Retail
Over the last few months I have been working with clients in eleven countries.
No retail business has more challenges than the garden centre,
With the memories of a weather-challenged 2011 fading fast and as the 2012 season begins with hopes of a good year ahead, our bottom lines need nurturing.
Plant esthetics generally drive consumer interest, but increasingly customers are gaining knowledge and interest in the various non-visual uses and benefits of plants.
The business of pest control is intricately tied to the sale of plants, and yet public opinion on its implementation is quite polarized
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Pantone releases the 2012 colour of the year

Pantone, the global authority on colour and provider of professional colour standards for the design industries, has announced that Tangerine Tango, a vivacious, enticing hue, is the colour of the year for 2012.
Well, it’s that time of year again, when garden magazines are flush with flashy photos of next year’s avant-garde trees, shrubs, perennials, vines and annuals – the must-have plants of 2012.
Thanks to an exciting new retail concept, shoppers in St. Albert, Alta., can pick up plants for their garden next time they venture out for fresh, organic produce, a hot-from-the-oven loaf of bread, local meats or a relaxing spa experience.
Over the coming decade, almost all of the 9.6 million baby boomers (a figure representing a quarter of the population) will be in retirement.
If you ever doubt the power a good sign wields, consider the possible outcome if a stop sign were removed from a busy intersection. Signs guide us through our day.
Garden Centre Group Co-op raises over $500,000 for Parkinson’s research
After the brutal first quarter of this most challenging weather year, I smirked at an observation made by one of Canada’s top garden store groups: “We weren’t quite sure just which window to jump out of!” As 2011 progressed, sales began to recover in most areas of our country
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Focus on fresh-cut herbs
Growing and Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs, a definitive guide for those looking to start or expand their own herb business, focuses entirely on fresh-cut herbs.
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Presenteeism: A new word for working when sick
Colleagues who work with runny noses, sore throats and clammy skin are as seasonal as the flu. A new study from Concordia University has found that presenteeism, i.e., attending work when ill, isn’t always a productive option.
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Holiday budget shoppers plan to use cash and debit

A new CIBC poll conducted by Harris/Decima reveals 65 per cent of Canadians are planning to stay on budget by using cash or debit to pay for the majority of their holiday spending this year.

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