We told you last month about some of the physical changes that we have been making to our Garden Center in advance of the new growing season, including new, more convenient checkout counters and our new POS system to improve your shopping experience. Those changes have been made, and we are now completing the last-minute layout changes to our facility’s floor plan, so that you can easily find all the things that you need. Over the past couple of months, we have gotten our staff trained on use of the new POS system and are working out the last of the bugs in the system. It is going to be such a vast improvement from our previous system that you will be truly amazed. It goes far beyond what we used to think of as cash registers– these machines do so much more than simply record a sale. We now really need to think of these modern units as small “data centers” within our store!
That’s not all that we have changed, either… Soon you will be able to view another “premier event” from the quiet of your home or on your mobile devices. Very quietly and steadily we have also been making some big changes to our website, which we hope to launch very soon. Changes will include a wider screen format to accommodate the larger screen sizes available on most home computers today and a more simplified, easy-to-navigate layout. We have eliminated a number of the items on the Home Page, too, pairing things down so that you will not have to search through and scroll down to find information that you are interested in. Of course, there still will be the usual beautiful graphics to get your attention and visually convey what is going on at Niepagens, but we believe that one of the things that you will enjoy most is the more streamlined appearance of the site.
But, perhaps the biggest improvement to the website is our new Plant Finder feature, which promises to give our customers access to extensive information about all the plants that are available at our facilities… or anywhere, for that matter. You will be able to check the details about any plant that you desire. You will also be able to search for specific plants by name, if you wish. There are literally thousands of them in this phenomenal plant database! The addition of this new Plant Finder is probably the most significant change to our website– the amount of information contained within it is encyclopedic. We predict that it is a feature that you will come to rely on and use often. Plus, you will find it to be very “gardener-friendly”.
These coming attractions will debut during the month of March– just in time for the new growing season. And although we never feel that our work is ever completely finished, our ultimate goal here at Niepagens is to always find new ways to enhance the gardening experiences of our many customers. So, look out central Illinois, it promises to be a blockbuster spring opening!