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Re: hostas, for a change


None that I know of.  It's probably not the kind of thing that anyone would do
for the public domain. I'm sure Wayside has one, but they probably wouldn't give
it to me.  Wouldn't want theirs anyway.

Chick

Dan Nelson wrote:

> Is there a program available that would tie zip codes to USDA zonal maps.
> This seems like it would help organize packing and shipping schedules to
> coincide with safe outdoor planting times for cold sensitive plants anywhere
> in the USA. It would at least give you target dates.
>
> Probably a very old idea.
>
> Dan
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com
> [mailto:owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Chick
> Sent: Monday, November 20, 2000 11:27 PM
> To: hosta-open@mallorn.com
> Subject: Re: hostas, for a change
>
> We do let the customer specify a ship period, but many of them don't do it.
> The problem with encouraging the customer to call the date months in advance
> is
> that it ties your hands.  If a customer in New York says ship the week of
> May
> 15, he can count on getting them then even if it's snowing because we have
> no
> idea why he requested the date and can't second guess it.  Some people have
> second homes and are only there certain times, landscapers have schedules,
> some
> customers hire people to do their planting, and some people just pick a date
> cause it sounds good.  No way for me to tell, so the plants go out, and it I
> can't ship then, they get a refund.
>
> I would prefer to pick the date, but I really don't know when the weather
> turns
> in northern Indiana.  Shipping late is not that big a problem, but shipping
> early can be.
>
> Chick
>
> andrewl wrote:
>
> > Chick,
> > Why not mark the order with the customer's requested ship date?  Seems
> > fairly reasonable because as the shipper is pulling the orders, they
> > (hopefully) observe when the customer's preferred receipt date is and away
> > you go.   Of course, there may be a basic flaw in my assumptions because
> we
> > now have to deal with people who believe English should be a second
> > language, but that is a whole 'nother deal.  If you have so many that it
> > gets confusing (and I imagine you do), then "staging" orders by week to
> > ship may have to be done.   There are some problems with logistics in the
> > business, but won't the customers help you with this one?  Shouldn't they
> > TELL provide a "ship no earlier than" date, putting the onus back on them?
> >
> > Andrew L.
> >
> > Chick wrote:
> >
> > > OK, here's a question for you guys that doesn't have anything to do with
> > > Al and Dubya.
> > >
> > > We can ship plants to two people who live next door to each other and
> > > one will tell us we shipped to early and the other will ask what took us
> > > so long.  When you order, or if you were to order, hostas by mail, when
> > > would you like to have them shipped to you?  When does spring come in
> > > your area?
> > >
> > > Chick
> > >
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