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  • #14349

    sme
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    Caveat Emptor
    Sofia Flowers Inc , Miami Fl

    Multiple Judgments
    Writ of Garnishments Issued
    Telephone Number been disconnected
    Rumor has it, they may have been recently acquired

    SPIN the Wheel

    _ _ I_ _ F_ _ W _ _

    Stay tuned!

    SME

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    #14350

    sme
    Moderator

    Caveat Emptor

    A Venture Capital firm headquartered in Boston MA and with offices in New Jersey, California & India has defaulted on a number of their creditors.

    SME

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by  sme.
    #14397

    sme
    Moderator

    Some news expected today

    Spin the Wheel!

    #14445

    sme
    Moderator

    A 90 year old wholesale florist company with a network of numerous independently operated companies
    has recently defaulted on a number of their vendors in Miami & Ecuador.

    SME

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by  sme.
    #14451

    sme
    Moderator

    A Miami importer contacted me today & advised that they are selling the 90 year old wholesaler on a COD basis.

    SME

    #14452

    WillieeArmellini
    Keymaster

    Your such a tease

    #14453

    gatekeeper
    Participant

    Tired of this tease too!!!!

    #14737

    sme
    Moderator

    Sieck Wholesale Florist Inc.
    Wilmington DE
    Multiple Judgments Filed
    1.Default Judgment Filed 4/30/16
    2.Goods & Chattels Levied Upon Sieck Wholesale Florist Inc. 4/1/16

    SME

    #14899

    sme
    Moderator

    Rumor has it that a wholesaler with retail store operations / wire services has recently shut down operations in Commerce, Michigan. In checking with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, this company has a myriad of assumed names

    Caveat Emptor

    Check this article out there may be a connection

    Thirty years ago, Wesley Berry Florist Inc., then a small, family-owned company, sold its first franchise.

    It went on to establish 30 franchises across five states before selling most of them in the 1990s and launching an e-commerce business in 1994.

    From the archives: Wesley Berry Florist starts franchising; sells first (June 24, 1985)

    Today, the family operates one of the larger online floral businesses in the U.S. through FlowerDeliveryExpress.com, with a single franchise left in Canton Township, plus four brick-and-mortar stores in metro Detroit operating as Commerce Township-based Wesley Berry Flowers.

    Under the Wesley Berry Flowers name, the combined businesses ranked No. 1,755 on Inc. magazine’s 2014 list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies, with $40.2 million in reported revenue for 2013, up from $11.9 million in 2010.

    FDE’s growing footprint — with deliveries in 152 countries and a network of tens of thousands of florists filling those orders — has put it into conflict — and court — with florist giant Teleflora LLC.

    FDE had been a member of the Teleflora network going back to the 1950s and used its services for order fulfillment and credit card processing. But more recently, the two have sparred over issues tied to a large number of refunds to credit card transactions Teleflora considers questionable.

    Teleflora cut Wesley Berry from its floral network in April, and lawsuits filed by each side ensued.

    Wesley Berry subsequently dropped a Detroit case filed in federal court in April against Teleflora. In the meantime, two cases filed by Teleflora in May in U.S. District Court in California are ongoing.

    Kaveh Kashef, a litigation partner at Clark Hill PLC in Birmingham representing Wesley Berry, said the relationship between the two companies has broken down primarily because “as Wesley Berry has grown, Teleflora sees us as a competitor in their treatment of us.”

    A Teleflora attorney declined to comment.
    Room for growth

    As e-commerce started to unfold in the early ’90s, Wesley Berry Flowers could see the growth opportunity that came with it, said FDE CEO Wesley Berry II, who is also a principal Wesley Berry Flowers.

    “The type of business we’re in, which allowed us to have same-day delivery across the country as a traditional brick-and-mortar shop, was the key component needed to be an Internet business.”

    After seeing some of its competitors move online, Wesley Berry Flowers shifted from the franchise growth strategy to an e-commerce one.

    “The good thing about it was nobody knew what to do because it was a new, Wild West type of environment,” Berry said. “Everybody had the same opportunity; you weren’t locked out because you hadn’t been doing it for 50 years.”

    Today, Wesley Berry Flowers’ Michigan operations and online business employ 100 people in Michigan and 50 at a call center in the Philippines, Berry said.

