RIVERHEAD, New York (CBS New York) — Disruptions in the supply chain could put a damper on Valentine’s Day.
91-year-old Bill Bianchi, owner of Bianchi – Davis Greenhouses, was born into the family-run florist business. He has never experienced such challenges in the supply chain.
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“The crops we grow here actually start growing in Taiwan,” he told CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan.
Bianchi grows tens of thousands of orchids in its Riverhead greenhouses.
“If we don’t get the plants on time, they won’t flower on time,” he said.
The internal temperatures in the greenhouses are controlled by charcoal.
According to Bianchi, poor weather conditions in key growing areas and labor shortages are increasing problems for wholesale supply.
“There are no drivers out there. It’s one of the big issues we’re having at our facility right now,” said manager David Medina.
On this big day, customer Michael Burst drove out of Manhattan.
“Is this for a special occasion?” McLogan asked.
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“It’s for Valentine’s Day, yes,” Burst said.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, wedding season is on and fingers crossed for Mother’s Day.
“We had serious problems getting our plants in the country because they all come through LA,” Bianchi said.
The flower business involves a complicated supply chain. The chaos in ports, warehouses and retailers could continue this year and even next.
Charles Andonelos is a third generation florist who started in the Bronx.
“We’re having trouble getting the flowers in. Big lack of materials from which we make the arrangements. The prices are sky high, like everything else in the world,” he said.
Andonelos is trying to lower prices. His customers are loyal to him and have remained loyal to him throughout the pandemic.
He’s now working on creativity and flexibility to keep the fabulous florist business going.
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Florists say they are awaiting containerized supplies, floral ribbon, foam and candles to help make Valentine’s bouquets.