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February 26, 2007
Wal-Mart has always been a trailblazer when it comes to finding ways to save money so the company can increase profits. So radio frequency identification (RFID) technology seems like it would be the perfect solution to help the retail giant reduce...
November 15, 2006
Many people in the industry still associate the Costa name with foliage. But in the past 10 years, what was a sleepy, south-Florida company has grown into a national powerhouse in both foliage and bedding. The Costa family immigrated to the United...
November 15, 2006
The trend toward increasing competition for revenue and consolidation and the resulting need for new operating models and relationships is not unique to business. Horticulture academia is also going through similar challenges. As we have progressed...
November 15, 2006
As a plant hormone, ab-scisic acid (S-ABA) plays an important role in several plant processes, such as seed dormancy, winter bud dormancy, and leaf and fruit abscission. But research has shown that S-ABA has potential for greenhouse crops because...
November 15, 2006
Vendor managed inventory (VMI) systems allow growers to have more control of their destinies on the sales floor of pay by scan stores. The vendor is responsible for how much product is in the garden center and how it looks. VMI programs help ensure...
November 15, 2006
Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda? Diane Pirocanac Vice President/ Group Publisher (847) 391-1046 dpirocanac@sgcmail.com An advertisement tacked to my office wall reads: “Cease to say shoulda, coulda, woulda.” These words are my daily reminder to be...
November 15, 2006
The use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is becoming more prevalent as many different industries — from pharmaceutical to airline companies — adopt the technology and experiment with its uses, but can it be used to improve your greenhouse...
September 14, 2006
Media-active plant growth regulators (PGRs) are very important in the production of many greenhouse crops. Unfortunately, all of them have potential residue issues that can cause problems later in production. Residue problems arise when PGRs are...
September 14, 2006
If you think an 8-year-old, 20-acre operation is not a “big grower,” just take a look at Hampshire, Ill.-based Hamp-shire Farms. In the company’s brief history, it has become Home Depot’s number-one perennial vendor in the Midwest’s major markets,...
September 14, 2006
On Aug. 14, Hines Horticulture Inc., the self-described leading operator of commercial nurseries in North America, filed its second-quarter earnings statement with the Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC). As soon as the news got out that Hines...
September 14, 2006
To achieve “Low Prices Everyday,” as its slogan declares, Wal-Mart has historically taken a no-frills, bare-bones approach to retailing, an approach that can certainly be seen in its garden centers. The company has held its stance against...
September 14, 2006
Have you ever wondered how your company would be affected if something happened to you? What would happen to your business if your production manager suddenly fell ill and couldn’t work for several weeks, months or ever again? What if the illness...
September 14, 2006
Even though use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology started as early as World War II, many people are still unaware of its possibilities. From tracking products to employee identification to fighting counterfeiting, RFID is being...
September 14, 2006
At the risk of sounding too trite, things are certainly changing in our industry right now. I know everyone feels like they have been through a lot the past few years, such as the rise of merchandising, supplier consolidation and pay by scan, just...
June 15, 2006
To provide a current and detailed assessment of the floriculture industry, GPN magazine and OFA — an association of floriculture professionals — teamed up to produce the 2006 GPN/OFA State of the Industry Survey. The survey highlights grower...
June 15, 2006
Though it is a topic few want to discuss, succession is inevitable for family- owned businesses. The benefit of realizing this is that current owners can prepare their heirs and plan for the transition. Thorough preplanning can assure a smooth,...
June 15, 2006
With so many new i n t roductions shown each year at the California Pack Trials, it can be pretty tough to identify the few that will work under large growers’ special conditions: small containers, tight spacing and fast turns. This year, Big...
June 15, 2006
Big growers face big risks every day. For some companies, relying on contract growers is one of those risks not worth taking — not so for Masterpiece Flower Co. For the Byron Center, Mich.-headquartered company, using contract growers is an...
June 15, 2006
In May, the Senate began considering health legislation that would allow small businesses to band together in insurance pools to offer health insurance policies to workers. If passed, the measure would override state health benefit and cost...
June 15, 2006
Over the past few years, we have heard people raving about the fantastic research developments in the world of plant biotechnology. Proponents of biotechnology (including myself) have dreamed of markets filled with biotech flowers that are produced...