I have been to a couple of Deere Landscapes and their plant inventory is down to nothing. There have been no customers and the phones are not ringing. Only one employee in the location. How long will they keep these open?
Kind, at first I was sympathetic with your plight. What you said about Lane is TRUE, what you said about HD/Lowes- also true. Lane did go about closing down dealers, almost randomly. Focus wasn't kept on the main revenue sources. Discretion was not used in closing family businesses- dealerships.
On the other hand, though, Deere does not shut down strong dealership groups that are willing to expand. If you had been in a position to succeed, you wouldn't have been shut down. You sound like sour grapes- which I understand, but it sounds like you want to blame Obama for a move that is solely Deere. Don't you think you deserve some blame for the closing of your business?
JD took over in their enlightened phase a couple of years ago a company called Lesco... a failing entity the results of which are now coming to fruition.
Beats me why DE Management has not fired people responsible for this and other stuff,
I work for a distributor that competes with JDL/Lesco. Presently, they are selling their fertilizer, seed and pesticides at an extremely low price. Very low margins. Once the commissions and costs are factored in, they couldn't possibly be making any profit. They're not just a little below the next nearest competitor, they're so cheap, it's not even close. Unfreakingbelievable!
This is the way Lesco went to business toward the end of that company's demise. And Lesco was once a great company. With good management and a little luck, they could have given Scotts a run for the money in both the consumer markets as well as professional users. But it just wasn't to be when they decided to go low and that was the end of that.
When your in a race to the bottom, there's no prize for getting there first. I can't see Deere letting these shenanigans go on for another year or two. Frankly, I never thought a great company like Deere would let JDL/Lesco go to business in such an unprofitable manner in the first place.
Just my two cents.