News Article | July 18, 2017
NEW YORK, July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Spring is reinventing retail for the way people shop today with the introduction of a new personalization technology that will deliver the largest catalog of online brands with a new premium mobile shopping experience tailored to an individual's...
News Article | July 28, 2017
On Monday, July 17, Spring-Green participated for the 21st consecutive year in the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ (NALP) Renewal & Remembrance Day. NALP, a national trade organization and advocacy group for the green industry, this year welcomed about 500 volunteers to pitch in on landscaping projects at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery in Washington D.C. The volunteers’ work included lime and phosphorous application, aeration, tree care, irrigation, and a hardscaping project near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Two employees from Spring-Green’s corporate office attended the 2017 event: Director of Education Harold Enger and Franchise Business Consultant Tom Warfel. Three Spring-Green franchise owners also attended: Chris Casselberry from Baton Rouge, La., who brought his wife, Sheila, and four teenage grandchildren; Scott Garcia from Raleigh, N.C., and his wife, Debbie; and Barry Robinson from Fredericksburg, Va., who was joined by his wife, Cindy, and two of his employees. Warfel, a Marine veteran who did two tours in Iraq, has attended each of the four years he’s been with Spring-Green — and organizes the annual trip on Spring-Green’s behalf. He’s worked to grow franchise owner attendance every year. “It’s always going to be a cool experience for me, but I’m even more excited when we can bring in new people,” he said. “This kind of event can have a ripple effect — you never know who else someone might want to share it with down the line.” As a member of NALP’s education committee, Enger attends Renewal & Remembrance annually. He was a team captain at this year’s event, leading a team that spread lime at the cemetery. “It’s just inspirational to be there,” Enger said. “I get a little choked up every year when the color guard kicks off the event — and when a funeral procession happens to pass by while we’re working.” About Spring-Green Lawn Care Founded in 1977, Spring-Green Lawn Care in Plainfield, Illinois has been delivering lawn and tree care services nationwide for 40 years. Its service is centered on the beautification of residential and commercial customers in middle-class and affluent neighborhoods and communities. Spring-Green is an attractive opportunity for entrepreneurs and existing green industry business owners who want to align themselves with a business model that has proven economic resilience, healthy profit margins, industry leading business and marketing intelligence, recurring revenue and retirement and succession planning. For more information, visit visit Spring-Green’s franchise opportunity website, or read the Spring-Green franchise blog.
News Article | May 31, 2017
Spring-Green Franchise Owner Scott Garcia purchased an existing Spring-Green territory in Durham, NC on Friday, May 12, 2017. Garcia began his career with Spring-Green as a manager and later purchased the franchise he managed. Since then, he expanded his Spring-Green franchise to four territories. When Garcia first bought his franchise he had 300 customers, but through his efforts he has grown his customer base to over 1,500. With this new territory expansion, he is estimated to add roughly 2,300 more customers. Garcia credits much of his success to the marketing efforts and support provided by Spring-Green. He also believes that his excellent customer service allows him to attract more customers in his territory. “Over the first couple of years, we focused on our residential growth and made sure we were communicating with our customers and answering all of their questions. That has led to a good number of referrals and positive word of mouth,” Garcia said. Acquiring an existing business is a big undertaking. Garcia was never alone or without guidance. His Spring-Green business consultant helped him step into his new role and prepared his business for success. “I collaborated with Dave Dawson to create an annual plan, a three-year plan, and a five-year plan,” Garcia states. “We set some goals based on numbers of new customers and annual revenue.” Garcia and his business consultant, revisited this growth plan every six months to make sure he was on pace. They also determined strengths and weaknesses and revised the plan as needed. Together they dove into the books to make sure the territory he was purchasing would meet his financial goals without putting strain on his family. Garcia is