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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...
February 14, 2008
Head down.” “Focused, focused, focused.” “Get back to basics.” “I’m taking no risks this season.” “I’m going to grow just what I scanned last year and not one plant more!” Do any of these describe your attitude and company direction as we head into...
February 14, 2008
Participants Steve Parker President, Parker Gardens Scotch Plains, N.J. Danny Hartmann President, Hartmann’s Plant Company Grand Junction, Mich. Scott L. Lueder Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Floral Plant Growers Denmark, Wis...
February 14, 2008
Since our last issue, much has been published concerning sustainability in the floriculture industry. The complexity and sheer volume of the information only reinforces our opinion that this very involved issue is not going away and will become an...
February 14, 2008
An important physical property of root substrates is air-filled pore space, which allows for drainage and gas exchange between the root environment and the outside atmosphere. Various materials are used to at least partially provide for air-filled...
February 14, 2008
New Handhelds May Speed Checkout, Improve Customer Experience Motorola is unveiling two new handheld scanners designed to speed customers through the checkout aisles and make shop-floor assistants more productive. One is a cell phone–size bar-code...
February 14, 2008
Last year my Big Grower poinsettia article was titled “Where Are We Going with Poinsettias?” That is still a very open question. The poinsettia market is overproduced, and they are definitely a commodity item. It is such a major crop, and there are...
February 13, 2008
Founded in 1949 by Carl Loop, Florida-based Loop’s Nursery has grown to 650,000 square feet between two Jacksonville locations. Being in the potted plant industry is not easy, and David Loop, Carl’s son and current CEO, can attest to that. With...
February 13, 2008
The recently concluded holiday season was a challenging for many retailers — and big growers. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), total holiday sales in the United States rose a meager three percent to $469.9 billion. And of the...
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