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  • Stop the Bad Reviews Before They Happen

    Stop the Bad Reviews Before They Happen
    Imagine the following: You strike a match to light a candle in your living room. After lighting the candle, instead of blowing out the match, you drop it on the floor and it catches the rug on fire. The fire spreads to the curtains, eventually engulfing the whole room....READ MORE
     
  • Re-order Cycle Timing: It’s All in the Details

    Re-order Cycle Timing: It’s All in the Details
    Having too much inventory can really hinder the success of your garden center, and finding the right amount of inventory for your store is a challenge. To help your garden center get a handle on it, I’ve outlined three key factors that impact inventory....READ MORE
     
  • Get Your Advertising Back on Track - and Your Registers Ringing

    Get Your Advertising Back on Track - and Your Registers Ringing
    How do you get the most out of your advertising without spending a lot of money? First, you have to establish your garden center’s advertising goals. Are you trying to entice customers to shop you for the very first time, or are you reminding them to come back for a second or third time?...READ MORE
     
  • These Store Updates Contributed to a $160K Sales Gain

    These Store Updates Contributed to a $160K Sales Gain
    I love working with the next generation of garden center owners. These young people are revolutionizing the independent channel with products and services designed to sell the garden - not as a time-consuming process, but as a satisfying product....READ MORE
     
  • Tell Your Customers ‘What’s New’ Today

    Tell Your Customers ‘What’s New’ Today
    Trend reports are highlighting a change in consumer attitudes toward spending, pointing to an opportunity for IGC retailers to grow sales. People are starting to spend more on “guilt-free” status symbols at the right price point. They want to start indulging again....READ MORE
     
 
News and Opinions
  • Big Things In Store

    August 17, 2012

    New ideas, new products, new excitement at IGC 2012 - you’ve never seen anything like it! Spring sprang - and sprang big. Now garden center owners, managers and staff are making big plans

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  • ‘It Was Awesome,’ Say IGCs of the Season that Broke Records

    July 20, 2012
    Spring’s early arrival across the country, along with consumers’ willingness to open their wallets, made for a sunny selling season for many this year. “Weather-wise, it was awesome; sales-wise, it was awesome,” says Peter Bowden, Garden Expert and Public Relations for Hewitt’s Garden Centers, NY, ranked No. 49 in IGC Retailer’s 100 report with $10.4 million in sales....

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