Monthly trade publication features news and information for independent retail centers, with special features including the "State of the Industry" reader survey (November) which provides information on annual sales volume, type of stores operated, years in business, in-house grown plants, top five product categories, other products and services offered, and expected profit margin for year ahead.
Bimonthly trade journal features news and information for independent garden centers, with special features including the annual "IGC 100 Report" published in the March/April issue of this publication which ranks the top 100 centers by retail sales and also includes information on prior year rank, net change in sales from prior year, total number of stores, and headquarters office and store locations.
Annual gardening survey provides detailed information on industry trends, consumer demographics, and retail sales by product (e.g., nursery products, seeds and bulbs, insect controls and chemicals, fertilizer, soil amendments, power equipment, and garden tools) and retail outlet (e.g., home center, warehouse/superstore, garden center/retail nursery, supermarket/drug store, and hardware store).
Comprehensive market research study provides in-depth analysis of the U.S. market for this product sector, with information provided including historical demand and forecasts by product (e.g., growing media, seeds, mulch, fertilizer, and pesticides), application (e.g., lawn/turf, gardens/borders), market (e.g., residential, commercial, and golf course), end user (consumer, professional), and U.S. region.
Catalina First Look research report analyzes U.S. retail sales for this sector, with information provided including sales by product type (e.g., power equipment, hand tools, cut flowers, potted plants, outdoor nursery stock, sod, seed, chemicals, fertilizers, and other equipment and supplies) and retail channel (e.g., lawn and garden stores, home centers, warehouse clubs and superstores, and grocery stores).
Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.
Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue by major category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent, utilities, other costs, and earnings before interest and taxes) for the most recent year and line graphs indicating trends for each category over the past five years. Sample report can be viewed free online.
Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed by companies that sell a wide range of products including outdoor nursery stock (e.g., trees, shrubs, bedding plants, sod, seeds, and bulbs), landscaping materials (e.g., mulch, stone), chemicals (e.g., herbicides, pesticides), soil treatments (e.g., fertilizers, lime), power equipment (e.g., mowers, tillers), and tools and supplies.
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for selected job positions in this retail sector such as retail store manager, nursery manager, assistant manager, landscape designer, sales associate, and cashier, with "What Should I Pay" reports allowing users the option to customize data for specific job positions using additional criteria such as company size and geographic location.