When I started in our family business in 1960 we had one truck, two employees plus my mother, father and myself. We were operating out of one 1800 square foot building and did everything by hand.
Suppliers and availability of product were limited. Varieties of cut flowers didn't compare to those available in today's market, plus most were seasonal and only available certain times of the year.
Technology at that time was a telephone, cash register and credit card machine.
Today's Professional Florist has the availability of a much larger variety of fresh flowers from all over the world year round.
In years past, the only way a customer could locate and order from a florist was through the yellow pages, by phone or go into a local neighborhood shop if they wanted an order for delivery locally or out of town. They needed to order a day ahead or early in the morning for same day delivery.
Now with technology, that process only takes minutes. Sales are now transacted on the Internet through computers, smart phones, Ipods, Ipads,etc.
We at Raimondi's has always been a leader in our industry. Presently with seven stores, close to fifty employees an fleet of twelve delivery vehicles and a service area larger than any florist in Maryland, we can get your gift delivered any where locally or across country when you want it to arrive.
The combination of a Florist and Bakery in one location has proven to be a great success and huge value to our customers.
Stop in for coffee, cakes & pastries and take home some flowers. Come in to place an order for flowers, fruit, candy, balloons or gifts for delivery or to take with you and enjoy and bakery product as well. Of course you can always order by phone, Iphone, Ipad,etc.
Looking ahead, I don't know what the future will bring, but I can promise that whatever the future brings, Raimondis will always be on the cutting edge and ready to do whatever it takes to continue to improve our services and products to our customers.