Management

April 2017
Indoor Gardening Year-Round

Indoor gardening should be an easy category to define. We’re very familiar with those two individual words, but, when you put them together, the definition can take on a life of its own. Some might... more »

April 2017
A Hobbyist’s Haven

The story of how Fifth Season Gardening Co. came to be is not your traditional one. Owners Richard Quinn and Ashley Mattison both earned advanced English degrees and were working at the University of North... more »

April 2017
Every Strategy Matters

As we enter into the magic “100 days of spring” in our garden center industry, the three short months of “driving dough,” or as the Rolling Stones kind of sang, “I see a red ledger... more »

March 2017
Open for Business

The sting in the industry can be felt every time a garden center closes its doors. Your businesses are full of history, enthusiasm and a goal to help every one of your customers. Both retail... more »

March 2017
Inspect, Detect & Protect

Summer weather takes its toll on people and plants alike. If plants aren’t healthy enough to get through the summer months, they rarely rebound health-wise to survive a frigid winter. This applies to both the... more »

February 2017
The Tech Advantage

Technology is changing the world around us at an alarming rate. Companies who embrace technology like Airbnb and Netflix are thriving. Other companies like Panera Bread and McDonald’s are improving their relevance with technology. And... more »

February 2017
The Benefits of the Garden

In the spring of 2012, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 49. I spent the rest of the year in surgery and treatment, and then began a multi-year process of recovery and healing.... more »

February 2017
Let Your Fingers Do the Walking

We’ve all been there. The middle of spring. The lot is packed with shoppers. More customers than staff to help them. And it seems like the only person that can answer customers’ questions is you.... more »

January 2017
Be a Better Manager

My basic premise for today is that most managers don't manage very well — because they manage from top, rather than the front and the beginning. I think this stems from a commonly accepted definition... more »

January 2017
The Freedom to be Excellent

Achieving remarkable customer service is challenging. Ironically however, achieving the overwhelmingly spectacular can be intuitively easy. Some of the most talented businesses spend almost nothing on customer service and succeed in reaching extraordinary goals. Growing... more »

November/December 2016
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Loss

It is a topic that is frustrating and causes a great deal of angst, but nevertheless it still exists and can affect your garden center’s bottom line. It is retail theft. The bottom-line impact on... more »

September 16, 2016
HIP Labels Hires Maria Zampini

HIP Labels, LLC has hired Maria Zampini to its staff as brand program manager. Zampini will work nationwide on behalf of HIP to provide brand identification products from HIP’s... more »


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