Four Oaks Trade Show 2009: Exhibitors to offer host of equipment designed to help bolster garden centre efficiency

Garden retailers will be able to find a range of products designed to boost the efficiency of their business at this year's Four Oaks.

As always, many firms will be offering the latest electronic point-of-sale (EPoS) systems, which will not only act as a cash register but which can change prices, collate records of stock, keep customer profiles, manage loyalty schemes and prevent pilferage. Passfield will be unveiling its latest nursery management software, designed to deal with all the operations that a nursery has to undertake including sales processing, stock control, production and labelling.

Greenfield Software is offering systems that are specially tailored for nursery and garden centre management. The systems can handle all aspects of labelling, invoicing and re-ordering stock.

A number of firms are offering solutions to the problems of producing labelling and point-of-sale material. Tek GB, which was launched this year, will offer a full range of products from plant labels to seed pouches, as well as brochures.

Codeway will be showing a selection of machinery, most of it mounted on trolleys, which is capable of producing cheap and effective labelling. Codeway says its Automatic Labelling machine means that the cost of labelling will go down from 1p per pot to 0.25p per pot. A larger product, the Codeway Green Machine, has been specially set up to label large batches of pots. The Green Machine has a print-apply engine produced by Avery, the world's largest labelling firm, to ensure top-quality barcodes can be produced reliably.

Another firm, Hortipak, is offering small runs of bespoke labels, which can feature customers' artwork. The firm also offers a full range of clothing and workwear and has its own design service for creating logos.


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