The Supply Chain

Acquiring product is top-of-mind for the industry.  Access these resources for perspective and solutions. 

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    In a webinar held before Mother's Day 2021, panelists addressed the big question: How long will product shortages last?

    In a webinar held before Mother's Day 2021, panelists addressed the big question: How long will product shortages last?

    Chris Drummond, AAF, PFCI

    President, Penny's by Plaza Flowers

    Penny's by Plaza Flowers

    Chris Drummond is a third-generation florist and president of Penny’s by Plaza Flowers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a multi-store enterprise. He is SAF’s president and has served on the association’s Retailers Council. He has given numerous speeches for a variety of organizations, including Comcast Corporation, Family and Consumer Sciences Association of Philadelphia, and the University of Delaware.

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    For retail florists, the pressure of supply shortages adds one more challenge to spring’s busy floral holidays. Revisit challenges and questions from Administrative Professionals’ Week and Mother's Day 2021, and how they relate to the present.

    For retail florists, the pressure of supply shortages adds one more challenge to spring’s busy floral holidays.  Revisit challenges and questions from Administrative Professionals’ Week and Mother's Day 2021, and how they relate to the present.

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    You want to break into or grow your plant business, but you’re having trouble sourcing plant material. You’re not alone.SAF tackled this topic as part of The Great Big Plant Event this past March.

    You want to break into or grow your plant business, but you’re having trouble sourcing plant material. You’re not alone. SAF tackled this topic as part of The Great Big Plant Event this past March. 

    Austin Bryant

    National Sales Executive

    Heart of Florida Greenhouses

    Austin Bryant leads national sales for Heart of Florida Greenhouses in Zolfo Springs, Florida. The business grows interior foliage, annuals and perennials and has been run by the Bryant family for 40 years. Bryant received his bachelor’s degree in environmental horticulture from the University of Florida and has 20 years of industry experience. His expertise includes interior foliage, floriculture, tissue culture and foliage marketing. Bryant has served on the state board for the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association and was president of the National Foliage Foundation (now the National Horticulture Foundation).  

    Sally Chapin

    Fresh Cut Operations Manager/Plant Buyer

    Dillon Floral Corporation

    Sally Chapin has been involved in the Floral Industry for 27 years, working at Dillon Floral Corporation in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, as the Plant Kingdom/Fresh Cut Operations Manager. She has been in charge of Plant Purchasing for the last 20 years and the 7 years prior she was part of the Plant Sales Team.  She directs and manages day to day operations of the Plant Department as well and the Fresh Cut Flower department.

    Heather Waits

    President

    Bloomtastic Flowers & Events

    Heather Waits is president of Bloomtastic Florist Inc., in Upper Arlington, Ohio. An expert on marketing, networking, operations and customer service (particularly in relation to weddings), she has written articles for several industry publications, including Floral Management, Florists’ Review and The Wedding Business Magazine. She has presented sessions at two SAF conventions and served on the Floral Management Advisory Committee. The Knot and Wedding Wire have recognized her work and locals named her shop "Columbus’ best florist.”

    Eileen Weber, AAF

    Vice President

    Lake Forest Flowers

    After growing up in her father’s flower shop, Eileen pursued a bachelor’s degree in horticultural production and marketing at Purdue University. It was her love of working with people and the impact of flowers that led Weber to officially join the family business. She has an MBA and serves as vice president of Lake Forest Flowers managing business operations, marketing and community engagement. She teaches floral design at a local art center, garden club programs, private parties and monthly adult and children’s workshops.

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    In the wake of higher freight costs and limited supply, local flower farmers are filling a much-needed fresh product gap — while florists adapt their expectations

    In the wake of higher freight costs and limited supply, local flower farmers are filling a much-needed fresh product gap — while florists adapt their expectations

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    Join this informal virtual gathering of retailers, wholesalers and growers, to troubleshoot solutions to the supply chain challenges.

    Idea Exchange: Supply Chain 

    Join this informal virtual gathering of retailers, wholesalers and growers, to troubleshoot solutions to the supply chain challenges. We'll kick off the discussion with a quick status report on the supply chain: where are the biggest bottleneck? How might they impact Valentine's Day and the spring holidays? Then we'll open up the discussion so attendees can ask questions and share the strategies they’ve developed to cope with tight availability of product. Industry professionals with deep knowledge about the floral supply chain will be on hand to answer questions. Join this robust discussion so you can better navigate the ongoing supply issues.

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    Economic uncertainties continue as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year of disrupting labor and the supply chain, which is driving up costs. How will those factors affect the floral industry this year?

    Economic uncertainties continue as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year of disrupting labor and the supply chain, which is driving up costs. How will those factors affect the floral industry this year? Economist Charlie Hall, Ph.D, and the Ellison Chair of Floriculture at Texas A&M University, will share his economic outlook — including insights on inflation — and will analyze the results of the Society of American Florists’ Valentine’s Day survey conducted by IPSOS.

     

    Charlie Hall, Ph.D.

    Professor and Ellison Chair in International Floriculture

    Texas A&M University

    A native of North Carolina, Dr. Charlie Hall received a B.S. in AgriculturalEconomics from the University of Tennessee in 1984, a Master's Degree inOrnamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee in1986, and his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University. He began his academic careerat Texas A&M University in 1988, where he spent 13 years on the faculty beforejoining the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 2002. In August 2007, Dr. Hallreturned to Texas A&M University as Professor and Ellison Chair inInternational Floriculture.

    Dr. Hall's expertise is in the production and marketing of Green Industry crops. He isnationally recognized in academia and among the horticultural clientele he serves. His majorresearch, teaching, & extension areas of specialization include strategic management, marketsituation/outlook, cost accounting, and financial analysis for Green Industry firms.

    Dr. Hall currently serves as the Chief Economist for AmericanHort and Co-Chair of theAdvisory Council of Seed Your Future. He is former President and Past-President of the board ofdirectors for America in Bloom. He received the Paul Ecke, Jr. award from the Society of AmericanFlorists for professional contributions to the floral industry and the Porter Henegar Memorial Awardfrom the Southern Nursery Association for significant contributions to ornamental horticulture researchand to the Southern Nursery Association.

    He is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and hasreceived TNLA’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Nursery Industry. He is also a member ofthe Hall of Fame and Honorary Lifetime Member of the Tennessee Nursery and LandscapeAssociation. Dr. Hall has received Texas A&M University’s Association of Former Students’Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching and the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellencefor Student Counseling and Relations. He is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho agricultural fraternityand has received their Grand Presidents Award and Brother of the Century designation.