April 2020

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COVER STORY- It Should Be The Industry’s Biggest Time Of…But Will It Be? –

Across the country, the lawn and garden industry and power equipment dealers are adapting to drastically different operating conditions in a spring season unlike any other as the coronavirus pandemic works its way throughout North America. Plans have changed, and different states and regions have different restrictions on business operations.

In most of the country, power equipment dealerships remain open as part of a Department of Homeland Security guideline (with discretion left up to states and localities) that lawn and garden equipment suppliers and dealerships are part of the country’s “critical and essential” agricultural infrastructure.

Article by Dan Shell, Senior Editor, and Patrick Dunning, Associate Editor, Power Equipment Trade

POWERLINES

It is time to prepare for “The Hundred Day War” – the term I’ve heard dealers use for the spring season, which has always been so fitting. This year, the year that should give us all perfect vision, the irony of the nickname is not lost. It is time for literally everyone to face The Hundred Day War in some way or another. Article by Jessica Johnson, Managing Editor, Power Equipment Trade

POWERsuppliers

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DEALERspeak

With our nation seemingly hanging in the balance – political upheaval, health precautions and economic impacts – rest assured a lot of practices remain intact. Dealers are still looking for qualified technicians, checking the weather forecast to predict sales and evolving with the industry’s ongoing switch to more modernized equipment. PET reached out to dealers throughout the country to get a pulse of each service department’s situation as the season surges ahead and homeowners and commercial consumers alike prepare for seasonal responsibilities. Article by Patrick Dunning, Associate Editor, Power Equipment Trade

INDUSTRYvoices

After the announcement that the United States would remain open for business in mid-March despite the rapidly progressing coronavirus pandemic on the continent, and that by and large lawn and garden dealerships would remain open for business under the “essential services” designation, PET Managing Editor Jessica Johnson reached out to a few for comments and reactions to the pandemic that will define a generation.

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