UPDATES: AUGUST 31, 2021: Weekly Updates

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UPDATES: AUGUST 31, 2021: Weekly Updates

Blythe Klipple
WORLD CARD MAKING DAY 2021


Save the date! World Card Making Day (WCMD) is 2 October 2021, and we think you’ll agree: There could not be a better day to introduce your friends to the Stampin’ Up! community.

Globally, we’d like to extend an invitation to demonstrators EVERYWHERE to use this day to touch the lives of friends, families, and coworkers through cardmaking. We hope to have over 5,000 gatherings on or around 2 October—with special emphasis on inviting new people to get in on the fun!

Remember, World Card Making Day also gives you a great reason to contact your current customers, remind them about the celebration, and encourage them to purchase the supplies they need to make and send cards to their loved ones.

So don’t wait! Set aside a date and time to hold a gathering to share cardmaking with one or more new friends. And stay tuned to Weekly Updates for WCMD news! We will be providing you with some useful resources to help you make your WCMD gathering the best it can be.


UPDATING BACKORDER THRESHOLDS

Since the start of COVID-19, the entire global supply chain has faced significant ongoing challenges. Transportation delays in overseas shipping have added weeks to timelines. A lack of raw materials has led to limited product availability in everything from electronics to building materials. Everywhere we turn, retailers are out of the products they sell, with little information about when items may be available for purchase once again.

As we face these challenges together, Stampin’ Up! is doing all we can to mitigate the impact of increased costs on you and your business. We have begun placing larger-than-normal product orders, earlier than normal, and when that is not enough, we airfreight delayed products if possible. However, as transportation costs continue to increase and shipping delays are extended, we must consider ways to offset the rising costs. One option is to decrease the number of backorders we accept, as Stampin’ Up! pays the shipping fees each time we send backordered products to you and your customers.

For the last couple of years, we have used backorder inventory thresholds that move items to Not Orderable status when they reach a backorder limit. The threshold for North America is currently 2,000 units, meaning we accept up to 2,000 backorders for an individual product before our system moves that product to Not Orderable status.

Because costs incurred by backorders can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars or more, lowering the number of backorders we accept and moving a product to Not Orderable status while we wait for the stock to replenish, allows us to keep costs down.

On 1 October 2021, we will lower the backorder limit to 1,000 units per item. Items that have already exceeded this new backorder threshold will immediately move to Not Orderable status. Items that have fewer than 1,000 backorders will remain available for purchase until they reach 1,000 or until additional inventory is received. The timing of the change allows you to finish Sale-A-Bration and the Stampin’ Up! year with the current limits in place.

We appreciate your understanding and support as we work to balance demonstrator, customer, and company needs during this unprecedented time.

BACKSTAGE 2022

We just wrapped up an inspiring and enriching conference with our leaders and are excited to announce our plans for next year’s BackStage where we hope to finally be together in person! When we first introduced our BackStage conference in 2019, our plans were to hold it in New Orleans, and we’re thrilled to share that we’ll now be headed there in 2022. We hope you can join us for BackStage in New Orleans on 25–27 August 2022.

At this global business conference for leaders, you’ll experience premiere and specialized training and activities as well as the chance to network with and learn from your fellow leaders! And what better place to do it than the vibrant cultural melting pot of the US where the festive atmosphere of Mardi Gras lasts all year?

In New Orleans, you’ll be immersed in southern hospitality, live music around every corner, world-famous cuisine, lively neighborhoods, rich history, museums galore, and plenty of shopping. You’ll have a packed BackStage schedule, but it will take advantage of New Orleans’ gems. In addition to all the festivities, we’re excited to provide a class offering focusing on topics that matter most to you as a leader. After all, it’s all about you!

While we’re still experiencing uncertain times regarding gathering and travel and as we move ahead in planning this in-person conference, we’ll continue to stay informed of the situation in all of our markets and plan accordingly. In the meantime, make sure you qualify to attend by achieving silver elite or above status, and clear your schedule to join us in New Orleans!

CSV AND PAYOUT FACTOR—EFFECTIVE 1 OCTOBER 2021

Each year we review CSV and payout factors to determine if we need to make any adjustments, based on current economic conditions. As we met to evaluate it this year, we have decided to keep the same CSV and payout factors in place for the upcoming year.

You can find the CSV and Payout Factor document under Business Resources>Compensation Plan. That document also contains a Q&A explaining more about these factors and how each is used.



GIVE ‘EM PUMPKIN TO TALK ABOUT!


You really “autumn” know—it’s time to start promoting the Haunts & Harvest Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Paper Pumpkin—Stampin’ Up!’s monthly subscription service—offers thoughtfully-themed, all-inclusive project kits that encourage crafters of any skill level to explore their creativity, try new techniques, and discover their potential in papercrafting. It’s not only a fun activity for you and your customers to look forward to each month, but Paper Pumpkin subscriptions also provide a simple way to maintain your quarterly CSV requirement! Did you know that all you’d need is seven subscribers?

This month’s kit includes enough supplies to create 12 treat boxes—4 each of 3 designs. That means you can take your pick of apple, pumpkins, or jack-o-lantern treat boxes! Plus, the Paper Pumpkin box is designed to easily transform into a vintage wheelbarrow for you to display your harvest! Whether you’re thinking about crisp red apples or you’re ready to carve some spooky jack-o-lanterns (or both!), the Haunts & Harvest Paper Pumpkin Kit—designed in a vivid fall palette—is a hands-on crafting experience for all autumn lovers!


SEPTEMBER SALE-A-BRATION CHALLENGE

Don’t forget, we are having a Facebook Live on the Demonstrator Planning Place on 1 September at 6:00 PM (MT), and we would love to see you there! During the Facebook Live, we will be working on an awesome craft that we will use for a fun challenge throughout September. You won’t want to miss it!

We’ll be crafting together and building “No Jars” (we’ll give you more details on that in the kickoff!), so here are a few things you’ll need:

A jar—like the Mini Jam Jars or any other jar you have lying around!
Some Designer Series Paper—whichever is your favorite!
Any other ribbon, embellishments, adhesives you want to decorate your jar.
We are so excited to share this event with you, so mark it on your calendars to join us in the Facebook Live! We can’t wait to see you there!

KEEP #SIMPLESTAMPING!

The joy of papercrafting is something we believe should be shared with everyone—and it’s the reason we started our #SimpleStamping campaign. By creating and sharing easy-to-make, inexpensive projects, our hope is to show beginner crafters how fun and easy papercrafting can be.

We’ve loved what you’ve been sharing, and we can’t wait to see more! We’re still sending surprises each month to a select number of participating demonstrators to thank them for posting their #SimpleStamping projects; have you shared yours yet? (Remember: We want as many people as possible to see your creation, so please share your card outside of the Demonstrator Planning Place to get as much exposure as possible.)

Here are the creative parameters for the next #SimpleStamping challenge:

September’s #SimpleStamping Challenge

Theme: Birthday
Supplies: Stamps, ink, and paper
Remember to keep your project simple, share it using #SimpleStamping, and most of all—have fun!

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 2021–2022 Stampin’ Up! year, you will need to meet all of your title’s requirements by 11:50 PM (MT) on 30 September. On 1 October, 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.

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED

To review last week’s updates, click here.



THIS WEEK’S SUCCEED WEEKLY

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Blythe Klipple
Updates Coordinator
blythek@mac.com
Blythe Klipple, UPDATES/FAQ COORDINATOR