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'Obsolete inventory' and the picnic plannerBoy, don’t we know how tough it is out there with businesses trying to stay above water…and even trying their hardest to put on a good show at their annual shindigs. Gotta give some credit to those decision-makers who want to go forth with the traditional company gatherings.

Take the big summer BBQ. Golly, it doesn’t take too many gelds to rent a park, but when you start adding up the food for 350 attendees, you’re into next year’s budget.

Furthermore, if you grab your shopping cart to load up at the name-brand grocery store you’re going to be spending part of the profit-sharing you’re hoping the company will eek out this year.

Not to worry. Adjust your thinking and earn the praise of your CFO. After all,  you’ve been the event planner for the past 35 years, and you’ve not missed a year in pulling off this much-anticipated summer frolic. OK, the last couple of years, you should up a day late…but chalk it up to a senior moment.

This year, though, is different. You discovered a super-duper retailer, Big Lots, that just opened in your area and you were as excited as punch to make your list and see all the savings going back into the company.

But buying “seconds” or  “closeouts” for the company picnic?  Well, think about it. In the first place, we’re not talking about leaking cans of orange juice or stale food lying about in broken boxes. No siree Bob. You see, when you’re talking about surplus goods, you’re dealing with a company that maybe needed to get rid of excess inventory, or maybe there was a package change that forced them to move the goods.

OK, so when I sat down to talk to the company president and his CFO and told them how excited I was to go and buy obsolete inventory, they came back with what I would call harassing comments.

“Obsolete?? If you think I’m going to feed our employees obsolete food, then, well….you’re obsolete,” said Fred the president.

“Yeah,” rejoined Cal the CFO, looking up from his 10-key.

Well, I pulled it off, and the food was beautiful with stuff like Del Monte pears, Dole fruit cocktail (who doesn’t love a can of this while watching Lawrence Welk?), Tropicana Orangeade Light and even something for me — the Del Monte Mixed Vegetables….on a plastic plate, I might add.

I retired at the end of the BBQ, actually after I ate my mixed veggies. But be sure to go to the contact us link to find out a lot more about all the distribution channels and excess inventory sales just waiting to make your next event a real…picnic.