Floral Transportation

Transportation in the form of trucking costs, air freight and door-to-door deliveries represent the single largest cost in the floral industry. That's why CalFlowers' aggressive shipping discounts are so valuable to our members. CalFlowers uses its power as a trade association to negotiate discounted shipping rates from top transportation carriers, such as FedEx, OnTrac and major airlines.

Director of Transportation

CalFlowers is the only trade association in the floral industry that employs a full-time Director of Transportation, Chris Johnson. When it comes to shipping flowers Chris understands the big picture and the small details. He knows that improper handling can result in broken stems or crushed blossoms, and that a late delivery can mean a lost sale.In his role as Director of Transportation, Chris provides both practical advice and shipping alerts to our members. He regularly interfaces with CalFlowers' dedicated service reps at FedEx and OnTrac. He is a liaison between CalFlowers members and participating carriers. Chris also updates CalFlowers members on the latest airline infomation and pricing. And he keeps the lines of communication open between Floral members and those trucking companies who are our Associate Members.

Discount Shipping

CalFlowers' discounts are applied equally to all qualified members. Small producers shipping a few boxes of flowers every month receive the same benefits as large distributors or wholesalers. This one key point bears repeating: There are no volume requirements associated with CalFlowers' transportation discounts.If you are a Floral Member, an Ag-Buddy, or a Wholesale or Retail Associate you are eligible to qualify for significant savings through the following transportation programs.

FedEx® Discount Shipping

CalFlowers' contractual agreement with FedEx has been designed to meet the very specialized needs of the floral industry. The real beauty of CalFlowers' FedEx program is its simplicity. Qualified CalFlowers members have access to the most popular services offered by FedEx at significantly discounted prices.With discounts over 69%, CalFlowers' unique FedEx program allows California flower growers and shippers to compete effectively in the national market. In fact, the vast majority of California flowers shipped via FedEx travel one-day air to destinations nationwide.

Key Benefits of CalFlowers' FedEx Program

  1. CalFlowers exclusive FedEx program offers a wide range of FedEx Express® services at discounts over 69% off standard FedEx rates.
  2. Shippers discounts apply to inbound, outbound and 3rd party shipments. Discounted residential delivery is also included.
  3. Members enjoy special seasonal benefits such as Saturday pickup and delivery surcharge discounts.
  4.  CalFlowers FedEx program includes favorable import and export rates.
  5.  FedEx Ground is also available at discounts up to 34% depending on weight.
  6.  A specifically negotiated DIM Factor enables CalFlowers members to price shipments closer to their actual weight, further reducing costs on FedEx Express.
  7. Specialized billing is direct from FedEx and simple to understand.
  8. CalFlowers members have special access to dedicated FedEx support / service representatives for knowledgeable and personalized service.
  9. Our program offers special discounts on a variety of other surcharges and fees that help to keep costs low and affordable.

Golden State Overnight

GSO LogoIn September 2016 CalFlowers introduced the Overnight Door-to-Door program from Golden State Overnight (GSO).  This exciting exclusive shipping option from GSO is available to CalFlowers Floral and Ag members within their delivery service area. 

GSO is new to CalFlowers, but is well known in the industry for consistent On-Time delivery at exceptional prices and service.  
This new shipping option is a fast ground based Door to Door Overnight service that can pick up at your location and deliver to your customers’ door by 10:30am the next morning.  GSO services every ZIP code in California and has overnight service to many areas of Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.  This new service requires no minimums and offers very little in terms of additional fees or charges.  Prices are excellent and are lower than the competition.  Throughout their network, every employee is a GSO employee, which affords them the extra care and handling that our floral products need. 

Key Benefits of CalFlowers' GSO Program

  • Discounts of more than 70% off standard shipping rates.
  • GSO will invoice CalFlowers members directly.
  • GSO services every ZIP code in California and has overnight service to many areas of Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico.
  • GSO has recently expanded services to Oregon and Washington state.  Keep in mind, shipments from California to Oregon or Washington will be a 2-day service.  Pricing is unchanged and includes these new areas
  • GSO uses only "GSO employees" throughout all their operations, including drivers.
  • Pickup Days:  Monday through Friday
  • Delivery Days:  Monday through Saturday – Saturday deliveries are no extra cost.
  • Remote Areas:  No extra fees for delivery to remote areas and delivers to every ZIP code in California as well as the metropolitan regions of AZ, NV, and NM.  However, remote areas may require a delivery time later than 10:30 a.m.
  • Custom pricing is available for large volume shippers.
  • Contact Chris Johnson for the full list of benefits.

OnTrac Discount Shipping

OnTrac offers an efficient overnight ground network for key regions of the Western U.S., including California, and major areas of Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Colorado.CalFlowers' exclusive shipping program with OnTrac makes door-to-door pickup and delivery affordable. Qualified CalFlowers members receive discounts of over 70% off standard rates.CalFlowers' longstanding relationship with OnTrac offers several unique benefits. But most importantly, as a regional shipper, OnTrac can pick up shipments later in the day and still guarantee 10:30 AM, next-day delivery throughout California. OnTrac also has the knowledge and experience to appropriately handle perishable floral and agricultural products.

Key Benefits of CalFlowers' OnTrac Program

  • Discounts of over 70% off the standard shipping rates.
  • Overnight door-to-door delivery within California (and key areas of Nevada and Arizona), guaranteed by 10:30 am next business day.
  • Door-to-door, two-day service to any location within the OnTrac network ( Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Colorado).
  • Shipping days are Monday through Friday. Saturday delivery is available for an additional fee.
  • Box sizes of up to 100 linear inches and/or 80 pounds are allowed.
  • Heavy weight, palletized flower freight shipments are available by request.
  • No minimum volume requirements.
  • No fuel surcharge.
  • The negotiated DIM (dimensional weight) factor is optimized to reduce the cost of floral shipments.
  • Deliveries can be made to commercial or residential addresses.
  • All shipments are billed through CalFlowers.
  • OnTrac offers a wide range of no charge shipping systems from software to dedicated onsite workstation solutions.
  • CalFlowers members enjoy special OnTrac Help Desk representation that offer shippers, faster more personalized customer service.

CalFlowers Exclusive Air Rates

CalFlowers works hard to bring our members the lowest air rates possible. Our contracts with major airlines contain rates that offer outstanding value. Please note that, floral transportation rates are continually being updated. CalFlowers provides rate information in the member's only section of this website.  The most current information is available by contacting CalFlowers' Director of Transportation, Chris Johnson at (760) 533-5580.

Below is a list of carriers that offer excellent shipping rates to our membership.

  • Air Canada
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines