Wednesday, March 31, 2010
All Easter gifts are now 50% off!
Monday, March 29, 2010
With Easter around the corner ...
According to the National Animal Poison Control Center,
certain types of lilies can cause renal failure if
the plant is eaten by a cat.
For more information, click the link below:
Friday, March 26, 2010
Flowers Featured: This "pavé" arrangement fully blankets the top of a sleek black ceramic bowl. Orbiting lily grass frames rich maroon ranunculus, orange spray roses, two-toned reddish-orange and coral-apricot roses, burnt orange Asiatic lilies, hypericum berries, magenta phlox and variegated pittosporum.
Below are a few flower recommendations for each of the Sensuous palette colors. Call or visit Winfield Flower Shoppe or our web site: www.wfs1.biz for even more flower options.
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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Stop by, today and just breath!
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Monday, March 22, 2010
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Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Serenity and relaxation are the essence of this color scheme. A floral arrangement featuring a vase of tranquility is perfect for busy moms, harried professionals and those who seek a moment of calm from life’s stressful situations.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Daylight Savings time begins each year at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March,
with clocks moving ahead one hour.
Standard time begins each year at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November,
with clocks moving one hour back.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tulips, violets, hyacinths, hydrangeas, and many more! Winfield Flower Shoppe www.wfs1.biz
Monday, March 8, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
by Infinite on January 23, 2010
Back in November 2007, a large group of local florists, spearheaded by FlowerChat, sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging an investigation into 1-800-Flowers advertising claims of ‘free shipping’ on orders taken by the company and fulfilled by local florists. We contended the company was discounting a service/convenience fee labeled as a ‘shipping charge’, but that 1-800-Flowers also added an additional delivery charge (approx. $7.99) into the price of each florist-delivered flower item displayed on the site. In short, we believed the ‘free shipping’ claim to be untrue and deceptive.
Why would this matter to local florists?
Local flower shops have customers who walk into our stores and pick up flowers and bouquets. The vast majority do not display prices ‘including delivery’ because the added costs would penalize the customers who do stop in and make self-purchases. We break out the fees so shoppers aren’t required to pay for services they don’t need.
Internet-only flower sellers don’t stock flowers so everything they sell has to be delivered. Most display prices which combine the local delivery charge with the floral product and then add a separate service/convenience fee, which they keep. Many customers mistakenly believe the service fees pay directly for local delivery, when they do not.
By discounting the ’service charges’ and calling them ’shipping charges’, consumers were mislead to believe they paid nothing for delivery. This made honest local florists appear over-priced. Consumers were being diverted through deceptive ads.
For more than 6 decades, wire services (affiliate networks) like FTD required florists to itemize all fees to consumers: product, delivery charge, service or relay fee. This let shoppers know where their money was being allocated and added a layer of transparency to the way sales were handled. Failing to itemize fees was grounds for a fine or suspension from a wire service.
Even earlier in this decade, FTD included a disclosure on the page of each florist-delivered product:
“Delivery is included in the price of the arrangement. An $8.99 service charge plus local taxes is added to this arrangement.”
The company learned consumers balked at paying delivery and service charges, so the delivery disclosure simply moved to a far-away page and the service fee (now approx. $15) doesn’t appear until the consumers is well into the shopping cart. Like 1-800-Flowers, FTD now places that information away from the product pages, where it would most likely be seen and understood by shoppers.
Local Flower Delivery by Florists
Each floral wire service (1-800-Flowers/BloomNet, FTD, Teleflora and FloralSource) has agreements with local florists stating the businesses can deduct their own local delivery fees from the total values of orders prior to filling them. ‘Free delivery’ is nowhere to be found in those agreements.
Additionally, padding in local delivery charges and then claiming ‘free delivery’ or ‘free shipping’ is specifically prohibited by the FTC Guidelines.
Class Action Lawsuit
1-800-Flowers has recently announced a proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit that addressed the issue of those ‘free shipping’ ads - Monlar v 1-800-Flowers. Class members (qualified purchasers who bought between March 1, 2006 and February 5, 2008) will receive $10 vouchers - requiring yet more purchases from the company, and the vouchers cannot be used during the two major floral holidays: Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
I concur with author Lahle Wolfe in her summary of the suit on About.com:
“Customers who have been overcharged by any company deserve an apology and a refund. Providing credits for future purchases is a tremendous disservice to customers who were ripped off by 1-800-Flowers.com in the past. In order to get back money for being unfairly and deceptively overcharged, they must now spend even more money.”
Consumers overpaid (were charged for local shipping/deliver) by approximately $7 – 8 per order and the most fair way to handle this would be to send them refund checks.
More ‘Free Delivery’
The latest to join the ‘free delivery’ camp is IAC owned floraflora.com, which uses a floral wire service for florist-delivered order distribution and yet claims “free delivery by your local florists” on many products.
If you shop locally, and know your retailer, your can avoid these problems and keep your taxes in your town where the belong.
Winfield Flower Shoppe can help you send hand arranged and had delivered fresh cut floral arrangements and beautiful florist quality blooming and green plants - World Wide.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
We have a wonderful selection of Easter decorations and beautiful
blooming plants and fresh flowers.
Stop by, today and take a look!
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order on line - 24/7
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Don't let cool weather get you down: Brighten your day with fresh flowers. A behavioral research study conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, reveals that people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when fresh flowers are present in the home.
“Other research has proven that flowers make people happy when they receive them,” Etcoff says. “What we didn’t know is that spending a few days with flowers in the home can affect a wide variety of feelings.”
Rebecca Cole is the author of “Flower Power” and co-host of Discovery Channel's “Surprise by Design.” “The Harvard research is proof that if we live in places that lift our spirits, we can live happier, healthier lives,” Cole says. “Fresh flowers are the perfect everyday accessory for any budget – they add color, fragrance and style – and now we know they even increase energy and compassion.”
Study participants reported the greatest mood-boosting effects when fresh flowers were placed in common areas of the home such as the kitchen, dining room and family room. Cole’s ideas for incorporating flowers into these areas include:
Place bud vases in high traffic home areas – with even just a few flowers. Any decorative glass from the kitchen will do!
The kitchen table might be the best place for flowers, because it’s where people gather together. Stop by a florist where you’ll find a wide selection of flowers from which to choose.
For an easy, elegant table decoration, set a series of crystal vases on a fabric runner. Place fresh flowers in each of the vases and surround them with greenery.