Tag Archives: green industry

New economic impact data for the green industry available




Total economic contributions for the United States Green Industry in 2007, including regional economic multiplier effects, were estimated at $175.26 Billion in output (revenue), employment of 1.95 Million full-time and part-time jobs, labor earnings of $53.16 Billion, and $107.16 Billion in value added. Total value added impacts represented 0.76 percent of U.S. Gross Domestic Product in 2007. The present study updates previous research that evaluated economic impacts of the Green Industry in the United States for 2002 (Hall, Hodges and Haydu, 2005, 2006). National estimates of economic impacts… Read More →




National Floriculture Forum a big success!




This year’s National Floriculture Forum was held in Dallas, TX on March 10-11 and drew 46 participants from across academia and industry. Texas A&M University served as the host university this year. In addition to the tours, networking, and strategic planning that occurred, there were research presentations on the afternoon of the first day that highlighted various partnerships, alliances, brands, and initiatives that are being utilized by universities and industry firms across the country in order to compete successfully in the current hypercompetitive and budget-cutting environment. A debriefing… Read More →




Hold the date: 2011 National Floriculture Forum




The National Floriculture Forum (NFF) is an educational meeting of university professors, graduate students, government scientists, and industry leaders in floriculture that has been held annually for over a decade.  This meeting brings together the floricultural community to: (1) address issues of importance to the floriculture industry, (2) form collaborative relationships, and (3) learn more about the floriculture industry and from each other.  This meeting is the only one of its kind and continues to bring more members of the floriculture community together each year.  The importance of… Read More →




Columbian Cut Flower Industry Loses Leader




Bogotá, March 23rd, 2010. Asocolflores, its Board of Directors, member companies and employees deeply mourn the passing of Ernesto Velez, who served as the president of Asocolflores’ Board of Directors for the past seven years. Ernesto was known not only for the invaluable support he gave to Colombian floriculture in the areas of social responsibility and implementing environmentally friendly practices, but also for his drive, his business vision and the strength to endure through the toughest of times. Ernesto Velez was also prominent for assuming the role of… Read More →




Casey Introduces Bill to Green Urban Areas




WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Green Communities Act, S.3055, which would help communities create green strategies to improve quality of life, attract new business and improve the general environment in urban areas. “Research shows that urban greening not only improves the quality of life for residents, but also attracts new business, generates economic growth and creates jobs,” said Senator Casey. “It is more important now than ever to focus on new ideas that will restore the health of our economy and will get… Read More →




Fewer sick days in green buildings




Nearly $5 per square foot per year. That’s the estimated savings by tenants of environmentally friendly buildings because of fewer employee sick days, according to a study cited by the U.S. Green Building Council. About 55% of respondents in the study also indicated that employee productivity had improved in green buildings. Source: U.S. Green Building Council




ANLA Management Clinic Blog




In order to stimulate interest in the 2009 ANLA Management Clinic, ANLA developed a one-day blog entitled Managing Through Tough Times. For one jam-packed day, industry leaders, including business owners, consultants, and editors, provided ideas for managing costs, driving sales, targeting new customers and motivating staff in the midst of strong economic concerns. Check out these thought-provoking (and action inducing) blog entries by clicking here.




How will the current retail environment affect green industry sales in the spring?




Quick overview of some of yesterday’s December retail data (no real surprises): Wal-Mart cut fiscal Q4 earnings target about 10%.Costco posted a 4% drop in December same-store sales.Family Dollar gained 8%; Same store sales gained 6%.BJ’s Wholesale had 1.6% sales growth; the lowest in a year.Sears (the largest U.S. department-store) sales fell 7.3%.Target same-store sales fell 4.1%.Macy’s December sales fell 4%.Gap stores sales fell 14%.Abercrombie & Fitch fell -24%.Neiman Marcus reported a 28% drop off.Limited Brands reported a 10% drop. Also, a recent DJN press release states: Food… Read More →




Coping with a down economy




As promised, here are a few strategies to consider for coping with a down economy. Some of these steps are radical, while others are a more milder form of defense. Implement them according to the conditions you experience in your market area. Conserve your cash. Don’t spend a dime on anything that isn’t absolutely necessary to your operation. Examine every personal expense you have to find alternatives to any spending patterns. Refinance anything and everything you can. Stretch out the payments because getting cash later on will be… Read More →




Seeley Conference Delivers!




Wow! It’s been 48 hours since we closed to door on this year’s Seeley Conference and I am still chewing on some of the stellar presentations that were made. Jim Marstiller kicked off the conference in good fashion. He is Senior Vice-President of Consulting Services for TNS Retail Forward, a leading management consulting and market research firm specializing in consumer behavior and its impact on retailers, those that supply retailers, and the economy. He is also the author of The Power to Innovate. Jim’s talk focused on growth… Read More →