For the past five years, Presley Huish has been a Girl Scout. Each year during cookie season, she sets a goal and pursues it with the help of her parents through door-to-door sales.
Her biggest seller, she says, are Thin Mints and the 11-year-old has sold more than 1,700 packages of Girl Scout cookies.
“I set a lot of goals,” she said.
That number could greatly increase this cookie season with the introduction of two brand new cookie flavors and a revolutionary way to buy them.
For the first time in Girl Scout history, local Girl Scouts will have cookies for sale online through a Web-based platform called Digital Cookie.
It allows the scouts to create a Web page that is protected and personalized with their own order form, sales goals, progress indicator, plans for using proceeds for sales and even their lessons learned from selling cookies.
The online sales are on a scout-by-scout basis, meaning that it’s up to the Girl Scout and her family to decide if they want to offer cookies online.
Mary Anne Jacobs is the chief executive officer for the Girl Scouts Gateway Council.
Last year, the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council sold 1.2 million packages of cookies with the top five being Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils and Do-si-do, but Jacobs says sales have been flat.
“The cookie program has either remained flat or in some markets we see a decrease in cookie sales,” she said.
However, she believes the onl...
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