IT services and solutions for retail and hospitality

  • 14 Sep 2010

Rog Day 1

So, here I am sat in Heathrow’s impressive Terminal 5 building thinking about how on earth I begin this landmark (for me!) moment of Roger Bannister writing a Blog!

Well, the first thing I’m going to do is drop into Google for a moment and find out what a Blog is or means as I have absolutely no idea…

…Isn’t Wikipedia great – “A blog (a blend of the term web log) is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video”.

Now, there’s a part of me that after reading that immediately thought how can “a blend of the term web log” turn into ‘Blog’ – it just doesn’t make any kind of grammatical sense! However, I then thought of a (a) the look that Ellie, Retail Assist’s uber up to date social communicator come Marketing Coordinator would have given me for saying something like that, and (b) a conversation my Wife and I had last night about getting old and being left behind as regards communication because we don’t use Facebook, Twitter and whatever the other ones are called?!

So, that got me thinking, and wondering if I could do something a bit different, and rather than this being my ‘Blog’ I’ve decided to call it my ‘Rog’ (pron. R-og) – not sure it will catch on (unless you’re called Roger!) but you never do know.

So, back to the matter in hand – why am I sat at Heathrow Airport at all? Well, in a couple of hours I’m flying to Atlanta, Georgia, in the good old U, S of A, to spend a couple of weeks working with our US Partner, SPI, on a sales campaign. The gist of this is that SPI are our chosen partner for selling our award-winning Merret Supply Chain solution into the North American market, and we’ve also teamed up with another of our partners, Triquestra (creators of the Infinity Point of Sale solution) to develop and execute a tri-party campaign to try and sell US retailers on the major benefits that they can derive from implementing our solutions.

Every day, I’m going to write my ‘Rog’ to give an update on how things are going, but also to try and give an insight into the differences in doing business, and retailing in general, between the UK and the US, which will no doubt see me encountering different customs and words; for example, one of the guys from SPI sent me an email the other day referencing a dress-down day on a Friday, in which he used the word ‘Slacks’, a word that my Nan used to use, and not something I’ve come across for more than 10 years!

Given that it’ll be the equivalent of midnight in the UK when I land, and that there are some good films (sorry, Movies!) scheduled for the flight, I see this as the natural end to day 1 of my ‘Rog’.


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