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Sunday, February 26, 2017 Vol. 80 No. 10


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February 2017 Issue

Features
Container Series: DIY Kokedama | Amanda Thomsen
You can make these with whatever plants are hanging around (pun intended).

Customer Service: Speak Your Customers’ Language | Teresa Odle
Using plain language in gardening communication is a necessity to build and keep your customer base.



Consumer Buzz
Humanless Retail | Ann-Marie Vazzano
When it comes to retail sales, Panasonic is removing store associates from the equation in Japan with the introduction of checkout machines that can both scan and bag items.

The Future Is Now | Ann-Marie Vazzano
Italy’s Coop Italia—the country’s largest grocery chain—recently opened its first “Supermarket of the Future.”



Columns
The Dangers of Playing It Safe | Jennifer Polanz
Fortunately for our industry, we trade in peace and solace, as long as we sell it right.

Pump Up That Cortex | Ellen C. Wells
Do not shy away from the unpleasantness of the effort.




WEB EXCLUSIVE

Combinations: 15 Hot Picks For Spring |Jennifer Polanz
In an issue full of containers, we had to give you something to put in all those pots. Here are some great choices for wowing customers this spring.





Nominations are open for the 2017 Green Profit/Dümmen Orange Young Retailer Award! |Ball Publishing Staff
Nominate your favorite up-and-coming retailer today!

Profit Planet

When faced with riddles, we usually answer based on our experience, assumptions and biases.
The Friel World

Feeding birds is hobby #2, behind gardening—a natural for garden centers.


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