UPDATES: September 5, 2017: Weekly Updates, Week 36

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UPDATES: September 5, 2017: Weekly Updates, Week 36

Blythe Klipple

Weekly Updates

September 5, 2017

New this Week

Designer Series Paper Sale Starting October 1!

Let’s admit it: we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper and your customers (and potential customers) are no different! By popular demand, we are bringing back an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper. During October, buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogs. And we’re even including select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks on sale!

We wanted to let you know about this sale well in advance so you’d have plenty of time to prepare. Review the list of select papers that will be included in this sale below. Then start ordering Designer Series Paper, creating projects that you can use to promote the sale in October, and planning your October events that will feature these gorgeous designs!

All of the sale’s details and resources will be available September 26!

Designer Series Paper Sale Items

Annual (p. 189)144180Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper$13.00 USD/$17.00 CAD
Annual (p. 189)144137Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (p. 189)144118Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (p. 188)144111Be Merry Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (p. 188)144163Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (p. 188)144155Coffee Break Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (p. 188)144185Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (p. 188)144110Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (p. 187)144168Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD
Annual (p. 187)144193Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD
Annual (p. 187)144177Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD
Holiday (p. 29)144629Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Holiday (p. 49)144613Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD

Earn Your Way to the Isles

We are so excited for our 2019 incentive trip to the Greek Isles! Discover the mythic beauty of Greece as we embark on Royal Caribbean’s majestic Jewel of the Seas! Experience all the sun, fun, and glamour that the Greek Isles have to offer on this seven-night cruise.

The earning period for the trip begins on October 1, so start setting your goals to help you achieve the trip. We’ve created a tracker to help you plan and keep you on the path to Greece.

Learn more about the trip here.

Incentive Trip Travel Allowances

Registration for the 2018 Alaska Incentive Trip opens September 25. Travel allowances will be available for redemption in the Flex Account on September 11. As previously announced, we will offer two travel allowance amounts for Alaska. There will be a 100 CSV travel allowance available for 25,000 flex points and a 250 CSV travel allowance available for 55,000 flex points. You can redeem up to four of each travel allowance. Remember, in order to redeem flex points for a travel allowance, you must first redeem flex points for the corresponding incentive trip. For more information about travel allowances, visit the Incentive Trips and the 2018 Incentive Trip pages. You can also review the Travel Allowance Q & A here.

This Week’s Succeed Weekly

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

Flex Point Redemption Reminders

The last day to redeem flex points from the 2016–2017 Stampin’ Up! year is October 31, 2017. You can view and redeem your flex points under Ordering>My Flex Account. Please keep the following in mind as you are making plans and redeeming points:

  • Read the descriptions and place redemptions carefully. Since this rewards program is closely tied to earning the incentive trip, there cannot be any rollover of points. Consequently, all selections are final; there are no refunds or exchanges for Flex Account items.
  • All flex items are available while supplies last.
  • Flex items are not tied to a specific Stampin’ Up! year; items will come and go throughout the year.
  • Payout factor changes that take effect October 1, 2017, will affect CSV product credit values. (Product credit currency values are determined by your country’s payout factor at the time you use the product credit on a demonstrator order, not by your country’s payout factor when you redeem for the product credit in the Flex Account.)

New Stampin’ Up! Year and Retitlement

The new Stampin’ Up! year is fast approaching. To keep your current title and all its benefits into the 2017–2018 Stampin’ Up! year, you will need to meet all of your title’s requirements by 11:59 PM (MT) on September 30. On October 1, Stampin’ Up! will review the performance of every demonstrator to determine the title at which they’re performing; demonstrators who are not meeting their title requirements will be retitled accordingly. For example, in order to maintain the benefit of 25% instant income, you will need to meet title requirements for bronze elite by the stated deadline; otherwise, you will be retitled to bronze and return to earning 20% instant income. To learn more about titles and title requirements, read the Titles section of the Compensation Plan document, including the Titles Q & A. If you are not on track to maintain your title for the new Stampin’ Up! year, you will see a Progress to Maintain Title graph on your My Reports dashboard that will help you track how you’re doing. If you are silver or above, you will receive an email with additional tips.

Five Questions Video

In case you haven't heard about Five Questions, this is an ongoing video series where we'll give you a behind-the-scenes look at the people, products, and programs at Stampin' Up! For our next video, we’d like to hear your questions about the product sandbox. Please submit your questions by September 11. We look forward to hearing from you!

Fall into Savings: Last Week to Share and Earn Rewards

With only one week left in our Fall into Savings promotion, now is the perfect time to invite your friends and neighbors who have never before subscribed to Paper Pumpkin to get 50% off the fall-abulous September kit, which (spoiler alert!) includes stylish, laser-cut, gold foil stickers and layers of autumn leaves for stamping.

And don’t forget, this fun promo includes something for you, too! Right now you can earn a FREE stamp set or a $10 coupon code for signing up brand-new Paper Pumpkin subscribers. Get the details here.

