UPDATES: July 7, 2020: Weeking Updates + CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

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UPDATES: July 7, 2020: Weeking Updates + CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

Blythe Klipple


WEEKLY UPDATES

7 July 2020

NEW BUNDLE FOCUS PROGRAM

We’ve heard your requests for simple, ready-to-use tools to make sharing and selling easier—and we are excited to introduce our new Bundle Focus program! 

What is Bundle Focus and who should use it? 

Each month, we will release a number of resources focused around one bundle from the current annual or mini catalog. These new resources will be added to the demonstrator website and DBWS and are for any demonstrator who wants simple tools to make it a little easier to share what you love. 

When and where will these tools be available? 

Today on the demonstrator website! We are launching the program with three bundles from the 2020–2021 Annual Catalog:

  • Blossoms in Bloom Bundle (item 154123) 
  • Nothing’s Better Than Bundle (item 154061)
  • Lovely You Bundle (item 154070)

Beginning in August, each month we will focus on one bundle from a current catalog and release a new set of tools specific to that bundle. We’ll notify you through Weekly Updates and Succeed Weekly when the new tools are available and they will remain on the Bundle Focus page for remaining life of the catalog.

You can find these tools in two places: 

  • The Bundle Focus page on the demonstrator website (Business Resources > Bundle Focus). 
  • On your Demonstrator Business Web Services (DBWS) under Business > Resource Library > Marketing Tool Kit > Products. Not a DBWS subscriber? Try it!

The tools for each bundle are available to download in a ZIP file. Select individual pieces you want to share or use them all! Visit the Bundle Focus pageto learn more—and start thinking about how you will share bundles in your business.



WRAPPING UP SUMMER NIGHTS

There are only a few days left until the subscription period for the Summer Nights Paper Pumpkin Kit comes to a close—the last day to subscribe is 10 July! Remind your customers to not only subscribe, but to purchase the coordinating Summer Nights Add-On, too. For only $10.00 USD/$13.00 CAD, your customers can have the most expansive crafting experience of the summer!

Don’t let your customers miss out on July’s unique kit—start sharing today! For information and resources to help you promote this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit and coordinating add-on, check out the promotion page.


LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR OUR LEADERS SUMMIT!

Registration for our Leaders Summit ends on 10 July 2020 11:59 PM (MT).

Demonstrators who are silver elite and above are invited to register and attend this virtual event, which will start with a welcome reception on 27 August followed by a full schedule of training and networking 28–29 August.

Register here.

After you register, make sure to download a shareable graphic from the Leaders Summit page.



RECRUITING CHALLENGE UPDATE: YOU DID IT!

As you will recall from our 26 May Weekly Update, we extended a worldwide recruiting challenge to our demonstrators during the month of June. The details are as follows:

  • Get one recruit from 3–30 June 2020 to qualify for the reward.
  • If the goal of globally reaching 5,000 recruits is met, challenge participants receive 2 packs of Whisper White Cardstock.

We’re happy to announce that the challenge was met with a total of 5,796 global recruits! If you recruited at least one demonstrator from 3–30 June, you will receive two packs of 8-1/2" x 11" Whisper White Cardstock with your first demonstrator order (of any size) beginning 8 July 2020. Congratulations to our challenge winners!



PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED

To review last week’s updates, click here.

THIS WEEK’S SUCCEED WEEKLY

If you missed it in your inbox, take a look at this week’s Succeed Weekly email here!


CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE

We continue to monitor news of COVID-19 and account for its possible impact to several business aspects that will affect demonstrators (manufacturing, transportation, travel, events, etc.). The health and safety of demonstrators and staff is important to us and we appreciate your partnership and patience as we work to address this global issue.

We are doing all we can to mitigate the impact to your business, including air freighting products when possible. Each week we will update the list below with the products in your market that we know will be (or already are) affected by these delays:

  • 102193: VersaMark Ink Refill 
  • 100082: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
  • 133456: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Refill

Memento and StazOn Ink

The first shipment of Memento and StazOn ink products since the beginning of quarantine reached our distribution center and was shipped to our EU and SP distribution centers. As soon as we receive additional inventory, we will begin fulfilling NA backorders. 

Product Production 

Our manufacturer of ink refill bottles has been prioritizing the production of medical products, which means right now, our ink refill production is limited to the number of bottles currently at our Kanab facility. We expect production to be limited over the next several weeks, until our manufacturer is able to fulfill our orders for more bottles. In an effort to minimize the impact of these delays, we placed a limit on all the 2020–2022 In Color ink refills. Even with the limits, these colors have all gone into Not Orderable status. We will provide more inventory as soon as we can. 

Our manufacturing facility in North America continues to work overtime and operate on two shifts. However, with a delay between shifts, being understaffed, and working to train new workers, our capacity is lowered. Through all of this, we are working hard to minimize backorders of stamps, Classic Stampin’ Ink, and cardstock, but there will be backorders on these products in the coming months—especially as our ability to react quickly to unexpected product demands is hindered due to the current situation. Our production of Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads is particularly limited at this time. We are focusing our efforts on fulfilling individual color ink pads before we move to collection assortments.

We are seeing delays in production from some of our North American suppliers as they make efforts to keep their employees safe as we have. They are all continuing to produce products and if that changes, we will let you know. 

All the factories we use in China are up and running, but the COVID-19 outbreak has caused more delays than usual in our ability to replenish products. Air freight coming from China is also in high demand, making it difficult to expedite products.

Shipping

UPS has suspended all shipping guarantees. This means you may not receive your packages on the days you expect. Even expedited shipments are seeing a one- to two-day delay. Please plan accordingly. For information about how UPS continues to respond to this situation, click here.

(New information this week) Our North American distribution center is currently shipping within two to five days after an order is placed. 

Canadian Deliveries

Due to the longer transit times for Canadian shipments, we are currently prioritizing Canadian orders. All orders may experience shipping delays based on the COVID-19 situation, however, we are doing everything we can to get shipments out in a timely manner. 

Events

The Maui incentive trip is moving to May 2021. Our first-ever BackStage business conference for leaders will be held in August 2021. And this year’s November OnStage Live and Local events will be held virtually at some point during the dates already scheduled: 5–7 November 2020. There is still much uncertainty about the state of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the coming year and people’s ability to travel in November, so we decided it’s in everyone’s best interest to move the event to a virtual platform.




Blythe Klipple
Updates Coordinator
blythek@mac.com



Blythe Klipple, UPDATES/FAQ COORDINATOR