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.

Davi Bowen February 11 2016

The Obama administration regulatory juggernaut continues, and now the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division has issued a new interpretation of what constitutes “joint employment.” We asked Chris Schulte of CJ-Lake LLC, who advises AmericanHort on labor and employment matters, to walk us through what it all means.

For years, there has been a fairly clear understanding of the e...

Craig Regelbrugge January 29 2016

In mid-January, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed S. 659, the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015. During the mark-up, Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Tom Carper (D-DE) offered an amendment to clarify that Clean Water Act permits are not needed for certain pesticide applications. The amendment was adopted by a 12-8 vote. The bill later passed by the com...

Davi Bowen January 29 2016

On January 15, President Obama vetoed a Congressional Review Act Resolution that would have nullified the Waters of the United States regulation. But, a January 20 effort by the Senate to override the veto failed to garner the needed 67 votes.

Although Congress was not able to override the veto, the fact that both the House and Senate passed the resolution sent yet another strong m...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 29 2016

The latest good news on the pollinator front arrived in the form of research results from a team of scientists at Washington State University (WSU). The principal investigators (T. J. Lawrence, E. M. Culbert, A. S. Felsot, V. R. Hebert, and W. S. Sheppard) set out to conduct a survey and risk assessment of honey bee colony exposure to four neonicotinoid insecticides (clothianidin, dinotefuran, ...

Craig Regelbrugge January 29 2016

The suspense over when the Supreme Court will hear the challenge to President Obama’s executive actions relating to deferred deportation for certain unauthorized immigrants now shifts to suspense over what the Court’s decision will be. The Supreme Court will take up the case during this term, and is expected to yield a decision by June.

The plaintiffs make the case that the Admini...

AmericanHort Contributor January 15 2016

Public awareness of the threat of habitat loss to urban bee populations has increased interest in planting “bee-friendly” landscape plants. Urban landscapes can provide critical resources to bee populations, especially when managed and designed properly. Various publications and websites list plant species that have been anecdotally claimed as bee-attractive, but those lists are rar...

Jennifer Gray January 14 2016

The winter horticultural industry trade show season is in full swing, and the first question from every single member I saw at MANTS in Baltimore or CENTS in Ohio was, “What do you think about the presidential contest?” They were most interested in my take on the Republican field. So with the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire just ahead, and a major disclaimer, I’m going to share where some of th...

Davi Bowen January 14 2016

On January 13, by a vote of 253-166, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S.J. Res. 22, a Congressional Review Act Resolution of which would nullify the EPA/Army Corps Waters of the United States rule. The Senate passed the measure in November.

While President Obama will veto the resolution, the fact that both the House and Senate passed it sends yet another strong message to t...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 14 2016

The EPA has released its preliminary findings on imidacloprid’s impact on pollinators, and when you dig deeper than the headlines and the hype, the news is not all bad. In fact, there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic.

Yes, imidacloprid has the potential to kill bees. That much is absolute fact and hasn’t changed. However, as we (including the EPA) all know, it ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 11 2016

by: Jennifer Noble

SHIFT Beginnings
In the fall of 2014, AmericanHort launched a research initiative known as the time as “The Future of Garden Retail.” It became immediately apparent, however, that this project went far beyond the scope of retail alone—it touched each and every part of our industry. It was also clear that the results of ...

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.

Joe Baer takes a quick look at Digital Signage trends in retail.

This FREE 15-minute webinar is for cashiers, delivery staff, and all other employees that engage with customers in a non-sales related position. Learn how to push customer service skills to the max in 15 minutes.

This FREE 15-minute webinar is created specifically for frontline staff. This training will provide tips and actions that each employee can use to increase sales while ensuring a great customer experience.

This FREE 15-minute webinar is geared to managers and other staff in a supervisory role. This training will provide simple and effective ideas for managers to elevate the store and staff performance this season.