Oct 2, 2019
A Couple of Things …By Tim Hodson

If you missed Roger Styer’s webinar on “Best Management Practices for Pest Control in Ornamentals” that took place Sept. 25, you can now access the recording of his presentation at www.gpnmag.com/edwebinar.

During the webinar, Roger discussed what growers need to know when developing a solid pest control program for any type of pest you may have. Areas that he covered in his presentation include sanitation, scouting and monitoring, and knowing how to recognize what pests you have.

There is no charge to access the recorded webinar.

You can also access several of our other archived webinars at www.gpnmag.com/edwebinar, including “Advanced Techniques for Applying Plant Growth Regulators,” “Lighting Decisions for CEA,” “Identifying and Controlling the Top 5 Insect Pests in Ornamentals,” and “Transitioning to Cannabis.”

I also want to remind you that the deadline for students to apply for the 2020 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year scholarship is now less than two weeks away.

If you know a college student who participated in a horticulture-related internship program this year, please let them know that the deadline to apply for this year’s scholarship is Oct. 14!

The 2020 Intern of the Year will receive: a check for $3,000; be featured in an article and on the cover of the January 2020 issue of GPN; receive travel and hotel expenses to Cultivate’20 in Columbus, Ohio, next July; and a complimentary full Cultivate’20 registration (compliments of AmericanHort).

Click here for more information on how to apply for this scholarship.

— Tim

 

Walmart Opens Supply Chain Academy

On Sept. 27, the Walmart Distribution Center in Sanger, Texas, became home to the first-of-its-kind Walmart Supply Chain Academy, created specifically to train the retailer’s supply chain associates. The Supply Chain Academy is patterned after the 200 Walmart Academies that train all store associates around the U.S. The Sanger Academy’s area of study will include leadership, safety, supply chain foundations and area-specific training. Walmart plans to expand the Academy program to more distribution centers across the country over the next two years. Each Supply Chain Academy will serve about 15 distribution centers.

Home Depot Creates Youth Training Program

Last month, the Home Depot Foundation announced it is partnering with the Home Builders Institute to launch a youth trades training program. Initially, the program will be available to 11th and 12th grade students in approximately 25 high schools with a focus on underserved communities in Colorado, Florida, Virginia, Alaska, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Upon completion, participants will earn a pre-apprenticeship certification — endorsed by the National Association of Home Builders — provided at no additional cost to students and their families. The program will expand to more high schools in 2020.

Meijer Implements Shop & Scan Technology at All Stores

In mid-September, Midwestern retailer Meijer completed a 15-month initiative to offer its Shop & Scan technology at all of the company’s stores across the Midwest.  Shop & Scan is a mobile app that allows customers to shop and bag as they go, giving them the opportunity to avoid lines and personalize their shopping visit. Once a customer has completed their shopping, they simply scan their phone at a self-checkout lane and pay, making the checkout experience quick and easy. Since the pilot launch last year in Grand Rapids, the Meijer Mobile app has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times.


Tim Hodson

Tim Hodson is the editorial director of GPN and Big Grower. He can be reached at [email protected]



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