Hot or not? Sales marketing trends for 2012
The techniques that are effective to keep and get new customers continue to change radically. In 2012, they will evolve even more. Here is what’s going to be hot (and what’s not) in the year to come.
Dec. 8, 2011 - Pantone LLC, the global authority on colour and provider of professional colour standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a vivacious, enticing hue, as the color of the year for 2012.
Dec. 8, 2011 - The Garden Media Group has released its 2012 Garden Trends Report. Here's what styles and ideas will be influencing the garden this coming year.

Garden Media Group releases 2012 trends report

The Garden Media Group has released its 2012 Garden Trends Report. Here's what styles and ideas will be influencing the garden this coming year.
When we think of container growing, we typically default to considering pots, flats and other plastic vessels in which we place growing media and a selection of plants that provide esthetic beauty.
Nov. 8, 2011 – 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.
You’re not going to trip over the next big thing in plants, but you might strain your neck checking it out.

Bidding farewell to cheques?
Changes to the way that Canadians make and accept payments for goods and services may have implications for small- and medium-sized businesses. Top among the concerns to entrepreneurs is the future of cheque writing.
Oct. 21, 2011 - 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 pictures of Sheridan's seasonal containers.

Canadian consumers spend $ 15.3B online last year
Canadian consumers spent approximately $ 15.3 billion in 2010 ordering goods or services for personal or household use, according to a survey released by Statistics Canada Wednesday.
Ready for a good workout? Sure, you can lace up your sneakers, slip on your track pants, put on your favourite sweatshirt, and fill your bottle with an energy drink.

An unsung marketing tool: business barter

Business barter: it’s not rocket science and it’s not new, but for many small and cash-strapped businesses, it can be a very effective part of the arsenal for growth. 
What a difference a year makes in terms of spring greenhouse sales. Saskatchewan growers were quite happy with this year’s results, especially considering what they had to deal with in 2010.

New trend for retailers? E-mailing receipts
An increasing number of retailers are offering to send receipts by e-mail, touting it as a convenient, environmentally friendly alternative to paper receipts.

Gardening's young blood
A new generation of horticultural professionals is taking over B.C.'s gardening industry and the Vancouver Sun recently spoke with the young leaders.

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