No Resolutions In U.S./China Trade Talks As New Tariffs Loom

The potential trade war between the United States and China has manufacturers, retailers, and consumers concerned. The first round of tariffs affected more than 800 Chinese products worth $34 billion, mostly impacting electronics components. Another round of tariffs took place Thursday, August 23rd, affecting another $16 billion worth of goods. The next round of tariffs scheduled to hit, should they go into effect, will have a direct impact on core categories within the lawn, garden, and hardware categories.

Categories possibly affected during the next round of tariffs include:

Tariff ListCountry of OriginCategoryDescriptionTariff IncreaseHearing DeadlinesEffective Date
(arrival in USA)
1ChinaFountainsAll Fountains (with pumps). Birdbaths are not included (no pump)25%7/6/18
1ChinaPlant SupportMoisture/Soil/PH Meters25%7/6/18
2ChinaPlant SupportScare Tape25%7/24/188/23/18
2ChinaPlant SupportTie Tape25%7/24/188/23/18
2ChinaWateringSome Hose Couplings (depends on % of materials)25%7/24/188/23/18
3ChinaAccessoriesFolding Garden Stools/Garden Tote Bags10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaAccessoriesWheelbarrows10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaCuttingShears/Loppers/Pruners/Saws10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaDisplaysMetal Display Racks10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaLightingBamboo Torches/Steel Torches10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaLightingCandles/Decofire/TableTop Torches10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaPatioMost Patio Funiture (without fire)10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaPlant SupportBamboo Stakes/U-Hoops10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaPlant SupportCork Saucers10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaPlant SupportHardwood Stakes10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaPlant SupportSteel Stakes10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaPlant SupportTies/Twine/Wire10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaPlant SupportWire Prop-up/Peony Ring/Grow-Thru Grid10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaToolsHand Tools (all with metal including aluminum): Transplanters/Trowels/Cultivators/Fan Rakes/Weeders/Scoops/etc.10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaToolsKids Tools10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaToolsLH Tools: Shovels/Forks/Bow Rake/Hoes/Cultivator/Weeders/etc.10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaToolsRakes10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaWateringHose Coupling/Connectors (remaining ones not on List 2)10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaWateringHoses10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct
3ChinaWateringNozzles/Wands10% or 25%8/20 - 8/23/2018Unknown, possibly Sept/Oct

The United States and China were scheduled to return the negotiating table on August 22 and 23, but reportedly, no progress was made.

According to an August 23 article on, “The two sides had met with low expectations for this week’s meetings and no further talks had been scheduled, a person familiar with the discussions said. The person, who requested anonymity to discuss the private deliberations, also said Chinese officials had raised the possibility that no further negotiations could happen until after November’s mid-term elections in the U.S.”

The article continues, “The lack of progress and the looming prospect of further tariffs from both sides adds to the uncertainty for businesses, who have to decide whether it makes sense to invest in China or the U.S., given the rising political tensions and risk of punishing new taxes on trade. A new round of tariffs could come as early September, but there is no guarantee that will be the last, or that there won’t be other measures.”

Additionally, according to Bloomberg, “The Trump administration is preparing a far larger tranche of tariffs covering some 6,000 products from China with an annual import value of $200 billion. That move and the anticipated retaliation from the Chinese would mark the largest escalation so far and start to hit American consumers more directly. The U.S. could impose the duties after a comment period ends Sept. 6.”

The United States is said to be imposing these measures in an effort to correct a $375 billion trade imbalance in China’s favor.

According to a May 3 Reuters article, “Trump has also demanded ‘reciprocity’ between U.S. and Chinese tariffs, frequently complaining about China’s 25 percent car tariff while the U.S. equivalent is 2.5 percent.”

“At the heart of the dispute,” according to Reuters, “are U.S. allegations that Chinese joint venture requirements and other policies force American companies to turn over their intellectual property, costing them billions of dollars annually and giving China’s state enterprises an edge in the race to develop new industries crucial to future growth.”

Earn Cash & Rebates At Open House With Passport To Profits

Attendees at the 2018 Arett Sales Open House can walk away with up to $100  in cash and enjoy a 2% rebate on all purchases from select exhibitors by participating in the Passport To Profits show-only program. Here’s how the program works:


Look for your Passport To Profits Tally Sheet in the 2018 Open House Show Guide. Visit all of the participating booths (see below) and get your Passport Tally Sheet stamped as you learn about their new and exciting products and deals. That’s it. You’ll earn $25.


