Since Summer CHA in July, lots of interesting things are happening. Just this week, two partnerships were announced in the paper crafting industry that have me feeling some really varied emotions at difference with each other.
The first is the partnership with Webster's Pages and October Afternoon. In essence, it seems Webster's Page will be a distributor for OA: taking orders, fulfilling, and shipping orders. Yay! Because to be honest, what always deterred me from ordering from OA was the tales of their terrible customer service and shipping issues I heard from retailers, kit club owners, and instructors alike. LOVE the product but not enough for the headache. NOW Webster's Pages has always been phenomenal, on top of their game – I love ordering from them. So this is a WIN in my book! Get on over there to enter their contest they're doing to celebrate!
The next partnership is WE R Memory Keepers and Lifestyle Crafts (formerly Quickutz). The details are here: http://wermemorykeepers.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/great-news-we-r-memory-keepers-purchased-lifestyle-crafts/
This seems like a great fit – WE R has been around forever in papercrafts and they make tools- Lifestyle makestools — cool deal!
Now on the other end of the spectrum. I have a kind of sadness/concern about this. Are we going to have even FEWER companies? Will they just be absorbed and fade away? What does this mean for our industry – does it make it stronger, weaker, leaner, or something else? What do you think?
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