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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.
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
Golden State Overnight
In 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.
Key Benefits of CalFlowers' GSO Program
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
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.
July 1 - 5, 2017
SAF Annual Convention
September 6 - 9, 2017
Palm Beach, FL
WF&FSA Floral Distribution Conference
October 18 - 20, 2017