Tag: funeral homes

Afternoon Edition

The FedEx strategy shift. . where do funeral homes go?

Editor’s Note:   For as yet unknown technical reasons, our daily article was not sent out earlier this morning.  Sorry. . here it is. All things are created equal. . . . until they’re not.  In the death care business I’m not so sure all of the calls we get at our funeral homes are created equal.  A death call that ends up being a full traditional funeral with casket and vault sale is probably more than equal to a direct […]

Business Regulations

Where have all the men gone?

I think we have all seen it, but have we ever looked at the statistics and questioned what has happened.  The “it” I’m talking about is women in the workplace over the years and the correlation of “Where have all the Men gone”? In the death care business we have seen the rise of the female funeral directors.  I attended mortuary college in the late 1970’s with one female in my class of about 50 students.  This year I attended […]

Cemetery Cremation Products

Better Place Forests adds 10th memorial forest

This recent article from Pasadena Weekly made note that Better Place Forests has added a property at Lake Arrowhead, about 90 minutes from Los Angeles.  For Better Place Forests it is their 10th announced location with five of those being in California. A fairly new entity into permanent memorialization, Better Place Forests is described in the article as “as sustainable alternative to traditional cemeteries”.  According to the Better Place Forest website, a memorial package could include the rights to a […]

Afternoon Edition

Jake Johnson on “Acquisitions” is most read article of the month

Johnson Consulting Group CEO Jake Johnson wrote a short article for Funeral Director Daily dealing with the acquisition landscape and that article tops our “Most Read” list for the 30 days from August 15 to September 15.  In case you missed them, here are the top read articles from Funeral Director Daily over the past month. Johnson Consulting’s Jake Johnson on the acquisition market. Another start-up in Death Tech. . .another player in caskets. My brother Jim . . . […]

Business

Several Florida funeral homes and churches pledge “no indoor funerals”

We recently learned, in this video story and print article from News 6 Orlando, that a group of about 30 churches and six funeral homes in Marion County, Florida, have decided not to hold indoor services for the remainder of 2021.  According to the article, “After hearing that many funeral homes . . . .  are overwhelmed with funerals related to COVID deaths, local pastors held a conference call with funeral home directors and medical professionals.” That call led the […]

Business Regulations

The vaccine mandate. . . your business, your employees

“We have been patient.  But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost us all.”  According to this article from Yahoo Finance, those were the words of President Joe Biden when he announced last Thursday the upcoming Covid-19 vaccine mandates for American businesses. According to this article from Yahoo Finance, “a new Labor Department “emergency temporary standard” will require all companies with 100 employees or more to assure all workers are vaccinated against the coronavirus, or test unvaccinated […]

Finance

InvoCare reports first half year. . . gives us a glimpse of future funeral home revenue sources

InvoCare, the largest public purveyor of death care services in Australia, reported their first half year results for 2021 recently.  The earnings call transcript, which you can access here, also gave some glimpses into the future of funeral service companies, at least in Australia. As you may know, Australia has had a severe lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The first half of 2021 eased those restrictions somewhat and that was partially the reason that InvoCare saw a 13% increase in […]

Business

We just passed Labor Day. . . time to start planning for next year

When I was in my working and funeral home owning/ managing years Labor Day passed and Angie got the kids off for a new school year and I started the financial planning for the next year at the funeral home.  Yes, the 3rd Quarter was not even completed in the current year and there was almost a full four months left until New Year’s Day, but planning and starting to move on that plan took time. As I have mentioned […]

Business

A perspective on the times, what we do. . and why

I was going to write today’s article on some business things to check into after Labor Day.  However, that article will wait until tomorrow.  When I read the Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial pages yesterdayI came across a short article written for the 1981 Labor Day.  You can access that article here. Now 1981 — that’s 40 years ago.  It also happens to be the first Labor Day for me after I had been a full-time employee for at least one […]

Finance

Co-op FuneralCare acquires 50 locations, Propel Funeral Partners reports improved performance

Across the Atlantic Ocean we have learned that Co-operative  Funeral Care in Great Britain has reached agreement to purchase the funeral and preneed related businesses of Midcounties Co-op funerals.  The number reported in this article states that Co-op Funeral Care will acquire 50 funeral homes and 2 vehicle logistic sites from Midcounties. The transaction will be dependent on approval of the Competition and Markets Authority of Great Britain.  If completed, Co-op Funeral Care will number 182 locations.  According to another […]