Mother's Day means busy season for Carle Place-based 1-800-Flowers. Here are facts you may not have known about the Long Island company, including the top-selling flowers for the holiday, chief executive Jim McCann and other historical information.
Mother's Day is tops for flowers
Mother's Day is the No. 1 holiday for the floral category at 1-800-Flowers. It sells about 11 million flower stems around the holiday.
5.4 million roses sold on Mother's Day
1-800-Flowers expects to sell about 5.4 million roses tied to Mother's Day, making it the most popular flower on the holiday.
Tulips are popular
The 1-800-Flowers Petal Talk blog lists tulips as one of the more popular spring flowers. Here is an interesting bit of tulip history. The word tulip comes from the Persian word delband, which means turban. Does that mean the flower is named after the shape of a turban? Perhaps. But it could also be because the flower itself was worn in turbans.
1-800-Flowers shares are trading at just under $10 as of May 5, 2015. An investment five years ago could have been a wise choice. Shares at this time in 2010 were $2.86.
1-800-Flowers owns Harry & David
1-800-Flowers announced it would buy Oregon-based Harry & David in 2014 for $142.5 million. The Long Island company said it expected the purchase to help it expand its customer base and enhance gift offerings.
While the company's 1-800-Flowers name is a throwback to the days of calling a phone number to make an order, only 30 percent of its business comes from phone calls. About 70 percent of the business is online.
A 1-800-Flowers spokeswoman said the company currently has 4,000 employees.
McCann is CEO
Jim McCann is the chief executive of 1-800-Flowers.com, which launched in 1976 when he started a floral shop in Manhattan's East Side. The shop was called Flora Plenty. Chris McCann, Jim's brother, is the president of 1-800-Flowers. He joined the company in 1984. Jim is also a published author. His latest book, "Talk is (not) Cheap" was published last year.