Spring Flowers to celebrate Spring Day

Spring flowers That will dazzle

Spring is the time of the year where the flower blossoms bloom, the sun shines warmer on the earth, and jeans, woolly shirts and boots are replaced with shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops. It is also the time to shake off the embrace of the winter months. It is a beautiful time of year where everything just seems to come to life. During this time, it almost feels like a necessity to add a bit of colour to your life, and a great way to do this is to buy spring flowers that please the senses.

As we will soon be swinging into Spring the 1st of September, many will be on the hunt for spring flowers to buy and send to loved ones. But, which flowers do you send that convey the message of springtime? We have selected a bunch of flowers we are fond of for Spring Day for you to choose from.

Spring Flowers - Roses, Tulips and gerberas

Beautiful flowers for Spring Day – Gerbera Daisies, Tulips and Roses.

Roses

Roses are popular among many, and as a flower with vast meanings and symbolism, that is no surprise. Roses are the perfect addition to any home or office to brighten up the space for spring. Regardless of the colour, roses are a beautiful gift with their subtle fragrance and beauty.

Sunflowers

Known for their bright yellow petals and brown/green centre, sunflowers are great flowers for adding warmth and a sunny feeling in a home or office. They symbolise power, strength and positivity as they always turn their faces towards the sun.

Tulips

The world’s most recognised and a favourite amongst many. Since tulips are so popular, they are the perfect gift to a loved one to transition into spring. Send a bouquet of tulips in a variety of colours and brighten someone’s living space.

Buy Spring Flowers for Spring Day

A bunch of flowers to celebrate Spring Day – Daisies, Roses, Tulips and Irises

Irises

A strikingly unique and beautiful flower, ranging from deep purple and blue to white and yellow. The meaning of sending irises is that of hope. It is perfect as a spring flower, as it gives the hope of new beginnings and bright futures.

Daisies

South Africans will know these beauties by the amazing burst of colour they are part of from August to October in the Namaqualand. Every year the Namaqualand Flower Route attracts multiple visitors, making it one of the largest attractions in South Africa during springtime.

Beautiful Spring flowers for Spring Day

Flowers for Spring – Irises, Daisies and Gerberas

No matter which Spring flower you choose, you can be sure that they will be appreciated by the smiling recipients. Spring deserves to be celebrated, so show some floral happiness to someone special this Spring Day 2016 with NetFlorist!

Celebrate Women’s Day with NetFlorist

On 9 August 2016, we celebrate National Women’s Day. On this day, we acknowledge the amazing women of our Nation- be it mothers, sisters, or wives, who fought against the Apartheid government.

When it comes to a celebration of any kind, this of course means lots of gifts, so we are proud to offer customers a range of amazing Women’s Day gifts. Carry on reading for some awesome Women’s Day gift ideas which we have on offer at NetFlorist.

Floral delights:
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When it comes to finding the perfect gifts for women, you simply cannot go wrong with a lovely flower arrangement. Whether it’s a simple flower bouquet or flowers in an elegant vase, flowers are always a winner. This Women’s Day, our flower fairies have put together some real winners, such as this gorgeous Lady In Pink Arrangement. In shades of pink, red and cerise, the lucky lady who receives one of our flower gifts will display it proudly in the name of Women’s Day!

 

Pamper Sensations: 
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Every lady loves to be pampered, which is why we thought it would be a fantastic idea to offer a range of awesome pamper experiences which include massages, body treats, and more! If an experience is not quite what you had in mind, we also have some awesome bath and body gifts such as this Pinktastic Bath Time Treat which will allow the lucky lady who receives it to kick back and relax.

 

Something sweet:

women's day cupcakes

If the lady in question has a sweet tooth, the NetFlorist Bakery is here to satisfy her cravings. Show the special women in your life just how special they are on 9 August with delicious bakery treats including doughnuts, cakes, cupcakes and macaroons. There is no better way to scream happy Women’s Day than with a freshly baked delight from the NetFlorist Bakery. An example? How about a Pink Turkish Delight Rose Cake? If you’re lucky, she may even share!

All about the Bling: 

NetFlorist is more than just an online florist. We also have some awesome Women’s Day jewellery options! From necklaces, to watches, to earrings, we have a piece of jewellery for every lovely lady!
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No matter which Women’s Day gifts you choose, you can be sure that they will be appreciated by the brave women in your life. Women deserve to be celebrated, so show some love this Women’s Day with unforgettable gift ideas from NetFlorist!

 

Mandela Day at NetFlorist

This year, NetFlorist decided to celebrate Mandela Day (18th of July) in a different way. Instead of giving away cake, we decided to #FeedAFriend by making yummy sandwiches.

Mandela Day celebrations

Here is a video of our #FeedAFriend for Mandela Day. All our employees  had so much fun to spoil 4 lucky children’s homes with delicious sandwiches!

The 4 lucky Children’s homes were:

Impilo Child Protection & Adoption Services

Impilo

Johannesburg Children’s Home

*Image from their website

*Image from their website

Princess Alice Adoption Home

Princess Alice

and last, but not least: TAG.

It was so much fun to make childrens’ day and see the smiles on their faces.

