LYNCHBURG, Va (WFXR) — With the rising cost of fuel many businesses are feeling the effects and for local florists in Lynchburg, they are needing to think outside the box to keep up with delivery orders.
Leo Wood Florist in Lynchburg says they are seeing more and more people ordering flowers to be delivered– floral designer David Heal says it’s an imperative part of the business.
“Delivery is a pretty big part of our business, I mean most people order arrangements online now,” said Heal. Because delivery is such a crucial part of the industry, businesses are feeling the effects from the rise in gas prices.
“On average I would say we’re now averaging anywhere from 25-35 orders per day, and on a busy day we could do 40-50 and sometimes even more,” said Heal.
And Leo Wood Florist isn’t the only flower shop in the area to feel the effects, Hugh Tummond from Angelic Haven Florals says they’re seeing a huge impact due to gas prices– especially on holidays such as Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, where flowers are in high demand.
“When it’s really busy we’re talking about putting maybe 600 miles on a vehicle on a weekend,” said Tummond.
In addition, Heal says the price of gas impacts not just the cost to fuel up delivery vans, but also raises the price of flowers themselves. He explains that most of flowers have to be brought in from a wholesaler in a different location– and says many flowers even come internationally.
“Just the cost of flowers in general because of the transportation costs a lot of flowers come from out of the country and have to be delivered to us locally and to our wholesalers and distributers so that cost has increased, and then also the cost of just growing the flowers and heating the greenhouses I’m sure it’s affecting those costs as well,” said Heal.
With all these combined price increases, shops are getting creative when it comes to their delivery process
“What we do, is we group them, so if we’re heading West we take everything that’s West bound and put it on one load and everything East bound on another load and you know just do the quadrants of the compass that way, it saves time and saves money,” said Tummond.
However, for customers — this means you may have to pay a little more– to make up for these adjustments.
“Customers don’t get the same thing that they got for 75-50 dollars years ago, the cost has gone up significantly,” said Heal.
Regardless, both Tummond and Heal say they are doing everything that they can to manage costs to ensure customers get great product for the best deal.