When you place qualifying orders at ANY 6 of the participating booths and get a second stamp for your order, you’ll earn an additional $25.


When you place a qualifying order with 4 additional Passport booths, or 10 total orders with participating Passport to Profit vendors, you’ll earn an extra $50.

That’s $100 in your pocket for doing what you came to the show to do anyway! Bring your completed Passport To Profits Tally Sheet to the show bank to collect your cash.


Qualifying orders written in 6 or more Passport to Profits booths entitle you to a 2% rebate from Arett Sales on ALL purchases from those same manufacturers placed between September 10th, 2018 and August 31st, 2019. Some restrictions apply. See booths for details.

Participating Booths:

Look for booths with the Passport To Profits teardrop flag!
  • A01A – Greensmith – Advertising and marketing for your business. Earn extra SPIFF paid for by Arett. (see booth and bank for details)
  • A15 – HC Companies: Decorative indoor and outdoor planters.
  • B68 – Boss Gloves: Work gloves, boots, and rainwear.
  • B70 – Bonide Products Inc.: Garden naturals, weed, insect, disease and home pest control, repellents, plant care, specialty products, and more.
  • B80 – Bloem Living: Decor and accessories, bird baths, urns, bowls, railing planters, saucers, hanging baskets, window boxes, and watering cans.
  • C50 – Cole & Bright: A stunning decorative garden collection of lanterns, stake, path, spot and table lights, and lighted garden accessories.
  • D28 – DeWitt Co.: Landscape fabrics, ground cover, knitted/woven shade cloth, plant protection, erosion control, and more.
  • D40 – Dramm: A full assortment of watering tools and accessories, and brightly-colored cutting tools.
  • G07 – Origin Point Brands: Fences, trellises, baskets, borders, post hoops and urns, plant supports, hex netting, cage wire, wire rack systems, and merchandise displays.
  • G57 – Glamos Wire: Plant supports, border fences, and seasonal items in a variety of colors and styles.
  • H22 – Harbor Gardens: Decorative garden art, wall planters, furniture, and metal signs.
  • R11 – Gardman/World Source Partners: Decorative and eco-friendly
    product assortment that include hanging gardens, bird feeding supplies, plant accessories, arches, obelisks, fencing, edging, and greenhouses.
  • S20 – United Industries: Includes popular brands like Spectracide, Liquid Fence, Cutter, Hot Shot, Black Flag, Repel, and Garden Safe.
  • S84 – SunGro Horticulture: Sun Gro is North America’s largest producer of horticultural-grade peat and the largest distributor of peat moss and peat and bark-based growing mixes.
  • S99 – Supreme/Danner Mfg.: Everything water gardening! Pond kits, pumps, pump vaults, filters, water falls, pond lights, de-icers, and accessories.
  • T70 – Terra Verde Arett’s private label garden and cutting tools, plant supports, hoses and accessories, and watering tools.
  • T70 – Terra Verde Home: Outdoor furniture, seating groups, bistro sets, benches, swings, bird baths, raised beds, kinetic bird sculptures, plant stands, garden decor, and more!
  • U99 – The Sun Pottery Co.: Vietnamese glazed pottery and bird baths.

Register now at

Arett’s 2018 Open House Special Events Update!

Our 2018 show theme of “Coming Together For Extraordinary Results celebrates the rewards of interaction, networking, and responsiveness in our wonderful industry!

When you enter Hall D of the Convention Center – please take a look at  our “LIVING MURAL” that will be “in progress” by mural artist, Ali Williams. Ali will be creating a mural that depicts the strengths of our industry – and we will be soliciting input from you!

Ali M. Williams is a Philadelphia based artist and muralist. She has exhibited her work internationally and has created an art-based curriculum for use in schools and community workshops. After receiving her BFA at Moore College of Art and Design, her love of painting, public art, and design brought her to work with Mural Arts Philadelphia. She later co-founded the award-winning mural collective, Chroma Dolls LLC.  Ali is currently focused on creating her own body of work as an independent muralist and fine artist.

Network and enjoy the company of your peers at the MONDAY NIGHT ‘FUN & GAMES’ DINNER EVENT!

Relax after a hard day on the show floor and enjoy a wonderful dinner in a beautiful spot with great people! This year we are featuring fun & games, all compliments of Arett Sales!


