Part 1. Metz, Holland October 2010
A posh lift, a bit like visiting the toilets in a venue even the utility bits are good!
Martin Vered is a very, very important man at Metz, he is in charge of the whole operation, he is also extremely impressive, we liked him a lot!
He is respectful of florists, he wants to know about what we do, he seems genuinley interested in how our business operates and how Metz can serve us best, he's visited us personally way back in the Summer which was excellent and we've benifitted from his expertise and his contacts.
Martin organised our staff training with Tim Huckerbee from Floral Stratergies and in the Spring 2011 creative workshops for our design team with some of the very best continental florists in the world have been organised and paid for by Metz, not only all of this but we have a trip planned to New York with Martin to visit the worlds best Wedding & Event Florists, you see Martin understands that the stronger his customers are the stonger Metz is, totally simple but totally brilliant!!!!!
This bit is pretty cool, all of the employees at Metz get to take flowers or bulbs etc home each week an opportunity to sample what they are selling, packing, preparing and delivering, this box belongs to Hans, you're going to be seeing much more of Hans this week!
The rest of the Metz Team's goody boxes
This is the top floor where the loose flowers are packaged, wrapped and checked
The sundries are up here also
Downstairs the famous Metz crates are loaded onto conveyer belts and the flowers are sorted
The girls then distribute them between individual orders, everything is checked by computer
The numbers on the floor represent each customer and area for delivery
This was a really complex system but seriously quick, the bit and this is the only bit I was worried about was there doesn't seem to be time to sort out a duff flower, so if the pickers who are putting together your order come across a less than perfect bloom I couldn't see how it could be swapped there just didn't seem to be enough time, but hey Metz are excellent at supplying credits!
Tomorrow I'm going to introduce you to the most spectacular Vanda Orchid Grower ever Steef from Anco Orchids who supply Metz directly from plant to Metz HQ in about an hour.......