The number of stems per bunch (L11) is information that has become more important to buyers over the years. The request to supply this information with cutflowers is becoming more frequent by the day. Two important reasons for this are:
- It prevents mistakes in the logistical process of buyers;
- It simplifies the sale of cutflowers via webshops.
Supplying this information leads to lower costs for buyers/customers, more satisfied consumers and ultimately better pricing and more revenue. To get there it is necessary that suppliers present this information by default. Only then can buyers accurately set up their processes.
For these reasons the number of stems per bunch (L11) will be made a mandatory characteristic code on position 5 for all cutflowers. This proposal has been approved by the VBN Regulations Steering Group. For most cutflowers this applies from the 1st of January 2019. For the productgroups listed below L11 will be advised from the 1st of June 2018 and mandatory from the 1st of September 2018. The list shows what will change per productgroup. Note that if cutflowers are supplied unbunched code 001 has to be entered for trading code L11.
|Productgroupnr.||Productgroup||L11||L11 advised||L11 mandatory||Other changes|
|1 01 008 01||Leucospermum cordifolium||Position 5||1 June 2018||1 September 2018||–|
|1 01 008 02||Leucospermum overig||Position 5||1 June 2018||1 September 2018||–|
|1 07 070 01||Pieris per bunch||Position 5||1 June 2018||1 September 2018||–|
|1 07 070 02||Pieris||Position 5||1 June 2018||1 September 2018||–|
|1 01 114 01||Strelitzia||Position 5||1 June 2018||1 September 2018||S50 to position 6
from 1 June 2018
|1 01 069 01||Chamelaucium||Position 5||1 June 2018||1 September 2018||L12 to position 4 from 1 June 2018|
|1 05 027 01||Phalaenopsis per flower||Position 5||1 June 2018||1 September 2018||–|
|1 05 027 01||Phalaenopsis per branch||Position 5||1 June 2018||1 September 2018||–|
We recommend suppliers to contact their software supplier to initiate the changes mentioned above. All existing characteristic codes can be consulted on the Floricode website.