Included is a gourmet dinner, 2 FREE drink tickets, and $250 in FUN GAMBLING BUCKS for our Casino Night of Fun!

To accommodate our group, we will utilize both the GEC ballroom and the Grand Ballroom of the Tropicana Hotel for this event. One room will have a DJ and the other room will have large screens showing Monday Night Football. The same delicious gourmet dinner and all the fun-loving casino games will be in each ballroom. Each room will have Black Jack Tables; Poker Tables; Double Roulette Wheels, Craps Tables and 2 Money Wheels.

And the three “big winners” of the evening will get prizes!

Note: This is an adult function, must be 18 to attend.


Enjoy local Atlantic City flavors in the food, the drink, and the music from 5 PM to 6:30 PM! (Note: This year, the show closes on Sunday at 7 pm.)

Enjoy  the company of your peers, manufacturer experts, and the Arett Sales’ team and relax to the music of the EDDIE MORGAN TRIO as you stroll the Open House or hang-out in one of our Comfort Areas on the show floor.

Delicious snacks and lively bars will be open from 5 pm – 6:30 pm.

Receive 2 FREE drink tickets per person upon entry to the show.


These Pizza cones were created to provide an authentic Italian pizza made from only high-quality ingredients, with mobility in mind! Experience a progressive new way to enjoy your favorite Italian dish – engineered to ensure that all of the product ends up where it’s supposed to, not on your shirt or on your face!


Taste, watch, and learn! Come and enjoy a demonstration of how they instill their liquors with care and expertise. Located in the heart of prohibition-unfriendly Atlantic City, Little Water Distillery is a craft distillery owned and operated by brothers Mark and Eric Ganter, producing small batch rum, whiskey, vodka, and other artisan spirits for thirsty souls in the Garden State and beyond. The brand 48Blocks are the 48 blocks in Atlantic City!

Visit ArettOpenHouse for more information and to register!

Merchant’s Picks For August

Want to know what hot items you should have on your shelves for this month? Find out with this list of Merchant’s Picks for August 2018.

Merchant Picks - August 2018

Item NumberItem NameWHY A MERCHANT PICK?
B70 197Beetle Bagger Japanese Beetle TrapA dual-floral and pheromone lure system that protects more than 5,000 sq. ft. all season long. The hourglass-shape disposable collection bag traps beetles securely.
D07 DX7Deer-X NettingA strong and durable black polypropylene mesh with UV inhibitors that protects shrubs, trees, and vegetable gardens from destructive deer.
L51 B550110Bobbex Deer Repellent And Plant NutrientEnvironmentally compatible and harmless to all wildlife including fish, pets, humans, birds, insects, etc. Can be sprayed on any ornamental including flowering shrubbery. Long lasting, non-burning and will not wash off in rain.
L46 HT2EZ Yard Butler Two-Wheeled Hose TruckBuilt to last, one of the best features of the Hose Truck is the clever flo-max reel design guarantees hoses will not kink. Virtually no assembly.
N15 8590031001Turbo-Heart Oscillating Sprinkler - 2,250 Sq. Ft.Oscillating sprinkler provides rectangular watering coverage area up to 2,250 sq. ft. Turbo heart cams reduce water waste by eliminating puddling at the end of the oscillation.
S09 38605DScotts Turf Builder Winterguard Fall Lawn Food 5MBuilds strong deep grass roots for a better lawn next spring. WaterSmart improves the lawn's ability to absorb water and nutrients versus an unfed lawn. 5,000 sq. ft.
S09 38615Scotts Turf Builder Winterguard Fall Lawn Food 15MBuilds strong deep grass roots for a better lawn next spring. WaterSmart improves the lawn's ability to absorb water and nutrients versus an unfed lawn. 15,000 sq. ft.

Merchant’s Picks For July

Want to know what hot items you should have on your shelves for this month? Find out with this list of Merchant’s Picks for July 2018.

