns we watched on television where we saw the local dry goods store proprietor fill a gunny sack with groceries and hand it off to the young lad helping who would run them to the good widow Jones. Meanwhile the good widow Jones was busy canning produce from the garden to have available during the year.  The helper probably passed the good doctor, carrying his medical bag, in his buckboard traveling to visit a patient to provide some health care advice.

It’s interesting that what was once old is new again.

Now if we can keep bell bottom pants, platform shoes and disco music from coming back again!

By Ken Hamilton, Wyoming Farm Bureau  Federation Executive Vice President

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