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Say It Isn’t So Trader Joe’s: SAF Asks for Fair Ads|
By Jenny Scala
Trader Joe’s, a specialty retail grocery store in nine states popular for its Two-Buck Chuck wine, employees in Hawaiian shirts and its utilitarian displays of exotic fare, recently turned off one SAF member.
1-800-Flowers.com Posts 1Q Loss, Expects ‘Significantly Better’ 2010
By Amanda Long
1-800-Flowers.com reported a first quarter loss of $0.09 a share, 1 cent better than the analyst estimate of ($0.10). Revenue for the quarter, ended Sept. 27 was $108.3 million, compared with $135.4 million in the prior year.
Live from Funeral Directors Convention, It’s Florists, Flowers, Teamwork
By Amanda Long
Like most florists, Cheryl Bakin and Clay Atchison would love to rid obituaries from the words “in lieu of flowers” and show every single funeral director in the country what a difference flowers can make. Read more
Obama to Offer Banks Capital for More Small Businesses Lending
President Barack Obama plans to announce new measures to open up credit for small businesses, including capital injections for community banks to spur lending, the administration said. Read more
|| Capture Orders with The Fitz and Floyd Holly Berry Bowl|
Create high demand by offering the Limited Collector’s Edition Holly Berry Bowl by Fitz and Floyd. This hand-painted, heirloom is delivered in a Collector’s Gift Box with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Align your shop with the Fitz & Floyd brand and set yourself apart while ensuring customer retention. More info
NRF Doesn't Expect Halloween Sales to Rise from the Dead|
By Amanda Long
Retailers looking to say R.I.P to the recession aren't going to get their death wish just yet. Halloween spending is expected to be down 15 percent this year according to the National Retail Federation. For 33 percent of Americans, the economy is the reason the season is different this year.
Gas Prices Climb 17 Cents in a Week
From CBS 12
Have you noticed? Gas prices are spiking to levels we haven't seen since the summer. The latest report from AAA shows the average gas price in Florida has gone up 17 cents in the past week and 26 cents in the past month. Read more
SAF’s Health Plan Fits the Bill for Cost-Conscious Members|
By Shelley Estersohn
A still-sluggish economy hasn’t slowed the rise of health care premiums, leaving businesses nationwide searching for less-costly options. The SAF Health Insurance Plan is already helping many florists, growers and wholesalers gain control of their health care costs. Read more
TLC Adds 'Rock n Roll Florist' to Colorful Reality Mix|
By Amanda Long
Finally, a reality show about florists. Of course, one look into the swank settings and celebrity budgets of Jeff Leatham’s clients may have most florists thinking “fantasy.” On Nov. 4, TLC will air a glimpse into the fast-paced, bold-faced life of Leatham, the artistic director for the Four Seasons, based in the George V hotel in Paris. Read more
Keep Your Regulars Happy|
Some small business owners are so focused on attracting new customers they forget to take care of the ones they already have. And neglected customers will certainly be ripe for the picking by the competition. Bob Green, president of advertising agency The Verdi Group, offers some easy and inexpensive ways to make sure your regulars keep coming back - and get some more along the way. Read more
Web Coupons a Hit Among Affluent|
Consumer spending may have gone up in August, but Internet users are still keeping the purse strings tight. A RetailMeNot.com survey found that Web users are planning further cuts to holiday gift spending this year, and increasing their use of coupons over 2008. Read more
Get a Heads Up on Green Industry Changes and More|
The green industry is changing fast, and now is the time for attendees at the 26th Annual Pest and Production Management Conference to get up to speed. On the agenda are sessions focusing on: new plant growth regulators, new bio control options, new and less-costly substrate materials, water quality testing and treatment, faster disease diagnosis and containment, and lots more. Mark your calendars and plan to be in Orlando, Fla., at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport hotel February 25-27, 2010. The Pest and Production Management Conference is presented by SAF in partnership with Greenhouse Grower magazine. For more information please contact SAF's Laura Weaver, (800) 336-4743, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the Horizon
26th Annual Pest and Production Management Conference
Presented by SAF and Greenhouse Grower Magazine
Feb. 25-27, 2010
Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport
SAF Congressional Action Days
March 8-9, 2010
Fairmont Hotel, Washington, D.C.
25th Annual Seeley Conference
June 26 – 29, 2010
SAF Orlando 2010
126th Annual Convention