The renewed interest in the flower industry and online florists has made buying flowers easy and accessible. You can click on blooms and avail of free flower delivery in a matter of minutes from the comfort of your home or office. If it’s your first time to purchase flowers online, here’s a rundown of reminders to ensure a quick and painless transaction.
First thing’s first: What kind of flowers are you looking for? Who is the recipient? What kind of message do you wish to convey?
Before shelling out your bread for buds, work out the details of the floral gift. Flower selection is tied to the occasion. Roses are for romance, chrysanthemums for friends and daisies are for recuperation. Knowing the recipient’s preferences are also significant to the purchase, especially if the recipient has flower allergies. Or perhaps you just want a good bargain for your home’s floral requirements or for the centrepieces at your event. Whatever the case, make sure you have the details down before you proceed to the checkout page.
Flower delivery options
Once you’ve selected the perfect bouquet, there’s the matter of putting in the details of the flower delivery. Here’s where complications usually arise. To avoid miscommunication, be as specific as possible. Here are some helpful tips to consider for various types of delivery address.
A residential or home address is relatively easy, just plug in the exact address, helpful landmarks, name of the recipient and ideal times for delivery. The time you put in basically lets the florist know that there’s someone who would receive the delivery. Otherwise, put in a note if it’s okay to leave the delivery on your doorstep or entrust it to your neighbour. Usually, the package is sent back to the office when no one’s on location to receive the delivery. This could cost you addition money and effort to retrieve or have it delivered again. In which case, the whole point of a fuss-free online transaction becomes pointless.
For condominiums and HDBs, in addition to the crucial details discussed above, it would be helpful to give the guard or receptionist a heads up that you are expecting a delivery. For extra strict buildings and establishments, you can even give them the name of the florist to reduce back and forth communications between you, the receptionist and the delivery person. Either let the receptionist know that you’re expecting a delivery from so-and-so florist and have them sent up to your unit or leave a note on the checkout page that the package would be received by the receptionist or guard. Naturally, if you opt for the latter, give the guard or receptionist the heads up.
Hospitals and commercial establishments
For public or commercial establishments like offices, schools or hotels informing the guard/receptionist about the flower delivery is helpful. While it is standard procedure for them to call up to your office or room before they’re cleared to proceed, it would at least expedite the process. Give your name and unit/room number. The guard would also be able to properly guide the delivery person to the right location. Time of delivery is crucial for public and commercial establishments because of the specified working hours, so make sure you indicate the window hours for delivery.
Finally, for flower delivery to hospitals, we recommend that you call the hospital or the ward first in case they don’t allow deliveries on patients’ rooms. Certain flowers can also aggravate certain conditions especially if the person is prone to allergies. In such cases, you may want to send hypoallergenic blooms or unscented flowers.
Purchasing flowers does not need to be daunting, in fact, it has never been easy. All you need is a little know-how and good connectivity to get those flowers delivered in a snap.