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February 5, 2013
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New survey: Pros prefer Kawasaki
In a recent survey of turf pros, Kawasaki commercial mower engines were preferred nearly 2 to 1 over the next leading brand, earning a strong #1 rating in every area: overall performance, reliability, power, torque, ease of maintenance. The research confirms what many know: Pros choose Kawasaki. Learn more.
  Industry Buzz 
  • Honda engine powers giant hedge trimmer in the Netherlands
    Source: Gizmodo Australia
    A 5.5-horsepower Honda engine helps power a giant hedge trimmer that maintains the form of shrubs at nurseries in the Netherlands, according to this article. The "Globus" consists of a wheeled platform that carries trimmer implements to shape plants into cones or orbs. A regular model can trim up to 600 shrubs per hour, but the industrial version can take on 5,000 evergreens per hour. Gizmodo Australia (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Low-water landscaping can bring life to a dreary yard
    Low-water landscaping techniques can turn a dry lawn into a place brimming with wildlife, such as the yard of Brenda Wolfe in Redlands, Calif. The lawn now features drought-tolerant plants that attract wildlife, and a dry riverbed that resolved drainage issues. The design won entry into the 2012 Western Waterwise Landscape Contest. Redlands Daily Facts (Calif.) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 6-story tree could dampen developer's plans
    Source: The Wall Street Journal
    Plans to develop a mixed-use project in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., involve relocating an 80-year-old, six-story rain tree. Developer Asi Cymbal hired Environmental Design from Houston to move the tree, which would involve months of preparation and the use of metal pipes and I-beams to support the roots. Environmental Design CEO Tom Cox said 98% of the trees they transplant survive, but opponents of the project want the rain tree to stay in place. The city will decide this spring which side wins. The Wall Street Journal (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

  Economic Indicators 
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Inside & Out 
  • Why you should educate your customers
    Customers can do a better job of spreading the word about your business when they are both satisfied with your work and knowledgeable about what you do, writes Tony Messer. An educated customer "will be a more powerful advocate of your services," he notes. Duct Tape Marketing (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why sales-and-marketing alignment matters
    Building alignment between the sales and marketing departments at your company can help your business in several ways, this blog post notes. When sales and marketing are working together, salespeople will be more satisfied with their work and will have access to higher-quality leads. In addition, sales representatives will be more productive and efficient. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  Policy Update 
  • Proposed immigration reform could benefit organized labor
    Efforts to overhaul the country's immigration law are welcomed by unions, who believe their membership could get a boost. Fears of deportation have discouraged undocumented workers from joining unions, but immigration reform could change that. The Service Employees International Union plans to express its support to lawmakers, while AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and other union leaders plan to convene with President Barack Obama to discuss immigration. The Wall Street Journal (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  OPEI News 
  • Outdoor Power Report -- A quarterly update for OPEI members
    OPEI's quarterly summary of issues and activities is now available. Read the report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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