#56 A Startup Changes the Flower Delivery World
Our students are Christopher Smith and Taiwo Abioye. They are all affiliated with the Technology Management Program at Georgetown School of Continuing Studies. .
Our startup is UrbanStems, with co-founder Ajay Kori.
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Startup: Urban Stems
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“Gifts are one out of every five non-consumable purchases in the U.S. so one out of every five non-food, non-diapers, non-consumables bought in the U.S., one out of every five of those purchases is a gift. It’s close to 300 billion in gifts bought in the U.S.” Ajay Kori Co-founder of Urban Stems
“So they essentially take care of online orders last. They use the inventory that’s about to expire typically, and they deliver it after they’ve delivered their current customers.” Ajay Kori Co-founder of Urban Stems
“we wanted to bring the joy back to gifting. And so, for us, we wanted a name that was quirky, but also relayed that this is done differently.” Ajay Kori Co-founder of Urban Stems
“ . . this is totally different. This is hand-delivery from couriers that we employ, that … with flowers that are better. It’s an experience that’s more urban, more fun.” Ajay Kori Co-founder of Urban Stems
“And what that looks like today is hitting a couple of buttons on your phone, and then an hour later,having a bouquet with your message on a handwritten note at that person’s office or at that person’s house.” Ajay Kori Co-founder of Urban Stems
“website is 99.8 percent of all orders.” Ajay Kori Co-founder of Urban Stems
“We actually look nothing like a traditional flower company. Our customers send … our repeat customers send four times a year. Our number one send reason is happy birthday” Ajay Kori Co-founder of Urban Stems
“Everything is purely online, and we’ve cut out so many steps from the supply chain and own
everything.” Ajay Kori Co-founder of Urban Stems
“So Colombia and Ecuador have really picked up the mantle, and they made it so efficient that it’s cheaper and easier to get the flowers from out there.” Ajay Kori Co-founder of Urban Stems
“The flower market is much bigger than most people expect. It’s about $8 billion in the U.S., cut flowers. And that is, with our per capita consumption of flowers, at nearly half that of Mexico, and I think about a fourth out of Europe.” Ajay Kori Co-founder of Urban Stems
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