Here is a video of NetFlorist employees doing their 67 minutes for Tata

and some photos of the fun:

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What did you do for 67 minutes to make a difference?

NetFlorist’s Story: How it all began

At a recent forum at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) the NetFlorist’s Story was relayed by Ryan Bacher, MD and co-founder of NetFlorist. He also explained how they went from being ignorant about all things flowers (except for roses) to being the leading online florist retailer in South Africa.

Here is the YouTube video of Ryan Bacher’s speech on how NetFlorist began:

Nowadays, starting an e-commerce company is difficult – there is a reluctance to compete with established and successful websites, said Bacher.

However, Bacher said any online business would have to resolve a challenge for their customers in order to become successful:

“If you can create a niche and solve a problem using online in South Africa, you will fly.” – Ryan Bacher

That is just what they did, they created a niche and solved a problem.

NeTFLORIST’S STORY AND GROWTH

NetFlorist was launched in 1999 as a test case for an e-commerce company in South Africa, when online retail was still in the early stages of development. Bacher said they knew nothing about flowers and here there was very little initial focus on fulfilment, strategy, industry, market research, and marketing, HR, technology or the product.

The team built a basic website, with very little data and relied heavily on e-mail markerting, which was still a novel form of communication at the time. Only when the site generated R30 000 in turnover in its first month, slightly more than an average established florist would make, did the team realise there was a market for the business.

TRANSITION TO RETAILER

NetFlorist had to change their mindset in order to transition from e-commerce company to retailer. View this video to learn how Bacher and team managed to get it right:

As NetFlorist matured, the company made the important transition from internet start-up to retailer, and had to consequently learn key retailing theories such as margin and mark up: “Retail is about the product that you sell. The technology is not all that important.”

The business expanded from 11 to 150 employees in 2007 as it brought its suppliers, drivers and florists in-house. “Selling the product online is only one part of the journey. The logistics of delivery are difficult and you can very easily become over reliant on suppliers,” Bacher said. Today almost all successful e-commerce retailers in South Africa have their own warehouses to control distribution.

The company now sources 70% of its flowers in South Africa and the other 30% from the rest of Africa.

THE WAY FORWARD – EXPLOIT OR EXPLORE

As NetFlorist’s story unrolled and the business expanded, we had to reach a decision as whether to continue to exploit its current revenue streams or explore new ones, Bacher explained.

“As there is very little customer loyalty online, the only differentiator in our industry is product and service. We have to innovate,” he said.

Since expanding our offering into gifting, confectionary and bakery products and sameday personalisation of gifts, 60% of sales are from flowers and 40% from non-flowers, with an average order amount of R400.

Future product extensions include an exploratory foray into fresh fruit and vegetables delivered to homes and international deliveries with local offerings set to launch in Singapore, Malaysia and India.

“We have to do things that are slightly different and difficult to copy as a way to build a moat around the business, or we will immediately attract imitators,” Bacher said. “The key is to focus on the core, while at the same time be good at exploring new things.”

A few photos of then and now:

The old logo vs the new

The old logo vs the new

 

The vehicles then and now

The vehicles then and now

Today, Bacher is known as the ‘Grandfather of the internet’ in South Africa for his innovation and for leading the way with e-commerce. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for NetFlorist!

 

Ways to spoil dad for Father’s Day

Dad: A son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love.

Our dads have always been our superheroes. Bragging about him being the strongest and being our bodyguard. He fixes everything around the house, because handymen are useless when it comes to his skills. Everyone talks about his mad braai skills and how he loves his corny jokes. Yes, he is simply the best and irreplaceable. So the question is:

How do I spoil dad for Father’s Day?

Never fear when NetFlorist is near! Father’s Day is on Sunday, the 19th of June. We have the most awesome gift ideas that will fill your dad’s heart with absolute appreciation and happiness on this very special day.

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Amazing Father’s Day gifts to spoil dad with!

Where to start with dad’s gift? Here are some gift ideas for you to pick from.

For the cool and funky father:

We would suggest a gift jam-packed with awesome goodies that will bowl him over like the Man Crates or Bro Buckets. They are usually filled with mouth-watering snacks, distinguished liquor and gadgets. It all depends on what your cool dad would love. You will be spoiled for choice with our amazing Father’s Day range!

Father's Day Gifts

Bro Buckets and Man Crates filled with cool gadgets, snacks and liquor!

 

For the Distinguished dad:

If your dad loves a classic and authentic  gift: A personalised liquor or gift with his name on, will definitely make you his favourite! Pick a drink which he will love from our personalised range and make it special by adding his name or a short message! Or a distinguised cigar gift will warm his heart with love!

Distinguished gifts for father

Either a cigar gift or personalised wine will warm dad’s heart!

For the dad with green fingers:

If your dad can make a wonderland of any garden and can always be found pillaging through the bushes and plants to make it pretty; then a plant would be the best gift to give him. A beautiful cacti or bonsai would brighten his living space or his workplace; making it a wonderland as much inside as it is outside!

Plants for Dad

His green fingers will have a blast with these plants.

We might find our prince, but our dads will always be our king. Whatever gift you want to get dad for this Father’s Day, NetFlorist has it all to make dad happy and to make you his favourite kid! View our Father’s Day Range and get him the best gift ever!