Preserved roses bring Valentine's Day sales jolt to Ecuador

Valentine floral arrangements are a fun do-it-yourself project. Michael Vosburg  Forum News Service

On Valentine's Day itself, the shop usually delivers five times the normal amount of orders.

In the National Retail Federation's annual Valentine's Day spending survey, consumers are expected to spend about $1.8 billion on candy, this year's most popular gift.

The most popular version of the origin of Valentine's day records that during a trip to Persia, King Charles II was exposed to a new art-the language of flowers. "These roses will sell for $100 for a dozen or $50 for a half dozen".

"No matter what we do they are still there for us, and especially on days like this, they should be remembered for everything they do for us", Hernandez said.

UPS said it expects to transport more than 8 million pounds of flowers - and a total of 88 million blossoms - to destinations in the United States, which the integrator said was equivalent to 64 filled 767 aircraft.

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"It's kind of tradition that I always get her flowers but it kind of takes us back to when we were dating and I was a little more reliable with the flowers", Stephen Hindman said.

"We start making the bows and buying all the bases, hiring extra people, and confirming drivers", she said.

What would Valentine's Day be without a lovely bouquet of flowers?

Between the parade and the Christmas holiday, there are only a few weeks to get ready for Valentine's Day.

However, just over a quarter (26%) of all transactions (between 11th - 14th February) were made on Valentine's Day itself. And there's been a 23 percent increase in travel experience expenses ahead of Valentine's Day, suggesting couples are planning some type of excursion ahead of time. Kamp's flowers were the only order that wasn't delivered in a box. The wholesale business, which opened inside The Barlow a year ago, focuses on providing an outlet for local flower growers to bring their product to market, said manager Jessica Hole.

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Florists don't make as much as they would on normal orders. "Women want flowers at work and to have bragging rights, too".

In a statement issued yesterday (12 February), UPS said it will handle more than 8m pounds of blooms for United States consumers, enough to fill 64 wide-body 767s, on a very tight deadline. Roddy Bird, who has been in the floral business 41 years, said his sales this year "have been wonderful". This year, he ordered about 9,600 "premium roses", characterized by their height and large head.

"It's not that profitable of an item", Neve said.

"We send flowers for a lot of depressing things most times throughout the year, so this is one of the more happier times that we send flowers for".

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