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FlowerDeliveryExpress.com performs 1st flower delivery by drone

FlowerDeliveryExpress.com performs 1st flower delivery by drone

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — FlowerDeliveryExpress.com conducted the first flower delivery by drone in the United States for Valentine's Day. Further commercial testing of drones has been grounded in the United States pending a legal case, but testing has paved the way for flowers to be delivered by drone around the globe.

"We're in the business of delivering surprises and conveying emotions – not just delivering flowers," said Wesley Berry, CEO of FlowerDeliveryExpress.com. "Technology is ever-changing, and we're having a lot of fun experimenting with alternative flower delivery methods, such as our successful flowers by drone delivery."

On March 6, a U.S. federal judge ruled to legalize the use of drones for commercial purposes, but the Federal Aviation Administration is appealing the ruling. The case is now pending before the National Transportation and Safety Board.

"The good news is that this technology is here to stay," said Berry. "I'm looking forward to using drones for flower deliveries, and positioning the company at the forefront of successfully implementing this technology. Soon we'll be delivering flowers by GPS coordinates instead of addresses."

FlowerDeliveryExpress.com launched a consumer beta program to test alternative delivery methods and other development efforts with a select group of U.S. customers before going to market. The company currently uses traditional delivery methods to serve its customers.

In the business of shipping high quality flowers, FlowerDeliveryExpress.com is taking action to stay ahead. "Drones are an emerging technology that will provide an economically viable shipping option for our customers," said Berry. "We believe the use of drones will become common practice in the near future."

Watch the U.S. drone flower delivery, which took place Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in West Bloomfield, Mich., here http://bit.ly/1lXLQgn.

About FlowerDeliveryExpress.com 

Wesley Berry is the CEO of FlowerDeliveryExpress.com, a multi-million dollar online floral delivery operation. Berry also owns Wesley Berry Flowers, a Detroit-based brick-and-mortar florist established in 1946. FlowerDeliveryExpress.com is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. The company has also been voted "Best Florist" more than a dozen times. 

FlowerDeliveryExpress.com delivers from their own brick and mortar flower shops with their own delivery fleet, and through FedEx and UPS from coast to coast. Deliveries are also made via a computerized sending network of affiliated shops. They provide delivery throughout most of the United States, Canada, and more than 80 countries around the world. Shoppers can conveniently make floral purchases 24 hours a day/7 days a week by phone at 888-851-2881 or online at www.FlowerDeliveryExpress.com. Like FlowerDeliveryExpress.com onFacebook.

SOURCE FlowerDeliveryExpress.com


The Advertising Specialty Institute® – ASI Show Orlando, Best InTrade Shows Left An Imprint In Orlando

Jan 17, 2014 12:57 ET

The Advertising Specialty Institute® – ASI Show Orlando, Best InTrade Shows Left An Imprint In Orlando

By Carolyn Winston and Addison Sims, Let’s Talk Biz

Orlando, Florida, Jan. 17, 2014 /LetsTalkBiz/ — The ASI Show Orlando ended last week and was one of the best trade shows Let’s Talk Biz has ever attended. The three day event held Sunday through Tuesday at the Orange County Convention Center was attended by nearly 5,600 distributors representing almost every state in the U.S. and 27 countries.  The ASI 12th promotional trade show had a big impact on Orlando’s economy, and left an imprint behind. An estimated 10,000 people lodged in hotels, dined at restaurants, and shopped at malls and retail outlets. 

With 25,000 members in North America, the Advertising Specialty Institute® is the largest education, media and marketing organization serving suppliers, distributors and decorators in the advertising specialty industry. ASI hosts 5 trade shows a year, in New York, Orlando, Dallas, Long Beach and Chicago.

According to ASI, the promotional product industry is a $20 billion dollar business.  Eighty-five percent of those in the industry are small businesses that employ nearly 400,000 in North America. Of the 805 suppliers that exhibited in Orlando130 were new to the show; some businesses dated back one hundred plus years.  Those that exhibited were women-owned businesses, companies that make products in America, companies that source directly from China and other countries, and large companies whose brand names have been mainstreamed in the retail industry. 

