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UPDATES: May 26 2020: WEEKLY UPDATES 26 May 2020

Blythe Klipple

WEEKLY UPDATES

26 May 2020

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:

  • 100082: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
  • 101406: Jet Black StazOn Pad 
  • 102193: VersaMark Ink Refill
  • 133456: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Refill 
  • 132708: Memento Ink Pad Tuxedo Black
  • 151508: Saddle Brown StazOn Ink Pad 
  • 151296: Label Me Lovely Punch

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 two months, until our manufacturer is able to fulfill our orders for more bottles. In an effort to minimize the impact of these delays, there will be a limit on the following In Color ink refills:

  • Bumblebee Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (item 153122)
  • Cinnamon Cider Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (item 153120)
  • Just Jade Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (item 153121)
  • Magenta Madness Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (item 153123)
  • Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (item 153124)

These In Color refills will each have a limit of one per order (demonstrator and customer orders) when the new annual catalog launches on 3 June. Even with the limits, there is still a chance some colors may go into backorder or Not Orderable status before we are able to replenish our inventory. We will remove these temporary limits 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. 

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

Beginning 1 June, our North American distribution center will return to operating on one shift, Monday through Friday, in accordance with local regulations. We will continue doing all we can to get orders out as quickly as possible, but you may still see more shipping delays than normal during this pandemic. We are currently shipping orders about five to eight days out.

If our state or county moves to a higher-severity risk index, we will make the necessary changes to remain in compliance with local regulations. Please be patient with us as we work to balance the health of our employees with the needs of our demonstrators and customers. For information about how UPS continues to respond to this situation, click here. 

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. Please understand that there is also a current delay in transit time for all transportation carriers, including UPS; at this time, they are seeing an additional three to six day delay. We are working with UPS to clear up these delays and have asked that they communicate with us as the situation changes.

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.

Pick a Free Bundle Starter Kit Promotion Coming Soon (3 June)

As you know, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators can earn extra benefits when they recruit others to join their team. A new recruit can mean additional income from team commissions, but it also means you can have a friend who can share the love of Stampin’ Up! with you. 

To help you build up your team, we are offering a special recruiting promotion to incentivize your friends to join now: our Pick a Free Bundle Starter Kit promotion. 

For a limited time, new recruits will get a FREE stamp/tool bundle when they join from 3–30 June. The Starter Kit is already a great value at $99 USD/$135 CAD for $125 USD/$165 CAD worth of products, but with this additional motivation to join, you’ve got a fantastic reason to contact your friends and tell them about the Stampin’ Up! opportunity.

Visit the Pick a Free Bundle Starter Kit Promotion page to learn more.

2021 Artisan Design Team Application Closing Soon

The application period for the 2021 Artisan Design Team ends 31 May 2020. Don’t miss out; apply here.

The New Annual Catalog Sales Period Begins on 3 June!

Just one more week and the 2020–2021 Annual Catalog goes live! Be sure to check out the Catalog Details page for all the important information you need to know about the transition to the new catalog. 

Remember: All ordering will be unavailable from midnight to noon (MT) on 3 June 2020, while we transition our ordering systems to the new catalog. Ordering will be available again no later than noon (MT).

As the annual catalog launch approaches, we may need to provide you with information outside of our normal Weekly Updates, so be sure to check the demonstrator website frequently during the next week.

In all your excitement for the new annual catalog, don’t forget that 2 June 2020, is the final day of the January–June 2020 Mini Catalog and 2019–2020 Annual Catalog. You and your customers must place your orders by the following deadlines:

  • Phone: 2 June 2020; 6:50 pm (MT)
  • Online: 2 June 2020; 11:59 pm (MT)

Remind your customers that retiring products are available while supplies last only!

Please Share Your Feedback about OnTour Online

We hope those of you who attended OnTour Online had a great time! We’d love to hear what you thought about it. We also want to hear from those of you who didn’t attend so we can learn more about why you weren’t able to join.

Please take a few minutes to share your feedback with us so we can make our future events even better! Take the OnTour Online survey here.

Introducing SEAL and SEAL+ Adhesive

There’s a brand new adhesive on the block! Introducing SEAL and SEAL+ Adhesives, Stampin’ Up!’s brand new, everyday adhesive solution for your papercrafting projects. Watch our video to learn more. See also our Adhesive Chart and Q & A for additional details.

Paper Pumpkin Email Newsletter Reminder

Tomorrow Paper Pumpkin will send out our monthly email newsletter to subscribers. This newsletter contains great information about the latest kit and includes an instructional video, a link to alternate projects, coordinating products, and upcoming kit sneaks. Check it out here (US | CA), then be sure to remind your subscribers to check their email tomorrow for the latest Paper Pumpkin news!

