Friday, September 3, 2010
Many have been asking why the supply of roses has tightened causing prices to rise and making it more of a challenge to source some varieties. There are several reasons...
Weather...weather conditions in Colombia and Ecuador have not been as favorable as usual for growing flowers. Rain and cooler dark days reduce rose production from its normal volumes.
Economic factors...Many farms have gone out of business because of factors like high inflation, currency fluctuations, loans called by banks, and a long term recession in many parts of the world.
It's a world market...more flower production going to Russia and some parts of Europe.
All of these factors put together are playing a part in the rose market. Fortunately, we have long-term established relationships with many of the worlds finest and largest rose farms. We also source roses from many different parts of the world (California and Canada) in addition to our imports from South America and this cushions and insures our ability to get our customers what they are looking for a high percentage of time.
With the normal increase in flower sales coming as the summer comes to an end and the coming "pinch" for Valentines 2011, we expect the rose market to remain strong but manageable for the foreseeable future.
Monday, April 19, 2010
|THE HISTORY OF SECRETARIES DAY|
|OVERVIEW OF SECRETARIES DAY|
Administrative Professionals' Day (Secretaries' Day) is an unofficial secular holiday observed on the last Wednesday of April, to recognize the work of clerical employees such as secretaries, receptionists, paralegals, etc. It is celebrated as part of a larger Administrative Professionals Week, which takes place during the last full week of April.
HISTORY OF SECRETARIES DAY
The first Secretaries' Day was held in 1952 by the International Association of Administrative Professionals, with the support of an association of corporate groups. In 1998, the name of the holiday was changed to better represent the full range of clerical positions.
SECRETARIES DAY TRIVIA
How is Secretaries' Day usually celebrated?
In the United States, the day is often celebrated by giving one's secretary flowers, candy, or small gifts, or by taking him/her out to lunch.
Source: The English Wikipedia
Please don't forget to let all those that support you in your daily efforts. Show them how much you appreciate them with a gift of Fresh Flowers! Remember...Flowers Do It!
Friday, April 2, 2010
It’s interesting what’s been going on in Washington, and I can’t help but notice similarities between government and our business. Consider the age old question, “What does is it really cost?” Our founding fathers did not like big government. That is why “State’s Right’s” and local government is best because who knows better what a local area needs than the people from that area! People from a local area were sent to Washington to represent those people – for a limited time, and then return to running their own business back home. Over the years, some politicians were overtaken by the power they had and other people’s money they had. They did not want to go back home. Before you know it, people out of touch with you knew how to spend your money better than you did. But, not well enough to live within the means and monies they received. Fees (taxes) were increased; politicians became obsessed with power, and always needed more and more money…because after all, they know what is best for you. Fiscal responsibility soon became “old school” and was ushered out and replaced with new “modern” accounting practices. When I was growing up, I would have never thought that today we would be in debt to China! Our grandchildren will still be paying the debt created by “those people that know what is best for us.” And some people actually think this health care bill will be a bargain?!! But, what does it really cost?
The “founding” wire services were small. They were lean businesses developed to promote the flower industry and the profitability and longevity of a florist shop. Over the years, certain people were overtaken by the power and prestige they acquired. They soon began to know what was better for a local florist, than the local florist did, and, how to spend your money better than you do. But, not well enough to live within the means and monies they received. Fees were increased; wire services became obsessed with power, and always needed more and more money…because after all, they know what is best for you. Fiscal responsibility soon became “old school” and was ushered out and replaced with new “modern” accounting practices. Today, you are paying for the mismanagement of wire service fees collected years ago. If you are a wire service shop and you survive, your grandchildren will still be paying for the debt created in the nineties! How many new fees have been added to your statement since the early nineties? How many of those fees have gone away? (Zero!). And tens of millions of dollars have been collected to make company projections look favorable to shareholders, for modern accounting practices.
It amazes me that some people think this health care bill will be a bargain. What does it really cost? But then, it amazes me that some florists think they are getting a bargain when they buy their flowers through a wire service. Their prices are really low! Lower than a wholesaler could charge. Hmmm??? Maybe we wholesalers should put out the cheapest prices, but then have all kinds of monthly add on fees to make up for mismanagement? No, people are too smart for that. (What does that flower really cost?) Thank you for supporting your local wholesalers.
Thank you for your business,
Bruce Hastings - CPF Dayyton, OH