Category Archives: The Business of Horticulture

The Business of Horticulture blog explores the business world of horticulture, from the front office through the greenhouse and beyond. We discuss current trends that affect horticulture, such as human resources (overtime rules, immigration reform, ACA), business processes, and technology.

2018 Top 100 Growers: Labor, technology top concerns

2018 Top 100 Growers labor

When Greenhouse Grower magazine publishes its Top 100 Growers every May, most people turn right to “The List” to see who ranked where. I, on the other hand, run right to the surrounding commentary to see the in-depth facts and figures from the growers themselves. For me, it’s skipping the… Read more »

Practical Named In 20 Most Promising Sage Providers

Sage Promising

Have you ever done a good deed and been instantly rewarded for it? I’m not sure if there is such a thing as instant karma, but sometimes coincidences work out that way. Last Friday, I published a blog post about our friends over at DemandLink being named one of the… Read more »

DemandLink earns recognition for forecasting, replenishment

DemandLink

Being in business — whether you’re an entrepreneur, a small business, or a Fortune 500 company — is not a solo journey. Even if you’re business for yourself, the people you meet along the way form a network of support. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, your contacts become your friends. Over… Read more »

AmericanHort Launches New Website, Social Space

AmericanHort social 2

This may seem odd, but I’m not totally on board with social media. I know, I know — how can I say that while I’m writing my second blog post this week, and will send it out on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn the moment it gets published? Fair enough. Let… Read more »

Ed Kless: On French Fries and Effective Questions

Questions in business

Someone once asked me how I get so much “insider” information from Sage for my blog posts, especially when it comes to Sage Summit. My answer was pretty simple: It’s not insider information. All I did was ask questions. Fortune favors the bold, and it’s amazing how much you can… Read more »

Ideological inflexibility could hurt horticulture industry

Congress Horticulture Industry

It’s not a stretch to say standing up for your own ideals and beliefs is noble. But there’s a point where blindly standing up for your ideals turns from noble to pig-headed. This is exhibited best in none other than the U.S. government. We saw a taste of it this… Read more »

Recapping the Production Technology Conference

Production Technology Conference Booth

No matter how much bravado you have, it’s always nerve-wracking to step into the unknown. And usually, the fear and doubt is usually for nothing. My dad had the best advice about these types of situations: “Don’t panic early.” Think about it: It gives you permission to panic if the… Read more »

Supporting Software At The Production Technology Conference

Production Technology Conference

A while ago, we told ourselves we would always “walk the floor” of a trade show before we exhibited at it. And, after being burned several times, we would never, ever exhibit at a brand new trade show. Then the AmercanHort Production Technology Conference came along, and we decided that… Read more »

Education continues at Production Technology Conference

Education session at Cultivate'17

Have you ever anticipated something so much that your mind waffles between the best-case scenario and the worst-case scenario? That happened to both Greg Lafferty and I leading up to Cultivate’17, where he presented his first-ever educational sessions at the long-running horticulture conference.   For weeks leading up to Cultivate’17,… Read more »

From learning about horticulture to education at Cultivate’17

Horticulture Education

Greg Lafferty, our senior account manager, has hoping for years to educate all levels of growers in the horticulture industry during Cultivate, and this year he will finally get his chance. When you think about it, it’s probably a good thing that he waited this long. We’ve learned so much… Read more »