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In the Bloom with Maria: Handing over the business to the next generation requires planning

December 11, 2018

A typical floral shop or studio is often a family-run operation. But what happens when the current generation wants to retire and pass it on to the next? As Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd shares, determining if your children want the business or not is just the first step. In the article “Let it […]

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Help your customers—and employees—avoid slip, trip, and fall hazards

December 4, 2018

Customers are headed your way in search of holiday decorations. But there are some things you need to do before they arrive to help make it a safe experience. Here are some of the most common hazards and some tips to help avoid them. Slips, trips, and falls are some of the biggest reasons for […]

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Avoid the naughty list and follow Christmas tree safety

November 27, 2018

Christmas tree sales are peaking right now, and there are some things you need to keep in mind when it comes to protecting your workers, business, and customers. Homegrown operation If you grow trees and have a cut-your-own area, provide only manual bow-type saws for customer use. Also, supervise the cutting. Trees can be heavy, […]

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Protect your critical information from cyber data extortion

November 20, 2018

When it comes to computers, we never really stop to think about how much we depend on them. But what if your access to that information was cut off? Customer accounts, payment information, inventory—all data you rely upon and often need at a moment’s notice. There’s a new disturbing trend of hackers intentionally blocking and […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: Is your holiday driver really an independent contractor?

November 13, 2018

With the busy holiday season approaching, many floral shops, design studios, and wholesale suppliers bring on extra help to deal with the delivery rush. But as Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd shares, how you classify that help could impact your workers’ compensation coverage. Author Shawn McBurney took a look at the issue in the […]

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Protect your greenhouse from winter snowfall

November 6, 2018

Soon, the snow will fly. For greenhouse owners, winter means more than clearing it for customers. Heavy snow can also cause a greenhouse collapse. We have some tips to help protect your facilities all winter long. Reduce the risk We all know, each snowfall is different. Some snows are light and fluffy, with 12 inches […]

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Take extra precautions while preparing plants for the holiday season

October 30, 2018

Everyone loves a beautifully decorated plant. Whether it’s with artificial snow, glitter, or some other way of giving your floral project extra shine, you need to be aware of the hazards when spraying plants. All aerosol/spray cans have a pressurized propellant that helps distribute the product. That propellant may be flammable or toxic. Most propellants […]

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Investing in safety now may help you prevent hazards now—and costs in the future

October 23, 2018

Helping keep your employees safe is a big part of keeping your business successful. Not only does it reduce your expenses, it improves your results. Investing in safety will cost you money in the short run—but in the long run, it can save lives, reduce injuries, and increase profits. Injury costs are subtracted from your […]

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Use your extension cords safely to help prevent fires and injuries

October 16, 2018

  With fall and holiday decorating around the corner, many decorators and designers turn to extension cords to power displays. While it’s convenient to have power in places without electrical outlets, these cords can pose a fire and shock hazard when used improperly. Most fires are caused by damaged cords, overloading, misuse, or short circuits. […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: Get your holiday designers and drivers lined up early

October 9, 2018

It’s a challenge every business owner faces—finding qualified workers. As Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd learned, it’s especially the case in the current strong job market. According to a Fox Business article by Jade Scipioni, big retail brands such as Kohl’s and JC Penney Co. started their seasonal hiring plans early. It’s a push […]

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