This past Friday we went and visited Dunnhumby, a London based company that “…personaliz[es] the world’s experience of retailers and brands. That helps companies put customers at the centre of every decision to earn their lifetime loyalty.” And… it was absolutely delightful! I had a wonderful time as we were told the merits of basing the pricing/promotion/placing of items based on what customers DID, not what they were expected to do, and not what they said they would do, but what they actually did. They base their data on the information pulled from Loyalty cards (ie Kroger cards). We looked through typical purchase baskets and had to profile each customer. It was incredibly enlightening.
London has as many cool historical artifacts as it does stairs (read: a lot). We went to the British Library and I could not believe how many documents were in good condition. We saw everything from Jane Austin’s desk to (one of the) Magna Cartas. Along with the huge collection of books they had a vast collection of postage stamps which were great reflections of the style and “going on’s” of that time period. I was astonished by the façade of the building, it was very modern and not as historic and beautiful as I expected. But it was nicely laid out and a good experience!
So far has been absolutely amazing. My many trips to Barclay’s have left me tottering on the verge of tears and my mind whirling with the latest exchange rate (1.6). However, I can’t say I have not enjoyed spending every “pence” of it. We started off in style as we rolled out of Heathrow at 7am after an hour and a half in the customs line to find a suited up man holding a sign reading “Ms. Moore” and a luxury Mercedes. Sweet. When we finally moved into our sauna of a flat (our heat works… way too well) and we scrounged up 3 fans from around the building to keep us below our boiling point, all in the dark, as none of our lights worked at first. However, we were in LONDON and therefore, completely overjoyed.
We did go to the War Horse premier and saw WILL AND KATE. Which made me super jazzed. But I was more excited to see the horse, which I wound up missing due to the rain.