August 23, 2017

Latest:

Decco appoints Debbie Paterson as new area sales manager -

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Makita UK returning to Saltex -

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Kelkay share the love with new paving range -

Monday, August 21, 2017

£54m lost for Bunnings in first year running Homebase -

Monday, August 21, 2017

Glee 2017: Simon King confirmed as second keynote speaker -

Monday, August 21, 2017

CastClear® reveal smart new retail carton -

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Brookes & Co get creative for Glee 2017 -

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wyevale Nurseries offers new Taster Menu for 2018 -

Friday, August 18, 2017

Garden Connect – Remarketing: be seen online by your customers -

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ball Colegrave: Rich colours look set for retail sales in 2018 -

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Johnsons Lawn Seed to announce changes to salesforce and ground breaking new product -

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sales agent network to boost ecofective drive into garden centres -

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Glee Green Heart grows again for 2017 -

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Simon Fraser appointed to HTA Board -

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kadai Firebowls® set to revolutionise outdoor cooking and leisure at GLEE 2017 -

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WOLF-Garten: Enjoy the fruits of your labour with ease -

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Webbs of Wychbold opens new food hall -

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Joyce Oomen to cover green decorations at GrootGroenPlus 2017 -

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hare Hatch Sheeplands to expand legally -

Monday, August 14, 2017

Notcutts outdoor space gets royal seal of approval -

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Edwin Meijer: Do you like your own coffee?

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Do you like your own coffee? Do you go to the same bathroom as your customers? And where do you park your car? Three questions that might seem strange, but to get online attention, there is nothing quite as powerful as a weird pick-up line. However, there is a kernel of truth: good coffee, a clean toilet and the parking area say a lot about your garden centre. Edwin Meijer of Garden Connect explains how this works. Coffee About a year ago, I was visiting a garden centre in the Netherlands. A major, well-known garden centre, but I won’t mention any names…

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Genevieve Morris: Improving accessibility in Garden Centres

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Modern businesses need to be accessible, both to meet consumer need and to ensure they are compliant with legal requirements. Over and above that, an accessible business is one that is able to grow its audience and boost market share by appealing to the widest possible customer base. Garden centres are not traditionally the most accessible of spaces, from often rough terrain to buildings that have multiple upper floors. However, there are some very simple ways to change this and to make adjustments that will benefit the business as a result. Why is accessibility important? Since the London Paralympics in…

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Edwin Meijer: Are you ready for the Amazonification?

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Two weeks ago I was invited to participate in an expert group discussing the future of garden retail in the Netherlands and Belgium. Among the speakers was a very famous expert and he dropped the word “Amazonification”. I always like these words since you can explain them exactly the way it fits you. But as a garden centre, you already know how Amazon is having an impact on your day to day life. With a 16% market share in the UK, 1 out of 6 online purchases are made via Amazon. Here are 4 reasons to brace for the Amazonification…

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Easy ways to make your shop more appealing to the customer

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Retail isn’t any easy business. It requires hard work and long hours. The work feels like it’s never done and don’t forget, the customer’s always right. Running a business has its ups and downs, but there are fun times too. It goes much smoother when there are processes and procedures in place. Learn easy ways to make your shop more appealing to the customer and watch it thrive. Stock the Right Items There’s nothing more frustrating than walking into a store and them not having the item you need. This is especially true if it’s something that’s in demand or…

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Morphy Richards: Cooking up a fresh source of margin

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With continuing pressure on margins, enterprising retailers are always looking for potential new revenue streams. And here is one which is proving both popular and successful. It’s the food prep market – worth a healthy £190m+ at RSP – which has gone from strength to strength as cooking from scratch remains high on the agenda for foodies.  Driven by the huge wave of TV cookery programmes the category has enjoyed significant growth in the last few years with food processors, juicers and kitchen machines now being at the top of peoples’ shopping lists. Market research giant Mintel claim that 93%…

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Terence Nicholson: Give your lawn some TLC this Gardening Week

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It’s time to grab the tools from the shed and turn your garden into a spring haven: next week is National Gardening Week. This means people up and down the country will be spending time in their garden and giving it some TLC. This year, the focus of gardening week is about helping new gardeners. There are a number of activities and events throughout the UK and the aim is to get people outside and tending to their gardens. If your garden has been a bit neglected over the winter months, gardening week is the ideal time to spruce it…

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Five top tips to make your garden centre mobile friendly

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Last week Edwin Meijer, founder of Garden Connect, found a video on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aag1P4OwA3s), made in 1999, in which the interviewer is asking random people on the streets if they wanted to have a mobile phone. “I don’t see the point of it”, “Imagine people would call you while you’re on the bike” and “I have a wired one at home, so why would I need a mobile one?” were the answers. A lot has changed since then, hasn’t it? Since more people are using tablets and smartphones rather than desktop computers it’s important to assure your garden centre is…

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Stocking items that boost a home’s curb appeal

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Garden Centre Retail magazine hears from Chris Hopkins, commercial director of Turnbull, for his expert opinion on what to stock within a garden centre. Before guests and potential buyers have even stepped foot in a home, their impression is being shaped by a property’s curb appeal. A home’s frontage has an immediate impact on people, so curb appeal cannot be understated — but improving it doesn’t necessarily mean expensive renovations. It means making sure a home’s outdoor area is up to scratch and well maintained, so it looks picturesque and accessible to guests and passers by. Some polishing and trimming…

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How to maximise impulse sales

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Garden centre retail asks The Display Centre’s Ali Newton about the importance of visual merchandising, and why garden centres should be on the lookout for impulse barriers on their shop floor. What is an impulse buy? “When a customer buys something that isn’t on their shopping list, something they didn’t plan to buy but saw and decided to get on the spot, that’s an impulse purchase” Ali clarifies. Impulse buys can account for a significant amount of turnover within any retail outlet, Ali continues, and should be maximised wherever possible: “There are three really key tactics for making an impulse…

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Edwin Meijer – four things you can learn from Amazon’s new shops

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You’re aware that your customers are behaving a little bit different than 10 years ago and that’s mainly because of the internet. For every purchase, Google gives us 100 alternatives and at least 25 shops to order from. And you can access it anywhere, anytime. So, in light of this, what does the garden centre of the future look like? Taking a look at Amazon helps a lot: not their webshop but the 2,000 grocery shops they plan to open! Garden Connect gives you 4 things to learn from Amazon. Why would they do that? You might think the high…

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