In addition, BloomNet Technologies held a hands-on training workshop for the BloomNet Business Management System as well as the floral industry’s first, retail tablet App which integrates with florists’ Point-of-Sale System choice.Kicking off Fresh Forum 2014 was the second annual Floriology Institute Florist Design Competition. The first place winner was Bob Tucker, FSMD of Miss Daisy’s Flowers & Gifts in Leesburg, Florida. Second place went to Andie Muller of The Flower Studio in Altamonte Springs, Florida and third place went to Nishazad Khan of Rosemary’s Flower Shop in Sunrise, Florida. “I want to thank everyone who attended Fresh Forum 2014 and helped make it not only our biggest Fresh Forum event ever, but also our best,” said Mark Nance, AAF, President of BloomNet. “The stage presentations were amazing, the workshops were enlightening and as always it was great to get together with friends from throughout the floral industry and exchange ideas. Also, I want to congratulate and thank everyone who participated in the Floriology Institute Florist Design Competition...your gift for creative floral artistry is both impressive and inspirational.” During 2014, Napco and BloomNet plan to offer three more Fresh Forum events at locations throughout the country. Details about these events will be announced shortly. About Napco With more than 75 years as a trusted source to the floral and related industries, Napco ( www.napcoimports.com) is the one-stop-shopping home for floral, garden, gift and seasonal decor needs. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, the company has a 180,000 square ft. distribution center and 10,000 sq. ft. showroom in Jacksonville, a 7,000 square ft. showroom in Atlanta, Georgia and a 4,500 sq. ft. showroom in Dallas, Texas. Napco creates, imports and distributes a vast line of products featuring exclusive designs. The company’s diverse product line includes floral containers in virtually all shapes, sizes and colors along with decorative accents, inspirational and sympathy products, a wide variety of garden items, superior quality glassware, and trend-forward products carefully selected for holidays throughout the year including Valentine’s Day, Christmas and many other special occasions. Dedicated to providing unparalleled customer service, Napco has a highly experienced team of sales associates located throughout the United States and the company offers flexible purchasing options as well as state-of-the-art order fulfillment capabilities. Napco is a division of BloomNet® and a member of the 1-800-Flowers.com family of brands. About BloomNet® BloomNet® ( www.mybloomnet.net or 1-800-BloomNet) is an international wire service and a world class business solutions provider offering quality products and diverse services to a select network of professional retail Florists who utilize BloomNet’s resources to grow their businesses profitably. Professional Florists who are part of the BloomNet network can take advantage of several key benefits including the highest published rebate in the industry with the easiest rebate qualifications, tiered membership costs, state-of-the-art technology solutions, and a complete suite of value-added products and services. BloomNet has established and maintains the industry’s most stringent business standards for participating Florists. BloomNet, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.