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  • Watch for a Surge in Millennial Homeowners in the Next Four Years - and Make Sure You’re Stocked for It!

    Watch for a Surge in Millennial Homeowners in the Next Four Years - and Make Sure You’re Stocked for It!
    Get ready for more Millennials in a home gardening frame of mind at your garden center four years from now. They may be renters now, but more are getting into the housing market....READ MORE
     
  • Don’t Just ‘Think Different,’ ‘Do Different’

    Don’t Just ‘Think Different,’ ‘Do Different’
    I’ve discovered there are three distinct types of garden center owners: 1. Those who believe their current condition is as good as things are going to get. They’re convinced they have no need for an “outsider” to suggest ways that could actually improve on what they have in place....READ MORE
     
  • Secret Shopper - Albuquerque, NM

    Secret Shopper - Albuquerque, NM
    Osuna Nursery, 501 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque, NM, Shopper's Favorite This store’s bright yellow building is inviting and easy to spot from any direction, and the paved parking lot is clearly marked. I explore outdoors first, following walkways through the gravel display area. Clean, neat plant blocks are marked with colorful, descriptive signs....READ MORE
     
  • Are You Ready for the New Reality of ‘Dynamic Pricing?’

    Are You Ready for the New Reality of ‘Dynamic Pricing?’
    It is not unusual for most garden centers to consider “markdown” a dirty or unspeakable word. Any reduction in the selling price of an item is viewed as a loss of profit for your store. For most of the first part of the last century and well into the 1980s, most retailers sold their products at full retail price. In the past 20 years, however, markdowns have become a major issue for retailers everywhere....READ MORE
     
  • How Detailed Are You About What You Expect at Your Store?

    How Detailed Are You About What You Expect at Your Store?
    OK, let’s go ahead and admit it - the following photos aren’t very good. I took them with my iPhone in a dark back hallway of a convention hotel last October. Just disregard the picture quality; I don’t sell photos. What these photos do, though, is perfectly illustrate the attention to detail in the hotel’s food service....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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