individually boxed berries (part 2)

Last time I covered why individually boxed strawberries look better if the final step of putting them in the boxes is done locally. It also gives you more options on box color, ribbon style and interior decoration. Continue reading »

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Individually boxed chocolate strawberries

A better way to do individually boxed chocolate strawberries
Occasionally people want to order individually boxed chocolate covered strawberries for weddings or parties. The problem is while they look pretty all sealed up: a lot of packaging has to be used to make sure the berry arrives in perfect condition, and all that packaging does not look as spectacular as it could and only one color box is offered.
Things working against the best possible individually boxed strawberry:
1)Internal packaging: we would have to make sure the berry can’t move in any direction, things can get rough in the UPS/FedEx planes and trucks,  that is a lot of extra packaging & would be most of what the recipient sees when they open the small box.
2)All that extra packaging costs more, foam suppliers actually charge partially by the piece so 12 sets of individual foam pieces cost more than one set of foam for a dozen berries.
3)Shipment size, when berries are individually boxed they actually take up more space than if they are in one common box, since FedEx and UPS charge extra for larger sized shipments: individual berries actually cost more to ship.
There is a very simple solution. Order the berries in bulk and drop them in the little boxes yourself.
This actually ends up being much less expensive, much prettier, and you get to choose a box color.
Another option is to put the berries in individual gift bags, they are a lot quicker to pack than the boxes and can look very pretty.
The box size that works best for a single berry is 3x3x3.. but more on that later.

A better way to do individually boxed chocolate strawberries

Occasionally people want to order individually boxed chocolate covered strawberries for weddings or parties. Continue reading »

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What our helpdesk does (plus reading 101)

Did you know that most of the helpdesk cases we get have absolutely nothing to do with our products? Continue reading »

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Bad Bunnies..

I wrote this offline about a month ago and forgot about it…

Easter is coming up and I thought that just for fun I’d review some of the mass produced bunnies available in the local stores. It’s a little bit early but the local drug store already has two rows devoted to Easter candy. Continue reading »

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Opps they did it again..

Opps they did it again… and their liability insurance company wants out.

Provide Commerce (parent company of Shari’s Berries, ProFlowers, Red Envelope, Cherry Moon Farms and more) seems have ticked off another group of customers.  Their customers have filed another class action lawsuit for passing credit card information to a company that then bills the customers monthly. Continue reading »

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Be careful what you believe…

So… you are on the internet…. reading up on some product, diet, trend (fad), celeb…

How much of what you read on the internet is true? Does anyone even know? What percent of an article is true? If they write an article: it must be correct and fact checked right? Continue reading »

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Libya and Ivory Coast: Gas and Chocolate

The Ivory Coast produces over 37% of the worlds cocoa and Libya is the 9th largest oil exporter.

Just as you’ve seen a huge jump in gas prices: the same thing has happened in the cocoa market. Local conditions are preventing/restricting exports. Continue reading »

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Ethics in the gift industry?

Ethics in the gift industry?

If a few weeks Valentine’s Day will be upon us, and a good portion of the country will be doing something for their special someone.

Today we’ll look at two types of situations, one where the public thinks something is wrong and others where something is actually wrong. Continue reading »

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Beef that’s not Beef and more

One of today’s top headlines is the lawsuit brought against Taco Bell for not meeting the minimum requirements for their “Beef” to be called “Beef”. (news story )

Most of the public does not know that parts of the government make rules for what is allowed to be called certain names.  The lawsuit was filed because according to tests the “Beef” didn’t meet the minimum government specifications to be called that name. Did you know “chocolate” has a legal definition?  Continue reading »

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Saving on Valentines purchases.

Saving on Valentine’s purchases.

We often get asked how to save on shipments throughout the year. Continue reading »

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