Archive for June, 2012

Industry News

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Robyn Reeder

Dick Blick announced it is acquiring Primary Art Supply, an art materials icon located in Savannah, GA. Primary Art was opened in 1996 by two Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) students, Amy Spurlock and Robyn Reeder. Blick‘s new Savannah superstore is near the SCAD library at318 E. Broughton St. Amy and Robyn will join Blick and will work in sales and marketing roles. Read about in an article from the Savannah Morning News:  Savannah Blick-Primary Art

Pete Ridge

Dallas-based account manager Bud Mundt has left Sanford. Sanford‘s West coast sales representative, Pete Ridge, has been promoted to National Account Manager and will continue to have responsibility for the MacPherson’s account. Congratulations to Pete, who will be re-locating from San Diego to Dallas, TX.

Sally Grimes has left Sanford to become the Chief Innovation Officer at Sara Lee Corp. Most recently, Grimes was Sanford’s global vice president, responsible for the marketing, writing and creative expression business unit at Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. She had been responsible for implementing marketing planning and filling the innovation pipeline for the Sharpie, Paper Mate, Expo, Prismacolor and Rolodex brands.

The family owned C-Thru Ruler has sold its non-craft brands — rulers, lettering, and drafting supplies — to Acme United, to concentrate on its paper crafting division which consists of Little Yellow Bicycle, Deja Views, and Art-C brands. The 73 year old company will change its name to Little Yellow Bicycle.

Congratulations to Mary Wruck and C&T Publishing! At the recent Art Materials World 2012 NAMTA trade show, C&T Publishing was named the 2012 Supplier Winner for the Business Innovation with their “Closing the Mixed-Media Artist Market Gap with Innovative New Surfaces” product range.

We were very sorry to hear that Langell’s in Albuquerque is closing at the end of June.

Over the next few months our long time Eastern Regional Salesmanager, Don Kutzler will be transitioning to a new role as Key Account Manager at MacPherson’s. We are just beginning the search for Don’s replacement for this important sales leadership position. Qualified candidates should send their resume to Steve Robinson

Important Announcement From Canson

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Team Canson & Hamelin

“Dear Valued Customer,

On July 2, 2012, Canson North America will be changing our computer system from J.D. Edwards to SAP.  The move to SAP is a Groupe Hamelin initiative designed to provide Canson and its customers with the most comprehensive business technology solution.  This technology base will establish a state of the art solution to carry the growth and advancement of the entire group into the future.  Our team in South Hadley has been working towards the implementation for nearly one year in order to make the transition as seamless as possible.

As we head into the implementation I want to clearly outline the process and provide you with an overview of the process and some key dates.  The following is the cut-over calendar for the Go Live:

  • June 18 – All new customer Drop Shipment orders received, with an expected ship date after July 1 will be entered directly  into the SAP system
  • June 22 – Final shipping will take place in our current system.  The volume that we expect to ship this week will be limited as no orders can remain in process for the cut-over.
  • June 25 – June 29, all shipping activities will be down and no Drop Shipment orders can be processed.   Drop Shipment orders that will remain in our existing system will be electronically transferred into SAP.
  • July 2 – Go Live Day
  • July 3 – Initiate shipping in SAP.  During this week we expect our shipping capacity to be at a rate of 25% of normal shipping levels.  During our conversion we will be adding additional staff and we will extend our work hours to improve on our expected efficiency.
  • July 9 – During this week we expect our shipping capacity to be at a rate of 40% of normal shipping levels.
  • July 16 – During this week we expect our shipping capacity to be at a rate of 75% of normal shipping levels.
  • July 23 – During this week we expect our shipping capacity to be at a rate of 85% of normal shipping levels.
  •  August 1 – We expect to be at near normal shipping levels of performance.

Despite all of our preparations we expect that there will be some disruptions in our service levels.  We will do everything possible to minimize these issues and return to the normal high shipping rates that you expect from Canson.One area that you can expect to see changes will be in the documentation provided to you by Canson.

This conversion is a major undertaking by Canson and Groupe Hamelin and will help insure the commitment to providing the highest quality products and services.  Through this transition into SAP and into the future we stand ready to answer your questions.

