"Yes," he replied, apparently reluctant to be drawn into anything. "One of the real values of our meeting is its spontaneity. We never really have an agenda. Of course thechairman always has his yellow legal pad with notes scribbled on it of things he wants to discuss, andsome of the rest of us do the same thing. But one of the things Sam will do is just call someone up at thestart and say, 'Okay, you conduct the whole meeting today.' And that meeting will take on the personalityof whoever's running it. That way, there's always a sense of anticipation. Something unusual may happen,or somebody may pull off something great."From the time we started the Saturday meeting, with just four or five store managers getting togethersomewhere to talk merchandising, it has been a very difficult thing to develop, and there's been a lot ofopposition to it, including from my own wife, who I've already told you believes it's unfair to take ourfolks away from their families on Saturday mornings. There have definitely been times when our folkswould have voted it out if we had given them the opportunity. But as I've said, I believe Saturday work ispart of the commitment that comes with choosing a career in retail. I can't see asking our folks in thestores to make that sacrifice while our managers are off playing golf. 一本道99综合高清_一本道dvd国产在线二区_最新一本道 久久_国产欧美一本道无码 "Yes, sir." Sometimes we would have five hundred trailers full of merchandise sitting around one of thosewarehouses. And it took time to deal with all that. We couldn't get it out. Then the next day we'd getsixty boxcar loads. We'd have to unload the doggoned boxcars, and here the merchandise they wantedin the stores would be sitting there sometimes a week or a week and a half."It was a big problem, and one that worried me a lot, which is probably why as we moved along in theseventies, I just kept after folks like David Glass, who was still in the discount drug business up inMissouri, and Don Soderquist, who was running Ben Franklin, to come to work for us. I knew they wereboth big talents, and I knew we were going to need all the help we could get in all areasbut especially inthe ones I wasn't all that great at, such as distribution and systems. Like I said before, Ron Mayer hadworked hard on that distribution system, introducing all the concepts like merchandise assembly,cross-docking, and transshipment. But I don't think our distribution system ever really got undercomplete control until David Glass finally relented and came on board in 1976. More than anybody else,he's responsible for building the sophisticated and efficient system we use today. Maggie dwelt the longest on the feeling which had made her come back to her mother and brother, which made her cling to all the memories of the past. When she had ended, Dr. Kenn was silent for some minutes; there was a difficulty on his mind. He rose, and walked up and down the hearth with his hands behind him. At last he seated himself again, and said, looking at Maggie 鈥?