Our History

FTD History

2014 FTD Companies, Inc. acquired Provide Commerce which includes ProFlowers, Shari's Berries, Personal Creations, Gifts.com, Cherry Moon Farms, ProPlants, Sincerely and Kalla.
2013 FTD is spun off from United Online resulting in FTD Companies, Inc. becoming an independent, publicly traded company listed on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "FTD"
2013 Robert Apatoff is named President and CEO of FTD Companies, Inc.
2012 Interflora launched My Interflora Creation, a unique online tool for consumers to create their own bouquet
2012 Interflora acquired Flying Flowers and Flowers Direct in the U.K.
2011 FTD launched Mercury Connect, a hosted point of sale system making technology accessible for small and midsized florists
2011 FTD launched the FTD College Rose collection
2010 FTD celebrated its 100th anniversary
2010 FTD launched The Better Homes & Gardens collection by FTD
2009 FTD launched new product innovations including Good, Better, Best and The FTD Luxury Collection
2009 FTD launched a rich black and metallic gold logo and packaging to reflect the heritage of the iconic brand
2008 FTD was taken private when it was acquired by United Online, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNTD)
2006 FTD acquired Interflora (U.K. and Ireland)
2005 FTD became a publicly traded company on NYSE under the ticker symbol "FTD"
2004 FTD was taken private by Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.
2003 FTD launched the first Windows-based point of sale system to the florist network called FTD Mercury
2002 FTD completed a reverse merger with FTD.com pursuant to which FTD became publicly traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "FTDI"
1999 FTD.com became a publicly traded company on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "EFTD"
1997 FTD moved its headquarters to Downers Grove, IL from Southfield, MI
1994 FTD launched its first point of sale system to the florist network called Mercury Advantage
1994 FTD was acquired by Perry Capital Corporation from the florists and converted into a for-profit corporation
1994 FTD launched www.FTD.com
1985 FTD celebrated its 75th anniversary
1984 FTD launched the famous FTD® Pick Me Up Bouquet® which is still merchandised today
1983 NFL Hall-of-Famer Merlin Olsen was introduced as the FTD spokesperson
1979 FTD officially launched an electronic system to link the florists together called the Mercury Network on August 8, 1979
1973 Interflora celebrated its 50th anniversary
1965 Florists' Telegraph Delivery changed its name to Florists' Transworld Delivery to reflect the growing international partnership with Interflora
1962 A three-month test was launched of a revolutionary plan for sending flower orders via a special telephone network - the initial roadmap for the Mercury Network
1950s Print advertising campaigns featured prominent entertainers including Kim Novak, Elizabeth Taylor, Dale Evans and Rosemary Clooney endorsing FTD and flowers
1946 International Telegraph Florists was established between FTD, the FTD British Unit and Europe's floral clearinghouse Fleurop, to sell flowers-by-wire all over the world; the group later became known as Interflora
1946 The floral industry's first test order program to assure quality and top performance from every FTD Florist began
1933 FTD entered its first float in the Rose Parade
1929 The Mercury Man logo was copyrighted as the official trademark for FTD
1924 FTD Clearinghouse was created as the first non-profit international banking operation in commercial history
1923 A British Unit of FTD was formed in response to the success of the network in America
1914 The iconic Mercury Man logo debuted
1910 FTD was founded in Rochester, NY by John A. Valentine