Michaels to hire more than 15,000 seasonal positions for the holiday season

IRVING, Texas, 2017-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Michaels Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIK) today (2017-08-29) announced it will hire more than 15,000 seasonal positions across its U.S. and Canadian stores and distribution centers this holiday season. Last year, more than 50% of seasonal positions transitioned to regular roles after the holidays.

“At Michaels, we believe anyone can make something great, including decisions around where they choose to work. As Michaels Team Members, we work hard and have fun as we help customers turn their inspiration and creativity into reality,” said Bryan Venberg, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Stores. “During the busy holiday season this is even more important, and we’re excited to hire more than 15,000 seasonal Team Members this year to support our customers as they make their holiday projects come to life.”

Seasonal Michaels Team Members receive competitive wages, flexible schedules and a 30% discount in a creative atmosphere that makes working fun. Being on Michaels store team is an experience filled with hard work, creativity and teamwork. Each Team Member helps customers create something amazing – no small task. Seasonal positions are being offered in the 1,366 stores across 49 states in the U.S. and Canada.

Candidates interested in seasonal positions can learn more and apply online at Michaels.com/storejobs.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.:

A Fortune 500® Company, The Michaels Companies, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty provider of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for the Maker and do-it-yourself home decorator.

As of July 29, 2017, the Company owned and operated 1,366 stores in 49 states and Canada under the brands Michaels, Aaron Brothers, and Pat Catan’s. The Michaels Companies, Inc., also owns Artistree, a manufacturer of high quality custom and specialty framing merchandise, and Darice, a premier wholesale distributor in the craft, gift and decor industry. The Michaels Companies, Inc. produces a number of private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, ArtMinds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads®, Make Market®, Foamies®, LockerLookz®, Imagin8®, and Sticky Sticks®. Learn more about Michaels at www.michaels.com

Contact:
ICR, Inc.
Jessica Liddell
203-682-8200

Julia Young
203-682-8208
Michaels@icrinc.com

Source: The Michaels Companies, Inc.

Michaels and Pinterest launch Make It Kits to help anyone become a more experienced crafter

Unveil First “Make It Kit” Collaboration, Available For a Limited Time Starting April 20th

IRVING, Texas, 2017-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Michaels and Pinterest today announced a partnership to launch Make It Kits, a unique kit which includes all the necessary supplies to help anyone, from a beginner to a more experienced crafter, make one of the most trending projects on Pinterest. Exclusive to Michaels, the co-branded Make It Kits were developed using Pinterest insights and trends, along with Michaels’ product expertise and e-commerce capabilities.

“Michaels is committed to making it easier, more accessible and most importantly, more fun for people to make,” said Carrie Walsh, senior vice president of marketing for Michaels. “Pinterest helps people discover things they love, and our Make It Kit partnership is a perfect way to bring that inspiration to life.”

Michaels, North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, is collaborating with Pinterest, an app that helps you discover and do things to design your life, to encourage people of all skill levels to turn their ideas into personalized, do-it-yourself crafts with their new Make It Kits. Inspired by Pinterest insights, Make It Kits lets you turn your online Pins into tangible projects.

The first Make It Kit: “Shibori for Your Home” features Shibori style dyeing project, and contains everything needed to complete the project, including Paper Pin cards with step-by-step instructions, tea towels, dye, and materials for three different dyeing techniques. Pinterest has seen over 1.7 billion home décor Pins and more than 27 million people saving home décor content, specifically, shibori style dye searches have increased 56% in the past year, with Pinners saving 2.6 million ideas in 2016.

“People come to Pinterest looking for new ideas to try in their daily lives, and we are thrilled to see that Michaels is transforming popular Pinterest trends into projects to help people turn inspiration to action,” said Alastair Cotterill, Global Head of The Studio, Pinterest. “Partners like Michaels are an important part of fulfilling our mission to help people discover and do what they love.”

On April 20th, Michaels Rewards customers will have an exclusive, member-only early access to purchase the new Make It Kit: “Shibori for Your Home” via Promoted Pins and a special email offer. Beginning April 21st, anyone will be able to buy the Make It Kits on michaels.com, while supplies last. For more information on this and other Michaels’ products, projects and classes, visit www.michaels.com.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.:

The Michaels Companies, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty provider of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator.

