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GROUPtalk LIVE SPEAKERS   |   AUGUST 2020 - JULY 2021

The GROUPtalk LIVE  Series will kick off on Thursday, August 13, 2020, with an inspiring Keynote Session (11:00am - 12:30pm Eastern) followed by a GROUP Happy Hour (5:00pm - 6:00pm Eastern). Future sessions and socials are scheduled (see below) for the 2nd Thursday of each month (August 2020 through July 2021) – same times. In the coming weeks we will reveal more GROUPtalk LIVE  topics and specifics. It's not too late to register and gain access to the on-demand library of all recorded sessions!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2020

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Ken Gronbach

Be one of the first 50 Centers to Register for GROUPtalk LIVE and receive a signed copy of Ken's latest book, UPSIDE! Watch for details!

11:00am - 12:30pm   Eastern

KEYNOTE KICKOFF SESSION
Profiting from the Demographic Shifts Ahead
Kenneth W. Gronbach, KCG Direct

The GROUPtalk-LIVE Series will kick off with a keynote presentation as futurist, demographer and author Kenneth W. Gronbach brings you into his fascinating world of counting people. Will the post covid world be a different place? How will Garden Centers need to change to appeal to the Post Pandemic Generation Y Millennials? Ken will show you why demographics precipitate economics, and not the other way around. As a forecasting tool demographics are unparalleled for seeing what’s next in world culture, economics, politics, commerce and government. What counties, states, regions, countries and continents will flourish and which will be challenged because of shifting demography?

Demography is the science of simplicity of birth, death and migration of populations. Ken’s easy to understand demographic perspective is very macro, big picture and long term. His strategies are often integrated into strategic plans in diverse sectors because of their uncanny accuracy. 

Ken is president of KGC Direct, LLC and is an internationally respected demographer who has been able to forecast societal, commercial, economic, cultural and political phenomena with uncanny accuracy. He is author of the current book, “Upside:  Profiting from the Profound Demographic Shifts Ahead“, which was released in April 2017. Ken is also the author of the bestselling book, “The Age Curve:  How To Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm”.

Join us for this insightful and entertaining presentation – and enjoy the ride!

And be sure to join us at for Group Happy Hour at 5:00pm Eastern.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

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Steve Bailey

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Tim Quebedeaux

11:00pm - 12:30pm   Eastern

RAISING THE BAR:  P&L Study Review
Steve Bailey & Tim Quebedeaux, RetailKPI Consulting

The Annual P&L Study is an industry exclusive and the most comprehensive profit and loss study of its kind. While the WDR Report focuses on sales and margins by category and transactions on a weekly basis, the Annual P&L Study includes sales and expenses and compares percent of sales for the garden center to both Best Practices/High Achievers Group – and the group as a whole. This study also includes inventory turns, margin targets by category and the resulting Gross Margin Return On Inventory Investment (GMROII).

Steve and Tim will review the 2019 P&L Study and even if you didn’t participate, you can benefit from their analysis of the numbers, ratios and trends. Everyone is invited to join this discussion that can help move your center to a higher level of success.

RAISE THE BAR with the 2019 P&L Study – whether you participated in the weekly reporting or not!

The Group's Annual P&L Study, an industry exclusive, is the most comprehensive profit and loss study of its kind. While the WDR Report focuses on sales and margins by category and transactions on a weekly basis, the Annual P&L Study includes sales and expenses and compares percent of sales for the garden center to both Best Practices/High Achievers Group – and reporting centers as a whole. This study also includes inventory turns, margin targets by category and the resulting Gross Margin Return On Inventory Investment (GMROII).

Weekly Department Review (WDR), now in its 20th year, is a compilation of sales and transaction data of 25 product/department categories. Group retailers submit their data and within days receive a complied report with their figures compared to all other centers. Reports include:  Sales Group, Regional Group, and Sales by Category. 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 08, 2020

  
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Sid Raisch

11:00pm - 12:30pm   Eastern

Building on Your Successes in 2021… and Beyond
Sid Raisch, Horticultural Advantage

Moving forward from an outstanding 2020 into an even better 2021 should be a minimum expectation for every Group Client.  Sid will present a Hyper-Focus on the Basics and Fundamental Tactics for moving from where you’ve arrived to an even better future place, without undue risk or leaving opportunities unnecessarily on the table.

And be sure to join us at for Group Happy Hour at 5:00pm Eastern.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020

11:00pm - 12:30pm   Eastern

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Speaker to be announced.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2020

11:00pm - 12:30pm   Eastern

Session and Presenter

Speaker to be announced.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2021

11:00pm - 12:30pm   Eastern

Session and Presenter

Speaker to be announced.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021

11:00pm - 12:30pm   Eastern

Session and Presenter

Speaker to be announced.

THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2021

11:00pm - 12:30pm   Eastern

Session and Presenter

Speaker to be announced.

THURSDAY, APRIL 08, 2021

11:00pm - 12:30pm   Eastern

Session and Presenter

Speaker to be announced.

THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021

11:00pm - 12:30pm   Eastern

Session and Presenter

Speaker to be announced.

THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2021

11:00pm - 12:30pm   Eastern

Session and Presenter

Speaker to be announced.

THURSDAY, JULY 08, 2021

11:00pm - 12:30pm   Eastern

Session and Presenter

Speaker to be announced.



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