We are excited to announce the official launch of the new United Kingdom online store on April 1, 2020 and the translated Dutch, French (EU), and German online stores on June 3, 2020!
You’re probably wondering about the North American sites. We don’t have launch dates solidified yet, but we’re getting closer. We’ll continue to update and remind you of the changes over the coming months.
Coronavirus and Stampin’ Up!
You’ve probably been watching updates about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, along with the rest of the world. We have as well, and we have been in regular contact with our employees and suppliers in China since our last update about the extension of Chinese New Year. You’ve also probably heard announcements from major retailers regarding their supply chain slowing as a result of Coronavirus impact to raw goods supply, manufacturing, and transportation. It’s likely that these delays in production and shipments coming out of China will affect Stampin’ Up!, though we do not yet know to what extent.
The Chinese government is requiring factories to complete a strict approval process before reopening, including an inspection by a government official. If a factory is not approved, they have to get back into the queue to have inspectors come again. And many of the factories that have reopened are not working at full capacity because employees have been unable to make it back to their homes.
Even when factories are able to catch up on production, our larger concerns are with the difficulty we anticipate for getting those products out of China. Many roads are still closed and transporting items to ports will be difficult. And once there, we are only one small company out of thousands trying to get their products out of China. While we would normally try to airfreight delayed products, the limited number of planes flying in and out of China makes this solution improbable.
We will do everything we can to limit the impact to you, but we want you to be aware of the potential difficulties and delays. As we gather new information from our employees and other contacts in China, we will let you know. In the meantime, consider focusing on the stamping basics in your upcoming events. Stamps, ink, and paper are the building blocks of creativity and we have more flexibility in the production of most of these items.bOnStage Live in Salt Lake City, USA, This November
Are you thinking about coming to OnStage Live in Salt Lake City, UT, this November? We know it’s several months away but want to give you a heads up on the dates in case you’re planning your year ahead. Wednesday, November 4, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the home office in Riverton, Utah, if you’d like. The OnStage event will follow on Thursday, November 5, through Saturday, November 7, 2020. We hope to see you there!
Ornate Garden Suite Early Release
Sale-A-Bration is slowly winding down, but we don’t want the excitement to end. That’s why we are giving you a brand new reason to get in touch with your customers—with the early release of the Ornate Garden Suite from the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. They’ll love getting a peek at an exclusive, new product; better yet, they’ll be able to buy it right away! Preorder for this brand new product suite is March 3–31, 2020, with the suite going on sale for customers on April 1. So don’t wait. Be the first to have this early release from the upcoming catalog so you can start making samples as soon as possible!