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For the Love of Tulips: A History

For as long as there have been flowers, people have loved tulips! They are the perfect flower for any occasion or time of year. With a variety of colors and texture, it is no surprise these wholesale flowers are highly sought after. Where did this admiration come from and why can’t we get enough of this lovely bloom?

people have loved tulips

Where it all began

Bruce Wright from the Society of American Florists (SAF) states that in the early 1600s, Dutch merchants and explorers traveled from Turkey and further east bringing back loads of spices, tobacco, and even flower bulbs such as tulips. These bulbs, when planted in the Netherlands, flourished substantially.

Wright also comments that the Dutch were the first to create their own stock exchange. At a time of economic uncertainty, they began trading and selling tulip bulbs. They became a form of currency. People everywhere wanted to get in on this exciting venture. Their higher demand resulted in prices rising swiftly. They were a luxurious commodity, mostly enjoyed by the wealthy class.

Tulip Mania

Wright then states that “tulip mania” occurred in in 1637 when their price bounced negatively. Things started to turn toward the worst. As their value decreased so did their importance in society. While people still admired the flowers, that’s all they were. They were no longer treated as a currency.

people have loved tulips

How about today?

Tulips are a huge export out of the Netherlands. Holland is known for its vast and picturesque flower fields full of tulips. They are a staple for retail florists and we like it that way! Now you know why people have loved tulips and will continue to do so!

Here at Main Wholesale Florist, we are happy to help with any questions. Do you adore tulips? Tell us why!

Do you need some wholesale tulips for your retail location? We can deliver them directly to your retail location with our flowers express service.

Learn about another great wholesale flower here!

Valentine’s Day Forecasts for 2019

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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:

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

1-Day Profit Boost 2018

Society of American Florists

Society of American Florists

The Society of American Florists (SAF) hosts their 1-Day Profit Blast each yer in three great locations. This year, you don’t want to miss it! The event will help to sky rocket your floral business and give you the tools to help improve your sales. We always get excited about this event each year!

Why should you attend this event?

Owning your own business is hard work and takes effort. Take any opportunity that is presented to you that will give you valuable skills and a chance to learn something new. At the 1 Day Profit Blast, you will hear from experts in the industry who will help guide you to financial freedom and success. You will be able to meet with floral designers and other industry professionals to learn about the newest trends. There will be tons of seminars and discussion panels to help engage with these individuals. Another important reason to attend is that you will learn about hidden profits or ways you could missing out on potential business. Also, learn proper etiquette when interacting with customers- that could make or break a sale. Be a step ahead of your competitors!

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There will also be a huge supplier showcase where you can meet with hardgoods and fresh product vendors. Stay in the know and offer the newest containers and options possible for your customers.

Where is this event located?

With three convenient cities, attending this event should be extremely easy! You can join SAF on the following dates:

  • May 20, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan
  • July 15, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • October 7, 2018 in Portland, Oregon

Are you as interested as we are? If yes, be sure to register in order to hold your spot!  We know that this event will educate and benefit the well-being of your business, We hope to see you there!