NROP: How donuts made this guy a better salesperson than You.

A friend of mine traveled to Japan a few months ago, and so I asked them to bring over some candy that is not internationally available. Such a treat! I think they went again recently. Fingers crossed that they remember to bring me some goodies.

In today’s day and age, with Amazon and other online shopping websites, obtaining a foreign item is not that difficult. However, back in the day, it was not easy. People would send each other packages filled with things that were only available at the place of the sender’s residence.

As a kid, whenever I got a package from abroad, it would feel like Christmas. I would take the goodies to school and share with kids who had no idea what it was. Everything seemed to be a hit, though. It must have been the excitement of the unknown, combined with the desire for the unavailable. As an adult, whenever I get a package (happens VERY sporadically), I am brought back to my childhood. Unpacking the parcel gives me so much joy, and whatever I receive, I savor it.

The package exchanges have definitely died down in recent years due to most things being at your fingertips and international shipping. However, there is still one thing that you cannot really order if you do not live locally – perishable food.

Sunday morning, I had a dream about going to a restaurant and ordering a dish that is not available everywhere. That restaurant is only available in a handful of states. When I moved last year, I was certain I was saying “Goodbye” to some of my favorite food. Imagine my shock when I found out that they have a restaurant near where I currently live. How amazing is that? They provide me with a taste of “home.”

However, after I woke up, I decided against it because I figured I would be traveling back to my (ex)home state soon enough and could eat it there. Funnily enough, during the day, without knowing about my dream, my partner asked me if I would like to grab some food from the restaurant of which I dreamed. I guess faith decided for me. We went and enjoyed a nice lunch.

Sometimes you do not have to go out of your way. Sometimes the food comes to YOU.

The article I read over the weekend is about a person bringing food to the people who are otherwise unable to obtain it. A college student from Minnesota regularly traveled to Iowa for Krispy Kreme donuts. I researched Krispy Kreme locations in Iowa and found out that the drive from the Twin Cities in Minnesota to Des Moines, Iowa, is approximately 3.5h one way. What the boy would do is drive to the donut place, load his care up with up to 100 boxes, and then drive back to his home state. Each box contained 12 donuts. No, it was not all for him. He would sell it to people who otherwise would have no access to Krispy Kreme.

I have tried Krispy Kreme numerous times, but have always been loyal to Dunkin Donuts. However, I know of many people who are total opposites and claim that Krispy Kreme is the absolute best. However much you love donuts, chances are you will not spend 7h in a car driving to/ from a donut place. This kid did all the work for you.

While a box of a dozen donuts at Krispy Kreme goes for around $10-$12 (depending on the kind), the college entrepreneur would sell them for $17-$20. That sounds like quite a profit but think about the mileage he is putting on his car, the gas, and the time he wastes while driving. He made this donut trip 19 times. Unfortunately, he never made his 20th. A local news page TwinCities.com has recently written a story about the “Donut Guy,” which led to a phone call from Krispy Kreme to the college entrepreneur, telling him to shut down his operations.

The reason which the representative of Krispy Kreme quoted was liability. Yes, I have been to business school, and I am aware of all the reasons why the guy reselling the donuts might not be a good idea for the company. However, the story upsets me a little. The college student was only supplying what was being demanded. He displayed traits of a fantastic entrepreneur, and I hope that leads him towards a bright future. Yes, he might have been making money off other people, but it is not like they were not aware of it. Sometimes you are willing to pay extra for a bit of luxury.

The story made me wonder if maybe Krispy Kreme is thinking about opening a location in Minnesota. It just might prove profitable for them. If they are not, they just shot down a person who was delivering a little bit of sweetness to people’s lives. I bet the guy must be sad about losing his income, but the customers must be upset as well. They craved Krispy Kreme, and they received it. Now, it was taken away. It would have probably hurt less if they never had the donuts, to begin with.

How do you feel about things being taken away from you?

Is there a food you like so much that you have it shipped from out of town/ country? If so, what is it?

What would you do to have your favorite food in your town?

Have you ever sent or received a package from abroad?

What do you think of this guy’s entrepreneurial spirit?

Is Krispy Kreme right to shut him down?

Do you even like Krispy Kreme?

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  1. So, donuts. Not a fan. I find them, on the whole, mainly greasy. So the presence or absence of a Krispy Kreme would make no difference for me. Despite my eating disorder, I have a rather indifferent attitude toward food so there’s nothing I’d seek to have shipped to me, save perhaps an order of my mom’s stroganoff if I was away from the source for a prolonged period.

    Growing up, receiving mail from an aunt in San Francisco or relatives from my father’s native New Zealand was always a thrill. Occasionally, they’d send Marmite, which is a black yeast spread people have a “love it or hate it” relationship with. I’m the former so I always looked forward to receiving it. Alas, Canada no longer allows it here; some ridiculous labelling requirement, I’m told.

    As to the young man’s entrepreneurial spirit, Krispie Kreme handled it badly. They should’ve made him an official subcontractor. His supplies cost less, he’s covered by insurance, and they get to expand their brand. Win-win.

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    1. Stroganoff is definitely a dish that I enjoy eating. As an adult, I think I am able to go without things for extended periods of time without any issues. Or I learn to find some sort of substitute. But as a kid, I had a terrible sweet tooth that only specific things could satisfy.

