February 28, 2007

Plug Connection’s St. Amant Joins FloraStar Board

Juan St. Amant, product development manager at Plug Connection in Vista, Calif., has been elected to FloraStar’s board of directors. During his 19 years with the company, he helped expand Plug Connection’s offerings to include gerberas, cyclamen and perennials, as well as become part of the California Pack Trials circuit. His specialty is working with flower breeders and plug customers to evaluate new varieties. FloraStar is a nonprofit organization that evaluates the performance of new potted plants. For more information, visit www.florastar.com.

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February 21, 2007

SNA Director Search Is On

Southern Nursery Association (SNA) reports it has been zeroing in on candidates for its executive director opening. A nationwide advertising campaign, which began in mid-December, drew nearly 100 applicants from coast to coast. Five SNA members have committed to the task of ranking the top choices. A human resource company also has been assisting behind the scenes conducting preliminary phone interviews, as well as background and reference checks. The SNA board of directors will receive interview finalists in person in Marietta, Ga. SNA represents an 11-state region in the Southeast.

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February 21, 2007

North Carolina’s Economic Impact

North Carolina has an $8.6 billion green industry, generating nearly 125,000 jobs in producing sectors on more than 120,000 acres. The North Carolina Green Industry Council (NC GIC) recently released the results of an economic impact study conducted by North Carolina State University’s Dr. Charles Saffley and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Vital to the retail data was participation by big box stores. Originally formed to address water issues, NC GIC has evolved to become the unified voice for the state’s green industry and secured $150,000 to complete this study. The five-page, graphically pleasing summary can be viewed at: Green Industry Impact 2006

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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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January 24, 2007

Tesco Targets 300 Sites For Grocery Stores In Southern California, Las Vegas, Phoenix

Tesco aims to open some 300 small grocery stores in Southern California, Las Vegas and Phoenix and is prepared to spend as much as $2 billion over five years on the effort. Tesco USA Chief Executive Tim Mason said his management team was negotiating for 300 sites, although “not all will get opened,” The Los Angeles Times reported late last year. The first stores will open in the second half of next year, and the pace of development will pick up as Tesco gets its distribution network operational, Mason said. He said many more stores could follow. “If this is successful, this is a very big country,” Mason said at the public opening of the company’s U.S. headquarters in El Segundo. Tesco has kept secret most of the details of its launch — which focuses on Southern California and the Southwest — out of fear that rival grocers will develop […]

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January 17, 2007

The Home Depot Introduces Eco Options

The Home Depot has introduced a new product line, called Eco Options, designed to highlight environmentally-friendly products to its consumer base. Three of the categories included in the launch are “Healthy Home,” “Clean Air” and “Clean Water,” all of which sound like a natural fit for our industry. For example, Phase One of the program includes a line of organic herbs and veggies from Bonnie Plant Farm. According to longtime Depot buyer and hort industry consultant Vinny Naab, Bonnie Plant Farm is to participate in the eco-options program from March to June in select Home Depot markets with one SKU of these Organic products. . According to Depot VP in charge of environmental projects Ron Jarvis, “Although it is a natural fit, there is not a standard that highlights environmental benefits between live plants.” While Jarvis is clear in stating that “In the short term the Eco Options program will […]

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January 3, 2007

GG’s Industry Outlook 2006 Un-pinched

As usual, there’s a lot less space in Greenhouse Grower magazine than on our Web site, so we’ve taken the opportunity to provide an uncut version of the responses to our Industry Outlook survey, seen below. Click here for an audio version of GG contributing editor Allan Armitage’s views on the year to come. What forecasts you see for the American floriculture market in general for 2007? I feel the outlook for floriculture in the U.S. remains strong.  With the recent downturn in the housing market, I believe more Americans will invest more in their current homes. Annuals, perennials, flowering shrubs and trees provide lots of bang for the buck!  Gary Mangum, Bell Nursery My forecasts are for continued consolidation of the industry, more smaller growers looking to alternative or specialty crops and increased cooperation among smaller growers. I think this will help small- and medium-sized operations maintain profitability (or […]

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January 3, 2007

Embattled Depot CEO Nardelli Resigns

Robert Nardelli Resigns as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Home Depot and Is Succeeded by Frank Blake  ATLANTA, Jan 03, 2007—The Board of Directors of The Home Depot and Bob Nardelli announced today that they have mutually agreed that Nardelli would leave his position as The Home Depot’s chairman, president & CEO and as a Director effective January 2, 2007. Frank Blake, the Company’s current vice chairman of the Board of Directors and executive vice president succeeds Nardelli, effective immediately. The Home Depot’s Board said, “We are very grateful to Bob for his strong leadership of The Home Depot over the past six years. Under Bob’s tenure, the Company made significant and necessary investments that greatly improved the Company’s infrastructure and operations, expanded our markets to include wholesale distribution and new geographies, and undertook key strategic initiatives to strengthen the company’s foundation for the future. The Home Depot […]

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