Management

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A Fad with Staying Power

On Jan. 29, 2007, the cover of BusinessWeek magazine proclaimed that a world where eco-friendly business practices help a company's bottom line was closer than we thought. Corporate America, it reported, had discovered sustainability as... more »

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The coming year

It's often been proven that the sales trends of the Christmas holiday selling period are a precursor to what's in store for retail in the first half of the following year. If that's the case,... more »

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Web 101: Getting Your Garden Center’s Website Off the Ground

To create a presence on the Internet, explain what your business offers and help your customers find your business, there are two important steps to take before you begin to merge onto the gridlocked information... more »

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Get On Board with “On-Boarding”

It makes no difference whether you use the term "on-boarding" or "new-hire orientation" to describe what you do to help new employees successfully transition from outsiders to insiders. The effort that you put into the... more »

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A Fresh Start

For many in our industry, 2007 presented more than its fair share of challenges, from the unpredictable environment to a shaky economy. But when we asked these six industry leaders — two garden center owners... more »

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From Beans to Beats

What is a company supposed to do once it has become a household name synonymous with its main product? Expand even further. At least, that is the answer for Starbucks Coffee Co., the coffeehouse powerhouse... more »

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Keeping (Your) Cash in Your Pocket

"It's not what you bring in, it's what you keep." You've heard that many times before. Are you doing enough to keep what you should? If cash seems to be slipping through your fingers, read... more »

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The Impact of Display Gardens on Consumer Purchasing Behavior

Retail garden center sales in Florida have rapidly increased in the past few years, and identifying shopper purchasing patterns and generating consumer behavior data are important to the Florida wholesale and retail plant industries. To... more »

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Celebrate the Customer, the Merchandise, the Seasons

The Chalet Nursery, a 90-year-old nursery, garden center and landscaping business in Wilmette, Ill., "is not really known for its sales," says buyer and merchandising manager John Hoerst. Visitors to the Chalet are not greeted... more »

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Making Uniforms Work For Your Business

To ensure your operation is successful, it's not enough to stock quality product, understand the needs of your customers and differentiate yourself from the competition. Success also boils down to image. Outfitting employees with the... more »

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Rethink, Rework, renew, re-energize

As if retail weren't a tough enough game already, new challenges — many of which you have no direct control over — will make your lives even more interesting! There's the negative effect on consumer... more »

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The Cost of Not Hiring

It's no secret: Lawn and garden centers operate on money and people, and it takes people to turn a profit. Hiring good people to fill your most pressing vacancies is a challenge every business owner... more »

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