Let’s Talk Biz quickly noticed that there was/is nothing too odd to personalize.  Thousands of useful marketing products were displayed that could be used to promote and/or to brand companies, to increase sales, to promote safety, to motivate sales teams or to give as great personalized gifts.

The show featured ASI’s Joe Haley who hosted The Joe Show live showing off suppliers’ coolest items.   Shark Tank’s, Barbara Corcoran and Kevin O’Leary took the stage on Wednesday and remained true to character in expressing how they felt about some of the products pitched to them by four top suppliers competing for honors and $5,000 dollars in cash prize for the industry’s top new promotional products. 

Let’s Talk Biz had an opportunity to sit down briefly with Tim Andrews, CEO of ASI, and asked about the future direction of ASI and the role of technology. Tim emphasized ASI’s great educational classes, innovative technology, interest in increasing diversity among minorities, and student programs. Check back with Let’s Talk Biz because we are looking forward to a future interview with him.

We interviewed the Executive Vice President and ASI CTO, Armughan Rafat. We asked about the role technology plays for distributors and suppliers.  He answered, “Ours is an ever evolving industry that thrives on creativity and challenge. The role that technology plays is to be able to provide innovative products and services for our distributors and for our suppliers; to keep up and rise to any challenges that they face every day.  What we sell as an industry is branding, its marketing and its creativity and that is why it is important from my perspective to be able to have the technology follow our customers and provide them with whatever they need”.  He introduced us to  “visual search”,  the latest technology by ASI where you can take a picture of a product from your phone and run it through ASI’s 1.2 million product database and find what you are seeking. The core technology uses images (as opposed to keywords) as search queries for products.

The ASI Orlando Show is an annual event.  Suppliers, distributors and anyone considering the advertising specialty industry should mark their calendars for ASI’s 2015 trade show in Orlando.  There is still time also to attend ASI’s 2014 upcoming trade shows in Dallas, Texas; Long Beach, California; New York; New York; and Chicago, Illinois.  To learn more about ASI Shows visit, http://www.asishow.com and Advertising Specialty Institute®, http://www.asicentral.com.


Let’s Talk Biz on the Daily Buzz Keeping Your Small Biz Going

After the conventions: What is next for Small Business?

By Carolyn A. Winston and Addison Sims, Hosts of Let’s Talk Biz

Now, that the Republican and the Democratic National Conventions are over what is next for small businesses and nonprofits; a skilled workforce, a politician or a statesman?  Like many of you we listened to speakers, and we had an opportunity to attend the Huffington Post’s event, What Is Working which focused on job solutions.  The speakers were dynamic.  Will.i.am was the most impressive.  He has invested, millions, into Dean Kamen’s First (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and turned it into a back-to-school TV special with the hope of presenting kids excelling in science, technology, engineering and math as cool.  Many intellectually gifted children live in unfavorable conditions that could lead to failure. They can become tomorrow’s small business workforce with the proper education and training.  There are millions of jobs available for individuals skilled in science and technology.  To fill these positions it will require education, training, and retraining. 

Do Small Business and Nonprofit Trade Associations Have Value?

By Carolyn Winston and Addison Sims, Hosts of Let’s Talk Biz

Most people look at trade associations as a great networking tool, but value of trade association exceeds networking.  Small businesses and nonprofits that invest in trade associations can optimize their resources and get a jump on the competition.  This week, Let’s Talk Biz, talked with Molly Brogan, Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Small Business Association (NSBA).   The NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization that reaches more than 150,000 small businesses across the country and is the nation’s first advocacy organization. It will celebrate 75 years of advocacy on behalf of the America’s entrepreneurs.

Congressman Hastings Talks With Let’s Talk Biz About H.R. 9 and Employment Regulation

By Carolyn Winston and Addison Sims, Hosts of Let’s Talk Biz

This month Let’s Talk Biz focuses on politics and how the political process impacts small business and non-profits.  Since small and new businesses over the last two decades have been responsible for creating 2 out of every 3 net new jobs, and today the country’s 28 million small firms employ 60 million Americans, half of the private sector workforce; Let’s Talk Biz set out to find out what changes have been made to stream line or eliminate ineffective, overly burdensome, and outdated rules.   We learned more about H.R. 9 – Small Business Tax Act and The Bipartisan Amendment to Defund Harmful Employment Regulations.