Tuesday, August 28, 2012

BeWare - Shopping @ Houston Garden Center - Check everything you buy. If what you bought is broken after you leave the store tough luck

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Joined 4 years ago
August 05, 2012
League City location: pitiful customer service, as a customer you are totally on your own, virtually no English spoken here, return policy unacceptable. I expect not to be able to return plants, butpots and such? After reading these reviews, treatment of employee is pathetic, perhaps that's the key to horrible customer serivce. Only reason to go here is price, but they've received my last dime.
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Doesn't Recommend

Joined 2 months ago
June 08, 2012
Let me set the record straight. I work at Houston Garden Center. It is owned by Matt Hooper. His "corporate office" is a small trailer at the back of the HGC location in the south west loop. Youranger should be directed at him. Go to this location and give him heck. But do not be upset with the employees.

You must understand where they are coming from. More importantly what they are doing. My first day on the job, I worked 15 hours. I showed up at 7:30, we were done at 11. The people who had to work the next day had to be back there in 8 hours. You do the math. Many of them work at least 3 days in a row. Add in an hour for travel time, as only one other person had a car, hour for eating (probably a crummy meal, and the only real one of the day as you only get 30 minutes for lunch) and bathroom stuff, and they then have seven hours, if that's all they do, to sleep.

So, have you ever stood on your feet, working, for 15 hours straight, in the heat of a Houston summer? By hour 11, do you think they give a flip about smiling to a customer? They are making 7.25 per hour doing back breaking work. One man I worked with was in his 60s. Would you get mad at your grandfather about some dumb flower after he's spent his third day in a row working like a slave? And that's not an exaggeration. The working hours are similar to what the slaves actually did in early America.

Hopefully you can now get some glimpse of how bad these people's lives are, and why they might not be concerned with giving your rich self good customer service. So don't be mad at them. Not even the local store managers. They are hispanic and in the same situation as the employees. This is all they can do to support their families. Don't be upset with them. Admire them. Help them. Pray for them.

Matt Hooper and his cheap business practices are the cause of all of it. But here's the thing, if you put him out of business, all these people lose the only legal job they can get. So what can you do? The least you can do is be nice to anyone who works there while you buy some stupid plants, probably for more money than those people are getting paid for a 15 hour day.

So if you want to contact Matt Hooper, this is how. Go to the main location. Ask for an application. When they give it to you, fill out right there (and be appalled by the wording of the application) and then walk to the back and turn it in. They won't dare let you walk into the air conditioned trailer, because if you're looking for a job there you're probably not white, so they'll make you stand in the heat while they check your papers. When the lady comes out she will enter you into the clock, and now you work at HGC. No interview, no background check. But follow her back to the trailer, and grab the door before she locks you out, then go to Matt Hoopers little office and try to speak reason and people loving life into this man.
Doesn't Recommend

Joined 6 years ago
May 07, 2012
Bad is an understatement. I have NEVER been to a place with such bad customer service. DON'T and I repeat DON'T go to this place. It doesn't matter which location you go to, they are all bad. You can never find someone tohelp you, you are lucky if you find someone that barely speaks English. When I spend my hard earned money I expect some type of assistance. Well you won't get that here. I really don't understand how or why this company is still in business.
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Doesn't Recommend

Joined 4 months ago
April 04, 2012
Worst customer service ever. I actually created a city search account just to leave this feedback, because i have never left any before, but this is absolutely necessary. I just called the "corporate office" to ask a simplequestion about the HGC near me in cinco ranch because I could not get a hold of anyone there after about 20 straight calls. When I call, this he/she whatever it was, gives me the worst attitude and unprofessional treatment I have ever received from the get go of the conversation. All I did was ask a simple question, and this person that called itself Jennifer, gave me terrible customer service over the phone like she had never actually spoke to another person before, plus I even got hung up on. Hey, if you hate your life that much, how bout find something else to do for a living you miserable soul. If you dont believe me call the office @ 713.218.0860 and ask for Jennifer, like thats even its real name. I promise you will talk to a person that sounds like they about to jump off a bridge, that just hates you and the HGC. If I can lose any money out of this idiots pocket, I sincerely hope to do so with this review.
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Doesn't Recommend

