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Today Is Boss’s Day, But Don’t Go Buy Flowers or Anything - New York MagazineTuesday, October 22, 2019
But UrbanStems says some people really do buy flowers for Boss’s Day. The company’s sales volume on Boss’s Day is typically about 40 percent above normal, according to Megan Bailey Darmody, its director of marketing. (For comparison, Administrative Professionals’ Day, in April, typically brings a sales bump of 80 to 100 percent, Darmody says.) To increase interest in Boss’s Day, UrbanStems takes a broad approach to the concept of “boss,” encouraging customers to think not just about their managers but anyone else in their lives who deserves recognition on Boss’s Day for being a total boss. “It is not as big of holiday for us as it may be for a traditional florist,” Darmody says. But even if you look at other floral websites, you’ll see pretty half-hearted attempts to sell you on Boss’s Day. At FTD.com on October 15 (Boss’s Day Eve), the top banner sought to sell you flowers for fall. Boss’s Day was listed only well down the page, next to Sweetest Day — a celebration of being sweet to each other that appears to be observed on October 19, but only in the Midwest. Boss’s Day was first proposed in 1958 by Patricia Bays Haroski, who was a secretary at State Farm. Her boss happened to also be her father, and she didn’t think he was appreciated enough at the office, so she decided his birthday, October 16, should be Boss’s Day. Several websites and even a couple of newspaper articles claim Haroski was particularly motivated by a sense that young workers don’t appreciate how hard their bosses work — a nice detail since it suggests co... http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/10/today-is-bosss-day-but-dont-go-buy-flowers-or-anything.html
Meet the PopUp Florist, Fashion's Budding New Favorite - vmagazine.comTuesday, October 22, 2019
When people are spending all this money on arrangements, I try to think of a way to give it a second life. We dry the flowers ourselves and really don’t have much waste because anything you would normally throw away we try to dry. I thought this would be great for V’s window because it’s more of a sculptural piece than just flowers, it’s just very creative and eye catching which is why I proposed it for V. https://vmagazine.com/article/meet-the-popup-florist-fashions-budding-new-favorite/
Flower and gift delivery company FTD seeks bankruptcy protection - The San Diego Union-TribuneTuesday, October 22, 2019
Importantly, everyone involved with this process understands the critical role of our talented member florists, and we intend to continue supporting them as normal throughout this process.”FTD said it has lined up $94.5 million in financing from existing lenders to fund operations while it restructures and works to sell pieces of its business. Advertisement A California-based private equity firm, Nexus Capital, has agreed to buy FTD’s North American and Latin American consumer and florist businesses, including ProFlowers, for $95 million, FTD said.It has also signed letters of intent with potential buyers for its Personal Creations and Shari’s Berries businesses. Any sales will still require the bankruptcy court’s approval.In the meantime, FTD said its businesses are continuing to operate as usual, taking new orders and filling those already placed.FTD’s Interflora business, which is based in Europe and is not part of the Chapter 11 filing, has been sold to a subsidiary of The Wonderful Co. for $59.5 million, the company said. Advertisement FTD got its start in 1910, when 13 florists agreed to exchange orders for out-of-town deliveries, according to the company history. It acquired online florist ProFlowers and sister brands Shari’s Berries and Personal Creations for $430 million in 2014, in hopes of bringing in more customers with a wider variety of floral and gift products, Levin wrote in a court filing.But the company struggled to integrate the new businesses. It also faced new competition from other companies delivering fresh flowers directly to consumers and growing customer resistance to delivery fees as Amazon and other e-commerce companies encouraged them to expect fast, free shipping, Levin said.FTD came up with a turnaround strategy but sales continued to fall, and financial constraints hampered efforts to reinvest in FTD’s businesses, Levin said in the court filing. Last year, total sales acro... https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/ct-biz-ftd-bankruptcy-20190603-story.html
Snoop Dogg's 48th birthday gift is designer flower bouquet with rolled-up cannabis joints - MEAWWTuesday, October 22, 2019
