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Danish Garden Center Shopping Cart Signs

October 8, 2015

12 Ways Danish Garden Centers Are Enhancing Their Customers’ Experience

Creating an enjoyable environment and experience will keep customers coming back.

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Bobs Market Digital Signage

October 7, 2015

Provide Live Social Media Feeds On Your In-Store Monitors

Bob's Market And Greenhouses in Mason, W.V., set up its stores' signage with live feeds of weather forecasts, company Twitter posts and more.

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Steve Bailey

October 7, 2015

Why Minimizing Your Margin Drop Is Difficult But Effective

Finance consultant Steve Bailey offers tips on how to make a profit at retail while working around margin dollars.

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Milaeger's Events

October 7, 2015

Make Your Store A One-Stop Shopping Destination

Milaeger’s in Racine, Wis., offers a wide variety of products and services in a relatively small space, all in an effort to make sure its customers leave with more purchases than they originally in came for. Whether it’s microgreens, a cafe, year-round holiday items or a houseplant, Milaeger’s features neatly organized offerings in carefully merchandised presentations.

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New Leaf Fountain (Henri Studio) Feature Image

October 6, 2015

Garden Center Group Highlights Best Retail Products From The Landscape Show

A team of almost 50 retailers participated in a search for the best retail products on display at The Landscape Show in Orlando, Fla., in late September. The Retailers’ Choice Awards were presented by The Garden Center Group.

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Feature Image Good Earth Pinterest Watermark

October 6, 2015

14 Ways To Attract New Customers To Your Store (And Keep Your Current Customers Happy)

From urban homesteading to e-newsletters aimed at kids to enhanced social media, here are some great ideas you can "steal" from your peers.

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Fountain At Plantorama Hillerød In Denmark

October 5, 2015

Knowing The Style Of Your Garden Center Starts With Having A Clear Vision Of Its Size And Personality

Garden center owners must have a clear vision of the size and personality of their store in order to stay focused. This means that all of the products, displays, marketing and the general look and feel of the store are consistent with that style.

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EMV credit card

October 1, 2015

Webinar On Mastering The New Credit Card Readers Now Av…

Training expert Kathryn Dager and Epicor's Senior Product Manager Keith Lam walk through how to work the new credit card readers, and just as importantly, how to calm customers who are confronted with a new way to use their credit cards.

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Take a survey

September 24, 2015

Kansas State University Survey Addresses Marketing Prac…

How effective are your marketing efforts in boosting your bottom line? Voice your thoughts in a new survey coordinated by Kansas State University.

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As visitors with a Riverside app approach each tree, the beacon triggers a link to load information from the Bower & Branch website for that specific tree

September 17, 2015

Beacons Offer A Way To Connect With Your Customers

As retailers look for ways to increase sales without hiring more staff, technology such as Apple’s iBeacon and others may be great resources.

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Sam Bridge Nursery After Renovations

September 10, 2015

How Sam Bridge Nursery Made Its Store More Efficient Fo…

The Greenwich, Conn.-based garden center and greenhouse has made several upgrades in the last year, resulting in energy savings, improved traffic flow and a better shopping experience.

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Feature Image Clematis ‘New Love’ (JRT Nursery/Silver Falls Nursery)

September 9, 2015

Best New Retailer Products Selected At Farwest 2015

The Garden Center Group, led by Sid Raisch and a team of retailers, presented Retailers’ Choice Awards to nine companies at the Farwest Show in Portland in August.

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September 8, 2015

Garden Media Group Tabs Top Trends You Can Use To Conne…

The annual Garden Trends Report, titled "Syncing With Nature," identifies eight consumer trends that will shake up the garden and outdoor living industry this coming year, including technology, wellness, petscaping and more.

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Ingenico EMV

September 4, 2015

The Time Is Now To Act On EMV

On October 1, liability for credit card fraud shifts from lenders to retailers. In other words, now is the time to make sure you are compliant.

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GCA Bathroom Awards 2015 Altums

September 1, 2015

Garden Centers Of America Best Bathroom Awards Announce…

During IGC Chicago, Garden Centers of America (GCA) recognized a group of independent garden centers for their store restroom designs with the 2015 GCA Best Garden Center Bathroom Awards.

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Danish Garden Center

August 31, 2015

How Danish Garden Centers Are Revamping Their Plant Dep…

Danish retailers are improving nursery stock and houseplants by altering their growth habits to provide products with unusual or manicured shapes to pique the interest of consumers.

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August 24, 2015

PANTS Show In Philadelphia Canceled For 2015

The Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association (PNLA) was informed by the PANTS Show producer that this year’s show, planned for early November, has been canceled. PNLA is reviewing its options for the future.

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Ingenico EMV

August 17, 2015

Study Shows Small Businesses Largely Unprepared For EMV

With the October 1 EMV liability shift looming, a recent survey indicated that more than half of all small businesses will not be ready.

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Lloyd Traven

August 11, 2015

Lloyd Traven Calls On Garden Centers To Offer Something…

In a keynote presentation at the IGC East conference in Baltimore, Lloyd Traven of Peace Tree Farm argued that the only way for independent garden centers to remain relevant is to be different and make your customers feel like they have to visit your store.

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Shopper farmer market Vegetables

August 10, 2015

Ian Baldwin: National Gardening Survey Highlights Need …

Ian Baldwin says the 2015 National Gardening Survey may present a less-than-ideal reality of garden retail today, but it also emphasizes the need to change our industry’s image.

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Retail Tour- feature image

August 3, 2015

10 Things Garden Stores Can Learn From A Grocery Store

Today's grocery stores bear little resemblance to grocery stores of our youth. They've evolved from florescent lights, dingy linoleum floors and long lines at the check out into a food wonderland. Here are 10 ideas from a Columbus-based Market District you can use in your own store.

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July 29, 2015

Digital Technology Helps Crack The Millennial Code [Sta…

With a well-trained and knowledgeable staff, Kurt Fromherz says you can forge a deeper connection with your customers and with your community.

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Impatiens Lollipop Series (Ernst Benary Of America)

July 27, 2015

18 New Annuals That Are Great For Either Sun Or Shade […

Now is the time to start planning for which annuals will be on display at your garden center in 2016. Check out this slideshow of breeders’ picks for their favorite new sun and shade varieties for the garden retail market in the coming year.  

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Ingenico EMV

July 27, 2015

Why PCI And EMV Compliance May Not Be Enough For Retail…

A report from the National Retail Federation indicates that while companies are becoming more compliant with PCI standards, it may not be enough to protect them from fraud. Note: Thanks for Epicor for sponsoring this EMV story.

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Ian Baldwin

July 27, 2015

Ian Baldwin: Validating Customer Complaints Can Pay Div…

In his latest blog posting, Ian Baldwin says when you deal with customer concerns in an empathetic fashion, you’re more likely to earn repeat business and future sales.

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