Merchant Picks - July 2018

Item NumberItem NameWHY A MERCHANT PICK?
B70 690MoleMax Mole & Vole RepellentMole and vole repellent and bulb protector. Repel moles, voles, gophers, rabbits, armadillos, skunks in lawns, flower beds, and gardens. Safe for use around children, plants and pets.
D40 1014860One Touch Rain WandAllows complete and total water flow control with just one touch of your thumb. Efficiently saves water while watering from one plant to the next.
E92 643011 EZ Nectar All Natural Hummingbird NectarThe only all-natural, sugar and water only, ready-to-use hummingbird nectar on the market. EZNectar uses only pure cane sugar and filtered water - it is 100% pure.
M91 MD008Bite Relief Soothing Balm100% natural, plant-based after bite soothing balm. Relieves itch from mosquito bites.
S70 1016111Miracle-Gro LiquaFeed All Purpose Plant Food Advance Starter KitContains one garden feeder, one 16 oz. bottle of LiquaFeed All Purpose Plant Food and one dosing spoon. The dosing spoon allows product to be used with a watering can.
S70 1004325Miracle-Gro LiquaFeed All Purpose Plant Food RefillsFeeds plants through leaves and roots. Safe to use with all flowers, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and houseplants throughout the growing season.
T18 400150Teknor Apex Zero-G Advanced Garden HoseFeatures an advanced design that is 50% lighter than a standard hose. Tru-Flex pliable inner core prevents kinking. Hose is compact and easy to store.
T70 70771SP Splash Self Coiling HoseStretches out to 50' without kinking and retracts to 32" for easy storage. Assortment includes purple, blue, and light green. 3/8" x 50'.
T70 91685Heavy-Duty Nozzle Combo PackThis combo pack includes a heavy-duty adjustable rear trigger nozzle with easy push rear trigger and a heavy-duty 9-pattern nozzle.

Using The New

In conjunction with the launch of our new computer system, Arett Sales has unveiled a completely redesigned This innovative, modern new website makes shopping easier and offers customers access to many new streamlined features 24 hours a day.

For step-by-step instructions on how to use the site and make the most of’s new features, download our helpful How-To Guide. This guide will walk you through shopping online, placing orders, making online payments, viewing order histories, and much more.

We have also prepared several “HOW TO” training videos designed to guide you through the process of accessing the information you need. Several of them are posted below. For more helpful training videos, visit Arett Sales on YouTube.

How To Navigate The Website:

How To place a regular weekly order:

How To place a program order:

How To TRACK AN order:

Arett Sales “Not-Just” Pottery Showcase Grand Opening In Moorestown, NJ

Arett Sales’ exciting new “Not Just” Pottery Showcase will have a grand opening on June 11, in Moorestown, NJ. The Good Tidings Showroom is being transformed into a beautiful showcase featuring pottery, outdoor decor, furniture, birding, lighting, garden tools, and more.

Arett retailer customers are invited to come see what’s new in pottery and décor for 2019, enhance their store’s pottery selection, and select from fabulous designs, colors, and styles from select manufacturers, such as Burley Clay, Sun Pottery, Pacific Home & Garden, Deroma and Syndicate Sales.

The showcase also features furniture, decor, lighting, tools and many new items from a variety of manufacturers, such as Gardman, Terra Verde,  Terra Verde Home, Cole & Bright, The Nuttery, and more!

The showcase will feature exlusive deals and customers can enjoy the best pricing of the year by placing orders at the showcase. Additionally, customers who submit orders at the showcase for the online Arett Summer Marketplace will receive the “A-level” discount on all programs.

Book your appointment for one of our  VIP Barbecue Days!

On Tuesday, July 17th, Wednesday, July 18th, and Thursday, July 19th, you can have lunch with your peers and meet manufacturer experts during our FREE Barbecue Days, as you take advantage of all the great deals the showcase has to offer!

The showcase will be open for 7 weeks, from June 11th to July 27th. Appointments are required.

The showcase is located at:
225 Executive Drive, Suite 6
Moorestown, NJ 08057

Book your appointment for the “Not Just” Pottery Showcase online today!

Don’t Miss These Showcase-Only Specials

  • Exclusive pottery deals
  • The best pricing of the year on all pottery & featured items
  • Earn an Extra 5% on all “Power Alley on Display” in the showcase
  • Every Summer Marketplace program gets the “A” discount when you order at the showcase.
  • 7 pottery & décor imported lines to inspire
  • Breakfast & lunch daily
  • All attendees are entered into raffles from these participating vendors:
    • Weber Grill
    • Greensmith Fall Advertising
    • World Source Partners
    • Terra Verde
    • Pacific Home & Garden Pottery
    • Deroma
    • Burley Clay
    • Syndicate Sales
    • The Sun Pottery

Brands To Be Featured At The Showcase Include:

  • Burley Clay
  • Cole & Bright
  • Deroma
  • Gardman
  • Harbor Gardens
  • Pacific Home & Garden Pottery
  • Syndicate Sales
  • The Nuttery
  • The Sun Pottery
  • Terra Verde
  • Terra Verde Home
  • World Source Partners

Save Big With Arett’s Summer Marketplace ONLINE Event

The Arett Sales Summer Marketplace Online Event goes live on June 11th at and runs through July 27th. Learn more at

The Summer Marketplace is an easy way for customers to purchase items at great prices for the coming season from the comfort of their office or home at any time day or night via or your Arett Salesperson!