As of January 28, 2017, the Company owned and operated 1,367 stores in 49 states and Canada under the brands Michaels, Aaron Brothers, and Pat Catan’s. The Michaels Companies, Inc. also owns Artistree, a manufacturer of high quality custom and specialty framing merchandise, and Darice, a premier wholesale distributor in the craft, gift and decor industry. The Michaels Companies, Inc. produces a number of private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor™®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, ArtMinds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads®, Make Market™, Foamies®, LockerLookz®, Imagin8®, and Sticky Sticks®. Learn more about Michaels at www.michaels.com.

The Michaels Companies, Inc.
Mallory Smith, 972-409-5244
Mallory.smith@michaels.com

Source: The Michaels Companies, Inc.

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Arts and crafts specialty retailer, Michaels unveiled a new, free loyalty program

IRVING, Texas, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, Michaels, today unveiled a new, free loyalty program designed to deliver exciting and customized benefits for Michaels’ customers.  As part of the new, experience-focused program, Michaels Rewards, customers will receive member-only offers tailored to their interests, receipt-free returns, access to exclusive in-store and partner experiences as well as advanced notice and preview shopping hours for special events, all without a point or purchase level requirement.

“At Michaels, we are focused on strengthening our relationship with our customers and improving their overall shopping experience,” said Steve Carlotti Executive Vice President of Marketing. “This program not only further deepens our focus on customer engagement but it will provide valuable data to help us tailor our customer communications and promotions more effectively.”

Today, customers nationwide can sign up for the Michaels Rewards program in any Michaels store in North America or online.  There is no cost to customers to join the program. To celebrate the launch of the program, Michaels Rewards members will have the chance to win one of 1,000 $100 gift cards.

The new loyalty program is focused on the Michaels experience, and members will enjoy member-only events to meet and mingle with other like-minded makers while also enjoying special shopping hours. Members will be the first to know about big sales with early alerts and will be able to utilize receipt-free returns.  In addition to access to exclusive and tailored deals and department-specific coupons for Michaels, loyalty members will also receive member-only offers from other special partners.

To learn more about the Michaels Loyalty Rewards Program and to sign up for free today to get started with savings please visit www.michaels.com/rewards.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.
The Michaels Companies, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty provider of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator.  As of April 30, 2016, the Company owned and operated 1,352 stores in 49 states and Canada under the brands Michaels, Aaron Brothers, and Pat Catan’s.  The Michaels Companies, Inc., also owns Artistree, a manufacturer of high quality custom and specialty framing merchandise, and Darice, a premier wholesale distributor in the gift and decor industry.  The Michaels Companies, Inc. produces a number of exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor™, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, Art Minds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads®, Make Market®, Foamies®, LockerLookz®, and Sticky Sticks®. Learn more about Michaels at www.michaels.com.

Contact:

Julia Young
ICR Inc.
julia.young@icrinc.com
646-277-1280

Source: Michaels Stores, Inc.

 

Michaels survey: Entertaining as main stressors during the holiday season

Michaels Pinpoints Holiday Stress and Provides Relief

IRVING, Texas, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Michaels (Nasdaq:MIK), the world’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, conducted an online survey of 3,000 customers to learn what their main stressors are during the holiday season. Topping the list? Holiday entertaining.

Nearly 40 percent said entertaining creates the most stress for them during the holidays, followed by gift wrapping (26 percent) and home decorating (25 percent). Michaels, which conducted the survey over the summer, used the results to create resources to help its customers feel less overwhelmed and enjoy the holidays more.

“As a top destination for holiday home decor, entertaining, gifts and gift wrap, we wanted to find out what our customers worry about the most during the season and see how we can help,” said Michaels Executive Vice President – Marketing Steve Carlotti. “We have online and in-store resources to help make every aspect of the holidays personalized and fun.”

For those who want to create a festive atmosphere for parties and dinners, Michaels.com features hundreds of products, ideas and how-to videos showing how to create easy designer-style home decor, beautiful centerpieces and delicious holiday treats.

Throughout the holiday season, Michaels also will offer hands-on how-to events so kids and adults can create homemade gifts and one-of-a-kind decorations. For a complete schedule, go to Michaels.com.

