March 2009
It’s March, and spring will officially arrive later this month, a cure for those winter blues. Hallelujah! Winter was a bitter pill for a lot of people to swallow this year, with huge amounts of snow and ice blanketing...
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), overall spending for the 2008 holiday season declined 2.8 percent. It was the first decrease in holiday sales since NRF began tracking and forecasting holiday sales in 1995...
As the economy worsens, retailers tap statistical models relying more on targeted ads and promotions than a shotgun approach to the general consumer. It’s an adage of business marketing: Persuading a satisfied consumer to...
As would be expected in a depressed economy, mass-market poinsettia sales in 2008 were generally off but highly varied. Reports indicate that sales in 2008 were generally down by 10 to 20 percent compared to 2007, which...
Grocery chains Stop & Shop and Giant Food, owned by Royal Ahold NV, are launching new product labeling systems designed to help customers identify their stores’ healthiest offerings. The “Healthy Ideas” system will...
The big question I’ve been asked in the past couple of months: “Will 2009 bring a U.S. economic recovery?” My answer: Yes, assuming no more unpleasant surprises are lurking. Most economists, myself included, think the...
Energy-Producing Crop Seed Sales Begin The first seed sales of non-food, low-carbon crops developed specifically as raw material for biofuels and biopower have been launched. Ceres, Inc. recently started taking orders for...
If you tried to find Wolfgang Engelmann at January’s Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., you had to be quick. The president and chief operating officer of Hermann Engelmann Greenhouses in...
Hurricane Ike, the third most damaging hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States, really took its toll on the Southern U.S. in early September 2008. According to an article by Forbes.com’s Mike Schaffner,...
I’m not sure about you, but I’m ready to get spring 2009 under way. Enough of the bad news; enough of the guessing about what will happen. At the beginning of each spring season, I’m refreshed, rejuvenated and excited to see...