Save on wild bird, fall and winter, imported outdoor décor and pottery, summer insect controls, weeds controls, and amazing Power Alley Deals! The Arett Sales Summer Marketplace programs will feature terrific deals with savings ranging from 11% to 68%!

In addition to great prices and a great selection, the Summer Marketplace programs provide timely delivery on the items you need. Delivery on these items will occur from 8/20/18 through 9/28/18, whereas “At Once” orders placed at the Arett Open House will not be available for delivery until after 10/22/18.

The Arett Summer Marketplace active period of June 11 thru July 27 is in the midst of Arett’s migration to our new computer system. To make it easier for customers to place orders through this transition, orders for the Summer Marketplace can be submitted in a number of different ways:

  1. Place Program orders using your log-in to Arett Direct from June 11 – June 29 at 4 PM, and then on from July 4 – July 27. Visit for the latest up-to-date ordering instructions.
  2. Place Program orders in person at the Arett Sales “Not Just” Pottery Showcase.
  3. Place Program orders with your Arett Salesperson from June 11 – July 27.
  4. Place Program orders with our Customer Service Staff by calling 800-257-8220, Monday – Friday from  8 AM – 5 PM.

Merchant’s Picks For May

Want to know what hot items you should have on your shelves for this month? Find out with this list of Merchant’s Picks for May 2018.

Merchant Picks - May 2018

Item NumberItem NameWHY A MERCHANT PICK?
B32 FP61268460Burley Clay 12” Tree of Life Planter – TurquioseNew additions to Arett Sales warehouse stocking program. Beautiful glazed ceramic pots with a "tree of life" design.
B32 FP61268680Burley Clay 12” Tree of Life Planter – BlueNew additions to Arett Sales warehouse stocking program. Beautiful glazed ceramic pots with a "tree of life" design.
B32 FP61268690Burley Clay 12” Tree of Life Planter – GreenNew additions to Arett Sales warehouse stocking program. Beautiful glazed ceramic pots with a "tree of life" design.
B70 238Bonide Shotgun Repels-All Animal RepellentFormulated with natural ingredients. Repels three ways, by sense of touch, taste and smell. Protects plants and property, including structures, for up to 2 months per application. People and pet safe when used as directed.
C50 6762Cole & Bright Bollard Light Stainless Steel Motion SensorMotion sensor bollard light perfect for illuminating pathways. Motion activated.
D40 1012700Dramm 9-Pattern Revolver AssortmentMay is watering season. Helps plants and lawns off to a strong start. Ergonomic insulated grip nozzle with quick-click pattern changing.
D80 HDR046851Southern Patio 16” Westlake Square Pot – Galvanized SilverHigh-density resin pot that looks like galvanized corrugated steel.
M19 5892B Mayne Vienna Urn - BlackOld world, yet contemporary style. Looks like cast iron, but lightweight.
P19 52008Jack’s Classic All Purpose 20-20-20Considered the industry standard of general purpose fertilizers by professional growers. It feeds both through the roots and the leaves. For all indoor and outdoor plants.
S09 14905Scotts PatchMaster Lawn Repair Mix Sun & Shade MixMay is the month for lawn seed repairs. Easy to spread formula that starts to grow in as few as 7 days.
S20 53944Spectracide Triazicide Insect Killer for Lawns - GranulesKills insects above and below ground. Use outdoors, on lawns and as a band treatment around house foundation.
S20 HG96437Spectracide Weed Stop for Lawns - Ready-To-UseWith spring rains and warmth come weeds invading lawns. Weed Stop For Lawns can be used to effectively control the spread of weeds.
T18 400150PDQTeknor Apex Zero-G Advanced Garden Hose with Try Me DisplayerFeatures an advanced design that is 50% lighter than a standard hose. Tru-Flex pliable inner core prevents kinking. Hose is compact and easy to store.