Since we last touched base, there have been some industry events worth mentioning. From MANTS in Baltimore to TPIE in Florida to the Atlanta and Dallas markets and a few others, there’s plenty going on in January to get you ready for a strong season.
At TPIE a number of retailers walked the show floor to come up with the 2017 Cool Product Awards, a collaboration between TPIE 2017, Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association and The Garden Center Group.
Here are just a few of the 15 award-winning products that stood out to me.
- New Decorative “Travel Collection” Containers: Braun Horticulture Inc.
- Grapevine Balls, Glass House and Galvanized Dish Gardens: Flori-Design Inc.
- New Wooden Hanging Gardens: Guaqueta USA
- Air Necklace, Living Locket and Thinkers: LiveTrends Designs Group LLC/SK USA
You could get lost while at AmericasMart in Atlanta — and trust me, I do every year. There’s countless products, some of which you can see on our Facebook page here, but one seminar caught my attention as well.
Diane Sulg of CRAFT gave a talk titled “Jump-Start Your Sales Success with ‘Made in America.'”
She emphasized that there are only two factors that determine what people think of your store: the people and the inventory.
Inventory that has a story and artisan goods are really in right now with all generations of shoppers, according to Sulg.
Our sister publication GPN has given you a little more time to nominate someone great for the 40 Under 40 Class of 2017.
You have until Monday, Jan. 30, to nominate a young industry standout for this year’s class.