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Businesses adapt to supply crises - Arkansas OnlineWednesday, April 11, 2018
Pliska got flowers from Kenya in that case."When I get a shipment, I can see all the airline tags from different places," Pliska says.Rob Starr had to adapt after the business that produced talc used in his pottery company's clay had to stop making it because it contained asbestos. After a long search, Starr found another supplier for The Potting Shed with a similar talc -- but it didn't fare well in the kiln."Fortunately, he was a big fan of The Potting Shed and went to work on reformulating with the new talc," says Starr, whose company is in Saxonville, Mass.Starr also had an extended search for a new supplier for picture frame parts. The vendor he used shut down in 2004, and Starr couldn't find one that would make high-quality parts. He stopped producing the frames, but kept looking. Just last year, he finally found one, and has returned the frames to his product line.Now Starr faces another shortage: A second component for his clay is no longer available. "This could turn out to be a real dilemma for us if we cannot find an alternative," he says.Sometimes supply disruptions force companies to make major changes in how they do business. When Italy went through an economic crisis nearly 10 years ago, companies went out of business, including some suppliers to Mark Fink's business selling imported hardware to furniture and cabinet makers. And his biggest vendor began turning out substandard products that Fink's Pittsboro, N.C.-based company, Wood Technology, couldn't use. When it was clear Fink wasn't going to get the quality he needed, he had to tell his biggest customer he wouldn't be their supplier anymore."It was a very difficult position to be in and painful to part with nearly $2 million in annual revenue," says Fink.That happened as the U.S. economy was still suffering after the last recession, making it hard to find new business and make up the revenue. Fink developed new products including motorized lifts used to store flat panel TVs in decorative cabinets. He also increased his online business."You just don't give up -- we're a small entrepreneurial business," he says.While shortages are an obstacle for many small businesses, some owners have actually made materials in short supply the heart of their business.Albany Woodworks uses reclaimed wood from demolished houses, barns and other buildings to make flooring and paneling. When Richard Woods started the Tickfaw, La.-based business more than 40 years ago, reclaimed wood was easy to find and he had no competition. But demand has grown from renovating homeowners and groups restoring historical sites, and so has the number of rival firms."We are constantly having to network to find new suppliers that may have quality wood," Woods says. His suppliers are demolition companies, and most sites with the wood he needs are in industrial revolution-era towns in New England and along the Mississippi River. "We go wherever we have to," Woods says.At Widespread Electrical Sales, owner Scott Vaughn also travels the country in search of equipment that may be decades old."We rely on big industrial plants that are closing, buy the right to their power distribution systems, and rip them down," says Vaughn, whose company is based in Wheat Rid... http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/apr/05/businesses-adapt-to-supply-crises-20180/?f%3Dbusiness
Rose bloomed in her flower shop, community - Prince George CitizenWednesday, April 11, 2018
Rose Pho Dorish 89 was born in Estavan, Sask. in 1927 to parents of Russian descent. The family has spent more than 100 years in Canada after leaving Odessa, Russia in the year of 1913.She owned and operated The House of Flowers, a florist shop that thrived because of her belief in a quality product and the delivery of good service. She did a tremendous amount of sales as a result of being associated with the Florist Transworld Delivery service also known as FTD. FTD was a floral wire service that was originally founded as Florists' Telegraph Delivery in 1910 to help customers send flowers remotely and on the same day by using florists in the FTD network who were near the intended recipient. With the arrival of credit cards, people could now bypass FTD and order flowers for delivery on their own through grocery stores as well as simply placing a long distance call to a florist in the intended location including overseas deliveries. article continues below Trending StoriesEventually FTD, who held a near monopoly position in the florist market, sold out to a private company and Rose's volume of business changed dra... http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/opinion/columnists/rose-bloomed-in-her-flower-shop-community-1.2339445
Hydrangeas are the bold chameleon of plants - High Plains JournalWednesday, April 11, 2018
