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August 12, 2008
During a time of heightened debate over immigration reform and increased accountability on business owners, the immigration issue is hitting everyone close to home. Hear what other big growers had to say about how this critical issue is impacting...
August 12, 2008
Carrefour, the world’s second- largest retailer after Wal-Mart, is cutting prices in an attempt to win back customers. Along with the price reductions, Carrefour is also reducing internal costs to further counter rising gasoline prices and weak...
August 12, 2008
Sales teams at small companies are often outmanned or outspent by larger competitors. Whether it’s expensive seats at sports and entertainment events or just more staff and newer technology, bigger businesses seem to have an advantage when it comes...
August 12, 2008
Rather than cutting spending and reducing budgets, some retailers are expanding their promotional efforts in an attempt to stand out from the crowd, grab market share and emerge from the economy’s slump in better shape than their rivals. Their new...
August 12, 2008
Our objective in using PGRs on poinsettias is to control height with minimum effects on bract size. As a general rule, all PGR applications reduce poinsettia bract size compared to plants grown without PGRs. We rarely want the large bracts of a...
August 12, 2008
In the past few issues, we have reviewed the meaning of sustainability, defined the various certification programs currently available and debated the benefits and liabilities of attaining certification in one of these programs. For many, the issue...
August 12, 2008
The issues of labor and immigration have been on the minds of leading growers for years. Now, the illegal immigration debate is mainstream and red hot. It is difficult to pick up a newspaper or turn on the evening news or talk radio without hearing...
August 12, 2008
Fire and ice. Black and white. Yin and yang. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. History shows a long-running fascination with contrasts, and now the growing community has one of its own. But Riverview Flower Farm’s owners, brothers...
August 12, 2008
I recently read an article in Advertising Age magazine about the changing face of today’s consumer. According to this article, that face currently has a few more wrinkles on it, and smart growers and retailers in our industry had better have a plan...
June 11, 2008
“Survey says…” The famous line from Family Feud has been in our cultural vocabulary since it was first spoken in the mid-1970s. Now let’s bring the phrase back: Survey says…it has been an average spring from a national perspective. Throughout the...
June 11, 2008
Growers across the country are carefully weighing the costs and benefits of becoming certified as sustainable. As the industry charges toward a more sustainable future, big growers are fast approaching a crossroads: Do they ride the wave of...
June 11, 2008
In the past six months, I have had the privilege of working with dozens of farming and handling operations in four countries that are certified under the VeriFlora program, which is fully consistent with the Draft National Sustainable Agriculture...
June 11, 2008
Over the last decade, many organizations have embraced the idea that they can become more productive and competitive by better managing knowledge — the ideas, insights and expertise that originate in the human mind. This is beneficial in...
June 11, 2008
All too often, the “H” in HR department stands for “hidden” rather than “human.” What was once little more than a vehicle to meet state and federal employment regulations can now be — if designed and staffed correctly — essential in...
June 11, 2008
When the economy falters, consumers close their wallets and forgo or delay some purchases. The fine line that exists between necessity and indulgence becomes much more defined. Retailers cannot afford to stand pat and take a beating. They generally...
June 11, 2008
The Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) is an association of peat moss producers and related enterprises devoted to promoting the long-term health of the industry. Founded in 1988 to highlight the benefits of peat moss to horticulturists...
June 11, 2008
Since our last issue, the sheer volume of information — and, in some cases, mis-information — published on the subject of sustainability in this industry has been nothing short of staggering. A lot of fact, mixed with interpretation, has led to...
June 11, 2008
In February, Big Grower and Visions Group produced our first Executive Summit in Pacific Grove, Calif. At this event, 29 CEOs and senior managers from 21 of the largest growing operations convened for an open exchange of ideas on many of the...
June 11, 2008
From the beginning, Michigan-based Grand Flower Growers, Inc., took a chance with Home Depot. In 1999, brothers John and Todd Mossel, along with good friend Steve Mulder, had visions of “doing their own thing,” recalls John Mossel. The childhood...
June 11, 2008
Everybody is talking about sustainability. You have seen a lot of coverage recently in the mainstream media as well as Big Grower, GPN and our sister publication, Lawn & Garden Retailer. And with good reason: It is an extremely important topic...