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.

Five common social media site mistakes

If you're considering launching a social media site for your shop, or you have a campaign already underway, here are five commonly made social media site mistakes and tips to help you avoid them. 

Beware the deadly sins of 'greenwashing'
A report, issued earlier this year by TerraChoice, found that the number of “greener” products on store shelves has risen by 73 per cent since 2009. However, only 4.5 per cent of green products are what TerraChoice calls “sin-free."

A grower's guide to perennial production
Perennials can be a challenge to grow, if for no other reason that there is so much variability among crops. Perennial Solutions by Paul Pilon is hoping to solve that.

A look at garden trends for 2012
Forget all those doomsday predictions about 2012. From the garden world’s perspective, life will continue to be good – with gardeners saving themselves water, hassles and misspent money. At least that’s according to several savvy garden experts and a leading garden trends survey.

Why it pays to help holiday shoppers relax
Retailers typically use festive music and decorations to put customers in the giving spirit during the holiday shopping season. But according to a recent study, merchants might want to consider trying something to soothe and calm busy customers.

Top 10 holiday retail trends
The National Retail Federation in the U.S. has compiled a list of the top 10 holiday shopping trends for 2011. Here's what you can expect over the next two months.
Oct. 28, 2011 - Over the last few months I have been working with clients in eleven countries. All of them have had economic difficulties. Some retailers are looking at the state of the economy and complaining about lost sales whilst others are looking at the same economy and seeing business opportunities.

Stunning new ideas for seasonal containers

In the Oct/Nov 2011 issue of Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery, columnist Brian Minter talked about ways you can wow your customers with exciting new winter containers, referencing great examples from Sheridan Nurseries. Here's a look at some of Sheridan's seasonal containers.

Holiday spending expected to increase by 3.9%

Canadian retailers should brace themselves for a challenging holiday season, as consumers are expected to be more wary with spending while they pledge to pay down historically high debt levels.
 The 2012 Canadian Garden Centre Buyers Guide
In the first four instalments of this five-part series based on the Proven Winners Store-Within-A-Store program, weve focused on several elements of non-personal selling. We’ve looked at the impact of growing and selling in the same space.
Looking back on it, 2011 has been a trying season for most independent garden centres as we deal with anxious consumers, a shaky economy and box stores that seem to continually increase their market share of horticultural goods and plants.

Retailers stay Canadian for holiday buying
Canada's small businesses are choosing to forfeit cost-saving opportunities in the U.S. and overseas in the run-up to the 2011 holiday season, seeing Canada as one of the few safe havens in the international economy.
Oct. 21, 2011 - After significant negotiations with Canadian credit card companies, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released a comprehensive list of the cost levels of nearly every credit card in the wallets of Canadian consumers and businesses.

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