Adaptability, Innovation Leads the Industry Into 2021
2020 will forever be remembered as the year that changed our lives. Whether on a professional or personal level, we were all faced with a unique set of challenges. No matter where in the world you live, these shared experiences of 2020 have connected us in ways we could have never imagined. As we now continue into 2021, we take with us some of the wisdom and growth we acquired during this past year. As humans, as communities, as businesses, we adapt. Our ability to adapt is how we not only survive, but potentially thrive. We saw amongst our customers within the horticulture and floriculture industries, and internally within our company the strength of teams working together and adapting their processes as necessary. Whether that be offering remote work options, finding new ways of selling product, or incorporating new communication tools- these are just […]
The Digital Workplace: Managing our New Environment
With 2020 coming to a close, many of us are now taking the time to reflect on our new workplace environment. Whether it be by choice or directive, there have been countless organizations and businesses making the move to encourage their staff (and or customer base) to engage from a digital workspace. Although many relate this new trend to the ever-changing battle against the novel coronavirus, you may be surprised by recent studies showing that remote learning and working environments have been on the rise for quite some time… Fascinating Remote Work Stats (Sources: US Census Bureau/Bureau of Labor Statistics/FlexJobs/Global Workplace Analytics) 44% growth in remote work over the last 5 years 91% growth in remote work over the last 10 years 159% growth in remote work over the last 12 years The current U.S. Workforce consists of 4.7 million (or 3.4% of the […]
The Impact of Water
“Water is the driving force of all nature” – Leonardo Da Vinci “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water” – Loren Eiseley “All the water that will ever be is, right now” – National Geographic As with all living things, water is the primary property, and therefore the most necessary for our health and survival. This is true for humans, animals, and plants. An interesting fact that people often cite is that the human body is made up of 60% water. What a lot of people don’t know is that most mature animals consist of 75% water, and most plants are 90% water…. Of all living things, plants contain the highest concentration of water. With that information, one can reasonably deduce that while water is essential for all life, it is especially important for vegetative life. Water obviously plays […]
by Ben Vlietstra – IT Manager Now more than ever, your data and personal information are at risk. It is impossible to guarantee complete safety and security while online. People are at home with more free time on their hands than ever before, and this reality will only contribute to the staggering increase in cyber hacks over the recent years as technology has progressed. Many people associate this risk with malicious hackers, but more commonly the password you use is what makes you vulnerable. It is important to be aware of the risks and the best practices to stay safe online. There are an array of masks that malware may wear in order to deceive you, but the most common is through spam phishing, which can be sent out through email, instant message, social media, and more. The goal of this style of attack […]
A Guide to Purchasing Software
The transition into automation is inevitable. Sitting on center stage as we enter into the new decade is the massive and rapid transition into automation that our society is trending into as a whole. Whether it be your mode of transportation, grocery shopping, the manufacturing that takes place all over the county, or the way you collect and read data, automation has wiggled its way into your life in some form or another. A healthy question to ask is, has it made its way into your business? If not, that begs the question, if everything else is moving in that direction, why aren’t you and your operation? Automation doesn’t have to mean integrating robots into your operation. Rather, it could be implementing a fleet of small devices designed to increase and improve your workflow. The goal of automation is to simplify certain tasks […]
The Vertical Solution
A vertical market is made up of companies and customers that are focused on a specific industry or segment within an industry. Providers to vertical markets focus on the specific needs of this niche customer group. In contrast, a horizontal market is significantly broader and can span multiple industries. Providers to horizontal markets tend to provide a “one size fits all” approach to the solutions or products they provide. Providers to a vertical market may provide solutions up and down the same value chain. Whereas providers to a horizontal market often tend to meet a certain aspect of the value chain, but do it across multiple industries. Investopedia explains the vertical market this way: " A vertical market is a market encompassing a group of companies and customers that are all interconnected around a specific niche." For example, manufacturing is seen as a horizontal […]
Lean: Efficiency We live in a day and age where we continually want to accomplish more with less. Less time, less people, and less money. Increased efficiency is at the forefront of the majority of our goals, in every facet of life. Whether it be at work, your car, the ease with which you pay your bills. We strive to make every single task as simple and quick as possible. Continual improvement is the natural progression of society and though some may argue the point, we all live better lives because of it. So the question is…. does your business operation function in the most efficient way possible? A strategy that has been introduced recently, or at least made its way into the foreground of efficient business strategy in recent years, we call the Lean strategy. The Lean Strategy is founded on the principal […]
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