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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...
June 15, 2006
As we were finishing up this second edition of Big Grower, I made a trip to north Florida to the landscape trials at University of Florida (UF). The start of the annual performancetrial pilgrimage, the UF trial marks the first opportunity to see...
May 03, 2006
If you or someone you know has a successful marketing program, let us know, and they might be eligible to win the 2006 GPN/John Henry Company Creative Marketing Award. The winner will be featured in the cover story of the June 2006 issue of GPN and...
May 02, 2006
Over the past few years, we have seen post-patent fungicides enter the ornamental marketplace. They are sometimes less costly and usually have a very similar label to the brand-name fungicides we are familiar with. We have also started seeing...
May 02, 2006
Large-volume poinsettia growers are facing a number of issues that are different from growers supplying independent garden centers. I have heard from several large growers who are seriously considering dropping poinsettias or planning to greatly...
May 02, 2006
Being a big box vendor often means undertaking product merchandising in the store or allowing store employees to handle it, but now many stores are requiring merchandising be handled by an outside company. These third-party merchandisers are not...
May 02, 2006
Where do you get your fuel? “We work with a broker who deals with other area nurseries. He has five or six growers that actually hedge natural gas. The rest just buy through their utility or they may nominate gas through him. When you get to the...
May 02, 2006
Welcome to the first issue of Big Grower, a supplement to GPN magazine that was designed especially for the largest growers in the United States. Big Grower grew out of a brainstorming session with Jim Barrett, Dave Edenfield and Jim Snyder. It was...
May 02, 2006
Almost everyone in the industry is familiar with Color Spot. The company has always been innovative, taking the lead on many items growers now think of as standard; it was even one of the first greenhouse companies to have large-scale outside...