Robert's Rants
Robert's Rants
A personal blog on the Canadian pesticide industry and other pet peeves and interests

The Americanized PCO market in Canada: Good, Bad, or Who Cares?

In 1994, some young rebel Yankee took over management of the Canadian non-ag markets for a chemical company, whose name has changed 4 times now, by sitting on his duff in Delaware making phone calls. Of course the first move was to fire the Canadian rep, save money. Little did he know he would move […]

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Knowledge brings Profit

AND DO WE HAVE IT? Knowledge that is.   And with Knowledge comes Professionalism, and when tied together the smart PMP will be able to effect bottom line profits in a positive. But in my honest opinion: No,  we don’t have the knowledge throughout the Industry to go from being just good at pest control, to […]

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We have finally gone over the edge.

I thought that with the election of Donald Trump, perhaps the second best chance of an anit-Christ since Hitler, mankind had demonstrated that we are really beyond saving ourselves as a species. I knew then we were doomed, but maybe, just maybe there was some hope or shred of sanity left. But then this weekend […]

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Bed bugs are labelled…just not where they hide!

Here’s a prime example of an on-going PROBLEM in our federal registration process, and with the supplier industry to some extent. On the label, and rightly so, are statements explaining WHERE you can use a pesticide, and on WHAT pest, and at the correct RATE. Easy Peesy as my granddaughter would say. Au contraire.. A […]

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So Back on the Bike!

Here’s the oddity of the whole argument of car versus bicycle: when you’re on a bike you hate all cars, and when you’re driving a car you hate all bikes. Simple… But I use the word “hate” here to freely.  It’s not really a love-hate thing.  It’s a human thing.  Like get out of my […]

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So Trump has stuck his…finger…into your business

A quick aside from the Bicycle Thief story. (no – it hasn’t been stolen) With the NAFTA agreement on hold until November, the Tariff wars will be on-going for several months like a ping pong tournament played blind folded. I’m certain there will be goods and raw materials added as we go. They do aluminum, […]

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Those Damn Bicycle Riders – and I joined ’em

Most of you put on a lot of miles servicing routes, commuting, going to the cottage.  Unless as a technician you are lucky enough to have one huge building and an elevator as your vehicle. And each of you driving probably have a daily occurrence where you give a bike rider the one-finger salute. You […]

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How to beat the choppers and slashers

Howdy there price shoppers… Shopping for prices, the occasional Special, buy one get one…all parts of what is known as your Pricing Strategy.  These may be temporary or a buying incentive.  That happens in nearly most industries, based on many different factors. In some Industries the Specials/Discounts become  regular price strategy.  Take the grocery business […]

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Is there hope for mankind?

Well right now it’s around 2:00 on a Friday, working through my nap to keep my New Year friggin resolution. Anyhow The way I normally like to drive to work requires a cut-left a block before the light, casual drive through a neighborhood, right/left back onto the main road without the hassle at the light […]

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