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Proper Floral Care for Retail Florists

Teach them the right way!

You own a retail floral shop and have just hired a handful of new employees. They have zero experience working with flowers. Where to begin? We love inviting newcomers into our exciting industry, so here is a helpful guide to train your new employees how to process your wholesale blooms:

 

process your wholesale blooms

 

Sanitize

Sanitize cooler buckets and the surrounding areas. Make sure that that floral coolers are disinfected. This will not only keep your workspace clean but also help the longevity of the flower’s vase life. Clean working area thoroughly before and after working. Great habits begin during training!

 

process your wholesale blooms

 

Process Fragile Flowers First

Begin processing fragile and water-sensitive flowers first. This may seem straightforward and common sense, but for a newbie to the industry, this is a helpful piece of advice. Allow those flowers that need the extra rehydration plenty of time to rest in cool and clean water.

 

process your wholesale blooms

 

Finish with Greenery

Also, make sure that your new employees know how to handle greenery. These items do need rehydration as well however, they tend to be much hardier than the delicate petals of flowers. This means that your new employees should learn to save processing greenery until last. Once each flower has been properly taken care of, you can then begin to work with the foliage you’ve received from your wholesaler.

Display Blooms and Arrangements Attractively

 

If your retail shop has a cooler that can be seen by your customers it is important to display your processed flowers and arrangements in a pleasing manner. Let your new employees know that they should not just throw items into the cooler haphazardly. Customers will be attracted and will potentially convince them to make a purchase when they see a beautifully organized cooler.

 

process your wholesale blooms

 

This seems simple enough! A crash course in proper processing is even helpful to veterans in the industry. It is always a good time to learn new things and catch up. Here at Main Wholesale Florist, we love to talk with our customers. What questions do you have? What tips do you have for training new employees? We can’t wait to hear from you!

Corporate Relationships are Key

Business relationships are imperative regardless of the industry. Wholesale and retail florists can develop partnerships with many types of customers. One of the most important is corporate customers. Learn why corporate relationships can be key to running a successful business!

Business relationships are imperative

Also known as B2B (Business to Business),  this type of customer is special in that you have gotten to know them and their floral needs. Corporate clients can be some of the most loyal. They will reach out to your retail shop when looking for a way to enhance the look of their offices. Flowers have also proven to improve the moods of people which ultimately can increase the overall productivity of its employees.

Once you’ve developed a trusting rapport it is likely that your corporate clients will continue to use your services. This will become a steady part of your business. They may even set up weekly or bi-weekly orders with your shop! Your B2B recipient will enjoy the ease of fresh flowers delivered directly to their locations. However, do not take this for granted, as budgets and timelines can vary or change over time.

Overall, these customers like the personal touch. They like that you know them by name and that they can easily get in contact with you for any changes or new orders. Reach out often to see how they are enjoying your floral designs. Do they need additional product next week? Etc.

Business relationships are imperative

Maintaining corporate relationships can be immensely important to the growth of your business. Here at Main Wholesale Florist, we are happy to answer any questions that you may have. We would love to be the source for your wholesale blooms which will adorn the hallways, entryways, and executive suites of these corporate clients. Visit our New Jersey and New York locations or enjoy the convenience of door to door delivery with our Flower Express program.

Floral Wholesalers can Use Technology Too!

Everyone is online these days

Regardless of the industry, you work in, using technology as a leverage tool is key. Everyone is online these days! It is very important to learn how using today’s technology can help increase your business by ten-fold. Here are some helpful tips when using technology within the wholesale floral industry:

Increased Methods for Sales

If your retail shop has a website, you may want to consider setting up a storefront online. You can get additional business from those cruising around the Internet. Take sales and show your inventory for those curious as well. You can also take orders via email for those who not comfortable using the online storefront.

Use Social Media to Market your Business

create social media accounts and regularly update them. People can find your business from a simple Google search. Having these social media accounts will help to be more easily searchable and accessible too.

