Sep 14, 2021
Know Any Interns? By Tim Hodson

Does your company have an internship program? Do you know any college students who participated in a horticulture industry internship program this year?

If you do, we want to hear from him or her for the 2022 GPN/Prospiant (formerly Nexus) Intern of the Year Scholarship.

This is the 23rd year that we have awarded the Intern Scholarship, which includes:

  • A check for $3,000;
  • Being featured in an article and on the cover of the January 2022 issue of GPN;
  • Receiving travel and hotel expenses to Cultivate’22 in Columbus, Ohio, next July as well as a full Cultivate’22 registration (compliments of AmericanHort).

To be considered for the scholarship, the student must:

  • Be enrolled in a four-year accredited university during 2020-2021 and 2021-2022;
  • Be working on an undergraduate degree in horticulture/floriculture; and
  • Have completed a greenhouse-related internship in 2021.

To apply for the GPN/Prospiant Intern of the Year Scholarship, the student needs to:

  • Write a cover letter requesting consideration for the scholarship and state what university he/she attends;
  • Secure a letter of recommendation on university letterhead from the applicant’s academic advisor; and
  • Write a minimum 1,000-word essay describing the internship experience including where the applicant interned, what his/her responsibilities were and what was learned during the internship.

All application materials should be sent to [email protected].

The deadline to apply is Oct. 15, 2021.

— Tim


Whole Foods to Add ‘Just Walk Out’ Technology at Two New Stores

Whole Foods Market plans to open two stores featuring Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology as an option for customers in Washington, D.C. and Sherman Oaks, California. The stores are expected to open next year. Both stores will offer the natural and organic products and locally sourced options that are found in all Whole Foods Market locations – but customers will be able to skip the checkout line. Using Just Walk Out technology, customers can shop for the items they want, and simply exit the store. Just Walk Out shoppers will also have the option to use Amazon One, a fast, convenient, contactless way for people to enter, identify and pay.

Walmart, Meredith Team Up to Help Busy Families

Walmart recently announced a cross-platform partnership with consumer publisher Meredith Corp. to help busy families plan and prepare meals faster and more easily through AI-powered meal planning, shoppable recipes, visual search, chatbots and more. The partnership pairs Meredith’s expertise in food content, hyper-local consumer insights and proprietary technology platform with Walmart’s wide customer reach, omnichannel presence, product assortment, convenient shopping experience and delivery options. This is the latest strategic addition to Walmart’s thriving grocery eCommerce business.

Publix Donates 33 Million Pounds of Produce to Food Banks

Since April 2020, grocery chain Publix has donated more than 33 million pounds of produce to Feeding America member food banks through its farmers and families initiative and Feeding More Together campaign. Through the farmers and families initiative, the company purchased and donated more than 18 million pounds of produce and 500,000 gallons of milk to Feeding America member food banks. Publix purchased this produce and milk from Southeastern growers who lost business as schools and restaurants closed due to the pandemic. According to Feeding America, 1 in 9 Americans face food insecurity, and within Publix’s seven-state operating area, more than 8 million people face hunger every day.

Tim Hodson

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