August 2015: Editorial advisory board


How could Amazon Home Services affect the landscape industry?

Advisory Board

Landscape Professionals

Richard Bare

Arbor-Nomics Turf, Norcross, Ga.

“I think it would be a big plus for the residential lawn treatment business, but your geographic territory would have to be well defined, as well as what you do. It’s a name people trust. We used to be on a national site, but everyone thought we mowed lawns and it was a nightmare. We even told them on the phone we didn’t mow lawns and they still had us out. Maybe we could use their drones for estimates and service calls.”

Adam Linnemann

Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping, Columbia, Ill.

“I think it could be beneficial to a lawn care company. Maybe the customer could be a Amazon Prime member and add to cart a lawn mowing or weed control program. I would be open to assigning a person to meet these requests within 48 hours, as being a Prime member gets you free delivery within that time frame. Would there be low ballers? Probably, but with many positive reviews, almost like a Angie’s List, it would help justify a professional’s price.”


Industry Consultants

Kevin Kehoe

3PG Consulting, Laguna, Calif.

“You have to wonder how many Angie’s Lists the world needs. This must be the fourth or fifth such service launched this year. My sense is that it means a lot if your client base is residential and it means little if you are commercial.”

Frank Ross

3PG Consulting, Alpharetta, Ga.

“Increased professionalism encourages us to step up our game. It’s a good thing!”

Jeffrey Scott

Jeffrey Scott Inc!, Trumbull, Conn.

“Amazon is part of a trend for fast-response selling that’s already overtaking our industry. Your ability to respond fast—through email, web and phone—to build a relationship and make a sale is going to set you apart from the competition. Old school is dying on the vine.”

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