motivated to become a million-dollar Franchise Owner and this acquisition puts him one step closer. “Having seen what is possible each year makes me want to continue to grow and strengthen our foothold in our community,” Garcia states. “I see the results; I hear from satisfied customers, and I want to continue this trend.” “Garcia’s early adoption of the Spring-Green operating system, and daily best practices are his biggest contributors to his success. He also understood that working with the Spring-Green support center team was going to give him the best opportunity for success. Being a Spring-Green strategic partner means being in business for yourself, but not by yourself. He knew that reinvesting into diversified marketing and executing lead follow-up processes were going to be the difference makers,” Dawson explains. About Spring-Green Lawn Care Founded in 1977, Spring-Green Lawn Care in Plainfield, Illinois has been delivering lawn and tree care services nationwide for 40 years. Its service is centered on the beautification of residential and commercial customers in middle-class and affluent neighborhoods and communities. Spring-Green is an attractive opportunity for entrepreneurs and existing green industry business owners who want to align themselves with a business model that has proven economic resilience, healthy profit margins, industry leading business and marketing intelligence, recurring revenue and retirement and succession planning. For more information, visit http://www.growmygreenindustrybusiness.com/
News Article | September 13, 2017
"Spring's mission is to bring top brands to consumers at a variety of tastes, style and prices," said Alan Tisch, Founder & CEO of Spring. "Our new partnership with eBay helps further this mission and expand our reach. Both Spring and eBay are committed to offering unparalleled selection across the best brands – including the newest, hottest styles, sold-out or hard-to-find merchandise, and great deals for every price and style." With more than 171 million active buyers worldwide and 370 million downloads of eBay apps, the eBay marketplace is uniquely positioned to leverage its unparalleled scale to connect brands with shoppers. Like other top eBay Fashion sellers, the Spring storefront (http://www.ebay.com/usr/shop_spring) makes it easy for shoppers to browse and buy many brands, at various price points, from one dedicated destination. "The Spring and eBay partnership is evidence of a growing trend in which retailers are partnering – instead of competing – with other retailers," said Jill Ramsey, Vice President of Merchandising at eBay. "We recently debuted a new brand campaign – "Fill Your Cart With Color" – signaling a deep commitment to delivering a more visual and personalized site experience. Now, with Spring, we can bring even more coveted merchandise to our buyers, making it easier than ever to discover their own version of perfect." The addition of Spring as a marquee eBay seller with a dedicated storefront is one of the myriad of ways eBay continues to offer incredible selection. Shoppers from around the world can browse eBay's reimagined homepage and 1.1 billion listings to discover what is right for them based on their individual interests. By combining Spring's far-reaching access to brands with eBay's global platform and tech innovations (like Shop the Look, Image Search, Find It On eBay and ShopBot), the eBay and Spring partnership signals a new era of brand collaborations. About eBay eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce leader including the Marketplace, StubHub and Classifieds platforms. Collectively, we connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity through Connected Commerce. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay is one of the world's largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. In 2016, eBay enabled $84 billion of gross merchandise volume. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com. About Spring Launched in 2014, Spring (www.shopspring.com) is a top online retail destination, offering a vast, yet highly curated brand assortment throughout all categories of fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and home. Spring combines content and commerce, directly connecting brands and their catalogs with customers to make shopping a fun and seamless experience. Spring was built with the belief that shopping should be simple, by enabling consumers to purchase cross-categorically with a unified cart experience. Driven by a vision to create an elevated, easy-to-use mobile shopping experience, Spring offers customers a mix of over 1,500 brands including luxury labels, emerging designers, fast fashion, and beauty, as well as home, lifestyle, and kids all in one place.
