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posticon Editorial - (Not) Shopping at Target and Technology

Opinions | Friday, June 21, 2019 | By Dan Veaner Print
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You used to be able to go to a store where the cashier would add up your purchases on a cash register or adding machine, and figure out how much change you were owed in his or her head. It was a simple way of selling things, devoid of the benefits of computerized inventory control, keeping track of customer purchasing habits, the printing of coupons, emailed receipts, text alerts for pickups, and all the other things that happen in front of and behind the scenes of modern retail sails.  So computers have made our lives better, right?

A computer outage that shut down Target's cash registers and credit card processing equipment nation-wide for several hours Saturday had many people questioning that assumption.  Some Target stores closed entirely.  Others, like the one my daughter was shopping at Saturday, saw long delays at the check-out lines that happened to be resolved a bit before she was ready to check out (lucky woman!).  The next day an issue with NCR's system made it impossible for some Target stores to process credit card sales.

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posticon Thoughts - Pet Menu, Technology Clippings, Tariffs

Opinions | Friday, June 21, 2019 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts I have to do something with all these newspaper and magazine clippings. They're one reason I depend much more on paper as my source rather than online news: I'm one of those people (few in number, no doubt) who is constantly tearing news stories from various publications, folding them up and dropping them on my 'desk' with every intention of mulling their content and finding ways to comment on them. Problem is, there are more clippings each week and I find the stack to be slowly, inexorably intimidating me. No one is around to complain to me about this stack, but, still...I suppose it could be worse. I've known one or two souls who don't keep the clipping: they keep the whole blasted paper or magazine and soon the stacks threaten like gravity ignored, or become furnishing for the ever-cramped and crowded home, firetrap, so it would appear, with the stacks of publications moldering in piles.

But this pile of clippings of mine will be the basis for shorter musings this week. Did I hear an appreciative sigh? A hop, a skip and a jump through the lesser-known but still interesting news bites. As the Chinese saying goes: "May you live in interesting times."

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