In a recent post, we shared our core values and how we use them to guide our business decisions and individual actions.
Last month we shared that every year around the holidays, the Skurla’s team meets for a day to review the previous year and set a course for “the ship” for the coming year.
We like to refer to the business as a ship because at Skurla’s, we are an “all hands” type of company, meaning we are all pitching in, doing our part to make sure we are doing the right thing for our company and our customers. It’s an opportunity for the “crew” to be a part of the decision-making process and make sure everyone is “onboard” for the course we’re setting.
Here is Part 2 of the "Heart of Skurla's" -
Every year around the holidays, the Skurla’s team meets for a day to review the previous year and set a course for “the ship” for the coming year. We like to refer to the business as a ship because at Skurla’s, we are an “all hands” type of company, meaning we are all pitching in, doing our part to make sure we are doing the right thing for our company and our customers. It’s an opportunity for the “crew” to be a part of the decision-making process and make sure everyone is “onboard” for the course we’re setting.
Ever wonder who is paying for all those miles you earn on your credit cards? The surprising answer, is merchants like you!
Do you ever have those days where you really don’t want to cook a meal, but still crave the feeling of home comfort? When you go to Evangelo’s in Wasilla, Alaska, you will get all the comfort of being at home along with the most amazing Mediterranean food that you wish you could create. It doesn’t get more authentic or delicious than this. Evangelo’s has made Alaska home for over thirty years now and is the perfect combination of Greek foods with the added flare of Alaskan cuisine. Three words…Alaska. Seafood. Pasta. Do yourself a favor and take a break from your kitchen by treating yourself to Evangelo's by dining in or ordering online.
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When chatting with friends for Friday night plans in Downtown Anchorage, you can be sure to hear “F Street” on the list of stops to make. Whether you are craving a cocktail or cold beer, F Street Station has it all - it’s the ideal spot to catch up with friends. Besides being the gathering place for locals, F Street has a menu that cannot be ignored. Order the beer battered halibut - you will not be disappointed! Whether you prefer lively night life or like to pop in for lunch, get yourself over to F Street Station and see why this is the place to be.
Objective: To get team members learning new and interesting things about each other
We recommend using this icebreaker when your team players know each other fairly well and when there is a level of trust among the group.
Recent research has actually found that trust is linked directly to positive team performance, so we can’t recommend enough ensuring that trust is at the forefront of your team's culture
Every year we attend industry educational events to keep Skurla’s current with technology trends and payments, but also to be able share that information on to our customers. This year, we were able to attend major events, and one of the biggest topics was NCA (Non-Cash Adjustment). For those that may not be familiar with this, it’s a program where merchants save up to 99% of their credit card processing expenses by passing along a small fee (3.99%) to their customers who pay with credit cards. It also rewards their customers who pay in cash as they don’t have to pay this fee.
Why has this been such a big deal? The pandemic hasn’t been kind to many businesses to say the least. Labor and inventory shortages, price increases, and cost of doing business have all been major factors that have forced business to look at their bottom line and some are barely getting by. NCA is a solution that can have a serious positive impact. The savings calculation is simple - look at the fees on your credit card statement and that’s money that you’ll likely save. For a small merchant who pays $2,000 a month in fees, that’s a savings $24,000 a year!
In observance of the holidays, we will be closed Friday, December 24th and Friday, December 31st.
However, we understand the importance of customer service and issues that may arise during this busy retail season.
If you have an emergency or have run out of supplies, please call us at 907-243-2683. Follow the prompts to page us, and one of our friendly gnomes will be happy to assist you!
Happy Holidays from all of us at Skurla's!