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Thankfully, some very efficient florists have found a clever way to save money and go green at the same time. Many florists are turning lemons into lemonade by switching to smaller or hybrid delivery vehicles. These smaller vehicles save on fuel costs for day-to-day deliveries. This also makes it very cost effective to simply rent a large van for major events.
The ability to save money by lowering fuel costs is a huge advantage for any florist. Consider the amount of fuel used to power a large van during the course of a year. Even a five or ten mile-per-hour (mph) difference can add up to hundreds of dollars during the year! That's reason enough to switch to more fuel-efficient delivery vehicles.
Just as many local florists want to "green" their flower shops. The trend toward smaller delivery vehicles is one that can be adapted rather quickly and with little more hassle than any similar activity for the shop.Â With allÂ that extra moolah at stake,Â switching to fuel-efficientÂ delivery vehicles is well worth the consideration!
I recently spoke with David Strong of Piano's Flowers & Gifts in Memphis, Tennessee about his recent switch to a more eco-friendly delivery vehicle. According to Mr. Strong, his customers have only rave reviews about the new van, citing things like "Leave the van. Keep the flowers." Mr. Strong was very pleased to be getting 29 miles to the gallon for his in-town deliveries. Having spent a significant amount of time in Memphis traffic, I would be too!
What I found very interesting was that the design of Piano's new vehicle was actually a customer's idea. Knowing a little bit about your customers is what keeps them coming back, and apparently creating fantastic designs for each new delivery vehicle!
Have you already adopted these trends in your flower shop? Tell us some of the ways that you are reducing your fuel costs with "green" vehicles or send pictures of your hybrid delivery vehicle.