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Volume V, Issue 7 

July 2019

In This Issue ...

  1. Fun 'N Sun Is Less Thank Two Weeks Away.
  2. Urgent - Flower Donations Needed For Fun 'N Sun
  3. 50% Member Discount on WF&FSA’s Development Experience
  4. Friend Us On Facebook
  5. Transportation

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2019 Fun 'N Sun Convention
July 24 - 27, 2019
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Santa Barbara, CA

July 31 - August 2, 2019

WF&FSA's Development Experience (#DevExPhilly)
Philadelphia, PA


September 18 - 21, 2019
Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
Fernandina Beach, FL

July Flower Of The Month

Each color variation of the larkspur has a different meaning:

  • Pink means fickleness;
  • White conveys a happy nature; and,
  • Purple normally represents a first love.

Generally, larkspur indicates strong bonds of love.   

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CalFlowers News

Our goal is to communicate with our members and interested parties on a monthly basis about recent, past, and upcoming events, program updates, and general information about CalFlowers' engagement in the industry on behalf of the membership.

Fun 'N Sun Is Less Than Two Weeks Away

Registration prices increase on July 16th - register today and save $50.

Over 130 companies will be in attendance this year.

Fun ‘N Sun is a floral industry convention like no other. Join colleagues from around the country and experience firsthand the farms that grow your California flowers–along with informative programs and quality networking opportunities.

Flower Farm Tours
Flower Fair
Industry Education
Golf Tournament

Click Here to register for the Fun 'N Sun convention. 

Click Here to register for the golf tournament.

Click Here to see the companies that have registered to attend Fun 'N Sun.

We look forward to seeing you in 
Santa Barbara, CA, July 24–27

Urgent - Flower Donations Needed For Fun 'N Sun

With Fun ‘N Sun less than two weeks away, we’re hoping our members will generously contribute flowers for the many spectacular floral arrangements and displays planned for the convention. 

SHIPPING IS FREE - A big thank you to Armellini, who are generously donating their trucking services. Now, let’s work together to impress guests and buyers…and inspire them to buy flowers!  Why?

• This is an opportunity for CalFlowers members to shine!

• Magnificent displays of unique varieties and fabulous colors!

• Show the world the superior quality flowers that you grow!

Click Here for the FUN 'N SUN donation wish list.

One day left to have your company name listed on signage at the convention as a floral donation sponsor.   
Please send your paperwork in no later than
Thursday, July 12th

Thank you to the following companies for donating flowers:

  • Alaska Beauty Peony Coop.
  • CamFlor Inc.
  • Dramm Echter Farms
  • Francis Biddle International, Inc.
  • Glad A Way Gardens
  • Green Valley Floral
  • Holland America Flowers 
  • Kitayama Bros.
  • Myriad Flowers International
  • Ocean View Flowers
  • Rainbow Protea
  • The Sun Valley Group

If you have questions, please contact Chris Johnson
(760) 533-5580 or via email: [email protected]

50% Member Discount on WF&FSA’s Development Experience

CalFlowers is proud to sponsor WF&FSA’s  Development Experience (DevEx), taking place July 31 to August 2. CalFlowers members receive a 50% discount to attend this important training for wholesalers.  Attendees will learn practical skills to tackle business problems, and enjoy networking opportunities. Learn more.  


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As a reminder, current shipping rates and program information is up on the CalFlowers website.  Members using their log-ins can access this information anytime.  Rates on FedEx, GSO|GLS, OnTrac and airlines can all be found as well as other handy information. For questions or comments on any of our programs, please contact Chris Johnson for assistance (760) 533-5580 or [email protected].

As you know, FedEx Express and FedEx Ground are two separate companies with different shipping structures.  CalFlowers contracts offer members exceptional value on both of these shipping options.  Lately we have had some requests to clarify FedEx GROUND Pick-up fees.  They are as follows:

  • If a member has a Weekly Ground Pick-up, the fee is $14.50 per week if they ship over $75 for the week.
  • If a member ships under $75 a week, the fee increases to $29.
  • FedEx Express has no pick-up fees.
  • In reference to the Money Back Guarantee (MBG) on FedEx Express, new guidelines have been issued by FedEx.  Beginning immediately, shippers requesting a MBG on a shipment must make the request not longer than 15 days from the invoice date.  Requests after this 15-day time period will not be honored.
  • Additionally, for our members shipping into and out of Alaska, here is a handy Zone Locator for the state.  It helps to understand the zones and pricing out of Alaska. 
    Click Here for your Alaska Zone Locator.

We would also like to remind members to stay current with their FedEx Express shipping invoices. FedEx’s payment terms are 15 days.  All members shipping on FedEx Express are expected to stay within the FedEx payment terms.  To obtain your invoice details and payment options, please contact FedEx Customer Service. For Members who wish to move PALLETIZED freight on FedEx, CalFlowers can help direct you to customized solutions and pricing.  FedEx Freight is an excellent option when your shipments call for pallets. Interested members should contact Chris Johnson at [email protected] for more information.

GSO is now a part of the GLS Group.  GSO is Proud to be a Part of the GLS Group. We are excited to combine our decades of experience with GLS's expertise as a top-rated European parcel delivery provider. Over the last year, we have become known as GSO | a GLS company, and we are in the process of gradually transitioning our website, supplies, vehicles, communications, uniforms, and facilities to the GLS brand. And for those of you based in the Northwest, we have introduced GLS branded vehicles, facilities, and driver uniforms.  Click Here to learn more about GLS.

For members shipping pallets on GSO|GLS, please be advised that there will be a $50 fee for deliveries to RESIDENTIAL areas. GSO|GLS states this fee is due to the fact that these deliveries require special lift gate vehicles.

The CalFlowers GSO|GLS program is one of our most value-priced offerings.  GSO|GLS provides door to door services to CA, AZ, NV, OR, WA NM and ID.  Members who want to ship on GSO|GLS must sign up in advance. It’s easy to do and just takes a few minutes.  Please contact Chris Johnson for more details (760) 533-5580 or [email protected].    

We know that OnTrac got their start in California and service every ZIP code in California , but did you know OnTrac also services eight Western States.  OnTrac has 2 day service into WA, OR, ID, NV, UT, AZ and CO.  And to help understand the service parameters, OnTrac has a very nice “Time and Transit Map” under Zip Tools on their website.  This handy map loaded from YOUR zip code helps you understand OnTrac’s overnight commitment areas.  To download your map, please visit:


Check out our updated airline contact website page, a handy reference offering contact information for our California Air Cargo representatives.  Members must be logged into the CalFlowers website to access the list.  Please visit 

Delta Air Cargo has made some changes to their Fees and Payment Methods as well as some service level guarantees.  
You can find these changes on Delta’s website or you can visit the transportation section at CalFlowers at

If you haven’t yet heard about the new CalFlowers/Alaska Airlines shipping program, this exclusive offer is now available for CalFlowers members.  These new Priority Rates are the best we have seen in years and with the Virgin merger completed, Alaska Airlines has an 

extensive network servicing major popular destination all across the U.S. To get linked to this exceptional program, interested members must sign up.  Please contact Chris Johnson to get started (760) 533-5580 or [email protected].

NOTE: Transportation Rate information and documents are viewable/downloadable as PDFs on the CalFlowers Members Only site. Please note that these documents are considered sensitive material and are available to the primary contacts for Ag Buddy, Associate Floral, Associate Grower, and Floral members.





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