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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...
June 14, 2007
Maintaining success through ownership changes is a feat for any grower, but Floral Plant Growers’ story stands out: It has persevered through multiple owners and the switch from family ownership to corporate investment. Dean Chaloupka, president of...
June 14, 2007
As the first quarter of 2007 concluded, the big boxes were busy announcing and spinning their sales performances. It was a pretty rocky quarter for most of them as the overall economy continued to stagnate. Many of the retailers blamed their...
May 23, 2007
I wish I had a quarter for every time someone has asked me about pay by scan (PBS). When growers get together, the conversation seems to turn to the topic, with very predictable comments: 1. Hate it. These people feel forced into PBS, worry about...
May 23, 2007
The Soda War Begins Earlier this year, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (CCE), Coke’s largest bottler, began delivering shipments of its Powerade sports drink to a Wal-Mart warehouse in Texas. This might sound fairly typical, but it actually breaches a...
May 22, 2007
There is activity in each of the branches of government that can affect the green industry, even if the issues do not specifically involve floriculture. This month, immigration reform, interests rates and a pending Supreme Court ruling are making...
May 22, 2007
With Mother ’s Day and Memorial Day now history, your thoughts are probably on a summer vacation at your favorite campground or fishing hole. As you grab your lucky hat and trusty fishing pole, you may notice another hat way in the back of the...
May 21, 2007
Tune in to Training In an effort to turn out productive workers as quickly and efficiently as possible, some companies have started using video iPods to train new workers and provide continuing education for existing workers. In February, one...
May 21, 2007
It’s September and time for school, football and final program planning. If you have waited until now to think about new products, you may have waited too long — but there may still be hope.   Defining What’s New As I made the rounds to see all...