News Article | September 12, 2017
CITIES collaborates with tier-one retail, brands and inventors to develop and execute strategies, products and programs for the digital and physical markets. SPRING is a retail accelerator for the consumer goods market, helping brands build, launch and grow globally. SPRING partners with, VC's, retailers, crowdfunding platforms, hardware incubators, and accelerators. "Having partnered with SPRING for years, we've had the privilege of seeing their model and platform evolve into something sophisticated, collaborative and powerfully effective," said Marty Hawk, CEO, CITIES Market Studios. "There is a science to what SPRING has created through their retail readiness process. What I see in their methodology and curriculum is their ability to blend education with strategy; they don't just inform and guide, they partner on the future." With the onboarding of SPRING, CITIES looks to invest strategically in Next Generation Retail, the emerging landscape between physical and digital commerce and the acceleration of innovation through technology. The new company's interests will likely include the digital and physical stores of Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, Gamestop, Target and Walmart. "The speed and dynamics of the market are changing rapidly and emerging brands rely on trusted partners to deliver results," said Greg Appelhof, founder, SPRING. "Together with CITIES, we have a strong understanding of retailer needs, consumer touch-points and we prepare brands to grow profitably on the digital and physical shelf. We are inspired by genius products and their founders, and we constantly tune our combined experience to demystify the retail landscape. We employ our "Retail and Market Readiness" platform to develop successful startups globally." With the SPRING addition, CITIES now supports every step of the consumer product continuum from evaluation and preparation to activation and reinvention. Hawk adds, "The start-up who comes to market prepared for the realities and demands of the emerging market, while being able to articulate and achieve objectives in the context of those realities, has a much greater chance for success." With the addition of SPRING, CITIES is now positioned to support new entrants to the market at every step of the consumer product continuum from evaluation and preparation to activation and reinvention. About CITIES Market Studios: CITIES Market Studios is a consumer product and retail strategy company. CITIES collaborates with retail, brands and investors to develop and execute strategies, product and programs for the digital and physical markets. www.CITIESms.com About SPRING: Headquartered in Minneapolis, SPRING is a retail accelerator for the consumer packaged goods market, helping brands build, launch and grow on a national scale. SPRING partners with entrepreneurial businesses, ensuring their brand is positioned to realize the full potential of the retail opportunity through its proprietary platform to the world's biggest and best retailers. http://www.spring2market.com/
Dai M.R.,Spring |
Ho D.K.,University of Houston |
Huang L.,South Cove Community Health Center |
Quock R.L.,University of Houston |
Flaitz C.M.,Ohio State University
Pediatric Dentistry | Year: 2016
Purpose: To characterize traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) use, emphasizing herbal remedies, for oral conditions among two Chinese pediatric populations in the United States. Methods: 318 unique ethnic Chinese parental units in Houston and Boston with children younger than 12 years old were interviewed for themselves and their children. Questionnaire included age, gender, duration in the United States, frequency of TCM use, and the five selected oral conditions for which TCM agents might be used. Results: Parents (45.6 percent) and children (19.1 percent) used TCM for oral conditions, most commonly for aphthous ulcers (64.2 percent). Most commonly used TCM agents included watermelon frost (37.4 percent), niuhuang jiedu pian (15.5 percent), and honey/propolis (9.9 percent). Chi-square tests with logistic regression (P<0.05) showed duration of U.S. residency significantly affected (P=0.002), parental TCM usage, age group (P=0.003), and birth location (P=0.02) related to child use. Parental TCM use increased child likelihood of use (P<0.0001). Conclusions: In this study, traditional Chinese medicine was widely used for oral conditions by Chinese immigrants. Factors such as duration of U.S. residency, age, birth location, and parental use affect utilization of TCM in this population. Future studies are needed to explore the therapeutic properties of the various components of TCM.
Herforth A.,SPRING |
Ahmed S.,Montana State University
Food Security | Year: 2015
The food environment in markets constrains and signals consumers what to purchase. It encompasses availability, affordability, convenience, and desirability of various foods. The effect of income on dietary consumption is always modified by the food environment. Many agricultural interventions aim to improve incomes, increase food availability and reduce food prices. Their effects on nutrition could be better understood if food environment measures helped to explain how additional income is likely to be spent, and how food availability and prices change as a result of large-scale interventions. Additionally, measurement of the food environment could elucidate food access gaps and inform the design of nutrition-sensitive interventions. This paper reviews existing measures of the food environment, and then draws from these tools to suggest ways the food environment could be measured in future studies and monitoring. © 2015, The Author(s).