Peegee hydrangea produces large, white flowers in a pyramid shape. In mild climates, it grows to 15 feet. It tends to be smaller in Missouri.Oakleaf hydrangea adapts well to Missouri’s climate. It has large, showy leaves that turn red in fall. It is a good choice for low-light areas. It produces white flowers in early summer. Flowers gradually change to pinkish-purple and stay that way until flowers turn brown in fall.Hydrangeas contain a mildly toxic chemical, so keep them away from children and pets. http://www.hpj.com/general/hydrangeas-are-the-bold-chameleon-of-plants/article_875102a4-8a81-5385-b680-e39f4bcbf07b.html
Head-To-Head Survey: FTD Companies (FTD) versus Inergy (CEQP) - Macon DailyWednesday, April 11, 2018
About FTD CompaniesFTD Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a floral and gifting company primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland. The company operates through four segments: Consumer, Provide Commerce, Florist, and International. It provides floral arrangements and plants, gifts, and related products and services to consumers, retail florists, and other retail locations and companies. The company also markets and sells gift items, including gourmet-dipped berries and other specialty foods, personalized gifts, fresh fruit baskets, gift baskets, wine and champagne, jewelry, and spa products, as well as gourmet food products; and provides point-of-sale systems and related technology services to floral network members. FTD Companies, Inc. offers its products under the ProFlowers, ProPlants, Shari's Berries, Personal Creations, Mercury Man logo, FTD, Interflora, RedEnvelope, Flying Flowers, Flowers Direct, Ink Cards, Postagram, and Gifts.com through its Websites, associated mobile sites and applications, and telephone. The company was formerly known as UNOL Intermediate, Inc. FTD Companies, Inc. is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.About InergyCrestwood Equity Partners LP owns and operates energy midstream infrastructure and engages in the natural gas liquids marketing, supply and logistics business. It operates through three segments: Gathering and Processing; Storage and Transportation; and Marketing, Supply and Logistics. The Gathering and Processing segment provides gathering and transportation services and processing, treating and compression services to producers in unconventional shale plays and tight-gas plays in North Dakota, West Virginia, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The Storage and Transportation segment includes COLT Hub, which is crude-by-rail terminal serving Bakken crude oil production. The Marketing, Supply and Logistics segment includes West Coast operations, our supply and logistics operations, our storage and terminals operations, our crude oil and produced water trucking operations, and U.S. Salt, LLC. The company was founded on March 7, 2001 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.Receive News & Ratings for FTD Companies Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for FTD Co...
Hydrangeas, the bold chameleon of plants - Perry County Republic MonitorWednesday, April 11, 2018
Peegee hydrangea produces large, white flowers in a pyramid shape. In mild climates, it grows to 15 feet. It tends to be smaller in Missouri. Oakleaf hydrangea adapts well to Missouri’s climate. It has large, showy leaves that turn red in fall. It is a good choice for low-light areas. It produces white flowers in early summer. Flowers gradually change to pinkish-purple and stay that way until flowers turn brown in fall. Hydrangeas contain a mildly toxic chemical, so keep them away from children and pets. http://www.perryvillenews.com/news/home_and_garden/hydrangeas-the-bold-chameleon-of-plants/article_5a9b4062-2c4c-11e8-a40e-3f1bd3d004e7.html
Florist invites selfies in window for ACLU donations - The Detroit NewsWednesday, April 11, 2018
A florist at Pot + Box has turned her storefront window in the Fisher Building into backdrops inviting passersby to take photos for any donation to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. Lisa Waud, owner of Pot + Box flower shop, is well known for her designs, activism and as the producer of Flower House in 2015. She said for her next project, she was inspired when she saw Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald's national portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. "In the flower shop, we work in this fishbowl-type area where people can see us working as they walk by...kind of like an open kitchen," said Waud, 40. "I used that window for this project where I challenged myself to reproduce their backdrops." Waud said the displays were just supposed to be used as art "but then someone walked in and asked to sit in the chair and out of nowhere I said 'only if you donate to the ACLU." This week only, Waud invites guests into her storefront window to take photos from outside or inside the display for a donation of any amount to the ACLU of Michigan. "In the political climate we're in, rather than complain about bad things, I wanted to interpret and incorporate the community to participate in something positive with meaning," Waud said. "The ACLU does a lot of great work. It feels both universal but not too broad of a nonprofit."The florist said she only planned on ...
