Each week we commit to buy a certain quantity of flowers from our regular cut flower supplier. This is called a standing order. Because we make the commitment, it allows us to purchase certain flowers a little bit cheaper than if we just purchased all flowers ala carte. We take our base order and then add some extras through out the week. These flowers are at full price. During any major floral holiday whether it be Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day this can be a bit tricky because you want to get the best pre-order price without over buying. Because flowers are a perishable, it is vital to get as close as possible to what the business needs will require, any extra supply is at a risk of being sent to the trash if not used timely. Loss merchandise can cost a business lots of money. So as I gather my Valentine spreadsheets together and send them off to my suppliers today, it was important to be really careful not over buy or under buy. To do this I took into account 3 variables 1) What did we sell last year for stock 2) What items do we need to fill our store features we are offering this year 3) What day of the week is Valentine’s Day on. Historically, sales percentages vary depending on the day of the week Valentine’s Day falls on. The one thing we can not determine which affects sales is weather. I pray that the weather is good and we are able to turn over our supply! We are anticipating a busy year since Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday and not the prelude to a weekend or winter break. Good News.