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In the Bloom with Maria: A new look for your shop may encourage new business

August 13, 2019

It’s a challenge every business owner faces—how do you bring new customers into your store? As Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd explains, placing something extra in your shop also means taking a look at your current insurance coverage. In the article “Chic Modern and Kid-Friendly,” from the March 2019 issue of SAF Floral Management, […]

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Make sure your insurance-to-value ratio covers your business

August 6, 2019

Insurance to value is a common term in the insurance world. But do you know what it means and how it affects your business? In general terms, insurance to value is having enough insurance coverage to pay to replace or repair property, such as a greenhouse, when a loss occurs. The insurance-to-value calculation is important […]

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Why you should have utility service interruption coverage for your business

July 30, 2019

You purchase insurance to help protect your business now and in the future. But do you have all the coverage options you need? Some business insurance plans leave out one important component: Costs related to the interruption of your business. What happens if the basic utilities you need to stay in operation—water, power, and communication—are […]

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How to find quality employees to ease the stress of filling open positions

July 24, 2019

  It’s a challenge every business owner faces—finding qualified workers. It’s especially the case in the current strong job market. Once you advertise the job and select applicants to interview, you should start by having the tough, honest conversations up-front.   Explain your company’s: Priorities Culture Benefits Salary ranges Raise process Promotion schedule Having this […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: The bride or the planner? Know who you’re responsible to when working with an event planner.

July 16, 2019

More and more, many couples are turning to a professional for planning their weddings. According to Wedding Wire’s latest Newlywed Report, 31 percent of couples marrying last year hired a wedding planner. That’s up from 19 percent a decade ago. Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd understands that while working with wedding planners is a […]

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Key Partner: California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers (CalFlowers) provides support for the floral industry

July 9, 2019

Our Key Partner for the month is a leader in bringing fresh-cut flowers to the U.S. market and promoting the benefits of flowers to new generations of American consumers. The California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers (CalFlowers)—formerly known as NORCAL—was founded in 1941 by a small group of flower shipping companies with the goal […]

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Heat illness prevention for employees

July 2, 2019

  Summer is here and that means we can expect hot and humid weather. For workers who spend their time outdoors or in greenhouses, 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 some recommendations for employers […]

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Promote road safety with a vehicle loss control program

June 26, 2019

Vehicle safety is an important part of your company’s overall safety program. Every day your drivers and some of your most expensive equipment and product face potentially devastating situations. To help avoid trouble, establish a successful vehicle loss control program. We can help. The Hortica vehicle loss control program consists of six elements:   Management […]

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Performing regular boiler maintenance improves workplace safety

June 18, 2019

When’s the last time you looked inside your boiler room? Keeping tabs on your boiler starts with the boiler room itself. Our partner, Mutual Boiler Re, who conducts all the boiler inspections for our customers, states this room shouldn’t be an all-purpose storage area. Boiler room basics Keep the room clean and free of clutter. […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: Adding potted plants to ceremony aisles is a new trend—and a new safety concern

June 11, 2019

Floral arrangements at weddings are taking a turn. As Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd discovered, creating larger-than-life centerpiece potted arrangements along the center aisle can uniquely transform and define a ceremony space—but can also increase your liability risks. In the article, “Trending Now: Wedding Ceremony Aisles Lined with Potted Plants,” published in Martha Stewart […]

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