Calyx & Corolla: Case Study

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Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona School of Management Master of Science in Management

CALYX & COROLLA
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October – 2012

Background history Calyx & Corolla is a company that sells fresh flowers by mail, which was founded in 1988 by Ruth Owades. She had 18 investors who had provided her $2 million in capital to launch the company. By 1990, they raised $10 million in sales. The major point of success behind the company was that they have changed the way of flower distribution by directly linking the customer with growers. They have established strong relationships with 30 different growers that have exclusivity agreement with Calyx & Corolla. When an order is received either by mail, fax or telephone, the order is forwarded to one of the growers. The flowers are cut after the order was made; therefore the customers get fresher products compared to typical florist shops. Calyx & Corolla also have a strong business relationship with the courier service FedEx. FedEx is a successful company, which is known for its speed, on-time delivery and reliability. They used FedEx for delivering perishable products, so that they reduced the time it took to deliver flowers to customers. They also have a good customer service. With the online tracking system, they are able to see the location of the products and give immediate feedback to customers about the whereabouts of an order. Most of the revenues were derived from catalog, corporate clients and promotional tie-ins. In the catalog, fresh and dried flowers, plants, bouquets, vases and other accessories are displayed and the continuity program was presented. They send catalogues to customers and rented mailing lists. But the response rates of rented mailing list were low and this made is difficult to reach to new customers. The Calyx & Corolla management team has talented members like Owades and Lee and now they are evaluating new growing options. One option is capturing more gift

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