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.

Retailers need to engage shoppers this holiday
As holiday planning approaches, a new Motista study suggests retailers should look beyond traditional sales-drivers such as awareness, holiday emotion and themes and find better ways to engage increasingly savvy consumers.
You’ve worked hard to make your business a success.
When I was a kid growing up in Winnipeg during the late 1960s and early ’70s, I spent most of my summers in nearby
Assiniboine Park.
Many Canadian parents can relate to having career dreams for their children that aren’t necessarily shared by their offspring.
For most people, their career is separate from their home life with very little overlap between the two.
Changes are coming to the world of online marketing and e-newsletters.
We all know what adjacencies are: the basket of lemons on top of the seafood counter, socks and hosiery next to the shoes, snack food next to the wine and mixers, brushes next to the paint.
After a less than stellar spring and summer in terms of weather challenges, fall presents us with an opportunity to capture some new sales.
In today’s garden centre industry, it’s common to have different generations of the same family working in the same greenhouse.

Garden centres invited to submit entries
Landscape Ontario's retail members are asked to submit their applications for the 2011 Garden Centre Awards of Excellence Program, which will be presented on Oct. 19 at Expo 2011.

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