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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: […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: April showers may bring May flowers—and mudflows or landslides. Is your business protected?

April 10, 2018

It was a rough 2017 for some horticultural businesses in Southern California who experienced a couple months-worth of Mother Nature’s fury that included wildfires, storms, and mudslides. As Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd discovered, those natural disasters left wide-ranging damage for growers, greenhouses, and other operations in that part of the state. While you […]

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Proper forklift training helps avoid injuries for workers and customers.

April 3, 2018

Spring is here and that means a busy time for many growers, landscapers, and greenhouses. Much of the work done requires using heavy equipment like powered industrial trucks—also known as forklifts. Forklifts are used in many industries, primarily to move materials by raising, lowering, or removing objects on pallets or in boxes, crates, or other […]

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Help prevent back injuries with proper lifting techniques

March 27, 2018

  Working in the horticultural industry often means lifting and moving heavy items. From shrubs and cement blocks to bags of fertilizer, improper lifting can result in injuries to your back, shoulders, knees, and other body parts. And these injuries can be painful, long-lasting, and costly. Most back and material-handling injuries can be traced to […]

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Spring storm preparation tips—protect your business, employees, and pocketbook

March 20, 2018

Spring is on its way. And with the warmer temperatures and longer days comes the threat of storms that can bring hail, lightning, high winds, flooding, and tornadoes. It’s something that can cause a lot of damage to your business. But there are things you can do to help lessen your risks. Be prepared Don’t […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: Adding extras to boost your business may also mean boosting your insurance coverage.

March 13, 2018

More customers and improved sales are the goal of every business owner. But there are many different ways to achieve that. Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd discovered some floral shops are adding to their inventory by stocking more than plants and flowers. But those changes may require changes in your insurance. The November 8, […]

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Key Partner: SAF’s Congressional Action Days brings the floral industry to Capitol Hill

March 6, 2018

Many of you are already familiar with the Society of American Florists (SAF), one the oldest floral organizations in the country. The SAF represents all segments of the industry—from retailers and growers to wholesalers, importers, and suppliers. But did you know the SAF also helps members connect with lawmakers to bring attention to floricultural issues […]

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

February 27, 2018

  It won’t be long before customers come through your doors ready for the spring planting season. But there are some things you need to do first to help make it a safe experience and, at the same time, reduce the risk of costly workers’ compensation injuries. Here are some of the most common hazards […]

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

February 20, 2018

Supplying flowers to shops, designers, and customers is a key part of the horticultural industry. That’s where the Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association (WF&FSA) comes in. They’re the only association solely dedicated to the floral wholesale business and its suppliers. The WF&FSA began in 1926 in Rochester, New York, as the Wholesale Commission Florists […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: Consider letting customers bring along a shopping assistant—their pet.

February 13, 2018

With stores, coffee shops, and restaurants opening their doors and patios to dogs, you may be considering doing the same at your floral shop to bring in more foot traffic  this spring. Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd learned of one store that’s letting in four-legged friends to help with the shopping process. In her […]

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