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CHA: The Return of Five Favorites

Editor’s Note: A lot of attention is paid to what is new and different at CHA. Extensions of existing product lines can generate a less exciting reaction, as buyers think that the products aren’t “really” new, or that they’ve seen that before. But for loyal fans of a product, new options in that line can generate almost certain sales for manufacturers and retailers. Bottom line: Adding new SKU’s to existing product lines may not be “sexy” and generate headlines, but it sure can be profitable. Join May as she takes a look here at some reliable product lines that are adding on.

While I love brand new ideas and products, there’s something to be said for getting another helping of an existing favorite.  In viewing all of the sneak peeks of products to come, I’m happy to see some products that were favorites of mine at the last CHA being extended with new designs.

Today I will share five of my favorite items that I’m excited to get another helping of.

Core’dinations makes cardstock cool, and the embossed designs of their Core Impressions line has made them a favorite selection of mine in the past. This show they’ve revealed both Graphic 45 and Stacy Julian as new partners in their great cardstock packs. Combined with the existing Jenni Bowlin [], Jillibean Soup [], and Cosmo Cricket designs, the pattern and color options continue to dazzle me.

I recall a few years ago when Fiskars border punches were all the rage of the show – the Threading Water [|Two Peas|] punch was in such high demand it was nearly impossible to get one for months.  Apron Lace [|Two Peas|] and Upper Crest [|] were more designs that were super hot, and all of these designs are ones I still use today.  Fiskars released several new must-have designs at CHA Summer 2010 (such as Postage Stamp, Notebook, and In Stitches) at this show, and I’ve already begun looking out for them!

Pink Paislee came out with Artisan Elements at the last show, made from a unique flexible material that is just amazing. I did a review, and I even said that I hoped for more designs. Well, it looks like my wish is about to be answered – they have released new (and bigger) designs including the one pictured above.

Tim Holtz released too many good things to count at CHA Summer 2010, but one item that caught my eye was a new set of Accoutrements – vintage inspired buttons that I’m already anxious to add to my stash! The set currently available [|Two Peas] is a favorite of mine, and I’m thrilled that I’ll be adding more to my collection.

Websters Pages is a favorite of mine, and since I love buttons, their vintage [|Two Peas] and round sparklers [|Two Peas] were a top pick from the winter show. So imagine my glee when I heard that they’re releasing more colors! I am pacing the floor in anticipation of getting my hands on all of these!

These are just five of my favorite things that are returning and adding new options – there are so many wonderful things to come. Do you have a favorite item that is coming back again? Please feel free to share!

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Paperclipping Roundtable #25: Jen McGuire Gets Her Fix

Want to know how to use those older products you have laying around? Noell & I talked with Jen McGuire and Ana Cabrera about how to make everything old new again on this week’s Roundtable!

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Fiskars Merging Distribution Centers in Mississippi

Fiskars announced Thursday that it is consolidating all of its warehouse and distribution operations for its Garden and School/Office/Craft divisions into a single new center in Southaven, Mississippi later this year.

Two warehouse/distribution facilities in Wisconsin will be closed to allow for the consolidation in Mississippi. The company’s Sauk City, WI facility will be closed by the end of 2010, and the Wausau, WI facility will close by May 2011. A total of 115 employees in the two locations were notified Thursday that they will be laid off due the facilities closing. Fiskars is offering severance packages and transition programs to the affected workers.

The merger of the distribution facilities is part of an ongoing effort by Fiskars to merge their Garden and School/Office/Craft divisions to maximize the efficiency of the company and improve its order fulfillment for its retail customers. The effort began last year when the business operations of the two divisions were moved into a single facility in Madison, WI.

The company will begin occupying a 260,000 square foot facility in Southaven, Mississippi in September 2010. The facility will host some light assembly and the distribution functions, employing 100 people in two shifts.

The Mississippi location was selected for the consolidated distribution center because of its proximity to serving Fiskars’ major retail accounts, which include Michaels (Dallas), Wal-mart (Arkansas), Home Depot (Atlanta), Lowe’s (North Carolina), and Office Depot (Florida).

“The new location is in closer proximity to many of our retail partners’ distribution centers allowing us to provide improved customer service,” Fiskars spokeswoman Julia Prohaska told Scrapbook Update. “The merging of our garden and craft distribution also allows us to combine orders in single shipments.”

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