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November 13, 2007
Wal-Mart Losing Ground in Evolving Retail World Wal-Mart’s era of overwhelming business and social influence in America may be drawing to a close, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article. For the past 35 years, Wal-Mart has used a...
November 13, 2007
Shipping distances and times are continuing to become longer, and how well plants hold up after shipping has never been more important. The objective of this research was to simulate shipping for zero, one or two days to determine qualitative and...
November 13, 2007
Whether Richard Wilson is zooming down a racetrack at 140-plus miles per hour or sitting behind his desk at the Colorama Nursery headquarters in Azusa, Calif., this big grower — who indulges his passion for car racing when he’s not running a...
November 13, 2007
Sustainability is a term that everyone in the industry seems to be talking about but no one seems to agree on: It means different things to different people. The good thing is people are talking; now the industry needs to come to a consensus on a...
September 20, 2007
As I look back at the summer, there is one topic that stood out at every meeting, every trade show and even some buyers’ meetings — sustainability. How do we make money satisfying the ultimate consumer with sustainable products? I would suggest that...
September 20, 2007
The USDA’s annual survey of the floriculture industry caused considerable concern when it was released in July. The numbers indicated a 4-percent decrease in the wholesale value of all floriculture crops from 2005 to 2006 (Figure 1). Also, the...
September 20, 2007
When meeting with other growers and retailers, I often get the opportunity to discuss ideas about labor management and compare notes and philosophies on how to get the most out of our number-one expense and number-one asset — our employees. I am...
September 20, 2007
“Spring” often makes the public think of blooming flowers and the beautiful hint of warmer weather after winter. However, this time frame can be very challenging for growers, with variable weather conditions, heating and cooling issues, and...
September 20, 2007
Giant U.K. Retailer Comes to America Tesco PLC, which operates a retail chain in the United Kingdom is planning to enter Wal-Mart’s home turf — even though the United States is considered over-crowded with stores. This fall, Tesco will debut on the...
September 20, 2007
Growing high-quality, salable plants at a profit is a challenge for every grower. That means every phase of the plant production process must be consistent and predictable. The plant breeder’s role in this process can really set the stage for a...
September 20, 2007
When you walk into the reception area at Tagawa Greenhouses in Brighton, Colo., one of the first things you see is the company’s “Shared Vision” statement hanging on the wall. On that poster it says, “Tagawa Greenhouses will grow the highest quality...
September 20, 2007
There are a lot of numbers floating around in the marketplace today. Numbers representing sales, numbers representing jobs and numbers representing spending are pervasive in newspapers and on the Web. And you know how tricky numbers can be. Even Big...
July 02, 2007
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June 14, 2007
Spring 2007 is now just a memory. You will likely place this season into one of three categories: great, average or same as last year. I spent several weekends working as merchandiser in some major metropolitan markets this year. My job was pulling...
June 14, 2007
Pack Trials is the first opportunity to see all the new variety releases for the upcoming growing season. In California, everything looks good; we know that. It is hard to know how a new variety will perform when grown in a different environment or...
June 14, 2007
Industry and academia have many things in common, one of which is that we can often accomplish more when we work together than when we work alone. We are more likely to thrive if we learn the fine art of coopetition, which can be defined as the...
June 14, 2007
By definition, sustainability is an attempt to secure the survivability of human and natural environments indefinitely by enabling people to meet current needs as well as providing future generations with sufficient resources. This has a number of...
June 14, 2007
As of press time, the immigration debate has no end in sight. Recently introduced legislation is likely to remain in the Senate for a while, stated leading Republicans. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) feels the debate will last “at...
June 14, 2007
We would like to share the recent success Riverview Flower Farm, Riverview, Fla., has had using Web-based software to manage pay by scan inventory at the garden center. This software manages availability input from our tablet PC and wireless...
June 14, 2007
Calling All Tradespeople! Training new recruits can be time consuming, which is why many companies have switched from using one-on-one training sessions entirely to mixing in large online or video training components. For instance, the Home Depot...