For the first time ever, Girl Scout cookie customers have the chance to get cookies as soon as they order them.
"They don't have to wait for their orders to be delivered," said Girl Services Manager Tanya Martinson. "They can get cookies right on the spot."
As part of this year's direct sale format, girls will carry packages of Girl Scout cookies with them through March 4 as they sell from door to door, at cookie booths, in cookie caravans, to friends and family, and throughout their neighborhoods.
Anyone wanting to buy cookies who has not been contacted by a Girl Scout can call the Fort Dodge Leadership Center at 573-8141, Martinson said.
"Tell me where you live, give me your phone number, and I can get a Girl Scout over to you," she said. It's also possible to buy cookies at the office, 112 S. Third St., although, Martinson said, the Girl Scout organization would prefer people buy cookies from the girls.
The new policy, which began Jan. 13, has already been helpful. she said.
"We've seen a 13 percent increase in sales." Martinson said. "People like instant gratification."
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa switched to a direct sales format after volunteers, parents and customers asked the council to simplify the cookie program logistics, according to a press release provided by the organization. The expectation is that girls and customers alike will benefit from the new format, which allows for instant cookie delivery.
"It's a win-win situation all around. We are so happy we were able to make the change this year," Product Program Director Marylee Rehm said in the release. "Our hope is that our new program will help increase sales and provide customers with their favorite cookies instantaneously."
For years, the sale has generated more than $700 million for girls and communities nationwide. A portion of each box a Girl Scout sells stays with their local troop and can be used for programs and activities offered by Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa.
Each box of Girl Scout Cookies costs $3.50. The cookies have zero trans-fat and have no preservatives or artificial coloring.
The eight cookies available in 2012 include Thin Mints, thin chocolate wafers dipped in a chocolaty coating with peppermint; Caramel deLites, vanilla cookies drenched in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and laced with cocoa strips; Peanut Butter Patties, crispy vanilla cookies layered with real peanut butter and blanketed with a chocolate coating; Shortbread, a traditional favorite with a buttery, light flavor; Peanut Butter Sandwich, smooth peanut butter sandwiched between crunchy oatmeal cookies; Thanks-A-Lot, shortbread cookies dipped in fudge and topped with an embossed thank you message in one of five languages; Lemonades, shortbread with lemon icing; and the new Shout Outs, light and crisp, these Belgian-style caramelized cookies are a sensibly sweet treat.
Contact Joe Sutter at (515) 573-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org