Out of flowers? Flour? Businesses contend with supply crises - Colorado Springs GazetteWednesday, April 11, 2018
Pliska, owner of Planterra, a commercial florist and owner of a wedding venue where the decor is all about flowers and plants.Pliska, whose company is located in West Bloomfield, Michigan, could have substituted other flowers but wanted to deliver customers' first choices. So he and his employees tinted white roses by hand.Supply shortages can be the bane of a small company's existence. Severe weather and disasters can cause shortages, as can a manufacturer shutting down or stopping production of ingredients, components or raw materials. And shortages can force owners to be creative in finding substitutes or workarounds to mitigate damage to revenue and customer relationships.Shortages can hit companies of any size. Hundreds of KFC stores in Britain had to close in February when they were unable to get shipments of chicken and other supplies. The problem started when KFC switched to a different delivery company that couldn't handle the volume of food the company needs at its 900 British outlets.But small businesses can have an advantage over larger ones in a supply crisis, says Sunder Kekre, an operations management professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. They don't have the bureaucracy of large companies, and that gives them more flexibility in coming up with a solution, he says.Small companies are also better able to stay in touch and negotiate with customers."You might convince them, 'You do... http://gazette.com/out-of-flowers-flour-businesses-contend-with-supply-crises/article/feed/553985
Thorns and roses: Looking at the good, bad and ugly of the Philadelphia Flower Show - PW-Philadelphia WeeklyWednesday, March 14, 2018
Flower Show, and purchases a bouquet from Acme?"––Others notable exhibits ran with the “Wonders of Water” theme by focusing on the global water epidemic. Displays showcased Flint, Michigan to the Arctic, the desert to the sea. Unfortunately, the displays of countries and places were cut up by other pieces, creating a disjointed atmosphere that could have made a bigger impact on the water crisis and shared global commons.But to its credit, the Flower Show did host the first Philadelphia Water Summit where experts discussed water issues and realities here on Earth and the joy of finding it in Space – for $100 a ticket.As I gathered provided information on the designs behind each display, I realized some didn’t even have a word on the design and were rather about the companies, particularly landscaping companies, trying to market themselves. Even one of the gardens had the sponsor Subaru cars in it.“Come on!”But while much of the show was a fake as a plastic plant, through the thicket of over-commodified stands and pandering displays were the small designs by flower artists and enthusiasts as well as garden clubs with hopes of recognition and possibly a blue ribbon.TWITTER: @ANDREAJCANTOR ... http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news/thorns-and-roses-looking-at-the-good-bad-and-ugly/article_6da6f636-27ad-11e8-8d89-37fd47ffa0a9.html
Over the Garden Fence | Flower show displays focus on world water issues - Bucyrus Telegraph ForumWednesday, March 14, 2018
The United States was presented with a structure of copper tubing and repeated green dendrobium orchids. Simple. We were reminded of the Flint, Michigan’s cost-cutting that led to tainted water and Toledo’s toxic algae bloom scare from Lake Erie, which restricted water usage. It was pointed out that about one-fifth of our citizens are exposed to unsafe water. The other interpretations were just as sobering.A presentation with thousands of orchids depicted the Great Barrier Reef using all white ones to depict the dying portions of this once healthy coral area. Below were the gorgeous, colorful orchids showing healthy portions; these blended with linear, and textural greens.Massive gardens with fountains, pathways with streams, a desert setting and a Zen garden all used water components. Rain chains, rain barrels, sprinkling cans, down-spouting and buckets had been fashioned into water-moving units with artistry with flowers. Salt and tidal marshes, vernal pools, ponds, rivers, oceans, falls, water pests, the concept "water color," hydroponics, boulders of melting snow, and rain curtains were all presented in some manner.The space here just skims the surface of the show. Exhibits were very interesting, so realistic, and well-labeled. Most pointed out water as an everyday essential, an element worthy enough to be protected.With so much more to share from the designing and horticulture class entries brought by non-professional individuals, I will close.The trip did succeed in bringing spring into our hearts.Mary Lee Minor is a member of the Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club, is an accredited flower show judge for the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs and a former sixth-grade teacher.Read or Share this story: http://ohne.ws/2pc2m1j...