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Important Information: CPSIA – New Product Safety Regulations

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Do the new safety regulations have you confused? You’re not alone. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced lots of new regulations that take effect this year, mostly for children’s products. There are new limits for lead, phthalates and more. The regulations affect all parts of our industry’s supply chain, from manufacturing to retailing. This link to the US government’s website can explain the act and ever changing regulation. CPSIA Web Site.

As a customer of MacPherson’s, you can take comfort in our steady leadership and proactive approach. We have been very busy collecting all of the information required by the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regulations. We are securing all the Product Safety Testing Certificates for all of our proprietary products (Art Alternatives, Okido, SOS, etc) and will build an online database where they can be accessed by retailers, end-users, the Consumer Products Safety Commission and US Customs. In the meantime, we will make all certificates in our archives available upon request. We are also relabeling any of the products requiring new safety warnings, though it may take awhile for our existing inventory to cycle through and for the new labels to arrive in your stores. (The new labels are required for products manufactured after Feb. 10th.) Additionally, we are conforming with the new Homeland Security measures put into place for 2009, to make sure our shipments reach us in their expected time-frame.

We are contacting the vendors whose products we distribute, requesting GCCs (General Conformity Certifications) and access to their Product Safety Certifications. We are asking them to tell us of any currently non-compliant products sold to MacPherson’s, so that we can let you know of any problems. We are verifying that anything sold to MacPherson’s from now on will meet 2009 regulations. This is a huge project; we are aware of the timetable and we are working diligently to conform to all regulations. The earliest deadline is about lead in children’s products and it takes effect Feb. 10th. From what we are hearing, compliance dates may change, but that won’t stop us from collecting all the necessary information.

You can be assured that MacPherson’s is aware of the new regulations and is working hard to meet them. Please contact us any time to ask about our progress or about specific certificates.

New Okido Website Has Launched!

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Come check out the most colorful place on the web!  The official Okido website is now up and running.  The website features all the Okido products, Okido contact info, a retailer locator, and latest Okido news.  All retailers who have purchased an Okido assortment are automatically listed on the retailer locator.

Here’s the link:

Okido: Hot, New Line for the Holiday Season & Beyond

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Introducing Okido – A delightful and affordable new art and stationery line with a vibrant personality! Fun, Function, and Fashion come together in this broad assortment of colorful products that include colored pencils, pens, crayons, erasers, paper pads, and stationery sets, which are sure to appeal to teens and tweens alike. The visual impact is optimized through clear packaging that not only completely shows off all the product inside, but is also reusable to minimize waste and maximize function. All you see is color and product!

Just in time for holiday is the Okido end-cap assortment! Not only great for back to school and impulse items, Okido products make for fantastic gifts and stocking stuffers, at down-to-earth price points all under $10. This end-cap assortment gives you the perfect selection of items in a rainbow of juicy colors, that are sure to inspire customers to mix and match their favorite ones. Available to ship early October. For more details, ask your MacPherson’s rep.