Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! In the floral industry, we prepare for this day all year long! Forecasts are in with estimations of how this holiday will weather. Here are the predictions:
This Valentine’s season should be a busy one! Sales should be on the higher end as the economy continues to strengthen.
This year production was ahead of schedule at the beginning of the season due to warm weather and good conditions. Now as storms such as an El Nino and other poor weather conditions, production has slowed down a bit. But supply and availability of especially roses should be plentiful out of South America this February.
Retail florists are overjoyed that Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year in 2019. Customers will have a few extra days for shopping. The extra days give shops the opportunity to allow for more foot traffic and potential sales.
The only question that has arisen recently is if there are any residual effects from the recent government shutdown? Has any of the essential moving parts been affected? Most are predicting that the shutdown should have little or no consequence for Valentine’s Day sales but it is something to consider as many government workers were impacted. For example, the USDA was closed during this time. The wholesale floral industry relies on this agency to inspect flowers coming into this country from other nations. We really won’t know the outcome until February.
Here at Main Wholesale Florist, we are ready for all of your Valentine’s Day needs. Get your orders in as soon as possible. Visit our New Jersey and New York locations to speak directly with a salesperson! We can even deliver flowers directly to your retail storefront with our Flowers Express service! We are happy to answer any questions that you might have!
2019 is right around the corner which means it is a great time to begin planning for the year ahead! A great place to start is to register and attend the fourth annual World Floral Expo. This is a great event for anyone in the floral industry, both wholesale and retail. Learn more about the expo below!
Where is this event?
This year the expo will take place in Dallas, Texas at the Dallas Market Center.
When will this event take place?
The event takes place March 20th through the 22nd of 2019.
What can be expected if you attend?
This convention designed specifically for individuals within the industry will showcase many innovations and new products available within the field. Meet with industry leaders from growers, to wholesalers, to retail shop owners. You will also be able to meet directly with representatives from growers located outside of the country. See the products they offer directly in person! Not only convenient but a great money saver in the long run as you won’t have to travel to the farms as a result.
There will be presentations and demonstrations where you can learn about new varieties and products that will be available to the market this coming year!
Have we interested you yet? You can register by clicking here!
If you go to one event this year, this is the one to pick! If you plan to attend let us know why you want to be a part of this amazing event! Here at Main Wholesale Florist, we love sourcing the newest and freshest products to bring directly to our customers! Come visit either our New Jersey or New York locations to see us in action! We can also deliver directly to your retail storefront with our Flowers Express program. Do not miss out!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!