Flowers play a vital role in society and serve to remind us of our connection with nature. However, they are also very delicate and can quickly wilt in urban conditions, so preserving their freshness is a key priority for any florist. Refrigeration can help a great deal in this regard since all plants have a preferred temperature range and many decay faster when exposed to frost or heat. For this reason, reefer containers are increasingly used to store flowers in the various stages of their commercialisation. They are efficient and comparably low-priced, so it’s not surprising to see them being quickly adopted across the flower industry.
Here are some important answers for florists who are considering leasing refrigerated containers for their business:
It's very important to know the ideal temperatures for each flower species and to store them accordingly. Containerised storage from Spacewise comes in three convenient sizes: 10ft, 20ft and 40ft, allowing florists of any size to expand their capacities and ensure their products are kept in optimal condition. Flowers should ideally be placed inside the container as soon as they arrive onsite. Then, when required, flowers can be placed on display during the day and returned to the refrigerated space overnight. The temperature inside the container will remain constant and our containers will also help protect your products from theft.
One practical solution is to group and distribute your flowers based on the optimal temperature range and then assign specific locations inside the container/containers. While containers can be arranged in such a way to allow workers to walk in, it’s best not to open the doors too frequently. Finally, the container should be locked from the outside when it’s not in active use, preventing accidental damage or theft.
There are countless practical benefits that refrigerated containers create for businesses in this sector.
In addition to extending the time that flowers remain fresh and attractive to customers, containers also allow florists to keep a more diverse inventory and order larger stock volumes.
Since companies like Spacewise lease reefer containers of various sizes, when required, florists can utilise them for short periods to handle periods of intense demand or special events.
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