    Each day, the company deals with 5,000 to 6,000 people who are either placing orders or receiving flowers through the company from online orders, he said.

    The majority of FDE’s business is in the U.S., but it does take a few hundred orders a day from other countries, Berry said, noting it works closely with 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. and Florists’ Transworld Delivery through FTD.com.

    But doing business online has its pluses and minuses, he said.

    Given the number of orders it processes online each year — roughly a million, according to Berry — and the breadth of its floral network, FDE sees its share of customer complaints.

    “It’s unfortunate, and we do make every effort to follow up on issues. (But) we don’t have any greater failure rate on our orders than do any of our major industry competitors,” Berry said.

    Recently, though, FDE has taken steps “to engage some greater levels of technology” to improve customer service, he said.
    Clashes in court

    Those customer service breakdowns are tied to the credit card refunds.

    After Wesley Berry was dropped from the Teleflora network in April, it filed suit in Wayne County Circuit Court alleging that Teleflora didn’t make promised technology upgrades in its point of sale and e-commerce systems which would have helped reduce order fulfillment issues.

    As a result, the lawsuit said, Wesley Berry had to design and implement its own technology “at great expense.”

    The lawsuit also alleges Teleflora didn’t communicate chargeback issues in a timely manner and that the high rate of refunds was “a direct result of Teleflora’s failure to enforce its delivery requirements.”

    Wesley Berry dropped that lawsuit after Teleflora filed its lawsuits.

    “Rather than waste judicial resources, we decided to consolidate the cases,” Kashef said. “We are confident that the allegations brought forth in eastern Michigan will be reintroduced in California.”

    The Teleflora lawsuits are seeking more than $21.5 million collectively in fees, interest and court costs from Wesley Berry and also accuse the company of false advertising, trademark infringement and unfair competition through, among other things, Wesley Berry’s alleged continued use of the Teleflora and Make Someone Smile trademarks Both cases will be heard in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Wesley Berry has yet to file its response, but Kashef said, “We absolutely, unequivocally deny the claims.”

    SME

    #14914

    jenifer
    Participant

    From a retail standpoint, I hope this is the first crack in the online, dishonest order gatherers foundation. While they clear millions of dollars, the public and local florists get royally screwed.

    #14923

    sme
    Moderator

    Sieck Wholsale Richmond closed!!!!!
    Can anyone validate?

    SME

    #14940

    sme
    Moderator

    Claymore Sieck Richmond VA

    The claim of the facility closure may be unfounded.

    Stay tuned!

    SME

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    #14944

    sme
    Moderator

    Wesley Berry Flowers Update

    SME

    August 27, 2016 8:00 a.m. UPDATED 6 DAYS AGO
    70-year-old Wesley Berry Flowers closing local company-owned stores
    By SHERRI WELCH

    The 70-year-old Wesley Berry Flowers florist chain is shutting down local company-owned stores.

    It’s unclear whether FlowerDeliveryExpress.com, the national, online floral business that put Wesley Berry on Inc. magazine’s 2014 list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the country, is still operating.

    Attempts to order flowers through FlowerDeliveryExpress.com led to an automated message and voicemail box, and messages left were not returned last week.

    The company’s owner, Wesley Berry II, did not respond to requests for comment.

    The Commerce Township-based florist was operating four brick-and-mortar stores in the region: two in Detroit and one each in Commerce Township and West Bloomfield Township.

    As of Friday, only its downtown Detroit store in the Penobscot Building and its West Bloomfield store at Orchard Lake and West Maple roads remained open, fulfilling advance orders that had been placed, said Jerry Baker, manager of the downtown Detroit store.

    Its original store, which opened in 1946 on Schoolcraft Avenue near Greenfield Road on Detroit’s west side, and its Commerce Township location on Haggerty Road north of Pontiac Trail had been shuttered.

    Baker said he has orders placed at the downtown Detroit store for events taking place the next three weekends. As it winds down, the store also continues to fill small walk-in orders.

    Wesley Berry’s corporate leadership informed him it was closing some of its stores last week, without giving any reason for the closure, he said.

    “It was a surprise; I didn’t see it coming.”

    The company took all of its equipment from the Penobscot Building shop, including computers and a fax machine, last week, Baker said, and it disconnected the phone line for the store.

    Signs on the Detroit store’s windows let customers know the shop is operating on a cash-only basis now.

