Management

March 2011
Socially Focused

Looking for some one-on-one time with your customers, but unsure of the best way to do it? North Haven Gardens found a way through Facebook and focus groups.At North Haven Gardens (NHG), we feel that... more »

February 22, 2011
AmericasMart’s All-Encompassing Fall Market Run

AmericasMart Atlanta will present a new buying destination when it premieres the Atlanta Apparel Market together with the Fall Gift & Home Furnishings Market and Atlanta Gourmet Market this fall.AmericasMart Atlanta will present a new... more »

February 2011
The Most Important Room in the House

Restrooms are often a deciding factor (and sometimes a deal-breaker) for your customers when it comes to choosing whether or not they will return to your garden center.When we need to go, we need to... more »

February 2011
Going Up?

The cornerstone to achieving the desired maintained markup is having the correct initial markup.One question I am repeatedly asked by retailers is how to increase maintained margin. Several answers readily come to mind, the most... more »

February 2011
Making It Matter

While starting a blog may take only a few minutes, maintaining your garden center's blog takes dedication and professional content to keep your customers returning for more.People are asking how Mahoney's Garden Centers came to... more »

January 2011
Better When Bartered

Looking to give your garden center's layout a little extra oomph but don't have the extra cash to make renovations? Barter your space for some much needed improvements.Look around your garden center. It's nothing but... more »

January 2011
Secrets for Success in 2011

Slight improvements in one or two areas of your operation can translate into greatly increased profits — here are 10 tips to help make that happen, and maybe more.The main reason why most retail businesses... more »

You Can’t Grow Your Business by Cutting Costs
You Can’t Grow Your Business by Cutting Costs

By continuing to manage our costs and aggressively communicating the power of flowers and plants, we have a real opportunity to set the stage for sustainable growth.It's been a tough couple of years for our... more »

A New Page
A New Page

Making improvement plans for 2011? Give your staff (and yourself) something they can sink their teeth in by simply asking: How?It only took 28 years, but I can finally say I understand what it means... more »

It Ain’t Over Till the Fat Lady Sings
It Ain’t Over Till the Fat Lady Sings

Despite some indicators of economic progress, the recession wears on, and consumer confidence is still low. Can you take those lemons and make lemonade?Well, she's hummed a few bars in the past few months, but... more »

July 2010
Why, How and What

Here's an idea worth spreading: Customer relationships based on shared values are far more powerful than any new product or merchandising strategy!Ideas are powerful and have the power to change the way we think and... more »

Why You Should Never Listen To Your Customers
Why You Should Never Listen To Your Customers

It's not what you think! Don't abandon your customers — just know when to stop paying attention to their short-term needs and use your expertise to start looking toward the future.Is Pohmer losing it again?... more »