We are in the season of remanent it seems. This picture taken today of the entrance to an Italian deli on Emilii Plater. The note above says they are closed until 6th Jan but, given that today is the 7th and they are not open, we must assume that was just a big practical joke. One can almost feel the pain of those whose supply of mortadella is in need of replenishment arriving, as they must have been throughout today, only to find the curse of the remanent has struck.

Remanent (stocktaking) used to be much more common here say 10 years ago but I’ve not seen it for a while. Never did understand why they have to close a small shop for a day or more to do it. I think Zosia and I could count everything in this deli in one evening.

I remember stocktaking happened in the UK too, before those new fangled computers took over such aspects of our lives, but I can’t remember the shops actually closing, or did they? Maybe in the 50’s perhaps.

“G.. G… G… Granville, put the stocktaking sign in the window! Arkwrights is closed today!”



5 thoughts on “Stocktaking

  1. I worked at Safeway as a teenager (15-16) and even then, 20 years ago, they never shut down to do inventory. They just had folks stay late when it needed to be done.

  2. That’s spooky because I worked at Safeway as a teenager as well! Mine was in Wembley (of stadium fame) and I was on produce dept. How about yours?

    Fair to say mine was a bit more than 20 years ago. ;)

  3. I can just, hazily, remember seeing shops with notices saying ‘Sorry. Closed for stocktaking’. That would have been in either the very late 1940s or early 1950s, when shops had even less interest for me than they do now. ‘Closed for stocktaking’ was just another facet of the incomprehensible adult world.

  4. Im guessing by stocktaking you mean inventory?? We have companies that come in to major dept stores or large grocery stores and count the merchandise. Deli probably needed and extra day off from celebrating the New Year.

  5. I suppose it is inventory in American English. Basically you count everything in the shop and compare to what the papers (computer) say you should have.

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