Garden Retail

Evangelist of the curious; soldier in the face of Mother's Day weekend; seeker of awesome plants -- those are our retailers. Challenges in the retail world are as unique as geography and the customers that walk through your doors. That's why these resources cover the breadth of your questions, challenges, and needs to keep you informed, fresh, and going strong.

Scott Hunter. CSP December 17 2014

Scott Hunter

The primary reason for the failure of most interviews to identify a truly outstanding candidate is that most interviews focus on the capabilities, background and experience of the prospective employee. This approach ignores the fact that the interviewee is a human being that the employer is going to have to live with day after day.

There is a way to stack ...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

By Jeffrey Scott

If you want more work, do better work. But you also need to make money at the same time. It is hard for your crews to keep hours in mind while also keeping quality in mind – unless your quality standards become ingrained in their psyche and your company culture. 

To achieve this, you need a feedback mechanism that keeps them highly attuned to your stan...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

By Jeffrey Scott

No one is ever as efficient as they want to be; however, most leaders don’t know what to do about that. I have researched the best ideas for time management, tested them myself, and collated this list. The techniques in this article will double your effectiveness and allow you to accomplish more than you ever thought possible.

1. “Give me two ...

Charlie Hall November 18 2014

In this segment, AmericanHort Chief Economist, Dr. Charlie Hall talks about the latest economic indicators, including some of the surprises from Halloween and the Mid-term elections. Then he turns his attention to 2015 and what we can expect given what the data are telling us at this point. The bottom line is make sure your pencils are sharpened and you've got your planning hat on!

AmericanHort Contributor November 13 2014

Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping and reporting regulation, most employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses using the OSHA 300 log.

OSHA is revising recordkeeping and reporting rules regarding wo...

Charlie Hall November 08 2014

In this segment, Charlie continues with his theme of change — this time talking about the economy and why it has been so volatile this year. A number of factors are to blame, but mostly arising from stuff occurring around the world that are mostly out of our control. Bottom line, there is very little, economically-speaking, that is holding us back from having a great fall season in the industry...

Craig Regelbrugge October 30 2014

“Politics” is a contact sport. When it comes to advocating for your business, you are either on the field or on the sidelines. If you choose to sit on the sidelines, how can you win?

Congress comes back to Washington on November 12 for a “lame duck” session. While it remains to be seen just how productive they’ll be, AmericanHort recently launched three new grassroots campaigns on ...

Kathleen Kelly October 29 2014

It is fairly easy to find statistics about social media and which tools consumers are gravitating toward. A recent report that investigated the effectiveness of Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter in “driving traffic to retail sites” indicated that consumers who access “retail sites from Facebook and Twitter purchase more often, Pinterest users spend dramatically more” (

John Dole October 29 2014

Floral preservatives (flower foods) follow the chain of life of cut flowers—the progression from harvest in the greenhouse or field to the consumer’s vase. The first product is used by the grower at the point of harvest, although sometimes just clean water is used at this stage, followed by more products used by the shipper and wholesaler, then a product used by the retail florist, and...

AmericanHort Contributor October 29 2014

One thing seems to be true for all small business owners. The to-do list keeps getting longer as the day gets shorter. To run a profitable business, each owner needs to figure out how to be productive, not just busy.

Here are 10 actions small business owners can take make that happen:

1. Create a two-step list.
Save 30 minutes at t...

Dr. Bridget Behe helps retailers construct a better retail environment and an easier shopping process for the consumer. She presents timely information to help Garden Centers with near-term options given the Coronavirus outbreak and IGC strategies for the new rules that may be legally or ethically in place. This webinar is the final in a 3-part series by Dr. Behe and has been modified to reflec...

More than half of all purchases at any retail outlet occur at the point of purchase, making displays critical elements in the purchase process. According to some studies, well-executed displays can increase sales by up to 300%. Dr. Behe will present findings from multiple studies, some of which utilize eye-tracking to follow the shopper’s gaze, to help retailers understand how to construc...

Join AmericanHort Advocacy & Policy Communications Director Tristan Daedalus, Director of Government Affairs Tal Coley, K-Coe Principal Bryce Gibbs, and Smith & Howard partner Tim Howe for an in-depth discussion on the internet sales tax and what it has meant for businesses since the Wayfair decision last August.

Glyphosate-based herbicides have provided efficient, safe and cost-effective weed control for more than 40 years, but recent reports and events have raised concerns over its safety. Come learn about the EPA’s position, the mountain of scientific evidence that supports its safety, and uses in the green industry, including the pro’s and con’s of glyphosate alternatives. Panelist...

Dick Kramp, Founder & CEO of AB Greenhouse Power Netherlands will be presenting on growing crops with the highest possible yield and quality by creating the optimal environment in your growing facility through cogeneration. Well-integrated cogeneration, supplying heat, electricity, and CO2, can help you to achieve these goals for the lowest possible price. 

This panel discussion is an opportunity to hear from garden center owners on their experience using the financial metrics discussed in the Industry Insider Report: Garden Retail Profitability like pricing...

Andy Bruney of T. Load Specialties will give insights and advice on the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. He'll be explaining how these new regulations are impacting the logistics industry while also taking a closer look at the impact they have on the horticulture industry. This webinar is aimed to help shippers and receivers be more prepared for the upcoming season as motor carri...

Ever wonder what consumers think when they shop for plants? We do! A team of researchers has been investigating the plant selection and shopping process for a few years with eye-tracking glasses. While we can’t hear what consumers are thinking (exactly), we can understand what they are thinking about by watching where their eyes travel. Dr. Bridget Behe will present key findings from rece...

Customers have distinct buying motivations. Understanding these buying motivations is a key element of marketing, customer service, determining what products to offer, and so much more. Join Bill Calkins and Jennifer Noble as they walk you through how to understand buying motivations and create valuable customer profiles that fit your business and its customers.

Joe Baer looks at how you can repurpose existing equipment in your store.