Florists are feeling the pinch of supply chain issues as Valentine’s Day and wedding season approaches – CBS New York


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Florists are feeling the pinch of supply chain issues as Valentine's Day and wedding season approaches – CBS New York

Florists are feeling the pinch of supply chain issues as Valentine’s Day and wedding season approaches – CBS New York

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Riverhead, New York (CBSNewYork) — Supply chain disruptions could affect Valentine’s Day.

Bianchi – Owner of Davis Greenhouses, Bill Bianchi, 91, was born into a family-owned flower business. He has never faced such a challenge in the supply chain.

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“The plants we grow here actually started life in Taiwan,” he told CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan.

Bianchi grows tens of thousands of orchids in his Riverhead greenhouse.

“When we don’t get plants on time, they don’t bloom on time,” he said.

The indoor temperature of the greenhouse is regulated by coal.

Bad weather conditions and labor shortages in key growing areas are increasing wholesale distribution problems, Bianchi said.

“There are no drivers out there. That’s one of the big issues we’re having in the facility right now,” manager David Medina said.

As that big day approached, customer Michael Burst drove out of Manhattan.

“Is this for a special occasion?” McLogan asked.

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“Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day,” Burst said.

Valentine’s Day is almost here, wedding season is on, and Mother’s Day prayers are coming.

“Our factories had serious problems getting into the U.S. because they were all from Los Angeles,” Bianchi said.

The flower business involves a complex supply chain. The chaos at ports, warehouses and retailers is likely to continue into this year or even next.

Charles Andonelos is a third generation florist that started in the Bronx.

“We had problems delivering flowers. There was a huge shortage of materials for our arrangements. Prices were sky-high, like everything else in the world,” he said.

Andonelos is trying to cut prices. His clients are loyal and have been with him during the pandemic.

He is now working on creativity and flexibility to keep the wonderful flower business thriving.

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Florists said they were waiting for shipments of containers, floral tape, foam and candles to help make Valentine’s Day bouquets.

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