Jul 14, 2021
Do You Know What’s New? By Tim Hodson

If you missed GPN’s New Varieties Week that took place June 29-July 1, you can now access all of the presentations on demand for free on GPN’s website.

GPN’s New Varieties Week, featured seven webcasts from breeding companies presenting their new variety introductions for 2022.

During New Varieties Week, representatives from Suntory Flowers, Proven Winners, Benary, Westhoff, Dümmen Orange, PanAmerican Seed, Ball FloraPlant and Selecta gave exclusive looks at their new introductions for the 2022 season.

If you weren’t able to make it to California Summer Trials last month or to Cultivate’21 in Columbus, Ohio, this a great opportunity for you to learn more about what the breeding companies plan to bring to market in the coming year.

Click here to gain access to the presentations.

— Tim


Lowe’s, Daymond John Team Up for Round Two of Making It …

Lowe’s and Daymond John, star of ABC’s Shark Tank, recently announced round two of “Making It …With Lowe’s,” a national pitch program that gives entrepreneurs a chance to take their business to the next level by selling on Lowes.com and in Lowe’s stores nationwide. “Making It …With Lowe’s” shines a light on the remarkable stories of diverse small business owners who are often overlooked and underrepresented,” said Daymond John. “Last year’s program underscored the importance of giving them an opportunity to break through traditional processes. This year, as so many diverse small business owners begin the recovery process, it is even more important to provide them with a much-deserved space to succeed.” The first round of “Making It …” attracted more than 1,300 product submissions and the top suppliers.

Home Depot Expands Rental Services

The Home Depot is enhancing its 1,300 rental locations with the launch of new “Rent Online, Pick-up In Store” technology. From landscaping tools to moving vehicles to demolition, customers can now reserve and rent equipment online up to 30 days in advance. “This new online technology saves Pro and DIY customers time and trips to the store because they can conveniently check equipment availability and reserve what they need in advance to get in and out of our rental centers more quickly than ever,” said Richard Porter, vice president of The Home Depot Rental. After piloting online reservations in the Atlanta, Charlotte and Houston markets, the system is now available to rental customers across North America.

Shoppers at Whole Foods Donate $1.1 to Fight Global Poverty

For two weeks during June 23 and July 6, shoppers at Whole Foods donated $1.1 million to Whole Planet Foundation at the registers in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. to alleviate poverty in countries supplying Whole Foods Market stores with products. Whole Planet Foundation is dedicated to funding microcredit – small loans usually less than $200 – empowering the world’s poorest people with the chance to create or expand a business for the opportunity to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The foundation has disbursed $92 million through microfinance partners in 78 countries. Whole Planet Foundation collaborates with a wide network of microfinance organizations and supports entrepreneurs – mostly women – in some of the most marginalized and remote communities around the world, funding 4.9 million microloans and 26 million opportunities for a better life through entrepreneurship.

Tim Hodson

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