Avoiding the dangers of heat stress
June 19, 2018
Summer is upon us and that means more hot and humid weather. But for those who work in greenhouses and outdoors, it can make for long—even dangerous—days. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable, if you know what to do. That’s where a prevention program comes in. OSHA has several recommendations for employers: Provide […]
In the Bloom with Maria: A well-crafted employee handbook can save you headaches—and heartaches—in the long run
June 12, 2018
Many mom and pop floral shops may not think an employee handbook is necessary when they have fewer than a handful of employees. But a handbook can be a critical tool in providing your staff with guidelines and expectations that can help improve your business. The article “By the Book” by Glenna Hecht, SPHR, published […]
Preparing your business for hurricane and tornado season
June 4, 2018
You’ve invested a lot of time and money in your business. That’s why it’s so important for you to have a plan to help protect your assets during a natural disaster like a hurricane or tornado. We have some tips to help you develop an emergency plan for each. Hurricane safety For six months each […]
Make better hiring decisions with IntelliCorp® from Hortica
May 29, 2018
When it comes to hiring people for any job, you want to make sure you’re making the right choice. Finding quality people who’ll do a quality job is key to any successful business. That’s why we at Hortica offer our members a new service to help. We’ve teamed with IntelliCorp to better serve you […]
Reduce your risk for cyber data theft with email, disk, and device encryption.
May 22, 2018
Whether it’s customer or employee information, the data your business stores can be personal or sensitive. Just like you protect your buildings, inventory, and employees, you need to protect confidential information. Here are some precautions you might want to consider: Email encryption Email encryption scrambles information into an unintelligible mess of characters while it travels […]
Key Partner: SAF shows off the latest floral trends with a 1-Day Profit Blast.
May 15, 2018
The Society of American Florists (SAF) is one the oldest floral organizations in the country, representing all segments of the industry—from retailers and growers to wholesalers, importers, and suppliers. Founded in Chicago in 1884, the organization soon formed the Florists’ Hail Association of America to protect greenhouse owners against hail damage. That association […]
In the Bloom with Maria: The changing trends in deliveries and adjusting your insurance to match.
May 8, 2018
We hear a lot about the development of self-driving vehicles. From cars to semi-trucks, automated travel is becoming more common on the roads. As Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd discovered, it’s just one option shop and studio owners are looking at when it comes to the delivery of their products. It’s something that could […]
Discourage theft during the busy Mother’s Day holiday and spring planting season.
May 1, 2018
Mother’s Day and the spring planting season are right around the corner. That brings busy days and plenty of customers for floral shops, studios, and other horticultural businesses. All that shopping also means you’ll likely have plenty of cash on hand. That can make you a target for theft. Protecting your cash […]
Ease the stress of delivery season by hiring quality drivers.
April 24, 2018
For the majority of the year, you probably don’t need additional drivers to meet demand, but that changes during busy times like Mother’s Day. Odds are, you’ll see many new customers, so making a good impression is key. But if your delivery process isn’t a good experience, it may be the last time you’ll see […]
Equipment theft is something every business owner worries about. But there are some simple ways to protect against it.
April 17, 2018
When it comes to your horticultural business, odds are your biggest investment is in equipment. Here are some ways you can help protect it. Be proactive Make yourself less of a target by building a layered approach to security. Begin by knowing what you have, so it can be referenced if needed in the future: […]