Shanghai floral market slowly recovering

Worldwide the floral industry is hit hard by Covid-19. As one of the first countries to control the virus, China’s economy is gradually recovering, Mr. Austin Gu from Cydiance, went to the Shanghai Jinhui Road floral market and made a small video report on the current conditions there. Austin said: “This floral market is one of the biggest markets in Shanghai and in East China. Most wholesalers indicate that the market has begun to recover, but it is not back to normal yet and still needs a bit more time to fully recover.”

Though, not every company encountered the same problems. Mr. Luis Zhou who manages a leading floral import company mentioned he was still positive for this year’s season and that his sales might increase this year instead of going down. They import from over 18 different countries worldwide, with Ecuador and Colombia as the biggest suppliers for their flowers. “In 2019 we already invested in selling more through e-commerce, offline sales just take up a small part of our sales. This year, due to the virus outbreak, more people are ordering online. Therefore, I expect that this year the sales will be better than last year. However, we also felt the consequences of Covid-19, as we had to close for about 3 months and are just open again. But we stay positive and look forward to this new season.”

As the floral industry is a very specialized one and all stages of transport need to be handled well, it is important to keep track of the goods while it’s been transported. If this is not the case, it might mean large losses. Cydiance is a specialized data logger company, they supply data loggers worldwide for the fresh and frozen food industry, but also for the floral industry. Austin Gu explained: “We see the growing interest of floral importers and exporters for our products, as they also experience the importance of a good track record of the transport. And not only from a part of the chain, but from beginning to end. With our data logger, we try to improve the conditions of the importer and exporter companies. In the future we hope to find more partners and to help improve their transport and reduce losses.”

Austin Gu with his Chilean colleague Rodrigo Aliaga 

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Austin Gu
Cydiance Technology     

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