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June 3, 2009
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Retail News

Make Cost Cutting Invisible to the Customer
from Bnet
Not all cuts are the same. Management, which is invisible to the customer, seldom cuts itself, because no one thinks they’re redundant. Meanwhile, small but visible expenditures such as customer-facing staff get reduced. But the impression of success matters. More

Analysts Expect May Sales Decline
from The New York Times
The weather has finally thawed, so what about the icy grip consumers have kept on their wallets? Thursday's retail sales numbers for May will offer insight into whether an uptick in consumer confidence translated into actual spending, as rising unemployment and tumbling home prices continued to weigh on consumers. More

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Landscape News

Toronto Mandates Green Roofs: Start of a Trend?
from Raise the Hammer
Toronto now has the most comprehensive environmental building regulations in North America after Council overwhelmingly passed new rules mandating green roofs on all new high-rise buildings starting in 2010. The vote comes after a municipal green roof study found significant benefits including reduced stormwater runoff on the sewer system, lower heating and cooling costs, reduced heat island effect, and improved air quality. More

DuPont, BASF Sue Each Other Over Herbicide Patents
from Reuters
Chemicals makers DuPont Co. and BASF have filed suits against each other charging patent infringement over technology used in herbicides. BASF's suit, filed in United States District Court for the District of Delaware, seeks an injunction and damages against DuPont and its subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred International for unlawful use of BASF's patented technology. Earlier, DuPont filed a lawsuit claiming BASF is infringing four patents relating to biotechnology traits similar to those used in DuPont's proprietary Optimum GAT trait. More

Distribution News

Why Consultants?
from DC Velocity
Why do businesses need consultants? There are lots of good reasons - a shortage of internal resources, for example, or a lack of specific internal experience. Sometimes it's a desire for a fresh perspective or advice from someone with knowledge of and access to best practices. Many times, businesses find it helpful to bring in consultants who have experience with specific technology solutions (like analytic and decision support tools) or a specific service provider in order to shorten the learning curve and ease the transition. More

Now is the Time to Sharpen the Saw
from The Distribution Team
Dust off that old operations manual and start looking at your business practices. Did the abundant sales of the last few years cause you to become sloppy? Have you developed a little spare tire around middle management? Now that you aren’t struggling to keep up with the order process, it’s time to whip that business back into shape. More

Grower News

Report Shows How California Businesses Can Cut Water Use in Half
Existing technologies and practices can help California businesses save up to 1.3 million acre-feet of water every year -- that’s enough to meet the needs of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, according to a new research. The Natural Resources Defense Council published a comprehensive report this week about the array of water-saving opportunities available for the commercial, industrial and institutional sector (CII) in the nation’s most populous state. More

The Scoop on Poop: Innovation Cleans Up Manure’s Image
from Canwest News Service via
Manure has a PR problem. Mention it and everyone gets squeamish because they associate it with contamination and disease. But it's not manure that's the problem, it's our attitude toward it, says George Lazarovits, a senior research scientist for Agriculture Canada. "We have to stop calling it waste and treat it like one more important element to recycle. We need to stop sprinkling it on the surface of soil where it can't do much good,'' said Lazarovits. "Handled differently, manure is a valuable resource for replenishing our soil.'' More

Trade Press Headlines

GBCI Begins Testing for New LEED Credentials
from Landscape Management

Consumers Like Gardening, Say They Shop on Quality
from Today’s Garden Center

Greenhouse Glazing 101
from Grower Talks

The Six Laws of Customer Experience
from Lawn & Garden Retailer

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