Price Tagging 2017

Plantworks offers the option of price/picture tagging plants for our clients. Picture tagging alone is a complimentary service we give to those who ask. Price tagging is a paid for service we offer on sign up once a year. All of our plants come complete with a simple, white ID tag with every purchase. 

Pricing Database:

At the beginning of each year, the “Customer Price Tag Database,” is sent out to clients who have received tagging services in the past, or those interested in the service. This is essentially an MS Excel worksheet that lists every plant in our main inventory. Each entry will have a unique plant code, as well as both the unit, and individual wholesale price.

Customers will use a formula, or their own price points, to fill out the database. We can integrate SKU’s and barcodes as well, if needed. We will use the information provided to produce the tags all year long. Small changes are easily managed throughout the year, but a complete overhaul of pricing is impossible once it is set. We keep a sharp eye out for mistakes or needed changes.

Tagging Options:

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There are two types of tags offered from Plantworks Nursery:

  • 1″ X 6″ white, plastic stick tag: $.08 per tag
  • 1.75″ X 2.75″ white, paper sticker tag: $.20 per tag

Scannable barcodes can be added as mentioned. All tags include the following basic information:

  • Company Name
  • Company Phone #
  • Retail Price
  • Plant Name
  • Plant Potting Size

Some limited customization is available. Specific fonts, and simple shape logos are common. Unfortunately, there are no color options. (Black ink on white tags only.)

Included in the price of each tag is an installation cost. Tags will be placed in the appropriate plant prior to delivery.

Special Notes:

A common issue that will arise during the year concerns plants that were not originally included in the database. This could be anything from special grow leftovers, to limited time items. These plants are not included in our regular inventory, and therefore will not appear on the ‘Customer Price Tag Database.’

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Our weekly availability will highlight these items for your review. When ordering, please send it prices for these special ordered plants. (See example)

This service is offered on a once a year sign up, and the time is now to apply. If you are interested in tagging services, please contact us for more information at plantworkssales@gmail.com or 919-732-6594.

Thinking of Spring 2017?

Thinking of Spring 2017?

Any individual working in the green industry knows that Spring is ALWAYS right around the corner. Each season is spent planning the next…

It is only the beginning of 2017, but Plantworks Nursery has already been planning for Spring in earnest. We have ordered our stock for the season, made our bids on early Spring jobs, and in some cases have already began growing the material. While we understand not everyone is able to run on this far out of a scheduled plan, we do ask that you remember the hustle and bustle the season can bring.

We completely understand that everyone has picky clients who can’t make up their mind, or those that can, but want unrealistic goals met. We also understand that retail sales can be tricky, and can be greatly affected by the weather. And lest we forget, Mother Nature answers to no schedule. All that being said, we still have to plan accordingly to what we can provide at peak season, and we aim to supply top quality as well as quantity.

The following are some important reminders to communicate to all of our clients, whether you are new to Plantworks, or just need to be updated on how we handle Springtime. As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns. Don’t wait until Spring is here, ALWAYS PLAN AHEAD! (919-732-6594 or plantworkssales@gmail.com)

  • Pre-books for the season will be evaluated on the basis of the order. Please send in any lists you may have (with dates), and we will decide the best way to provide you that material. We will only be taking specific pre-books for the season. Please contact us with any questions.
  • We send out weekly availability lists to our customers in email form. These lists should tell you what looks good and how many of an item we have. Keeping up with our inventory will help you buy and plan for the Spring. Check your inbox for this.
  • Trucking fills up very rapidly during the height of Spring. We deliver on our trucks Tuesday-Friday. No Monday or weekend deliveries. It is common for trucking to be booked out for the whole week by Monday afternoon in the busy season. Planning ahead will help avoid these issues.
  • We load the trucks the day before they are due out for delivery. (Hence, if you are getting a Tuesday delivery, then we are loading that on Monday.) We cannot take additions to your order past 12 noon on that loading day. The time is simply not there.
  • For our customers who receive price tags from us: There will be times when we must call/email to confirm pricing information. Please try to be as available as possible to answer these questions, or you may not get any tags. We cannot make up pricing for items, and this is why it is vitally important to fill out pricing databases at the beginning of the year. (Price tagging will be covered in another post.)
  • There must be someone on site of your delivery to help our drivers unload. Job site, home, retail center, anywhere at all; there must be help for our deliverymen.Our driver’s time is planned out for the day, and they work very hard to make schedules. Multiple hands are better than one! There is a handling fee for not meeting our driver on site, and this will be charged to you after the fact when we are alerted to the issue.
  • To hold items over a two-week period, we require a 25% deposit. This will come out of your end total on delivery/pickup. There are no exceptions to this rule during the Spring. We must move material when it is in prime condition. If you do not take your items in the allotted time frame, we will release them back into general availability.
  • Pick ups are always welcome. We love to see our friends face to face, and the nursery is located in some beautiful country. Our schedule for pickup’s ends an hour and a half before we close. Most of the year this means we stop letting people into the nursery at 3 PM. (During the Summer months, this means 2 PM.) There are very few exceptions we make to this rule, so if you are concerned about time constraints, a simple phone call will help.

