Tag Archives: Svalbardbutikken

STRIKE: AT SAS: Pilot walkout has ‘great consequences’ for ski marathon, may severely affect supermarket and others

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A pilot strike that began at midnight at Scandinavian Airlines at midnight Friday will significant impact participation in this year’s Svalbard Skimaraton, although the race will go on as scheduled, and could severely affect shipments of fresh food to Svalbardbutikken if the walkout extends into next week, according to local officials.

MISSING MAIL: Postal flight cancelled Wednesday and Thursday, so some of these shelves may be empty before the weekend

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Technical problems have resulted in the cancellation of the postal flight to Longyearbyen on Wednesday and Thursday, meaning many fresh grocery products and other items may be in short supply or unavailable, according to officials.

Snail mail: Mail flights cut to four per week, now arrive too late for same-day delivery of medicine, fresh food

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Neither snow nor rain nor all that other clichéd stuff may stay mail couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds even in Svalbard, but they are confronting what medical officials and others call worrisome delays due to bureaucrats on the mainland opting for fewer and later postal flights to Longyearbyen.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Dec. 11, 2018

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Svalbardbutikken prices 25 percent to 40 percent higher than mainland grocers
Grocery prices at Longyearbyen’s only grocery store are far higher than six supermarkets on the mainland, according to a comparison of nearly 90 products.

Security alert: Svalbardbutikken warns about e-mails, messages seeking personal data for fake contests, surveys

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Customers at Svalbardbutikken and other members of the Coop supermarket chain are being targeted by a scheme involving e-mails and text messages claiming to be surveys or contest-winner announcements that request personal data.

“These fraud reports often ask you to give credit card and account information,” a message posted on Svalbardbutikken’s Facebook page notes.

“Coop will never request such information by e-mail or SMS. If you have received such a message, we ask you to delete the message and not to tap any of the links in the message.
If you have provided information after receiving a fraudulent notice and are experiencing withdrawal of funds from an account and/or getting credit/personal information, we recommend that you block your bank card and report the matter.”

Random weirdness for the week of April 17, 2018

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Well, the governor did issue a warning last week about photographing polar bears. And sure enough, this was definitely a “don’t get too close” moment for a group participating in a recent outdoor photography class.

March makeover: Free beauty care, but no more cheap ‘red-tag’ produce; here’s what’s up with all the changes at Svalbardbutikken

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Shoppers seeking sardines are searching the aisles, those seeking staples may no longer be able to make a connection and devotees of the sad-looking – but immensely popular among students and others – “red-tag” blemished produce are being denied entirely.

A lot of lights: Svalbardbutikken proposes redesigned parking area with LED markers for car, taxi and bus spaces

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Svalbardbutikken has no problem with an eye-catching distraction in front of its store. They’re just prefer it not be a competing supermarket.

Doomsday scenarios: Impending collision with Planet X, ‘flooded’ seed vault, toilet paper famine among Svalbard’s 10 strangest stories of 2017

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“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

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We feel safe saying after 2017 we’re now living in an alternate universe.

HUNGER GAMES: Svalbardbutikken expansion, proposed Rema 1000 may see face-to-face concrete turf war

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Longyearbyen’s only major supermarket is expected to get a major facelift and expansion beginning next year – and if a potential competitor has its way it may be tougher for folks to see those changes.