We have all survived another Christmas and New Year’s season, just in time to be tantalized by displays touting Valentine’s Day. That means some of us need to remember to send that special someone flowers to show our love, devotion and tax bracket. Or maybe we just want to celebrate being single and send flowers to ourselves.
That often means having those flowers delivered, which even during this age of online ordering can be a headache. While online shopping has become so easy it’s almost the new addiction, finding that special bouquet is annoying. There are constant upsells, tacky frills that we wish weren’t on the bouquet and then, in the age of free shipping, comes the exorbitant delivery fee (isn’t oil at under $40 a barrel now?).
Then, of even more concern to 3p’s readership, is the flower industry’s impact on people and the environment. The demand for freshly-cut flowers, and the often nefarious results, have long been documented in the media. The opening scenes of “Maria Full of Grace” are the reality of many workers in Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico: Low pay, sexual harassment and human rights violations such as child labor have been documented by several NGOs. Fair trade flowers are available, but in the rush to deliver those $1.5 billion to $2 billion worth of flowers on Feb. 14, that option is often overlooked. Despite the imagery, the flower industry is ripe for innovation and humanization.
One Southern California company is changing how flowers are sourced and sold.
The result is a company that has scored press across the board, from the Wall Street Journal touting the impression Bouqs has made on investors, to celebs showing off the startup’s arrangements. Meanwhile the company is recruiting florists to join its network. With a solid business model and the drive to make this industry more humane and sustainable, this young company is poised for even more growth and disruption. For once, that Valentine’s Day bouquet may actually be a guilt-free purchase.
Image credit: Bouqs