Who knew that the flower industry could possibly become affected by political decisions made throughout the world? Peter S. Goodman of The New York Times writes that Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union could potentially wreak havoc on the floral trade not only in the country but across the entire continent as well!
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Located in Holland is one of the largest wholesale floral exchanges and auctions. Flowers are auctioned off and shipped across the world. A large portion of these flowers ends up in the United Kingdom. However, with Brexit ultimately happening next March, flowers that would normally have no issues clearing customs will have to be rigorously examined and meet new regulation guidelines in order to enter the country. This could potentially cause huge disturbances in the trade industry both in and out. The longer transit times will also be an issue. Flowers are a fragile and perishable product. The longer these products travel, the shorter the vase life of the flowers for the consumer will be.
The British may have to get flowers such as roses directly from the sources (growers) instead of going through these floral exchanges. This could certainly become a challenge. Or perhaps agreements can be made between the countries of the European Union and Great Britain to make this process a bit more seamless. Regardless, this separation will undoubtedly cause rifts in the trade and distribution of all items- floral or not.
Do you find this as interesting as we do? Will it stir up problems here too in America? We certainly hope not! Let us know what you think! Feel free to visit both our New Jersey and New York locations to see our amazing selection of fresh wholesale flowers! You can also get flowers delivered directly to your retail location with our Flowers Express program! We can’t wait to talk!
The folks at SAF (Society of American Florist) are at it again! Their annual nation-wide celebration of Petal It Forward will occur on October 24, 2018. We invite you to participate and spread the word as well!
This feel-good initiative strives to spread kindness and compassion to those in your community. Whether it be a friend or a complete stranger, do something special to make their day. Those who participate in Petal It Forward are asked to purchase two flower bouquets. Find an unsuspecting individual and give them the bouquets. Tell them to keep one bouquet and give the other to another person. Tell them about the initiative and perhaps they will continue the giving. The possibilities are endless! If you live in a large city like New York, you may see people passing out flowers on the street. If you don’t see anyone in your town participating, take it upon yourself and spread the love!
As a retail florist or someone that works in the industry, you can participate by stocking up on wholesale flowers to create these bouquets. In your shop create signage to advertise the event with the arrangements pleasingly displayed. You may even get some foot traffic with people specifically looking for ways to celebrate this day, so be prepared!
Do you have any questions? How can you join this special day? Here at Main Wholesale Florist, we are happy to help answer these questions! Join us at our New Jersey or New York location and speak directly to our experts. We can even ship flowers directly to your retail shop with our Flowers Express program. How will you be Petaling it Forward? Drop us a comment or talk to us on Facebook! We can’t wait to hear from all of you!
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.
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!
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!
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?
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!
June is California Grown Flowers Month! Let’s celebrate this region where many of our favorite wholesale blooms are grown and cultivated! This is the time of year to identify and honor those who work very hard to farm and provide the best quality product possible for wholesale florist just like us! This includes those who plant the seeds, harvest the flowers, and ship them. We want to thank those who help along each step of the process! Here at Main Wholesale Florist, we are very proud to sell flowers directly to our customers that were grown right in Californian soil.
The California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers is the premiere flower shipping and trading operation serving 45 states including New Jersey and New York. The association prides themselves on introducing fresh cut flowers to the US market. They also love participating with younger generations in the hope of sharing and spreading their love of flowers. Click here to learn much more!
So, how can we show our thanks this June? Step one is to continue supporting Californian growers! Step two is to let others know what and why we are acknowledging these individuals. Have you purchased California grown wholesale flowers recently? Do you wish to spread the word as much as we do? Post photos to your business’ various social media platforms by using the hashtags #CAGrown and #OriginMatters. Tell us why you are appreciative. We can’t wait to see!
Please visit our New York and New Jersey locations to see us in action! Check out our awesome selection of fresh cut wholesale domestic flowers! We are always happy to help and answer any questions that you might have! Stock your retail shops with the highest quality merchandise! Don’t forget to tell us what you love most about Californian grown flowers!