These are just a few of the important reminders for the Spring season, but every situation is different. We are here to assist you, and will try our best to help anyone at anytime. We hope to have a prosperous, smooth season; and we hope you do to!

Happy Planting!

Plantworks Policy: The Basics

While updating the blog, it is important to have a refresher on all things Plantworks! We get calls, emails, and faxes with questions ranging across the spectrum, and we would like to address those as best we can. Of course, if you ever need any help or guidance from our staff, please send all emails to plantworkssales@gmail.com, or call our office at 919-732-6594. We are here to help!

Introduction

Plantworks is a wholesale nursery ONLY. This means you must have a tax ID number, or business ID number, to purchase plants from us directly. If you do not own a business, or have a tax ID number, we can help you find retail garden locations that stock our product. (However, you will not get the break on the sales tax!) We cater to contractors, landscapers, and retail garden centers.


pwn-policy-ordering Ordering/Account Set-Up

To begin ordering with us, we require that an account is set up with your business information. We can typically handle this with a phone call in less than 5 minutes! We simply require contact, billing, and shipping information; along with your tax ID number. This is a one time process, and your info can be updated at anytime. When an account is set up, you are automatically started as a payment due when you receive product, but you can also ask us about applying for a NET credit account. The forms are simple, and easy to follow. We do not ask for minimums to start an account. We will hold orders 2 weeks out from the date you place them, but anything beyond that requires a deposit.

Availability and Viewing our Website

The nursery’s stock is always changing and growing. We strive to keep our information on the topic current, and easily located. You can find the listings in many locations (such as our Facebook page), but the most convenient way to view Plantworks policy and availability is our website. Plantworksnursery.com is your gateway to our stock and inventory. Since we are wholesale only, we ask that you make an account to log in and view our material. This is very simple, and you set your own Login and Password for the site. Here’s how:

  • From the original welcome page, click “Wholesale” in the top, green box.
  • This will bring you to the login page. If you have already filled out the information, simply login at this time. If you have not, click “Click here to fill out a Wholesale Application”.
  • Fill out the forms completely, and write down your info for future use. Click “Submit Registration”.
  • We will check our website back office multiple times a day to approve new users, but you will see a message that says this will take multiple days. We cannot change this message, but most accounts are approved same day
  • We can recover this information for you anytime if you misplace it.

We email out availability to our customers every week during the busiest seasons, and bi-weekly during the Summer and Winter. If you do not already receive this email, simply ask to be added into our listings.

There are two types of availability lists that Plantworks generates. They are “Retail” and “Complete” listings. “Retail” means ready for the shelf in any retail setting, or basically, a perfect plant. The “Complete” list includes small, overgrown, or older plants that would be perfect for landscaping jobs, but might not be suitable for a garden center or picky client. Feel free to view both, only be aware of notes on plant quality. Our listings include pricing, quantities, and quality of all plants available at that time. To view our whole stock, please visit the website. 

pwn-policy-timeHours and Pick-ups

Plantworks has two seasons in which our hours vary.

  • Summer hours 7 AM-3:30 PM (With pick-ups completed by 2 PM) This starts in June and runs through to Labor Day. We try to beat the heat, and get started early.
  • Rest of year hours 8 AM-4:30 PM (With pick-ups completed by 3 PM) These are our regular hours for the rest of the year. 

We do not allow pick-ups for the last hour we are open. We close the nursery for spraying and other various reasons, and no customers will be allowed into the nursery after this time. Please be aware of this rule! You can always call us if you are concerned about timing, or pick-up scheduling, as the office staff is here until closing. There is no rule to call ahead, but being prepared never caused any problems!

pwn-policy-deliveryTruck Schedule/Delivery

Plantworks also delivers via truck. We ship from South Carolina all the way up to Maine, but mostly concentrate on the East coast area surrounding North Carolina for truck deliveries. (We can ship anywhere in the continental US via FedEx Monday-Wednesday, with no minimum.) The following are a few important points to know about trucking:

  • We ask for a $600 minimum for orders to make the truck
  • Freight charges do apply. $50 for our local sphere, and a percentage of the order total for those outside of that range. (Please call to find out where your business would land in our delivery zone.)
  • We deliver Tuesday-Friday every week. We have a set, weekly, schedule that we deliver on, with certain areas being visited on certain days. (Please call to find out where your business would land on this schedule.)
  • We begin the process of trucking two days prior to delivery. Orders are needed that far in advance to allow you to be delivered to. (I.E. If we deliver to you on Wednesdays, we need the order in by Monday.)
  • We ask that someone is physically at your location to help our drivers unload the product. If not, we charge a fee for them unloading alone. Teamwork wins!
  • We can deliver to job sites if given notice to do so. There is no extra charge for this service. Charges apply the same as any other delivery. 

I am sure there are still questions left unanswered, as every situation is different and we are working with a living inventory. In the future, we will cover more policy questions in other posts. As stated previously, feel free to call or email with any questions. We are here to help!

Happy Planting!