Joined 5 months ago
March 30, 2012
rip-off, waste of money, no good, pos company!. i really wish i had read the reviews before i went to "houston garden center". what a waste. i bought grass seed that i was told was just grass. i have a 1 yr old who still puts everything in hermouth and i am afraid to use anything with chemicals or fertilizers. "it says on the reciept 'no refund' so no we cant help you" AFTER i buy it im supposed to see "no refunds" dont bother calling the corporate number. matt hooper is never available and nobody else will help you.this is the worst company ever. total rip-off!
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Doesn't Recommend

Joined 5 months ago
March 13, 2012
Workers Point Of View. I am not a customer i work for the houston garden center i will not disclose which, but they are all the same. First the corporate office number is: (713) 218-0860 For who doesn't know it yet.Alright to get down to it as bad as it is for the customers trust me its as bad for us. We (us laborers not sure of cashiers) get paid 7.25$hr which is nothing. We work 3 days in a week with a total of 42 hours a week. We have NO breaks, NO employee room to eat or sit (even if its cold and raining), 30 minute lunch.

We are automatically fired if we have to leave even 30 mins early or if we clock in 1-2 mins late for work or lunch.

Not only that we do not have enough workers. AND yes all of you are correct. 99% even the managers DO NOT have papers. Not even a visa to work. They work their because it is the only place that will hire on the spot without any checks. Cashiers cannot be hired if they don't no just a tiny bit of english to speak.

Our plants are tossed and thrown depending on the workers attitude or how tired they are. Half of the cashiers don't know simple math which is sad.

I can say it is one of the worst places i ever worked at. Its like being a slave knowing you will never make anything more then 7.25. It can be pouring rain, but we are forced too still be out their working.

The customers just don't understand the company head only cares about what is made they don't care about the customers opinions. We ran out of grass (sod) and 20 customers in counting had to leave home without grass and a receipt showing the mistake they made because they weren't allowed a refund.

The corporate office is a joke its a small little shack in back of the houston garden center near 610-s & bissonet. The door is kept locked even for new hires because theirs offices are a mess. Papers thrown, boxes all over. Meanwhile the manager and bosses are out eating and drinking and show up once in a while to do the daily report which means nothing because they only get on the english speaking employees. The ones who speak only spanish are more important as they know those are the ones who will never leave.

If you read the reasons above you will see why they only allow anyone 19 or older to work.. They are inconsiderate and should be closed down as soon as possible. They break so many working laws its not even funny, but smaller people like me trying to make a living don't have the money to take it to court.
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Doesn't Recommend

Joined 5 months ago
March 07, 2012
HORRIBLE!!!. If I had the option of giving less than 1 star, I would have. I went to the HGC near Hempstead and 610 this morning with a list of both plants and flowers that I wanted to buy. As others have alreadystated, trying to find an employee who speaks proper English is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I brought all of my plants, flowers, potting soil to the register to be totaled and then it dawns on me that I forgot my coupon at home. My total was $135, the coupon would have allowed me to receive $10 off. I explained this to the gal at the register, who looked just THRILLED to be at work that day (sarcasm) and she replied, half asleep and rudely that I had to bring the coupon into the store. I ask to speak to a manager, and NANCY, the rude, half asleep employee tells me he is outside "way over there", expecting me, (I am holding my 2 year old daughter) to walk way out to speak to him. I reply, oh okay, is he coming in so that I can talk to him? Nancy drags herself over to him, he walks over and in broken English tells me the same thing that Nancy said. Walter, the manager was pitiful. Needless to say I left without buying a damn thing. I will never be back. I called the corp. office and gave them the names of the employees to which the woman replied, "we will speak to them about their attitude". Lets hope so seeing as how local customers keep a local company in business. I'll go to Lowe's to buy all my landscaping needs from now on.
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Doesn't Recommend

Joined 5 months ago
March 06, 2012
Will Never, Ever Shop There Again. I visited the HGC on I-45 in Spring, just south of Rayford, and had an issue that needed the "Supervisor's" approval. The supervisor is the guy who checks receipts as you leave, and the workers atHGC are very afraid of him. The poor woman there explained that she would get fired if she attempted to resolve my problem, so I asked who was going to fire her and I would speak with him. She was too afraid to even approach him, and simply pointed him out to me. Although he did resolve my problem in the end, I cannot begin to describe how rude and pompous this guy was! Not only to me, but to the poor workers as well. I left sorry I had ever spent any money there, and resolved NEVER to go there again. There are way too many places to shop for gardening items that treat customers (and workers) with respect, and appreciate customers' hard-earned dollars. Not only was this "supervisor" a total a$$, but he also gave me the creeps. I would like to point out that he was the only non-hispanic person working there. Total jerk with a capital J. I really feel badly for the people who have to work under him. Their job must be a total nightmare.