Keep Sharing the Box of Sunshine

Tell your customers about the June Paper Pumpkin Box of Sunshine. This exclusive, Sara-inspired kit includes supplies for eight handmade cards and is specially designed to create a box full of cheer—and treats—to share and brighten the day of someone special. The subscription period ends 10 June. Get the details here and don’t let your customers miss out.

Products Selling Above Forecast

There is always a risk of products going into backorder during a demonstrator preorder or within the first few weeks after the customer launch. We do our best to forecast how you or your customers may react to new products, but sometimes we sell through our inventory much more quickly than we expect. 

The following products are currently outperforming their initial forecast and are at risk of going into backorder or not orderable status before we receive additional inventory:

  • 152486 FLOWERS FOR EVERY SEASON 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
  • 152886 TASTEFUL LABELS DIES
  • 152493 FOREVER GOLD LASER-CUT SPECIALTY PAPER
  • 152494 IN GOOD TASTE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
  • 152703 JAR PUNCH
  • 153101 FLOWERS FOR EVERY SEASON MEMORIES & MORE CARDS & ENVELOPES
  • 152883 LOVELY LABELS PICK A PUNCH
  • 152492 FOREVER GREENERY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
  • 152718 TASTEFUL TEXTILE 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER
  • 153600 WORLD OF GOOD MEMORIES & MORE CARD PACK
  • 153057 BRASS FOIL SHEETS
  • 152482 CINNAMON CIDER 2020–2022 IN COLOR 1/4" (6.4 MM) RIBBON
  • 153622 BUMBLEBEE 2020–2022 IN COLOR 1/4" (6.4 MM) RIBBON
  • 153623 MAGENTA MADNESS 2020–2022 IN COLOR 1/4" (6.4 MM) RIBBON
  • 153624 MISTY MOON 2020–2022 IN COLOR 1/4" (6.4 MM) RIBBON
  • 153621 JUST JADE 2020–2022 IN COLOR 1/4" (6.4 MM) RIBBON
  • 152476 IN GOOD TASTE ELEMENTS
  • 152474 GOLD HOOPS EMBELLISHMENTS
  • 152475 FOREVER GREENERY TRIM COMBO PACK
  • 152471 ANTIQUED CORNERS & SLIDES
  • 152480 2020–2022 IN COLOR ENAMEL DOTS
  • 153620 FLOWERS FOR EVERY SEASON RIBBON COMBO PACK
  • 153070 IN COLOR 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPER ASSORTMENTS
  • 152491 WORLD OF GOOD SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER
  • 153100 MASON JAR SHAKER DOMES
  • 153200 OLD WORLD PAPER 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER
  • 152712 WORLD MAP DIES
  • 153645 FLOWERS FOR EVERY SEASON GEMS
  • 152472 EARLY ESPRESSO 1/4" (6.4 MM) FAUX SUEDE TRIM
  • 152714 FOREVER FLOURISHING DIES
  • 152716 GREENERY EMBOSSING FOLDER

This information may create an even higher demand on many of these items, but we feel it’s better to let you know now so you can adapt your plans.

There’s still time to help make a difference!

Join us in supporting efforts to share sunshine and fight COVID-19! Through our Making a Difference program we are we are offering the Share Sunshine PDF Download, a digital stamp set packed with both lighthearted and heartfelt sentiments and imagery relevant to the unique COVID-19 and social distancing situation we’re currently in. For every purchased download, Stampin’ Up! will donate 100% of the proceeds to COVID-19 efforts. Help us make a difference to vulnerable communities and frontline workers! Learn more here.

Heart of Stampin’ Up! applications are now LIVE!

The application for the Heart of Stampin’ Up! Award is now open! Only COMPLETED applications will be considered. You can find information about the new Heart of Stampin’ Up! Award and the link to the online application under the “Making a Difference” section of the demonstrator website. 

The last day to submit your application is 30 June 2020, so be sure to get yours in!

Last Chance to Get Retiring Products

Time to stock up! With just one week left to order retiring January–June 2020 Mini Catalog and 2019–2020 Annual Catalog items, you won’t want to wait another minute. These products are moving fast. Remind your customers to place their orders today before their favorites are gone! Visit the Last-Chance Products page now to check out these great deals.

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!



Blythe Klipple
Updates Coordinator
blythek@mac.com



Blythe Klipple, UPDATES/FAQ COORDINATOR