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TAG: Industry Pulse

Industry Pulse: President-elect Trump

December 12, 2016By

A look at how the new administration could affect the landscape industry. Despite the predictions of pollsters and pundits to the contrary, Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Not only did Trump win the presidency, but the Republicans held majorities in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. This gives Trump the possibility of having his... read more

Industry Pulse: Standing on solid ground

December 12, 2016By
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Landscape professionals report stability and growth in 2016. Methodology For the 2016 Industry Pulse report, LM surveyed subscribers online in October and November garnering 422 responses. Respondents were offered the chance to win one of three $100 gift cards as an incentive. Based on the number of responses, we assume a +/- 5 percent margin of error. Unless otherwise noted,... read more

Pricing for risk

January 13, 2016By

The profit you earn on each of your services is driven by a few factors: The marketplace, how it’s priced and sold, how efficiently it’s produced and how much overheard you must recover. However, the profit you earn should ultimately reflect the risk associated with each service. The higher the risk, the higher the profit you should aim for. It’s with this... read more

Labor report: No silver bullet

January 6, 2016By

For most landscape companies, hiring and retaining workers is their top growth challenge. What one word would you use to describe your company’s No. 1 obstacle to growth in 2016?” People. Manpower. Help. Employees. Personnel. Workers. No matter how respondents worded it, some form of the word “labor” was the top answer given to our open-ended Industry Pulse question about... read more

Lower fuel prices keeping costs in check

December 28, 2015By

Lower fuel prices help companies keep costs under control.  Most is quiet on the expenses front for landscape professionals. Although industry members expect an overall operating cost increase of 11 percent—on par with what they reported for last year—they seem to be at ease thanks to fuel price relief. “I bought gas today for $1.95,” says Steve Biernacki, general manager... read more

Customer report: Spending again

December 21, 2015By
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Consumer confidence indicators are good, although the election year brings uncertainty. Despite some concern about the impending election year affecting consumer confidence, most landscape industry members say their customers had no problem spending money in 2015, and they expect the same in 2016. Derek Blumberg, for example, says politics is one area of uncertainty for him. He’s the owner of... read more