September’s kit is exceptionally beautiful, so if you have customers who are crazy for fall, share the news about this exciting deal before it’s too late! Just tell them (and anyone else who has been showing interest in Paper Pumpkin) to sign up using promo code HALFOFF0917 at paperpumpkin.com by September 10.

Emboss-Only Die Pieces

We are always looking for new ways to use our dies. That's why we introduced some unique embossing elements to two of the die sets featured in our 2017 annual catalog: the Eclectic Layers Thinlits and the Build a Bike Framelits. Each set includes one emboss-only piece.

Eclectic Layers

Build a Bike

Unlike the dies they accompany, these two emboss-only pieces do not cut. They create beautiful, subtle embossed looks that add to the layering nature of their dies and coordinating sets. We designed these pieces to run through at the same time as other cutting dies—allowing your customers to build their sandwiches the same way.

Make sure to point out these emboss-only pieces to your customers, and let them know how they work.

Previously Announced

Say Hello to the Merry Patterns Host Promotion!

What could make hosting a holiday catalog event more fun? How about the chance to earn a FREE, exclusive stamp set? We’re calling it the Merry Patterns Host Promotion—and anyone can join in the fun. Tell your customers that if they host a party with $300 USD/$375 CAD in sales by October 31, they’ll earn the Merry Patterns Stamp Set for FREE. Be sure to let them know that the Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive to the host promotion and will not be available after the last day of October. We’ll also post a training video with samples to help them get a head start on making beautiful Christmas cards and projects with their “merry” new set. So don’t wait. Get the full details here and start contacting your customers today!

Customer Version of Holiday Catalog Launch Event Commercials

You loved the commercials you saw at the first of each Holiday Catalog Launch Event video and we think your customers will too. That’s why we have versions to share with your customers to get them excited too. These commercial videos are available on the resource page here and can be shared with your customers once the catalog goes live on September 1. Get them excited, and enjoy watching them again.

New E-mail about Finalized Commissions

Beginning in September for August commissions, you will receive an email each month letting you know when the previous month’s commissions have been finalized. Below is a copy of the email you will receive. This email will take the place of the weekly update about finalized commissions. Please note, this email indicates when your report data has been updated—not when bank deposits have been made; your payment schedule is not changing.

Last Month’s Commissions Have Been Finalized

Last month’s commissions have been finalized, and your Activity Reports and Team Reports have been updated. Access them under Business Resources>My Reports on the demonstrator website.

CSV and Payout Factor Changes—Effective October 1, 2017

In North America, the following changes impact Canadian demonstrators only.

Below are the updated CSV and payout factors that will take effect October 1, 2017. As previously announced, we review the payout factor quarterly and the CSV factor annually. The CSV and Payout Factor document under Business Resources>Compensation Plan will be updated with these new factors by October 1, 2017. The document also contains a Factor Changes Q & A.

CSV Factor

The CSV factor helps you determine in your local currency what you need to do to achieve certain thresholds in the Compensation Plan (i.e., quarterly minimum, volume rebates, title requirements, etc.). The CSV factor is determined for each country by a variety of components that go into our pricing model: taxes, shipping and handling, currency exchange rates, and an array of other considerations. Since our pricing models are reviewed annually, we will also evaluate the CSV factor at the beginning of each Stampin’ Up! year. If significant circumstances in a market occur during the Stampin’ Up! year, including changes to GST or VAT in your country, we may also adjust this factor at that time.

Country2016-2017 CSV Factor2017-2018 CSV Factor
Australia (AUD)0.66130.6415
New Zealand (NZD)0.56230.5454
Austria (EUR)0.81510.8151
France (EUR)0.81510.8151
Germany (EUR)0.82180.8218
Netherlands (EUR)0.80850.8085
United Kingdom (GBP)1.11111.0867
Canada (CAD)0.76110.7611
United States (USD)1.00001.0000

Payout Factor

The payout factor determines how much you are paid in your local currency for your achievements (i.e. volume rebates, team commissions, performance bonuses, sales milestones, etc.). The payout factor is more closely related to currency exchange rates. Because these rates continually fluctuate, we evaluate the payout factor for potential changes on a quarterly basis. During this evaluation we consider the previous 12-month, 6-month, and 3-month trends, and then we adjust the payout factors as necessary. Remember the value of product credits is based on the payout factor at the time they are spent, not when they are redeemed in the Flex Account.

CountryJuly-September Payout FactorOctober-December Payout Factor
Australia (AUD)1.32141.3214
New Zealand (NZD)1.41141.4114
Austria (EUR)0.94070.9125
France (EUR)0.94070.9125
Germany (EUR)0.94070.9125
Netherlands (EUR)0.94070.9125
United Kingdom (GBP)0.78240.7824
Canada (CAD)1.32511.3251
United States (USD)1.00001.0000

Blythe Klipple
Updates Coordinator