Want to place an order for international flower delivery? Uncertain whether those flowers are going to show up looking fresh and beautiful or nearly dead?
There are several familiar U.S. companies that promise to get your flowers to a top overseas destination successfully, but which can you really trust?
Here’s a run-down of the top international flower delivery companies.
The Details . . . Flora2000 is the top online florist that delivers fresh flowers to 190 countries all over the world, even to remote locations. They are the only florist that ships their flowers (via first-class flight), rather than using local florists to fulfil orders, which means there is a delivery fee. Flora2000 has one of the best reputations for being a top quality international flower delivery company.
The Promise . . . Flora2000 is picky about where their flowers come from, selecting smaller, high quality farms for their unique designs. The use of young buds ensures that flowers hit their prime well after delivery so recipients can enjoy their blooms for up to a week. They guarantee no more than 48 hours between cutting the flower and delivery so customers get the best flowers available.
The Result . . . With custom-designed boxes to protect flowers from the severities of travel, and next-day delivery, Flora2000 does seem to be able to deliver on their promises. They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and customer service is available 24/7 via email, live chat, and a telephone helpline.
The Details . . . Teleflora sends orders to a “trusted local flower shop” in the vicinity of the recipient. All international orders must be made over the phone, so no online ordering option. They serve 165 countries world-wide.
The Promise . . . Because orders are fulfilled by local businesses, they promise hand delivery by the florist which adds a personal touch. They can deliver same-day, in most cases, barring time zone differences.
The Result . . . Hand-delivered flowers mean fresh flowers in a vase, never a box, and they last a week. Each order is handled personally over the phone. Satisfaction is guaranteed, so if problems arise, customers are encouraged to call the customer service department.
The Details . . . FTD is a large network of qualified florists stretching around the world to 75 countries. Orders are fulfilled by network FTD florists in the area where the recipient lives. They offer three levels on every arrangement: good, better, best. Each upgrade either adds more flowers or more expensive flowers to the base arrangement.
The Promise . . . Every order is fresh and hand-delivered on the next business day (if ordered by 2 pm Eastern time). There are shipping and other fees added to ensure proper delivery. Orders can be placed online and paid for with a credit card or Paypal.
The Result . . . These beautiful, fresh flowers last a week or more and are backed-up by a 7 day satisfaction guarantee. If you subscribe to an FTD membership, you can skip the shipping and service fees for a year.
In the right hands, your flowers can arrive anywhere in the world very much alive and ready to be enjoyed.
Mahima Narula has been in the floral business for over a decade. Currently, she is the head of business at Flora2000. They are the industry leaders in international flower delivery. Please visit their website for more information.