Joe, Z, and I went to St. Louis this weekend so that we could train for the new P.O.S. system that will soon be implemented at CBH. So if you hear us talking about MOBY all the time we are referring neither to whales nor the musician.
First, let me state that the airport landing left so much unrevealed. St. Louis looked flat and sprawled out as we landed but as we started to drive around so much beautiful and detailed architecture became apparent. Water towers were disguised as tall spires of brick and mortar, tall Gothic churches with amazing stained glass details, and a HUGE asylum from the turn of the last century were just a few of the things that were pointed out to us. I would love to come back to St. Louis just to check at the theaters, museums, and parks – I also hear there is some wicked food (and for those of you that don’t know – that alone means a lot to me. I’m a total foodie). We didn’t have time in the trip to get up close to the Arch, but we could see it from our hotel. There is always next time!
We got to meet the nice people from Star Clipper Comics. Its a beautiful store in St. Louis with a ton of room for checking out trades and comics and even looking at artwork in their gallery area! They had a huge Watchmen wall, tons of toys, cool snacks from around the world, and everything else you can imagine! Overall, really cool store! Check it out if you ever stop by St. Louis.
I got to witness Joe break out of his shell and try foods that he would never normally eat… RED MEAT! TWICE!!! The MOBY staff took us to a beautiful restaurant called Revival. I was given the Crown of Carnivore by Z as he witnessed my ability to eat whatever is placed in front of me when I was given a trout (the whole thing – eyes and all) and boy, was it yummy! The dessert menu was outstanding and who could pass up the opportunity to try CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON! Yes, thats right, CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON!!!
Ok, On to work. What does MOBY and MOBY training mean to you?
There will be some minor changes that you will notice when you come up to the checkout. Our cash register will be replaced by a shiny new MAC. We will be scanning UPCs instead of randomly punching in numbers (no really, I swear I never randomly punched in numbers). The computer will now track our inventory and sales so when you can’t find Y the Last Man volume 10 we don’t have to look in 5 places that it may be, we can just check the computer to see if it is in stock (of course, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been moved). We will be able to place special orders in the computer so that we can keep track of that hard to find issue on your wish list. If it should ever come in from our distributor, the system will tell us!
Other then that, it’s reducing some of our paperwork. Be patient with us, I am sure there will be a learning curve for the first few days while we acclimate ourselves to using a computer!
The most important lesson that Joe and Z learned on this trip – I am not a morning person. At all.