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Steve Bailey

August 27, 2015

How To Set An Attained Margin Percentage Goal At Your Store [Talkin’ Finance With Steve Bailey]

One retailer asked this question: Is there an attained margin percentage that is considered a good goal for garden centers and their various product lines? Check out financial consultant Steve Bailey's advice.

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Viola ‘Sorbet XP Coconut Swirl’ (PanAmerican Seed)

August 26, 2015

19 Versatile Cool-Weather Annuals For Beds, Borders And Containers [Slideshow]

Annuals can be versatile not just in their suitability for cool conditions, but in their adaptable use in beds, borders and containers. Here are breeders' recommendations on their top new selections.

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Holly Wilson Wilson’s Garden Center

August 25, 2015

How To Make Your Newsletter More Interesting [Solve My Problem]

A retailer recently asked how to come up with fresh ideas for your store’s eNewsletter, so that it does not become redundant. Here's some great advice the retailer received.

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Farwest Nursery Tour

August 25, 2015

Farwest Show Will Include A Retail-Focused Idea Sharing Center

The 2015 Farwest Show, taking place this week in Portland, Ore., will include an Idea Center For Retailers, a comprehensive learning experience focused on garden retail. Located on the main show floor, garden center owners and employees can participate in many sessions as industry experts share advice and how-to information.

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August 24, 2015

Let Us Know About Your Greatest New Idea!

October is "Steal This Idea" month at Today's Garden Center. We're looking for the latest, greatest and most successful new ideas that you've incorporated at your store and are willing to share with your industry peers.

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August 24, 2015

Mark Your Calendar For These Gift Shows

Want to enhance your gift department? Here's a look at some of the major gift shows taking place later this year and early next year.

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Ingenico EMV

August 24, 2015

Small Retailers May Face Big Challenges In Complying With EMV

The National Retail Federation’s J. Craig Shearman says it may take a couple years for credit cards with EMV chips to become the norm, but retailers should still begin preparing, or face increased liability.

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Top Stories

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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Mother and Daughter gardening

August 17, 2015

5 Things You Need To Know About Young Plant Consumers […

Younger garden consumers think it’s important for children to learn how to grow plants, even though they themselves see gardening as a time-consuming and expensive hobby, our latest research shows. This insight was just one of many unearthed by Today’s Garden Center’s 10% Project as it seeks ways to increase consumer interest in plants and local garden centers. We conducted three focus groups made up of consumers under 50 years old during the late winter this year. These focus groups took place over three days. The first focus group was made up of 18-29 year olds, the second of 30-49 year olds and the third of parents with children between 2 and 12. Our next steps are to develop marketing campaigns based on issues our research revealed, then work with garden centers to use the marketing during the spring of 2016 and measure the results. You may recall Today’s Garden […]

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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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July 22, 2015

Economic Growth Will Fuel Garden Demand [2015 State Of …

As the housing industry continues to rebound and the economy improves, economist Charlie Hall says consumers will unleash pent-up demand, which means good news for garden retailers.

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Texas NLA Opening Ceremony

July 21, 2015

Nursery/Landscape EXPO: Where Business Begins With A Ha…

The Nursery/Landscape EXPO offers independent garden centers the chance to diversify their product lines with the latest varieties in greenscapes and hardscapes.

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Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Holy Moly!’ From Proven Winners

July 21, 2015

Garden Center Retailers Highlight Their Favorite New Pr…

Coordinated by The Garden Center Group, the Retailers Choice Awards’ are selected by a team of retailers, along with Sid Raisch and Danny Summers, walking the trade show flow in search of stand-out plants and hard goods.

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July 16, 2015

Take Advantage Of Trending Categories [State Of The Ind…

The old standby categories are performing better than ever, says Steve Bailey. Make sure you’re capitalizing on them and getting the best gross margin return on inventory investment.

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Arett Show Open House

July 16, 2015

Buyer Shows Can Offer Significant Deals

Open houses and expos by industry suppliers are a great way to place early orders on the products that will fill your store shelves.

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July 15, 2015

Local Garden Centers To Visit During IGC East And IGC C…

Whether you’re in Baltimore for IGC East or Chicago for IGC Chicago, set aside some time to pay a visit to these local independent garden centers and check out some of the innovative things they’re doing.

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July 14, 2015

State Of The Industry 2015: Younger Shoppers Are A Grow…

David Christakes, co-owner of Illinois-based Alsip Nursery, and long-time industry consultant Sid Raisch each have a vested interest in the future of the independent garden center industry. The two of them recently talked about the issues that most concern them, and where the industry may be headed in the coming years.

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Wilsons Garden Center Store Front

July 7, 2015

Local Garden Centers To Visit During Cultivate’15

While you're in Columbus for Cultivate'15, set aside some time to pay a visit to these local independent garden centers and check out some of the innovative things they're doing.

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