Everyone is online these days

Create a Business Listing

You can create business listings on websites where people are looking for floral services. Wedding Wire or The Knot are websites where brides can find your shop or wholesale location. Use these resources as methods to find customers who may have not otherwise found your shop.

Set up Lines for Communication

Just by being online means you have already set up stronger ways to communicate with both customers, growers, and your employees. Increased communication also means higher productivity which can do wonders for your overall profits and sales. Be sure to regularly check in with those responsible for the day to day runnings of your business and the vendors you work with. Remember that communication is key!

Everyone is online these days

Technology can be a blessing in that we are more connected and can run our wholesale floral businesses more effectively. Do you have any other questions on how technology can be beneficial to us in this industry as well as others? Visit our website to see this work in action! We can’t wait to hear from you!

Building a Profitable Floral Business

Opening your own floral retail shop?

opening your own floral retail shop

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The dream of opening your own floral retail shop has become reality! Now your challenge is to keep this new business afloat for the first year. With help from Paul Goodman, CPA, PFCI., we have put together a guide to help you to reach this goal!

Standard Markups

Markups enable you to make a return upon investment. For centerpieces set a 20% retail price for its labor, a two-times markup for their container and supplies used, and a 3.5% markup on flowers and foliage. This will help you to earn profit on the sale. For bouquets practice a similar strategy but charge a 35% markup for labor and supplies. When customers ask for a quote, you can use this standard markup to give a generalized price.

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Labor Costs

Creating beautiful arrangements with wholesale flowers takes a lot of work, time, and energy. Make sure to charge appropriately for your labor. Labor costs don’t just involve arranging the flowers but also includes ordering supplies, delivery, set-up, and breakdown as well. Make this clear to your customers when working up quotes for weddings or other important events. If you do not charge for labor you may end up losing money in the long-run so pay extra attention to your pricing. Don’t forget to take account of your delivery charges if applicable. These can start at $1.10 per mile traveled.

Hire Designers with Experience

You can’t just hire anyone off the street. A floral designer must have an eye for symmetry, balance, color, and so much more. With that being said, you must pay fair wages as well. Take into account the price you charge, labor time, and hours worked when calculating wages.

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There are many ways to lose money in this type of business. Don’t fall prey to these avoidable situations. Do not start work on a project until the deposit is paid. This ensures that your customers will pay the remainder of their bill. When designing arrangements, you should always keep tabs on the exact quantity of stems used. Don’t estimate! You may end up losing money over time and will also prevent over-ordering. Also, don’t forget to keep in contact with your wholesaler. They are a valuable resource when first starting your business.

We hope these tips and tricks help you to succeed and stay profitable! What advice do you have? We can’t wait to hear!

 

Keep Your Wholesale Blooms Cold

You may want to wear a sweater, it is going to get chilly in here! It is well known that keeping your wholesale blooms in cold temperatures allows them to last as long as possible. Why is this though and why does it matter?

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On a scientific level, storing flowers at cool temperatures, roughly 30 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit, reduced the depletion of stored sugars within their foliage. It also helps reduce disease causing bacteria and protects flowers from ethylene, a gas produced by dying flowers. Keeping your floral cooler in working order should be on the top of your priority list when running a successful business. Be sure to routinely service your coolers to make sure they are running at their highest efficiency possible!

Some florists will keep their coolers at temperatures between 40 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit in effort to save money on energy costs. However, this may weaken the lifespan of your wholesale blooms. Another problem that you may not think about is displaying blooms outside of coolers. This may allow your customers to get close up views of your inventory and can convince those impulse buyers to purchase flowers, but overall, the warmer temperatures will age the flowers at a quicker rate. In fact, each day flowers are stored outside of your coolers, they will lose a day of life. If you desire to display blooms outside, perhaps leave some out and others in the cooler on rotation, switching every few hours.

As a professional retail florist this should be old news to you! But if you do have questions, here at Main Wholesale Florist we are happy to help! Can you recommend any other tips to increase the longevity of wholesale flowers? Visit our New Jersey and New York locations to speak with sale representatives directly! We can’t wait to show you our coolers stocked with the highest quality products!