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January 10, 2013
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  • Turn challenges of the future into opportunities now
    Providers of lawn care services can expect several challenges over the next decade, especially when it come to the use of fertilizers and pesticides, writes Gregg Wartgow, who attended the annual Lawn Care Summit in Orlando, Fla. However, you can use these challenges to set yourself apart from competitors. Talk to your clients to encourage healthy lawn care practices and work with legislators to help protect the environment and the industry, Wartgow notes. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Vanguard Power Code Helps In-field Operators
Vanguard Power Code, a square barcode located on Vanguard single-cylinder and V-twin engines, directs equipment operators to an array of important information for that specific engine model after being scanned with a smart phone’s barcode reader.
  Industry Buzz 
  • Report: U.S. ethanol output to rebound starting second half of 2013
    U.S. ethanol production is expected to return to pre-drought levels starting in the second half of 2013, according to the January issue of the Energy Information Administration's Short-Term Energy Outlook. Domestic output is expected to average 870,000 barrels per day this year and 915,000 barrels per day in 2014, the report showed. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why partnerships with suppliers, customers should matter to dealers
    Retailers of outdoor power equipment can ensure success by cultivating stable partnerships with their suppliers and customers, Lisa Danes writes. Dealers should establish clear communication lines with their customers to gain their loyalty and should determine the capacity of their suppliers to provide what they need for the future. (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Inside & Out 
  • How to gather more customer feedback
    One way to increase feedback from your customers is to provide incentives for answering your surveys, writes Tim Parker. Also, allow your customers to provide feedback via text message, and use QR codes to encourage them to say what they think, Parker recommends. Intuit Small Business Blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • An innovation lesson from the original "Star Trek"
    If you're putting together an innovation team, you might be tempted to fill it with people who view the world through the same highly logical lens used by the character Spock on the original "Star Trek," Jeffrey Phillips writes. But the truth is the most successful teams also include emotional people like Captain Kirk. This is because "[t]he world is far more unpredictable, capricious, fickle than Spock expects," Phillips explains. Innovate on Purpose (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Businesses seek cooperation, not mandates, on cybersecurity
    A group of business leaders wants to work closely with the U.S. government to thwart cyberattacks, but they don't want the government to issue regulations or mandates. The Business Roundtable is pushing for the government to share more information with the private sector. "The business of cybersecurity is more like intelligence and counterespionage than security where you put up physical guns and guards," said MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga. The Wall Street Journal (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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