Happy New Year

January 25, 2005 - 09:53

Like many, many others, I too think it’s important to take stock this time of year and make a list of priorities, goals...resolutions. That’s why we asked so many people to help us out this year with our prognostications. Roger Styer lists his New Year resolutions, both personal and business, on page 102, and a distinguished group of your peers weigh in on page 24. Is that enough predicting? I think not.

This year, however, instead of my usual countdown of industry resolutions, I’ve decided to let my list take the form so often seen this time of year and predict what will be “in” and what will be “out” in 2005 and to give you a little nudge in what I think is the right direction. At the risk of being way over the line, here it goes.

OUT

IN

1,000 new varieties
every year

Bashing the box stores

Draceana spikes

Burying your head in the sand

Machines

Competition

Being new

Leftovers as mixed containers

Branding

One-stop shops

Cutting chemicals

Isolationism

Guessing

Turnover

Clay and gray

Paper

Depending on the weather

Creating a disease frenzy

Bankruptcy

Pricing by formula

Trial and error

Targeted introductions
by market

Taking responsibility

Anything else

Getting involved

Technology

Competition (it’s everywhere)

Having a purpose

Planned mixing

Merchandising

Doing what you do best

IPM

Off-shore production

Water testing

Employee training

Real decorative containers

Software

Planning

Sanitation

Investors

Charging what the market will bear

Culture information

That should give us plenty to work on, but before I go the staff of GPN wants to send holiday wishes to everyone. So from Bridget, Carrie, Catherine, Doug, Kelley, Mackenzie, Tami and Tim we wish you and yours a prosperous new year that fulfills all your wishes.

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Bridget White, Editorial Director
(847) 391-1004 • bwhite@sgcmail.com

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