Please, I encourage you to go to Lowe's, Home Depot, or, even better, a business like Houston Plant & Garden World on I-45 just south of 1960, Arbor Gate or RCW. All of these places will greet you with a smile, and let you know they appreciate your business. DO NOT shop at HGC. TWO thumbs down.

I wish I could give a negative star rating. That is how bad this business is.
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Doesn't Recommend

Joined 5 months ago
March 05, 2012
HGC at 21530 Katy Freeway. Yesterday, I visited the Garden Center at 21530 Katy Freeway right off of I-10, with my wife and 4 year old son. On a recent trip to Lowes, I learned of a product called Weed Free Zone, which is madeby Fertilome. I was told that Lowes did not carry it but to try local garden stores, as it is the must have product to kill stubborn weeds.

I made location and asked the first staff member if he knew where I could find the product, of which I named by name. He then looks at another worker and says in spanish "hey, I don't understand him."

Cue the second person. I asked her if she knew where I could find a product called Weed Free Zone made by Fertilome. She looked at me with a blank stare and then walked me over to the Fertilzer section, pointed at the first one, which had nothing to do with Fertilome. I gather that she heard Fertilome and thought I meant Fertilizer.

After noting that she has no clue what I was asking for, I asked her for a manager... Cue the third person.

A ?manager? comes to her aid and asked how he could help. Mind you, this is the Manager, the head person in charge. I ask him the same question, and the begins to show me fertilizers as well. I again tell him, that I am in search of a specific product made by Fertilome called Weed Free Zone.

The manager removed his little orange cap, rubs his head (yes, movie like) and continues to rumage through the weed and feeds. After several minutes, I ask him if he knows what Atrazine is. The manager, the head of 21530 Katy Freeway Houston Garden Center, says NO!

Fast Forward to today. I locate Matt Hooper's number, which I am told is the owner of Houston Garden Centers. I speak to Jennifer who after listening to my dilemma, stated rudely that Houston Garden Center does not employ hordicultureist.

Again I add that I was not looking for a hordicultureist, but instead someone knowledgeable on a basic product such as Atrazine which helps..... (this is where she begins to yell at me and says that I don't have to tell her what Atrazine is.)

To bad Jennifer can't tell her staff what Atrazine is because I really could have used the product.

After I advised Jennifer that I felt she was being rude, she said our conversation was over.

I will say that I am in law enforcement and burglary suspects don't get talked to the way she spoke me.

I will follow up with the BBB and Matt Hooper. Someone has to open this guys eyes up but I am guessing that since Jennifer failed to provide her last name to me, it's probably Hooper.

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Doesn't Recommend

Joined 1 years ago
March 31, 2011
Horrible Service,Store and Corp.. HGC is a horrible place to "TRY" and do business. Not only do they not care about the customer, their corporate office is just as bad. Icouldn't get in touch with a location, so I called,713-218-0860, the corporate office. You could tell she had fielded many calls like mine, and she wasn't interested. And I don't know what world one of the previous commenters is from, but Jazzeerun, or whoever, is a total dimwit. I imagine most people go to which ever store they go to, with a certain amount of knowledge. And if you go to a store, lacking said knowlwedge, you rely on store personnel to assist you. HGC cannot do that because they are not knowledgeable, and if they were, they could not convey that knowledge because they do not even have a working use of the ENGLISH language. I am half hispanic, but if I was in Mexico, and wanted to do business in a semi professional way, I would learn to speak spanish. One reason would be so people would not try to take advantage of you., and I would think that if someone else moved here from another country, like Mexico, maybe you should learn ENGLISH. I hope I.C.E. never pays a visit to their locations, because I would bet that AT LEAST 75% of their employees would not pass the legal definition of legal immigrant, or be on a work visa. HGC would have to shut down most if no all of their stores. If HGC doesn't want these type of reviews, maybe they should train the employees better, instead of hiring people who can't speak english and/or because it's covenient because they all ride together. Stay Away From Houston Garden Centers if you want to enjoy your Flower and Tree buying experience!!
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Dollar Tree will be accepting Coupon via Dollar Tree Facebook Page

