The United Flower Growers (UFG) that are located in Burnaby, British Columbia, is a Dutch-style auction that serves round about 600 customers per year, with the estimates of selling over 50 million stems of flowers and the count of approximately more than one million potted plants.
The truckloads of fresh flowers and plants produced by local growers in each morning arrive at UFG's 26 loading bays and all the products are firstly visually inspected for the quality before being offered for sale. After the clearance from quality control the pertinent sales data is scanned into UFG's custom-designed software using Microsoft® Windows®-based Motion® F5v Tablet PCs.
The fresh flowers and plants growers enter all the relevant data electronically at the greenhouses and transmit the data toUnited Flower Growers (UFG) as well as provide a printed sheet with a barcode in each of their shipment offered. For this modernized flower selling shop the staff uses the Motion F5v Tablet PCs’ integrated barcode scanner to scan the barcodes, to pull up the related information, and do any possible edits using drop down menus and save the changes to the database.
The Dennis Lawson, who is a general manager of operations at the United Flower Growers, admits that the Motion Tablet PC-enabled the process of selling and providing the flower delivery to Columbia and to send flowers to Columbia more fast and with optimized time duration that has helped to reduce manual input errors by 90 percent, which translates to a considerable cost savings in their working environment.
In floral industry many countries are having the key positions in local flowers delivery and international flowers delivery to haunt all over the world the flower market through their specialty cut floral and designing and their competencies to attract the buyers globally with the standard maintaining and variety that keeps them dominating on the whole floral business scene and the countries like China and Kenya and now ruling the world of floral business as they are becoming the biggest suppliers of fresh flowers across the world and hold distinct place in that.
With the increasing threat of the China and Kenya’s floral industry there are fears of among a number of Australia flower growers that the market will be overwhelmed with fresh cut flowers from overseas and they are no more needed for even domestic needs for making any local flowers delivery from their local flower gardens.
With the impacts of growing dominant role of China and Kenya as a bigger suppliers of roses and carnations the authorities of Australia's biggest flower growing groups are calling for an urgent mandatory labels on flowers to show where they come from in order to give exposure to the locally produced flowers and to sustain the floral business in the country through these steps.