Ideas & Insights – blog

Your local hardware store is having an identity crisis. But ask anyone and they'll tell you they love their local hardware store. So, what's the key to success for keeping customers coming and buying, rather than shopping, then ordering elsewhere? Early in May, I made my...

Each May, I make my annual pilgrimage to Minneapolis’ best independent garden centers, including Wagners, Tangletown Gardens, Mother Earth, to name a few. My goals? To identify and procure newly introduced annuals, perennials and shrubs for my garden. To see how independent garden centers are...

Since January 2017, our channel strategy team has had a multitude of meetings with manufacturing clients about how they can exercise more power and maximize sales within their channel and among their partners. In many of Axiom’s core market practices – including agriculture, horticulture, building materials,...

At Axiom, our insights team frequently collaborates with our communications team to create newsmaker surveys for news and social content that we can then leverage with many of our journalist contacts. It’s a cost-effective way to provide timely, pulse-point information on current the current events or...

The story behind who, what and how those flowers and plants end up in your yard. I recently attended the 2017 California Spring Trials. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, it’s the week when plant companies show off their new flower, vegetable, perennial and shrub...

The Axiom Team, 619 Cavalier Robotics, has advanced in the 2016-2017 FirstRobotics competition. These future scientists, technologists, engineers, artists and mathematicians advanced to the district championship picking up another design award and accumulating more points to qualify at the Edgewater Maryland competition – the last step in...

  Scientists and engineers are not known for their writing skills… they even joke about it. But some interesting research has been done that points to the need for scientists and those studying and working in technical fields to be skilled writers as well as experts...

The FIRST Robotics Regional competitions are going on across the country right now. Our team of high school-age roboteers, Cavalier Robotics, made it to the semifinals in Blacksbury, VA and we're getting ready for North Carolina. FIRST Robotics combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of...

The annual Robotics Alley™ Conference & Expo was held this week at The Depot in Minneapolis. Attendees were treated to a broad range of advances in robotics from healthcare to Disney’s Imagineering, and from the latest advances in 3D printing and manufacturing to actual mind control...

This year’s First Robotics Competition is entitled FIRST STEAMWORKS; it’s an ultimate Sport for the Mind and an appropriate title because the event showcases how science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) are showcased in an international competition. What people might not know is our commitment...