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Hiring quality temporary drivers can help save you money, avoid damaged goods, and deliver a positive customer experience.

January 16, 2018

Most of the year, you probably don’t need additional drivers to meet the demands of your horticultural business. But when certain months bring holidays like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, that changes. The extra business is your chance to make a good impression—especially with new customers. If your deliveries don’t live up to expectations, it […]

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Keep an eye on your refrigeration to keep things cool at your business

January 9, 2018

Let’s face it, you depend on your coolers and refrigeration units to keep your product fresh—especially during busy times like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Needless to say, you don’t want it breaking down and heating up when you need it the most. We’ve found some simple precautions you can take to help avoid problems […]

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Key Partner: Supporting the horticultural industry in Georgia with the GGIA

January 2, 2018

Whether it’s sharing tips on growing and plants, or just helping to make your business more efficient, networking and education make a big difference. Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) is there to help. Members include landscapers, irrigation contractors, wholesale nursery growers, greenhouse operators, retail garden centers, and allied sales companies. The GGIA has an interesting […]

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Key Partner: Education and networking abound with the WNLA

December 26, 2017

Whether it’s sharing tips on growing and plants, or just how to make your business more efficient, networking—talking with others who also know the horticultural industry—makes a difference. That’s where our Key Partner, the Western Nursery & Landscape Association (WNLA), comes in. Founded in 1890 by a group of horticulture industry leaders, they set out […]

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Protecting your business from a manufacturer’s faulty products you sell or distribute

December 19, 2017

While it’s common to sell what you make at your floral shop or garden center, it’s also likely you’ll sell or distribute another manufacturer’s products. But doing so could open you up to certain liabilities—if what they provide you is defective, toxic, or faulty. That’s where broad form vendors insurance comes in. Broad form vendors […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: Overcoming issues that can limit the benefits of a diverse team

December 12, 2017

A culturally diverse workforce is often an advantage for an employer. But there can be some issues. While it’s rare, mixing people from different backgrounds, cultures, ages, and sexes can lead to conflict in the workplace. Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd discovered a few things to look out for—and how you can protect yourself. […]

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Protect your customer records and critical information from hackers

December 5, 2017

You’ve heard about it time and again—hackers getting into a company’s database and stealing critical, personal information about customers, employees, and the business. New computer crimes continue to pop up—like cyber extortion, denial of service attacks, and data theft from sources like cloud storage. That’s on top of information being stolen from un-shredded documents, computers, […]

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Protect your workers and customers during the winter season

November 28, 2017

Soon, winter will be upon us. And that means taking some extra precautions to avoid weather-related risks. Snow, ice, and cold can be a safety issue for your workers and your customers. Slips and falls may lead to sprains, breaks, and even life-threatening injuries. But there are things you can do to help minimize the […]

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Safe winter driving begins with early preparation

November 21, 2017

It happens every year. This year is no different. Soon, the snow will fly, the winds will howl, and driving becomes an extra challenge. Whether it’s getting to and from your workplace, or making deliveries during the day, there are steps you can take to ease the potential for problems. Preparation should start in the […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: Serving up flowers with wine, beer, and food

November 14, 2017

It’s a challenge every business owner faces—how do you bring new customers into your store? The upcoming holiday season is the perfect time to try some new twists on attracting customers with special events. But as Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd found out, doing something extra at your shop also means taking a look […]

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