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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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Before clearing snow, make sure you clear any legal concerns.

October 2, 2018

If you haven’t already, the time is rapidly approaching to start thinking about snow plow services. It starts with contracts, but there are some things you need to know before signing on the bottom line. We want to help you understand how contract provisions could have an impact on your business. Of course, a contract […]

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Safe autumn driving begins with understanding the risks

September 25, 2018

It’s a beautiful time of year. The fall colors are starting to dazzle, and the cooler temperatures are more comfortable. Everyone wants to get outside and enjoy the weather and see the changing leaves before winter arrives. The arrival of autumn means making some changes in our driving habits. In fall, road conditions change, it […]

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Key Partner: WF&FSA steps up to support floral wholesalers and suppliers

September 18, 2018

The Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association (WF&FSA) is the only association solely dedicated to the floral wholesale business and its suppliers. Their focus is supplying flowers to shops, designers, and customers. This October 16-18, WF&FSA will hold their annual Floral Distribution Conference (FDC) in Miami, Florida. Several sessions will cover everything from top trends […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: Thinking about adding unique, faster delivery services? Check your insurance coverage first.

September 11, 2018

As the demand for fast and convenient delivery service picks up, more and more retailers are looking at new ways to get their products to their customers. In the New York Times article, Amazon Tries a New Delivery Spot: Your Car, author Nick Wingfield looks at how the online retailer is now offering delivery service […]

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Hiring professionals can help you avoid the dangers of greenhouse repair

September 4, 2018

  Every greenhouse owner knows that routine maintenance of their greenhouse means increased efficiency, yields, and profits. But what if more serious repairs are needed? That’s when you want to rely on a professional. Falls from greenhouses during structural repair, building, and covering replacement can lead to some the most serious injuries in the greenhouse […]

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Heating season is approaching. Is your boiler ready?

August 28, 2018

  When fall and winter come, making sure your employees, plants, and other stock stay warm is key. That makes your boiler one of the most important pieces of equipment you have. Because boilers are fuel-fired and heated by combustion, there’s a risk of explosion— especially during startup or shutdown. Automatic combustion safety devices will […]

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Fall is the perfect time for garden center events, but planning is needed before you invite customers.

August 21, 2018

Fall colors and the end of the growing season is the perfect time to invite customers to a garden center. A special festival can be the perfect way to have some fun and bring attention to your business at the same time. But you need to do a little event planning first. Event checklist Whatever […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: Time to think about cyber liability risks, as more credit card providers no longer require signatures

August 14, 2018

Credit cards are one of the major ways consumers pay for purchases. But as technology advances with chip cards, the need for a signature to confirm the customer’s identity is becoming a thing of the past. As Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd discovered, new rules from credit card providers may eliminate the need for […]

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