Snacks - they're good for business!

The Intuit Small Business blog had a recent post about the business benefits of providing nutritious snacks for your employees.  You don’t want unhealthy snacks leading to health issues. Here at Referential, Inc. we tend to each lunch together and it’s interesting to see what everyone brings.  Let’s just say a few of us take health and nutrition more seriously than others!  Yesterday we had a treat, someone brought a fresh smoothie she had just made from home.  Spinach, mango, almonds, and cranberry-raspberry juice.  While it was green it smelled and tasted of fruit.  Surprising that you didn’t even taste the spinach.

I have to say that was much healthier than the other snacks we shared earlier in the week.  Afternoon tea is often at our desks, unless there is birthday cake or treats!  A discussion of a European trip at lunch meant we had chocolate croissants one afternoon.  And just because they looked good it was blueberry scones another day.  At least we cut them into reasonable sized servings!

So while our snacks may not always be the healthiest, nothing beats the camaraderie as we share their deliciousness!

Kudos to the US Post Office

I had to mail a few small packages to people in the US, Spain, and the UK and one heavier box to the East Coast.  I did a quick search to compare rates and the US Post Office was by far the cheapest.  Now, I did struggle with the online forms for international shipments.  You need to know what your package weighs so we had to bring in a digital kitchen scale.   Once I had that info filling out the form for the UK shipment was fairly easy.  I was able to pay and print the label.  Not so for Spain!  I don’t know what the problem was but I got error messages for things that clearly weren’t errors.  Let’s chalk it up to a systems glitch.

Off I went to the post office.  All the domestic packages were fine.  The flat rate box to the East Coast saved quite a bit of money. As they say, if it fits it ships, and that box was very full. 

But then we get to the international shipments.  I was able to fill out paperwork for the Spain package, we did it the old fashioned way with a pen and form.  Luckily no one was behind me in line.   I proudly handed over the package to the UK only to be told our scale was clearly wrong as the package weighs an ounce more than I paid for.  The only item I could remove was the chocolate.  One piece that’s now mine.  And here’s where the kudos come in.  Heritage Post Office, Campbell California.  The woman working there cut the padded envelope down to within 1/10th of an ounce of the correct weight.  She taped and taped that thing to make sure it was sealed and I was able to use the original label with the prepaid postage.   Thank you!  And I did admit to the recipient stealing her chocolate, it was quite good, one piece of Lindt was a nice treat this afternoon!

Happy half birthday to us!

Referential, Inc. celebrates a birthday today.  After 19 years as H & D Feber Associates, Referential, Inc. was 'born' Jan 1 of this year.  And what a six months it's been.  We incorporated, hired new employees, set up our corporate structure, expanded our client base, moved into new offices, and more!  We just had a little celebration with quite the cake.  Believe it or not this chocolate goodness comes with  no added sugar.  We're not sure how Whole Foods does it but this has become our favorite cake for company celebrations.  It certainly tastes sugar-full! We're looking forward to everything the next 6 months brings and our first (really 20th) birthday in January of 2014.birthday cake