|Headquarters||San Diego, California|
|John Walden CEO|
|Parent||Florists' Transworld Delivery|
ProFlowers is a flower retailer in the United States. It is an e-commerce company that sells products shipped from growers, suppliers and its own distribution facilities to consumers. ProFlowers is headquartered in San Diego, California. It is part of a larger entity, Provide Commerce.
ProFlowers, later called "Provide Commerce", was started by Jared Polis in 1998. In February 2006 Liberty Media Corporation (NYSE:L; LMC.B) purchased Provide Commerce, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRVD) for a sum of $477 million in cash, at which point Provide Commerce became a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media. Provide Commerce also offers fruit, sweets and gift baskets direct from the supplier through its Gourmet Food Business Unit, which includes the brand names Cherry Moon Farms, Secret Spoon and Shari's Berries.
In 2007 Provide Commerce was selected as one of California's Best Places to Work (Sponsored by Employers Group 2007).
In 2008 Provide Commerce acquired RedEnvelope, a seller of gifts.
In 2010, Provide Commerce acquired Personal Creations, a personalized gifting company.
In June 2013, Provide Commerce acquired Gifts.com, a premium gifting company.
In November 2014, Provide Commerce acquired Sincerely, a mobile app gifting startup.
In 2014, flower delivery service Florists' Transworld Delivery agreed to buy ProFlowers and its sister gifting brands for $430 million, creating a combined company with over $1 billion in revenue. FTD Cos. completed its purchase of Provide Commerce Dec. 31, 2014.
ProFlowers was sued by its major rival, Florists' Transworld Delivery (FTD), for false advertising and unfair competition in August 2005. The suit focused on ProFlowers' claim to ship "direct from the fields" with "no middlemen", alleging that the company actually often stored flowers in refrigerated warehouses, including those of third parties. For its part, ProFlowers responded that the lawsuit was "without merit"[this quote needs a citation] and brought counterclaims against FTD. The lawsuit was settled a year later. ProFlowers did agree to make some modifications to its advertising, although as of February 2008, ProFlowers is once again claiming in its TV commercials that it delivers flowers "straight to the door from the growers' fields".[third-party source needed]
Two months after the FTD suit was filed, two law firms filed a class action lawsuit claiming that ProFlowers used deceptive marketing, also targeting the company's freshness claims. ProFlowers called it a copycat of the FTD lawsuit. It was settled with ProFlowers not admitting any wrongdoing, but offering $10 store credits to the millions of customers in the class, paying $250,000 in attorneys' fees, and "altering its advertising".
In September 2009 a class action lawsuit was filed against Provide-Commerce, the owner of ProFlowers and Encore Marketing the owner of Easy Saver, for fraud, with ProFlowers customers signed up unknowingly for the latter service leading to an unsolicited monthly fee.
In February 2011 a federal class action was filed accusing Provide-Commerce and Clarus Marketing Group of defrauding online shoppers by enrolling them in a membership program that costs $9 to $15 a month if they click on ads offering free shipping with a purchase.
- About Us
- Jared Polis: INC.com .
- Employers Group Names "California's Best Places to Work Reuters, February 28th, 2008.
- Provide Commerce acquires PersonalCreations.com Internet Retailer, July 22nd, 2010.
- Provide Commerce Acquires Mobile Gifting Startup Sincerely, Will Expand Into New Categories & Apps In 2014
- FTD buying parent of Shari's Berries, ProFlowers Chicago Tribune, July 30th, 2014.
- Provide Commerce and FTD Resolve Lawsuit, joint press release, August 8, 2006.
- Vuong, Andy. "Lawsuit Pricks at Net Florist". Denver Post, November 6, 2006.
- NBCSanDiego.com "Class-Action Suit Targets ProFlowers". MSNBC, September 1, 2009.
- Courthouse News Service:Class Alleges Online Billing Scam "". Courthouse News Service:Class Alleges Online Billing Scam, February 18, 2011.