Management

November 2008
The “Three Rs,” Reimagined

When this column began back in January, sustainability was on the front page, front cover and in the lead stories of newspapers, magazines and evening news broadcasts across the country. Early columns explored whether the... more »

Boots on the Ground
Boots on the Ground

Spring is officially over. So, how'd it go? Did those sustainable, eco-friendly products you stocked up on fly off the shelves? If you are like most retailers, garden or otherwise, around the country, the excitement... more »

The Realities of Mathematics
The Realities of Mathematics

I just got back from the Super Floral Show (SFS) in Orlando, Fla., and the Seeley Conference at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. SFS is a trade show that's primarily focused on the indoor floral... more »

Here Comes Santa Claus
Here Comes Santa Claus

Christmas hasn't always been all sleigh bells and mistletoe. In fact, Puritans canceled Christmas in England in 1645, and Christmas celebrations were outlawed in Boston from 1659 to 1681: People could be fined five shillings... more »

Streamline Your Operations
Streamline Your Operations

Have you ever stood in the backroom scratching your head, trying to figure out why there is a disparity in your inventory? Ever wished your staff could spend more time on customer relations and less... more »

An Unpredictable Spring
An Unpredictable Spring

As many of you can attest to, this spring season has been anything but predictable. From erratic weather, to a slow economy, new consumer purchasing behaviors and unexpected trends, these last few months defy simple... more »

Preparing for Hibernation
Preparing for Hibernation

When it comes to the off-season, the one thing many retailers dread is storage. In a perfect world, you would sell off all your merchandise by the fall and have no need to store anything.... more »

Weeding Out Shoplifters
Weeding Out Shoplifters

Communication with customers — and employees — is the key to preventing theft in garden centers. A 2007 report from the National Retail Security Survey estimated total retail losses in 2006 at $41.6 billion, an... more »

Can Garden Centers Prosper When Customers Pinch Pennies?
Can Garden Centers Prosper When Customers Pinch Pennies?

Q In the light of the state of the economy, how can a garden center give customers "more bang for their buck" and still make a profit? I think we're all feeling the pinch —... more »

May 2008
Web 301: Getting the Word Out

You've got your website designed, built and ready to go. Your web designer has helped you secure a host — or maybe you are technically savvy enough to host your website on your own server... more »

May 2008
Coming Clean — Or Greenwashing?

With all the talk about sustainability and the increased sales of green products, many in our industry are asking, "Why aren't we getting more attention? After all, we are the original green industry!" As consumers... more »

May 2008
Family Matters

In June 1983, the United States sent the first woman into space. Compact-disc players were just hitting the market, and the Police's "Every Breath You Take" was at the top of the pop charts. And... more »