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Preparing your greenhouse before a storm can help you recover quickly

February 11, 2020

Severe weather is one of the major causes of greenhouse damage. Making preparations to mitigate that damage ahead of time can help you reduce your losses and speed up your recovery time. Greenhouse property loss mitigation is an important part of what we do for your business. We can help you by: Providing information up […]

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The FMCSA Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is now operating

January 28, 2020

As of January 6, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is operational. It’s a key resource to help you hire safe drivers and promote good driving habits. Here’s what you need to know to make sure you and your drivers are compliant with the new regulations […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: Providing delivery service is important—just make sure it doesn’t cost you profits

January 14, 2020

Delivery is a key service that retail florists like you offer. It’s something that sets your business apart from other brick-and-mortar businesses and makes you competitive with online companies. As Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd explains, in order to help make sure your spring floral season is profitable, you need to price your deliveries […]

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Tips for making sure safety training is understood by everyone

January 2, 2020

No matter the workplace, safety is key. But for your employees to follow safety rules, they have to understand what needs to be done. That’s where multi-lingual warnings and signs come in. In the article, “Safety is a common language,” for The Trade School at SBE website, author Chad Scott points out that the usual […]

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Key Partner: North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association works to improve the state’s green industry and educate through their Green & Growin’ event

December 20, 2019

The goal of the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association (NCNLA) is to improve the welfare of North Carolina’s green industry—focusing on the nursery and landscape industries—and provide education to members. The organization began after a merger between the North Carolina Association of Nurserymen and the North Carolina Landscape & Grounds Maintenance Association on October […]

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

December 16, 2019

It’s important you help make it a safe experience this winter by reducing the risk of injuries. We’ve put together a list of some of the most common hazards and tips to help you avoid them. Slips, trips, and falls are some of the biggest causes of injuries and resulting claims in floral shops, garden […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: Adding experiences to your shop may help boost holiday business

December 10, 2019

Many florists have figured out the key to bringing in younger customers to their stores is to offer more experiences. As Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd discovered, those experiences range from do-it-yourself arrangements and flower design workshops to hosting vendor events like art exhibits. In the article, “To Stay Top-of-Mind with Customers, Retailers Look […]

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The importance of identifying and training quality drivers

November 26, 2019

Whether your employees drive personal or company vehicles on the job, they represent your business. That’s why it’s up to you to encourage safe driving habits. You also need to monitor your drivers to ensure anyone who brings unnecessary risk stays off the road while on the clock. Here’s an example why. The loss An […]

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Keep the holiday season bright with Christmas tree safety

November 19, 2019

Right now, many of the firs, pines, and spruce in the fields are in the process of becoming Christmas trees. As a retailer, you likely either grow them yourself to sell or have the inventory come to you. Either way, here are some safety tips to keep in mind. Tree growers If you grow trees […]

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In the Bloom with Maria: Helping new hires become successful, long-term employees

November 12, 2019

It’s a growing challenge for the floral industry: In a tight labor market, it’s hard to find and keep employees. In a survey of Society of American Florists members earlier this year, 55 percent of respondents said the availability of labor is having an effect on their business. Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd discovered […]

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