Best regards,
, President & CEO
Canson North America
– 21 Industrial Drive – 01075 South Hadley – MA – United States

*** Note: MacPherson’s has ordered in an additional 30 days of inventory to cover any unanticipated product shipping interruptions ***

New Pacon® Comic & Fashion Design Sketch Books-Let Your Imagination Shine!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The medium of comics has never been more popular, thanks to blockbuster film adaptations of legendary comic book heroes and the staying power of graphic novels on bestseller lists. Pacon’s Comic Sketch book is built for graphic noveling and beginning comic book creation. It offers loads of features – heavyweight drawing paper, stencils to create comic book panels and word balloons, a storage pocket and tips, expressions and classic comic book symbols. All the tools young comic book artists need to enjoy hours of fun creating their own world of imaginary characters.

Fashion-focused TV reality shows have created a new generation of aspiring fashion designers. Pacon’s Fashion Sketch Book is tailor made for these young fashionistas.  Custom features include heavyweight drawing paper, dozens of stencils to create an endless variety of catwalk-ready clothing, accessory and hairstyle combinations, a storage pocket and insider tips on color, silhouette and fabric.

Contact your MacPherson’s sales representative to learn more about these fun and innovative new how-to-sketch books and the Pacon family of products for the School and Art Market.

Important Information on Cadmium Paints from ColArt

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

“To our valued ColArt customers,

As a leading manufacturer of top fine art brands we have had to make choices concerning the production of some of our products which contain raw materials that are not environmentally friendly.  With a vision to being more environmentally responsible, we have decided to reduce our production of colors which contain these specific raw materials; heavy metal pigments.

There are obvious benefits of Cadmium Colors to fine artist and for that reason we are being very selective on where these reductions will be taken, i.e. not across every brand and every range we manufacture.  Therefore, we will continue to make Cadmium Colors for the most important fine art ranges in our portfolio on a daily basis.  By reducing the number of cadmium containing colors across our product ranges, it will allow us to more safely and ecologically manufacture these items.

Our focus for this Cadmium transition will be:

  • Provide Cadmiums for all artist quality ranges in the bestselling sizes
  • Discontinue cadmiums in all student ranges with one exception:  Winton 37 & 200ml
  • For the student ranges with discontinued cadmium colors, we will develop replacement hues in 2013, where an alternative doesn’t already exist
  • Replace all cadmium colors in all sets with cadmium hue colors or other colors that make sense.  This includes both Artist and Student grade sets.

The following ranges represent the artist grade ranges/sizes that will continue to carry their existing color range of Cadmiums:

  • AOC 37 ml
  • WOC 37 ml & 200 ml
  • Artisan 37 ml
  • AAC 60 ml
  • AWC 5ml, 14 ml and Half Pans
  • Designers Gouache 14ml
  • Liquitex HB 59 ml

We will cease production of all Cadmium colors in the following ranges:

  • AOC 200 ml
  • Artisan 200 ml
  • Griffin 37 ml
  • AAC 200 ml
  • AWC 37 ml & Large Pans
  • CWC – All Sizes
  • Galleria – All Sizes
  • Liquitex SB 59 ml & 237 ml
  • Liquitex HB 138 ml & 946 ml

For those where we will discontinue the Cadmium colors, these will only be available until supplies last and ours and distributors inventories are depleted.  In some cases we have already run out of inventory and will start to delete back orders in our system.  All of these items will be changed to discontinued status in our system immediately.

For your convenience we have attached an excel spreadsheet that details by sku which items will be discontinued and which will be manufactured.  You will also see the details on which replacement cadmiums/colors will be launched in 2013.

Obviously this makes for a lot of disruption to the merchandizers in your stores and we fully appreciate the work it will take to make these changes.  We will be trying to mitigate the difficulty as best we can with support from both our sales staff assisting in store and our marketing staff assisting with a simplified retro-fit kit per rack.  More detailed information will be coming soon on when those kits will be available.

Thank you in advance for your support and understanding in this matter, and your continued patience as we work through this significant undertaking.


Patrick Brennan
ColArt Americas, Inc.

Vice President of Sales
P.O. Box 1396
Piscataway, New Jersey 08855-1396″

To download a listing of the affected skus, click here or ask your MacPherson’s contact.

Industry News

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

We learned this morning that Letraset has been acquired by the ColArt Group.  Please see the attached announcement. Details will follow as we learn more, but for now it is business as usual.  As ColArt has advised in their announcement to the trade, “simply continue to order your Letraset products from MacPherson’s just as before.”