December 18, 2013

Monsanto And Novozymes Announce Alliance to Provide Sustainable Bioagricultural Solutions

Monsanto is now in the microbials business with the new long-term strategic alliance it announced with Novozymes. The two companies will partner to transform research and commercialization of sustainable microbial products that will provide a new platform of solutions for growers around the world.

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December 17, 2013

9 Steps For Developing A Website That Represents Your Business

Whether you have a current site that needs an overhaul or are starting from scratch, these steps will make sure your online presence is saying the right things about you.

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December 17, 2013

Take Ownership Of Your Online Presence

Your website speaks volumes about you - is it saying the right thing?

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December 17, 2013

Water Quality Trading Helps Businesses Meet EPA Clean Water Requirements

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced an expanded partnership to support water quality trading and other market-based approaches that provide benefits to the environment and the economy.

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December 2, 2013

The Continuing Evolution Of Retail

Technology will rapidly transform how retailers engage with their customers, reverberating through everything from the daily process of running a business to plant tags, containers, videos and apps. Retailers will find it less difficult to get out of the office and back into the business of working with plants and people. Improved Point-Of-Sale (POS) Mobile POS systems will soon replace the traditional checkout as smartphones and tablets make it possible for retailers to perform on-the-spot transactions anywhere they have an internet connection. Retailers will find it simpler to keep track of customers’ buying preferences and manage inventory in real time. It will be harder for thieves to access unauthorized funds in the future, thanks to a new security chip placed in credit cards that requires a pin number before completing any transaction. The introduction of mobile wallet technology will also help accelerate customer engagement using interactive coupons, geofencing enhancements and […]

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November 19, 2013

Monrovia’s Move To Online Sales Brings Response From Some Retailers

The feedback on the Monrovia news was mixed, with some supporting Monrovia's new plans and some questioning how it will affect the industry.

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November 15, 2013

5 Keys To Successful Purchasing

According to distributor representatives from Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, Ball Seed and BFG, growers can save money by following this checklist: ■ Keep good records of what you’ve purchased in years past. ■ Pool your orders together to save money, get good terms and reduce delivery charges. ■ Make plans at least one year ahead on capital investments to ensure availability and allow for any contingencies. ■ Let suppliers know about your future investment plans and needs, to take advantage of any special deals. ■ Think about how your business will evolve and keep suppliers in the loop to help you choose investments that will meet your needs now, but also as your operation grows.

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November 15, 2013

3 Items Growers Should Always Have On Hand

Dan Morrissey, construction manager for Griffin Greenhouse Supplies, says no matter what, there are three essential items growers should have: • Back up generator: “These are sometimes overlooked, but if you lose power, you lose everything,” Morrissey says. “I have customers who don’t have them but a generator is one of the most important pieces of equipment a grower should have.” • Accurate environmental controls system: “What generally happens in our industry is, we spend a lot of money on greenhouse structures and benching and seem to run out of money for environmental controls and spend very little on these systems. But they can save you a lot of money early, so it’s very important to have an accurate system.” • Spare parts: “If I have 15 heaters on my range and didn’t have an extra transformer, extra valve, extra fuse, extra roll of polyethylene, and something happens to my […]

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November 15, 2013

How To Get The Best Deal By Working With Distributors

Your local distributor representative might be a greater resource than you realize.

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November 13, 2013

Are Your Information Systems Holding You Back?

Investing in updated technology and processes might be overlooked, but these tools can be vital to your operation's efficiency and growth.

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October 3, 2013

Early Order Discount Programs Can Save Growers 1 To 5 Percent On Young Plant Orders

Each year, growers are faced with the decision of when to place their orders for the upcoming spring production season. Unfortunately, for numerous reasons, these orders are often placed quite late, which can result in a number of unintended challenges. At Four Star Greenhouse, we are both a young plant and finished product supplier, so we struggle with this issue both from a supplier’s and grower’s perspective. As a grower, timeliness in production planning, as well as early ordering, helps us maintain a smooth transition between growing seasons. But when is the most cost effective, efficient and accurate time to order? And why are so many orders placed late? Why You Might Be Waiting One situation growers often face is a delay in receiving orders from their established customer base. With the ever-changing retail environment, accuracy in inventory management and sell-through is critical for future success. However, undue delays in […]

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