GREEN PROFIT - October 2018 Issue (Vol. 82 No. 6)
Buzz Worthy
Seven Random Things You Should Sell
Ellen C. Wells
Speaking of fresh-baked pies, you should sell those, too.
Container Series
Jazzing Up the Container
Jennifer Polanz
Consumers are looking for more than just the plants when they enter the houseplant department—here are a few ideas that will give ’em something to smile about.
Cover Story
Westbound
Allison Westbrook & Ellen C. Wells
Retail gems found during Farwest Show.
Features
Changing with the Times
Diana Stoll
Long Island mainstay Hicks Nurseries is adapting to a new age of retail with some logistical additions, a new look and a new Retail GM.
Features
Origin Stories
Jennifer Polanz
Here you’ll find the backstories of how these new varieties came about, along with their superpowers.
Features
Product Patrol
Ellen C. Wells & Chris Beytes
With hundreds of vendors and lots of new products, the 12th annual IGC Show on Chicago’s Navy Pier had retail buyers walking, talking and writing orders.
Features
The Reality of Omnichannel Retail
Katie Elzer-Peters
One channel does not fit all; all channels must work together. In the first of a three-part series, we look at how omnichannel came about.
First
What’s New?
Jennifer Polanz
In our industry, products that are new to the customer’s eyes are what draws them through the store.
Friel World
A Tale of Many Cities
John Friel
Tradeshows will only become unnecessary when the only conversations are between giant companies.
Front Lines
Bower & Branch Buys Organic Plant Magic
Chris Beytes
Bower & Branch announced that it has acquired the organic fertilizer company Organic Plant Magic.
Front Lines
Customers Choose IKEA, Ace Hardware
Jennifer Polanz
In a recent consumer survey conducted by Market Force, IKEA came out on top in the home furnishings category and Ace Hardware bested everyone in the home improvement category.
Front Lines
Do You Know Your Metrics?
Jennifer Polanz
Through the new Five Numbers Project, which is available to retailers of any size (it’s not available for suppliers, though), retailers can subscribe to a service and track five numbers each month to improve profitability.
Front Lines
GCA’s Heading to Nashville in ’19
Ellen C. Wells
Next summer’s GCA Summer Tour is headed to Nashville, Tennessee.
Front Lines
Katie’s Krops
Ellen C. Wells
Remember Katie Stagliano? You might know her better as the 9-year-old girl who in 2008 grew a 40-lb. cabbage and then began the Katie’s Krops garden initiative.
Front Lines
More Stores Opening Than Closing
Chris Beytes
Did you know that store openings will outpace store closings by a third in 2018?
Front Lines
Oregon’s Excellent Year
Jennifer Polanz
The nursery industry in Oregon experienced its second-best sales year on record in 2017, which made nursery and greenhouse crops that state’s top agricultural commodity, says the Oregon Association of Nurseries.
Kiss My Aster
Dollars and Sensory
Amanda Thomsen
Stepping inside a Lush store is like a vibrant wake-up call after lumbering around the mall like a zombie.
Profit
Not Your Father’s Buying Group
Bill McCurry
My goal is to provoke you into investing a few hours in starting fresh and learning advantages of today’s buying groups.
Tricks
Rockin’ the CLE
Jennifer Polanz
In July, I was a co-bus captain for the Cultivate’18 Retail Tour up near the Cleveland area. Here are just a few ideas from some of the stops we made.
THE GOODS
"Gardening Under Lights: The Complete Guide for Indoor Growers"
Halleck Horticultural LLC
THE GOODS
8-in. Wide Industrial Thermal Printer
GoDEX Americas
THE GOODS
Atlas Beefsteak Tomato
Burpee
THE GOODS
Better!Broom
Bullseye Enterprises
THE GOODS
Black Gold N&O Raised Bed & Potting Mix
Sun Gro Horticulture
THE GOODS
Blobhouse Reindeer Planters
Georgetown Home and Garden
THE GOODS
Cabrio Eclipse Lilac
Syngenta Flowers Inc.
THE GOODS
Coleus FlameThrower Salsa Roja
Ball FloraPlant
THE GOODS
Eco-1 Fruit & Vegetable Spray
Arborjet Inc.
THE GOODS
Flowering Veggies Flour Sack Towel
June & December
THE GOODS
Friend Ceramic Bell
Studio M
THE GOODS
Hummingbird Starter Kit Birthday Card
Jumping Cracker Beans LLC
THE GOODS
Hydrangea Hortmarahso Magical Rhapsody
Plants Nouveau LLC
THE GOODS
LIA Calibrachoa Series
Danziger
THE GOODS
MANTS 2019 Show
MANTS
THE GOODS
Nature's Pollinators’ Scatter Garden Seeds
Renee's Garden
THE GOODS
NeoTerra Upstyle Covers
A-ROO Company LLC
THE GOODS
Princettia Poinsettias
Suntory Flowers Ltd.
THE GOODS
Retractable Garden Hose Reel
Hoselink
THE GOODS
Spookley the Square Pumpkin
Evergreen Creations LLC
THE GOODS
SuperCal Petunia Series
Sakata Seed America Inc.
THE GOODS
THE MAXBIT
GWE Inc.
THE GOODS
Tropical Tradewinds Hibiscus Fire Wind
Aris Horticulture Inc.