Navigating supply and demand issues when shopping for Valentine’s Day – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – With the countdown, if you still haven’t bought your Valentine’s Day flowers, florists are warning of a shortage of flowers this year.

As the Monday deadline approaches, shoppers need to understand what florists are up against.

Tim Ludwig from Blumengarten’s Florist in the Strip District said florists have been dealing with stock shortages for a while, but this time, it was different.

“Valentine’s Day has become a little more difficult because demand has just skyrocketed,” says Ludwig.

While shopping, Ludwig says you can expect things that are in high demand right now in short supply, such as red roses and anything in red, pink, or other Valentine colors .

SEE: Reporting by John Shumway of KDKA

The increased desire for items like this has forced florists to brace themselves against the collision of supply and demand.

“We planned ahead so we had hundreds of roses, but sort of, when they’re gone, we might not be able to get them anymore,” says Ludwig.

Ordering early is an important thing a shopper can do. For example, if a florist has 1,200 red roses for sale, they will get to the first 100 customers to order, and the 101st customer will be gone.

Ludwig says there’s no reason to wait until Monday, adding that you can send gifts on the Thursday or Friday before the holiday.

When it comes to ordering flowers for foreigners, Ludwig recommends finding a florist near the person you’re sending them to, as using a third-party seller can lead to an alternative you don’t want. Navigating supply and demand issues when shopping for Valentine’s Day – CBS Pittsburgh


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