News Article | February 21, 2017
Spring-Green Lawn Care is proud to announce David Roman, of Enviroscapes of Georgia, is taking over the Logansville, Georgia, franchise location. Roman has a long history in the landscape industry, following in the footsteps of his father. “I’ve been in the landscape industry since I was 13 years old,” he explained. “It’s definitely something I enjoy, and it’s evolved and grown into a way to make a living.” A full-service landscape company, focusing on residential maintenance and mowing, Roman started Enviroscapes of Georgia in 2012. As he explained, “Working for myself, it’s in my DNA. I’m more comfortable as an entrepreneur.” Prior to moving to Georgia in 2000, he owned and operated Roman Landscape and Maintenance in Florida. In 2015, Roman was participating at a Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE) roundtable of business owners. One of the other participants mentioned they had gotten into lawn care via a franchise, and it quickly had become their best performing profit center. “From that conversation, I went back to the expo center, and I began to investigate franchise opportunities in metro Atlanta,” he recalled. Spring-Green offered longevity and a family atmosphere that Roman appreciated. The father of four boys has been married for 25 years, and his wife, Maria, plans to help on the administrative side with the new Spring-Green business. He also was impressed by the marketing assistance that franchise owners received. “The real kicker was the marketing,” Roman said. Roman feels that as a local owner who lives in the community he serves, he offers his customers someone with a vested interest in the community, and he prides himself on providing top-notch customer service and satisfaction. “David’s family values and deep connection to the business make him an ideal addition to the Spring-Green family,” said James Young, president of Spring-Green. “We are excited about having him take over this established territory. With his background and interest in lawn care, David is a great fit, and we look forward to helping him grow his business in the years ahead.” About Spring-Green Lawn Care Founded in 1977, Plainfield, Illinois-based Spring-Green Lawn Care has been delivering lawn and tree care services nationwide for 40 years. Its service is centered on the beautification of residential and commercial customers in middle-class and affluent neighborhoods and communities. Spring-Green is an attractive opportunity for entrepreneurs and existing green industry business owners who want to align themselves with a business model that has proven economic resilience, healthy profit margins, industry leading business and marketing intelligence, recurring revenue and retirement and succession planning. For more information, visit http://www.springgreenfranchise.com.
News Article | November 24, 2016
Spring-Green Lawn Care is proud to announce its newest franchise owner, Patrick Rentz, of Rentz Landscape Management LLC in Huntsville, Alabama. An entrepreneur from the age of 12, Patrick began mowing lawns on his own, later creating a lawn care business with a friend, where they were responsible for mowing more than 30 yards. “I was 15 and he was 16 when we started working together. After college, we went into business officially. My friend decided to go back to grad school, and I took the business. Twenty-four years later, I am still continuing steady growth,” Patrick said. He also has spent time as a golf course superintendent, so his green industry experience covers a wide area of knowledge. “My company Rentz Landscape Management LLC started in 1993 as Lawnpro Inc,” Patrick explained. “I re-incorporated under my last name in 2002 and became more of a commercial landscape service provider.” With the name change came a shift to maintaining more large area properties. Patrick is proud to have become the leading landscape company in the multi-family industry for his area. “I currently employ up to 30 people in the peak season and about 19 people year-round. We offer all landscape services including maintenance, installation, design, irrigation, weed control and fertilizer, drainage, synthetic turf/putting green installation, hardscape and water features.” Patrick welcomes not only the family feel that Spring-Green offers franchise owners, but also the level of experience, knowledge and honesty they provide. “I was interested in Spring-Green in the beginning because of the marketing system and just the day-to-day operations side of things—it is going to save us a great deal of time and money. I also like the predictability of the business and the recurring revenue business model.” What helped Patrick make the final decision to join was the people he would be working with at Spring-Green. “I was very surprised after we did our discovery day to find that everyone in the company is top-notch and down to earth,” he recalled. “It was also interesting to find that lots of people have been working for the company for many years. It’s a real family atmosphere.” “Patrick comes from a long line of entrepreneurs, and there is no other company in the area that has his experience or knowledge,” explained James Young, president of Spring-Green. “Opening a new territory in Huntsville to add him to the Spring-Green family was an easy decision.” About Spring-Green Lawn Care Founded in 1977, Plainfield, Illinois-based Spring-Green Lawn Care has been delivering lawn and tree care services nationwide for more than 39 years. Its service is centered on the beautification of residential and commercial customers in middle-class and affluent neighborhoods and communities. Spring-Green is an attractive opportunity for entrepreneurs and existing green industry business owners who want to align themselves with a business model that has proven economic resilience, healthy profit margins, industry leading business and marketing intelligence, recurring revenue and retirement and succession planning. For more information, visit http://www.springgreenfranchise.com.