    The lone Wesley Berry franchised store left, in Canton Township, was still operating last week. Its owner declined any comment.

    Under the Wesley Berry Flowers name, the combined brick-and-mortar and online businesses ranked No. 1,755 on Inc.’s 2014 list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S., with $40.2 million in reported revenue for 2013, up from $11.9 million in 2010.

    Wesley Berry Florist Inc. sold its first franchise about 30 years ago. It went on to establish 30 franchises across five states before selling most of them in the 1990s and launching an e-commerce business in 1994.

    As of June 2015, Wesley Berry Flowers’ Michigan operations and online business employed 100 people in Michigan and 50 at a call center in the Philippines, owner and CEO Wesley Berry II told Crain’s at the time.

    At that point, he said the companies were dealing with 5,000 to 6,000 customers each day, either placing orders or receiving flowers through the company from online orders. Several hundred of those orders came from other countries, Berry said, noting his companies work closely with 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. and Florists’ Transworld Delivery through FTD.com.

    Amid it all, consumer complaints about the service and products delivered by FlowerDeliveryExpress.com and Wesley Berry ramped up online. In May, the Better Business Bureau/Detroit and Eastern Michigan said on its website that it had revoked its accreditation due to Wesley Berry’s failure to, among other things, promptly respond to all complaints forwarded to the agency and to make a good-faith effort to resolve disputes.

    Berry told Crain’s last year that his company makes every effort to follow up on issues and doesn’t have any greater failure rate on orders than its major competitors.

    FDE’s growing footprint — with deliveries in 152 countries — put it into conflict and court with online florist giant Teleflora LLC, as Crain’s reported last year.

    FDE had been a member of the Teleflora network going back to the 1950s and used its services for order fulfillment and credit card processing. But the two began sparring over issues stemming from a large number of refunds to credit card transactions. Teleflora cut Wesley Berry from its floral network in April 2015, and lawsuits filed by each side ensued.

    After Wesley Berry was dropped from the Teleflora network, it filed suit in Wayne County Circuit Court alleging that Teleflora didn’t make promised technology upgrades in its point-of-sale and e-commerce systems which would have helped reduce order fulfillment issues. As a result, the lawsuit said, Wesley Berry had to design and implement its own technology “at great expense.”

    The lawsuit also alleged Teleflora didn’t communicate chargeback issues in a timely manner to allow Wesley Berry to respond to them and that the high rate of refunds was “a direct result of Teleflora’s failure to enforce its delivery requirements.”

    Wesley Berry dropped that lawsuit after Teleflora filed two lawsuits in California in favor of bringing counterclaims in those cases.

    The remaining federal case in California in which Teleflora accused Wesley Berry of false advertising, trademark infringement and unfair competition, through, among other things, its alleged continued use of the Teleflora and Make Someone Smile trademarks, was dismissed Aug. 4 after a joint motion from the two companies. Teleflora had sought damages in excess of $20 million in the case.

    Teleflora’s charges were dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot reintroduce those claims.

    Wesley Berry’s counterclaims, however, were dismissed without prejudice, with the understanding they will be reasserted in an ongoing state case between the two companies.

    In the state case, Teleflora is claiming breach of contract and seeking about $2 million from Wesley Berry. A January court date is set in the case.

    The Clark Hill PLC attorney representing Wesley Berry in both cases did not return calls seeking comment.

    Teleflora’s attorneys declined to comment.

    “My read is there was an agreement between these parties regarding the use of (Teleflora’s) marks, and ultimately this dispute would land on breach of contract principles,” said Rudy Telscher, partner and head of litigation in the St. Louis office of Troy-based Harness, Dickey & Pierce PLC.

    Teleflora voluntarily dismissed its claims in the federal case in favor of the state case, which would indicate it believes its best claims are in the state case, he said.

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    #14978

    sme
    Moderator

    Pittsburgh Cut Flower Company
    The company was acquired by Delaware Valley Floral Group in August 2016
    Delaware Valley has been on a buying spree, acquiring smaller wholesalers in Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Cleveland, Pennsylvania and New England.

    Unfortunately many Miami importers will be adversely impacted.

    The secured creditors of PCFC have already been paid.(This has been validated)
    The distribution of the proceeds of the final liquidation is expected within a few weeks

    Private message me on advice how to maximize the return of your unsecured outstanding balance.

    SME

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