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Nov. 17, 2010
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Education Spotlight

The NEW Clinic has Arrived!!
from ANLA
A full schedule, session descriptions and registration for ANLA's redesigned flagship program, The New Clinic, is now available online at Held Jan. 26-29, 2011 in Louisville, KY, The New Clinic has been re-imagined to be more interactive, provide green industry perspective on general business practices, and deliver a faster paced learning environment. Early Bird registration discounts, available to ANLA members, end at 11:59pm on Dec. 9, 2010. Register today!  More
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Retail News

Retail Sales Signal Pick-Up in Growth
from Reuters
Sales at retailers posted their strongest gain in seven months during October, adding to signs the economy was regaining strength after hitting a soft patch in the summer. The Commerce Department said total retail sales rose a surprisingly strong 1.2 percent, nearly double market expectations, as consumers snapped up motor vehicles and building materials.  More
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Google Adds Local Product Search
from Retail Customer Experience
Google has added local availability results to its product search, the company has announced on its retail blog. In the works since March, the service lets users search for products, then filter the results based on which local shops have them in stock.  More
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Landscape News

Tools to Help Companies Manage Their Social Media
from New York Times
As companies move to aggressively market themselves through Facebook fan pages, blog posts and Twitter updates, they are waving goodbye to the days when a corporate message could be tightly controlled by just a few managers in a communications office. And in their haste to leverage the keyboard, many companies are finding an unwanted side effect — an inability to keep track of all the ephemeral thoughts and ideas they are sending into cyberspace. But a small suite of emerging technologies is offering solutions to help companies manage their social media presence.  More
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Expert: This Years LEDs Likely Will Not Match Last Year's
A major complaint about strings of light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) is they don't have that warm glow of incandescent bulbs. The white and colored strings were can have a blue cast. Many companies are now selling warm and cool strings of LED holiday lights.  More
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Distribution News

Pump Prices Creeping Up As Holiday Approaches
from Associated Press via Google News
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the price of gasoline is marching toward the high of the year. The national average for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline on Monday was just 3 cents shy $2.92 a gallon, the high back in May. Analysts expect more upward price creep before the long holiday weekend starts. There's no expectation of a holiday driving frenzy. Instead, gas is tracking the price of oil. Crude has risen 15 percent since Labor Day, as investors worried about a weaker U.S. currency have parked their money in commodities like oil.  More
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   MasterTag Introduces Two New Nursery Tags

MasterTag introduces two new nursery tags. Available as a folding or card style tag. Large landscape photos and detailed inset of key attributes such as flower, leaf color or fruit. Text information is based on extensive consumer research. Available with or without bar code, price and D.O.R. Comprehensive variety listing.

Truck Rates, Capacity Shortages Seen As Biggest Headaches for Shippers in 2011
from DC Velocity
A shortage of truckload capacity — and the rate increases that could result from it — will be the biggest challenges facing shippers next year, according to comments heard at the National Industrial Transportation League's annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. When asked in an informal poll at the conference which of the major transport modes will experience the fiercest pricing pressure next year, 44 percent of the respondents said "truckload," by far the highest percentage of any of the modes.  More
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Grower News

'Precedent-Setting' Contract a First for Migrant Farm Workers
from Abbotsford News
A collective agreement reached between a British Columbia nursery and a group of its employees is the first contract in Canada to specifically address migrant workers. The contract with Sidhu and Sons Nursery on Sylvester Road was announced by local 1518 of the United Food and Commercial Workers. It involves about 40 individuals.  More
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New York Floriculture Producers Will Be Surveyed Beginning Next Month
from Syracuse Post-Standard
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting a survey of floriculture producers. Beginning in December, the service's Commercial Floriculture Survey is the only comprehensive annual measure of U.S. floriculture production.  More
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ANLA's Member-to-Member Program encourages member firms to prefer other ANLA members when conducting business transactions. By doing this, you are supporting progressive green industry businesses that are investing in the future of our industry, and encouraging those who aren't to join you as a member of ANLA.

Look up a green industry firm's membership status any time using ANLA's Online Membership Directory.

Member Spotlight: Profile in Profit
Each week a different ANLA member is spotlighted in this News Brief. Click on the company link to learn more about their products & services, company history, product tips and resources, and in many cases special ANLA Member Discounts.

This week:
Imperial Nurseries

Trade Press Headlines

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Increasing Gross Margin Through Job Sequencing
from Lawn & Landscape Magazine
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How To Grow Holiday Plants Sustainably
from Today's Garden Center
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$2.7 Million Research Award to Aid Nursery, Floriculture Industry
from Greenhouse Management & Production
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USDA Numbers Indicate Decline and Growth
from Big Grower
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