Indica, the other half had Sativa. In addition, the bouquet also featured four small weed clones and eight tall clones, along with the normal plants.Rapper Snoop Dogg appears onstage at the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber at Sony Studios on March 14, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Getty Images)Earlier this month, Snoop went on The Howard Stern Show and admitted that he had employed a "professional blunt roller" whom he paid between $40,000 and $50,000 annually for always providing him with ganja joints whenever he felt like smoking up. "That motherf**ker is like Lurch from the Addams Family. 'You rang?'" Snoop joked on the show. "That motherf**ker’s timing is impeccable."Comedian Seth Rogen, a cannabis aficionado himself, said that he had observed the rapper's employee at work and that he "knows how to gauge the look on someone’s face when it seems like they want a blunt.""If they do, he gives you one", he recalled. When Snoop was asked by Howard if the primary occupation of the particular employee was to roll joints, he replied, "That’s his J.O.B. - his occupation. On his resume, it says, 'What do you do?' [And he writes] 'I’m a blunt roller. P.B.R. - professional blunt roller.'"If you have a news scoop or an interesting story for us, please reach out at (323) 421-7514... https://meaww.com/snoop-dogg-birthday-designer-gift-friends-flower-bouquet-48-cannabis-joints
Royal florist Shane Connolly: ‘Duchess of Cambridge was such a calm bride’ - Belfast NewsletterTuesday, October 22, 2019
Was he nervous doing the flowers for such an auspicious occasion?‘‘Not until two days before. I think the thing that makes anybody nervous is the press - because I felt like it was just a lovely, normal family wedding and then suddenly you get asked questions by the press. I remember one of them asking ‘how do you feel thinking that millions of people are going to see your work?’ I hadn’t thought of that at all. You just don’t.‘‘I knew that it was pretty epic to be asked but I was more concerned about the logistics. You spend time with the bride and you spend time talking about things, but you don’t think of Joe Public having an opinion.’’HRH Duchess of Cambridge’s bouquet was small and subtle, dominated by whites and a little greenery.‘‘Everything was British, everything was seasonal and everything was from the Royal estate. ‘‘She had Lily of the Valley, a little touch of hyacinth, because in the language of flowers they symbolise the constancy of love and we thought that was a nice message, and she had some Sweet William, which was a bit fun.’’Shane was also responsible for the avenue of trees in Westminster Abbey - field maples and hornbeams. ‘‘Nature decided that the trees weren’t going to be blossom trees that they were going to be green trees, because it was a really hot spring that year, so we were not in control of that. ‘‘The Duchess of Cambridge didn’t mind at all, luckily. I’ve had brides hyperventilate over the shade of pink, never mind to suddenly tell somebody, by the way, you’re not going to have blossom. She was fine, she said ‘oh well, that’s great’. She was a very calm bride. Incredibly calm.’’After the ceremony, everything was replanted, recycled or composted. https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/people/royal-florist-shane-connolly-duchess-of-cambridge-was-such-a-calm-bride-1-9103178
Nexus Capital Management Acquires FTD's Consumer and Florist Businesses - PRNewswireTuesday, September 10, 2019
I look forward to working with the FTD leadership team and all of our employees to take FTD to new heights."FTD headquarters will remain in the Chicago, Illinois area.About FTDFTD has been a leader in the floral industry for over a century. We are a private equity-backed company with one of the largest florist networks in the world, supported by the iconic Mercury Man® logo displayed in over 30,000 floral shops in more than 125 countries. We partner with local florists to hand-craft floral arrangements available for same-day delivery on FTD.com and ProFlowers.com. In addition to delivering flowers, we support locally-owned retail florists by providing technology, marketing, and digital services to members of our florist network. For all of life's occasions and everyday moments, visit FTD.com, ProFlowers.com and ProPlants.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @ftdflowers. We love helping our customers #sayitwithflowers.About NexusNexus was formed in 2013 to make opportunistic investments in a broad range of companies and industries. Nexus employs a flexible investment mandate that focuses on long-term value creation by partnering with leading management teams and businesses. For more information on Nexus, please visit www.nexuslp.com. Contact: Emily Bucholz FTD, LLC 630-724-6692 l email@example.comSOURCE FTD; Nexus... https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nexus-capital-management-acquires-ftds-consumer-and-florist-businesses-300906422.html
America in Bloom judges coming to Mansfield - Mansfield News JournalTuesday, July 23, 2019
Awards will be announced Oct. 3-5 at AIB’s National Symposium & Awards Celebration, this year in St. Charles, Illinois. America in Bloom 2018: Judges see flowers, historic sites, more firstname.lastname@example.org 419-521-7223 Twitter: @LWhitmir... https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2019/07/22/america-bloom-judges-coming-downtown-mansfield/1793243001/
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/