      I had no idea Canada wouldn’t allow Marmite. Weird. The Internet has conflicting information. Some say it’s banned, some say that it’s not, but labeling is an issue. I’ve tried it during my trip to Australia and I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t love it. Definitely a peculiar condiment.

      You’re thinking like a businesswoman. I agree.

      How have you been feeling this week so far?

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      1. Better. Stable. Stable is my most desired position. Stable and content. An ease. I think that’s what most of us want. I have plans coming for changes, and plans, I find, settle one somewhat. 🙂

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        1. What you call stable, I call neutral. It’s also a state I like. Plans definitely settle me. Someone told me to stop stressing recently. I’ve been stressing about that one thing for months, but when they said it, I wasn’t, because a plan was finally made and a decision formed. It’s the unknown that eats at me.

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  2. I don’t remember the last time I tried Krispy Kreme, probably when I was a child. I agree that the boy shows a bright future as an entrepreneur. I would definitely splurge every now and then on food that wasn’t available locally, so I definitely feel for the people in Minnesota who are Krispy Kreme lovers.

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  3. Ha, I am too impatient to wait for delivery. I’d probably drive down myself if I wanted it so badly.
    And we often drive down to Germany for 2 hours just to eat greek food.

    Donuts, however, are not my favorite and it’s not easy to find them here in Europe either.

    But isn’t this good for Krispy Kreme?
    They sell more donuts?

    What flavor donut do you prefer?

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    1. I’m not sure how often he went. If I knew when that delivery would be, I would probably be fine waiting instead of spending most of the day in a car, driving. That shows some dedication on your part. I drive an hour every day. We have some Greek food about an hour away, too. But 3+h? Ughhh.

      I know that donuts are… different in Europe. Often filled with preserves. I used to hate them, but as an adult, I like the fact that they are somewhat natural. The donuts in the States are yummy (sugary and fatty lol), but they are so artificial. I like them filled with custard and covered in chocolate.

      That’s also what I was thinking. They are probably upset that the guy is earning money from their product. They say that they are worried about liability, but it’s not like donuts can “spoil” and make people sick that quickly.

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  4. I hate having things taken away from me. One thing I’ve noticed is the treats that I used to enjoy as a kid are now much smaller in size and of course cost more. I have never sent or received a gift from away. I did use to get care packages from home from my grandmother which I loved and missed dearly. There were items in those boxes that I enjoyed eating but there are some I don’t eat anymore because they are not that good for you, but really the bad stuff always tastes better. lol, Great post!!

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  5. Shutting down operations doesn’t sound like a solution. It’s just wasting an opportunity for everybody to enjoy good cooperation. With a bit of common sense and strategic thinking, Krispy Kreme could propose a contract to this young man who so successfully found new customers. Alternatively, Krispy Kreme could open a new donut shop in Minnesota and hire the boy. That could be beneficial for all parties including the customers. Instead, the company closed the door which must have been extremely discouraging for the boy and for the clients. It could have been a great story and a great promotion for the company supporting the local market and the local community of Minnesota. Too bad!

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    1. I agree with your line of thinking.
      Krispy Kreme must have read my post and all of your comments, because last night I heard that they in fact reached out to the guy and offered him to be a contractor. I’m not sure of the details of the contract, but I hope it’s for the best for everyone involved.

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  6. I read about this the other day. It’s unfortunate that a student bringing items to people who want them (while helping to compensate for his time, maintenance and upkeep of his vehicle, etc.) would be a detriment to Krispy Kreme, but it is their business and he wasn’t a qualified franchise owner. The ingenious idea will hopefully translate to other avenues.

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  7. I am a DIY type person so I’d likely try to make a copycat recipe. I think Krispy Kreme was right as far as liability. Lets face it there are a lot of people out there waiting to sue someone. They could have tried to work with him but I wonder if he asked how he could become a distributer.

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    1. I know more people like you. I’m always amazed by people who can recreate things without the original recipe.

      Liability is a real risk. However, I think it would be rather easy to dismiss such suit on the basis of a “3rd party vendor”. But I’m not an expert in this field, so I might be wrong.

      I heard last night that they reached out again and decided to turn him into a contractor. Hopefully it becomes beneficial for everyone involved.

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                1. Since I drive an hour each day to work, I don’t look at such lengthy drives with as much fondness as I did before. However, things are different when you are stuck in traffic vs. when you have an open road ahead of you. The drive goes by much faster in the second instance.

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  8. I’m with you. Dude was being a real entrepreneur. There are definitely some issues when we look at it legally but to not capitalize on it and hire him to do it or something is unfortunate hahah

    I’m also super loyal to Dunkin Donuts since they were where I ate my donuts the most first before Tim Hortons took over. Krispy Kreme was also shut down out there at some point but now it made a comeback this year.

    I don’t think I’d want any food I love shipped to me internationally or whatever. I’d rather make it special and go there for it when the time comes. If it’s never, well… it’s faith, right? 😀

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    1. I recently heard that they decided to work with the guy. They made him a contractor or something like that. I am unsure of the contract details. However, I would like to think that I have made the world a better place for Krispy Kreme, for the entrepreneur, and the donut lovers with my post. It definitely played a crucial role in changing their minds.

      I like your approach. Can’t argue with that.

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