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ANLA News Brief
July 15, 2009
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ANLA Industry Knowledge Center
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Teamwork and Unity: the two ingredients to a successful work environment. Do you have one, none or both? Watch this video clip of John Kennedy of Kennedy Consulting from the 2009 ANLA Management Clinic offering tips for creating a successful team. While you are at the ANLA Industry Knowledge Center, check out the hundreds of other video clips, audio clips and business forms available to you and your team. Special thanks to A.M.Leonard for supporting this industry resource.

Retail News

Google Gadget Helps Customers Find You in Real Life
from Small Business Trends
Meet the Google Maps driving directions gadget that makes it easy for customers to get directions to your brick and mortar store. Thanks to Google, the directionally-challenged folk out there (myself included), will no longer have to suffer through directions that are based on the location you’re coming from (ie, North, South, East and West). Businesses can now offer customers quick and easy step-by-step directions. Success! More

The Importance of Retail Merchandising
from Melanie McIntosh via The Sideroad
Recently, the author of this article was told that merchandising and display are frivolous extra expenses for the small business owner who is just starting up. The implication was that expenses such as marketing, rent, inventory, utilities, staffing, etc. are 'serious' expenses, while merchandising and display are 'frills.' She couldn't disagree more. More

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Landscape News

Golden Barrel Cactuses Grow Popular in Dry Landscaping
from The Los Angeles Times
Golden barrel cactuses are showing up in more dry landscapes these days, and not just because they need so little irrigation. Designers often use golden barrels to provide intriguing texture, dramatic pattern (when used in numbers) and bright color year-round. When backlit, the golden spines surround the plant with a glowing halo. In spring, buds form a whorl at the crown, and a succession of satiny yellow flowers unfurl for months. More

Obama Calls Americans to Community Gardening
from The Mother News Network via The Miami Herald
The Obama administration's United We Serve campaign runs through Sept. 11, a day President Obama refers to as a "national day of service and remembrance." There's still time to get involved this summer. There are several volunteer toolkits on serve.gov, the Web site home of United We Serve. These toolkits give volunteers the basics to plan and implement volunteer service projects in several areas. One of those areas is community gardens. More

Distribution News

American Trucking Associations: Weight Limits Impede Truck Productivity, Environmental Progress
from PRNewswire via Fox Business
U.S. trucks would be more fuel efficient and emit less greenhouse gases if they were more productive like trucks in Europe, Canada and Australia, according to the preliminary results of a multi-nation study. These findings reaffirm results from 2008 using the American Transportation Research Institute's higher productivity vehicle model. More

Distribution Strategy: the Five Step Supplier Evaluation
from Industrial Distribution
How are your supplier relationships? Do your suppliers treat you fairly, or do you feel like the bad seed? Do you get a call when they need to unload their warehouse? Do they require you to stock too many slow-moving items? Do you have fair pricing? If any of the questions above sound familiar, then you may be far overdue for a supplier evaluation. More (Subscription Required)

Grower News

Oregon Cuts Program to Track Pesticide Use
from The Seattle Post Intelligencer
The second annual report on Oregon pesticide use is likely to be the last. Just as the report from the Department of Agriculture went to press, the program was cut as a casualty of state budget problems. The state of Oregon absorbed 19 million pounds of pesticides in 2008, according to the report. The soil fumigant commonly used on potato fields to kill nematodes and a common herbicide that kills weeds are the two most commonly used pesticides in Oregon. More

On Tiny Plots, a New Generation of Farmers Emerges
from USA Today
Joseph Gabiou walks the fields of Wobbly Cart Farm with a practiced eye. He kicks dirt into place to keep the wind from blowing the protective covering off a row of organic broccoli. The seedlings are vulnerable to the flea beetles that came in the spring, just as longtime farmers in this valley told him they would. To a new farmer, that's crucial information. The farm, started five years ago, is young. But so is the 33-year-old Gabiou at a time when the average age of the American farmer is 57, according to the Department of Agriculture. More

Trade Press Headlines

Tomato Plants Removed From Shelves
from Today's Garden Center

Affluents Investing More in Outside Living Areas at Home
from Garden Center Magazine

Water Woes are No Worry
from Lawn & Landscape

Scott Ceases Operations of Smith & Hawken
from Nursery Retailer




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