Management

April 2007
Business To Business The Community Way

How do you plant the seed to cultivate your name and grow your business with other businesses in your area? How do you build the inroads so their "green" dollars flow to you for your... more »

April 2007
Jumping Financial Hurdles

Last month, we began talking about the various taxes retailers should know about, be wary of and seek competent counsel to handle well. We discussed charitable deductions, sales tax, bad debt and use tax. Now,... more »

March 2007
Getting to Know Mulch

When it comes to mulch, many consumers know the term but don't know exactly how to use the product in their gardens. They may not even realize how beneficial it is or the different options... more »

March 2007
Being Cart Smart

Carts, whether they are for employee or customer use, can be a major business investment. Yet, the benefits they can bring to your garden center are well worth the cost and effort of outfitting your... more »

March 2007
Inventory… An Asset or a Liability?

It has been said many times before that what you are really selling is intangible: solutions to a consumers needs, desires, dreams and expectations. But it takes tangible products to deliver these solutions. Managing Inventory... more »

March 2007
Putting Employees First

Happy employees are good for business, and since most companies need them to operate successfully, it stands to reason that treating employees well should be a top priority for every company. Unfortunately, in an age... more »

March 2007
Getting the Most Out of Vendors and Trade Shows

One of the main reasons why a gardener shops an independent garden center (IGC) is the perception of a more knowledgeable and experienced staff along with a diverse inventory of high quality plants. This is... more »

March 2007
Previewing The National Hardware Show

The National Hardware Show (NHS), one of the largest events focused on home enhancement, is just around the corner with many new features for retailers to check out. The show is scheduled for May 8-10,... more »

March 2007
The Retailer and the Taxman

"If it regards the Internal Revenue Service and if it makes you smile, it must be illegal." We refer to this as Mitchell's Rule #1, named after David J. Mitchell, CPA, who was the first... more »

March 2007
Browsing the Gift Markets

At Lawn & Garden Retailer, we know there are numerous gift shows during the year that you would like to attend, but you just can't go to all of them. So we asked representatives from... more »

Learn To Buy In Bulk
Learn To Buy In Bulk

Most consumers know buying in bulk has its perks. With the growth of warehouse stores, like Sam's Club and Costco, it is no secret people like to buy more so they can save money in... more »

Is The Customer Always Right?
Is The Customer Always Right?

The age-old expression "the customer is always right" means different things to different people. Some customers expect you to bend over backwards to meet their expectations no matter how grandeur. They believe they are right... more »