April 22, 2018 · Cloud Computing, Hosting News, Web Hosting · Comments Off on Think KFC Has Recovered Since Its 'No Chicken' Fiasco? Oh, No It Hasn't

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

They addressed it so well, right?

Two months ago, KFC’s UK arm had no wings.

No breasts and no legs either.

In fact, it had no chicken

The problem was caused by a move to a new distributor and a certain lack of distribution to the majority of its UK restaurants.

The Yum Brands-owned chain had a fine, um, Colonel of an idea with the way it addressed the problem through PR. Especially with its three-letter FCK tweet

So everything’s fine now, right? 

Not exactly.

As the Telegraph reports, fewer than half the KFC restaurants in the UK are now blessed with the full menu.

Yes, the chain rehired Bidvest, its former distributor — while also keeping the new ones, DHL and QSL — but there’s still a huge shortage of menu items.

The mini-fillet burger, for example.

To which KFC replied with as much grace as it could: “Laura, we’re so sorry. We promise we haven’t removed Mini Fillets from the menu permanently, it’s just a temporary measure whilst we get things running better. Our secret mini weapon will be back soon, we promise. Keep your eyes peeled.”

The Telegraph reports that there’s also a shortage of wraps and, in some cases, rice, salad, hash browns and sweetcorn.

Yes, KFC does appear to have a lot more chicken than it did, but there’s a lesson here for those who think PR is a solution to (almost) everything.

PR can steer you positively in the public eye. 

It can make your problem disappear from the media for a while.

It can even make people feel good about you again.

What it can’t do is fix the very systems upon which your business depends.

I contacted KFC in the UK to ask when the full menu might again be available again in all its restaurants. I’ll update, should a reply be delivered.

The company told the Telegraph that it was expecting something approximating 98 percent normality by the beginning of May.

So that will be three months to get something as fundamental as distribution right.

Many muttered at the time of KFC’s original switch of distributors that it was all driven by cost-saving.

Which might offer another lesson: A better price may not deliver better quality.

It’s a little like fast food, really. 

The cheapest isn’t often the best.

April 22, 2018 · Cloud Computing, Hosting News, Web Hosting · Comments Off on Toshiba eyes cancelling chip unit sale if no China approval by May: media

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Toshiba Corp has decided it will cancel the planned $18.6 billion sale of its memory chip unit if it does not get approval from China’s anti-monopoly regulator by May, the Mainichi newspaper said on Sunday.

The logo of Toshiba Corp is seen behind cherry blossoms at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

A consortium led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital last year won a long and highly contentious battle for the unit, which Toshiba put up for sale after billions of dollars in cost overruns at its Westinghouse nuclear unit plunged it into crisis.

But Toshiba was unable to complete the sale by the agreed deadline of March 31 as it was still waiting for approval from China’s antitrust authorities.

Toshiba raised $5.4 billion from a share issue to foreign investors late last year and it had now decided it did not need to go through with the sale, the Mainichi newspaper reported. It did not cite any source.

“Toshiba has come to a decision that there is little necessity for the sale as it is no longer in insolvency,” the newspaper reported, adding that Toshiba would consider listing the unit if the sale did not go ahead.

A Toshiba spokesman said the company was still aiming to complete the sale as soon as possible.

In early April, Toshiba Chief Executive Nobuaki Kurumatani said his company would not use the option of cancelling the sale unless there was any “major material change” in circumstances.

Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki, Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Robert Birsel