Does Dollar Tree accept coupons? Yes, Starting August 26, 2012

Signs are to be held in the office until this Sunday, when they officially start taking manufacturer coupons.
Cashiers will start asking, “Do you have any manufacturer coupons today?” And will have to process EACH coupon individually (as with every other store)… so it will take some time. Be patient-this is new for everyone!
The policy will be available on DollarTree.com, but as of right now, I did not see it there.

And the OFFICIAL Coupon Acceptance Policy is THIS:
  • Manufacturer coupons ONLY, no retailer specific coupons; example Target, Wal-Mart, etc.
  • No photo copy of coupons.
  • Limit 2 Internet coupons per transaction.
  • Do not accept coupons for “FREE” product or coupons where the amount for the product is blank.
  • Coupons must be presented at time of purchase and can not be redeemed for cash at a later time.
  • We will accept coupons subject to their terms only; such as expiration date, size and limitations.
  • Coupon will not be accepted without the purchase of the item specified on the coupon.
  • Coupons cannot be redeemed for more than the purchase of the item specified on the coupon.
  • Only 1 Manufacturer coupon will be accepted per product in transaction.
  • Coupon must be intact, not altered or modified in any way.
  • Coupons are for in store purchases only.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Walgreens Plans Q3 Launch for New Customer Loyalty Program

Walgreens Plans Q3 Launch for New Customer Loyalty Program

By Adam Blair
Walgreens plans to introduce a customer loyalty program in September, and the nation's largest drugstore chain will also complete the chainwide rollout of its next-generation point-of-sale system by the end of 2012. The retailer's technology investments, which also include a 500,000-square-foot e-commerce distribution center that began shipping orders in February, are a significant contributor to a projected $1.4 billion in capital expenditures for Walgreens' fiscal 2012.

"For the [second] quarter, we invested $304 million in capital projects, bringing our year-to-date capital expenditures to $723 million," explained Walgreens CFO Wade Miquelon during a recent conference call discussing financial results for Q2, which ended February 29. The expected $1.4 billion in CapEx for the entire fiscal year reflects "our commitment to continue to invest meaningfully in game-changing technology such as a new POS system and e-commerce distribution center, as well as to continue to invest in our existing store base."

The POS system "is designed to be intuitive and easy to use and is powered by the latest technology in wireless capability," said Walgreens CEO Gregory Wasson. He also noted that the new DC, located in Edwardsville, IL, "is expected to improve customer order delivery time by 50%." Wasson provided no additional details about the retailer's loyalty program beyond the planned mid-September launch date.

Walgreens had $18.7 billion in net sales during Q2, a 0.8% increase over the same period the previous year and a record high for the company. Front-end comp store sales increased 2.1% during the same period.

The retailer is "expanding the scope and reach of Walgreens" through a multi-channel approach, said Wasson. In addition to ongoing progress in its integration of the drugstore.com e-commerce site, the retailer expanded its buy online/pick up in store service from Chicago and San Jose, CA to Indianapolis.

"In mobile, we added new functionality for customers to help them stay on top of their medications and transfer prescriptions in a few easy steps," he added.

On the social media front, Walgreens launched the Answers application on its Facebook page in March. Created in association with Sharecare, an expert question-and-answer online platform addressing health topics, Answers is "a first of its kind interactive portal that gives our two million [Facebook] friends access to valuable health information and resources including prescription drugs, disease symptoms, at-home remedies and over-the-counter recommendations," said Wasson.

"With the success of our online health initiatives, such as the ability to chat live with a Walgreens pharmacist 24/7, this is yet another example of our commitment to innovation in the digital space that gives people greater access to Walgreens pharmacists and other clinical experts," said Walgreens president of e-commerce Sona Chawla. "Our relationship with Sharecare further extends our Answers promise beyond Walgreens retail locations, providing important health care information to customer online, through mobile applications and social media

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