July 11, 2007

Higham on Transportation & Merchandising

One of the most frequent issues that comes up in my discussions with growers is how to connect two important parts of the supply chain–transportation and merchandising. As Vinny Naab mentions in Greenhouse Grower’s July issue, more growers are having to merchandise their own products in stores or hand it off to a third party. For growers delivering their own material, this may not be so bad. But when you have to use common carrier trucks and third party merchandisers, it can be a disaster. For more, visit: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/blogs/higham.html

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July 5, 2007

Wal-Mart Tries Earth-Friendly Pots

Wal-Mart Canada is testing sales of empty Biopots in 227 discount stores, seven super centers and six Sam’s Clubs. The 4-inch and 6-inch grower pots will be sold to consumers empty off the shelf and placed beside plastic pots. This was sold by and supplied through Toronto distributor John G. Hofland Ltd. For more information, visit: http://www.biopots.com and http://www.hofland.com.

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June 20, 2007

Tim Higham On Cross Docking

One of the things being tried by several growers and big box stores is worth noting–cross docking material and delivering one full truck to a store. So rather than five small deliveries, the store gets one delivery–a full truck with a variety of material on it. This is common with many other products but has never worked on a wide scale with plant material, and many have tried. For more, visit: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/blogs/higham.html

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June 13, 2007

Vinny Naab On Service Programs

Over the last six to eight years, third-party nursery service has developed extensively in the mass-market arena, particularly at The Home Depot and Lowe’s. More recently, as in this year, Wal-Mart has begun to test the concept in select markets and will be studying the results to see if the program bears expanding, maintaining or is deemed unnecessary. For more on this topic, visit: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/blogs/vinny.html

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June 6, 2007

Urban Garden Centers

Edgy clothing retailer Urban Outfitters will open a prototype for an urban garden center in Philadelphia next year. While the clothing stores target Generations X and Y, this new concept store will be for Boomers. Today’s Garden Center has the story at http://www.todaysgardencenter.com/blog/page.php?page=news#urban

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May 30, 2007

Tim Higham On Gasoline Prices

The recent rise in gas prices affects everyone, unless you have the luxury of passing your costs onto your customers. However, most of us don’t. For more, visit: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/blogs/higham.html

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May 23, 2007

New Floriculture Chair At TAMU

Dr. Charlie Hall has been named the new holder of the Ellen and Jim Ellison Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M University. For the past five years, Hall has been a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Tennessee and previously was a Texas Cooperative Extension Specialist. For more information on this endowed chair, visit: http://ellisonchair.tamu.edu

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May 23, 2007

Vinny Naab On Making Up Sales

This season obviously has been a huge struggle for all suppliers and retailers across the Northern part of the country and the Atlantic coastal markets in the North. This has really tested their limits as a supplier. The question is, “How far back can anyone come when you are down around 50 percent from a year ago, after what should have been your best couple of weeks in April?” For more, visit: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/blogs/vinny.html

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May 16, 2007

Seeley Conference Addresses Profit Squeeze

The title and topic of this year’s Seeley Conference is “Profit Squeeze: Is There A Solution?” The emphasis won’t be on cost cutting but on aligning your operation to benefit your customer. Dates are June 23-26 at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. For more details, visit: http://www.hort.cornell.edu/seeleyconference

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February 21, 2007

Wal-Mart Veteran Founds Logistics Company

John Orendorff has left his position as DMM at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to serve as General Manager and equity partner of a newly-formed live goods logistics company, GardenReady Solutions. Over his fifteen years of service at Wal-Mart, Orendorff has identified an unfulfilled need in the live goods industry, and is partnering with an investment group from Texas to address the increasing challenge that growers are having getting product on retail shelves at both the right time and in the right quantities. Garden Ready Solutions will assist live goods growers across the country with the increasing logistical burden of distributing product to an expanding retail market. Garden Ready’s first cross dock facility will be located in the Dallas/Fort Worth market, with plans of expanding to additional markets throughout the Southwest and beyond in the coming years. Garden Ready’s services will allow growers to deliver smaller quantities of live goods, but on […]

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January 31, 2007

IT FAQ Page

We’ll be building this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page as a resource to address your information technology (IT) concerns, so feel free to email us at [email protected] with your questions (we’re open to answers too!) and we’ll do our best to help spread the word. Click on a question below to jump down the page to the answer you’re looking for. Q: Are there ways to help a SMB business owner assure his employees are making productive use of the internet? Q: What can a small company with a handful of computers and a small network do about this real spam problem? Q: How do I tell if my computer has a virus? Managing Junk e-mail (Windows) Managing Junk e-mail (Mac) Grower Examples & Tips: GroLink, Aggman, Post Gardens Q: Why is spam increasing, and why isn’t the government stopping it? Q: How reliable is satellite Internet? PC Magazine Downloads […]

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