And for the more than 50 percent of those surveyed who said they find last-minute gift shopping a problem, Michaels has an online gift guide for just the right gift for any budget or recipient, such as hostesses, teachers, family and friends.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.
The Michaels Companies, Inc., is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts and crafts. As of Aug. 1, 2015, the Company owns and operates 1,186 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada and 118 Aaron Brothers stores, and produces 11 exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, ArtMinds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads® and Imagin8®.

Media Contact: Megan Duran or Loren Rutledge
817-329-3257
Michaels@spmcommunications.com

Source: The Michaels Companies, Inc.News Provided by Acquire Media

Michaels officially joined the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership on Oct. 28, 2015

Retailer Commits to Recruit, Hire, Promote and Retain Military Spouses in Portable Careers

IRVING, Texas, 2015-11-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Michaels (Nasdaq:MIK), the world’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, officially joined the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership on Oct. 28, 2015, at the annual induction ceremony held at the Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership connects military spouses with more than 295 partner employers who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers.

Dr. Jill Biden launched the Military Spouse Employment Partnership on June 29, 2011, to serve spouses from all military services. The partnership is part of the Department of Defense’s broader Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, which seeks to reduce the 25 percent unemployment rate experienced by military spouses and close the 25 percent wage gap currently experienced by military wives.

By joining the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, Michaels is becoming part of an even larger collective effort to support military spouse employment. For more information on the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, please visit https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.
The Michaels Companies, Inc., is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts and crafts. As of Aug. 1, 2015, the Company owns and operates 1,186 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada and 118 Aaron Brothers stores, and produces 11 exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, ArtMinds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads® and Imagin8®.

Media Contact: Megan Duran or Loren Rutledge
817-329-3257
Michaels@spmcommunications.com

Crafts retailer Michaels and online DIY marketplace Darby Smart to make crafting simpler and more accessible to everyone

Craft Leader and Online DIY Marketplace Join Forces to Make Crafting Easier, More Accessible for All

IRVING, Texas, 2015-8-20— /EPR Retail News/ — Michaels (Nasdaq:MIK), the world’s largest arts and crafts retailer and top online crafting resource, has partnered with trend-driven online DIY marketplace Darby Smart to make crafting simpler and more accessible to everyone.

The partnership will launch in September to bring the best of Michaels – including its huge variety of innovative products and craft industry leadership – to Darby Smart, and the best of Darby Smart’s on-trend projects and online community to Michaels.

“Aligning with Darby Smart is another way to connect with novice crafters and make it easy for them to engage in creating projects, with simple step-by-step instructions that help them achieve great results,” said Michaels CEO Chuck Rubin. “Michaels and Darby Smart share a deep commitment to the maker movement, and this partnership helps us bring more people into the fold with accessible, modern, designer projects that anyone can make.”

Darby Smart, known for its innovative DIY ideas and active online community, will gain exposure to the more than 9 million people who visit Michaels.com each month through a link on the Michaels site’s project page. Darby Smart users will have access to more craft categories and a wider variety of supplies through the partnership, while Michaels customers will have access to the Darby Smart digital shopping lists, ideas and tutorials.

“I’ve been shopping at Michaels for many years, and there’s no other playground like it for the creative,” said Darby Smart co-founder and CEO Nicole Shariat Farb. “Our community will benefit from Michaels’ unique product offerings that are broad in category, deep in selection and high in quality, and we welcome Michaels customers to our unique, online maker community.”

Initially, the partnership will focus on easy, beautiful projects for personalized fall, Thanksgiving and holiday decorating, entertaining and giving.

About The Michaels Companies, Inc.
The Michaels Companies, Inc., is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts and crafts. As of May 2, 2015, the Company owns and operates 1,177 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada and 118 Aaron Brothers stores, and produces 12 exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, ArtMinds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads®, Imagin8® and Make Market™. Visit www.Michaels.com for additional information.

About Darby Smart
Darby Smart is the destination for DIY -whether it’s made by you or made for you, Darby Smart allows you to browse, share and shop everything DIY. On Darby Smart, you can browse unlimited ideas, share what you’ve made and shop supplies and handmade items. Darby Smart connects DIY enthusiasts across the globe, from aspiring crafters to leading DIYers. With a rapidly growing and passionate community, Darby Smart is the place to find endless DIY inspiration, view tutorials, connect with others and shop products. Founded and headquartered in San Francisco, Darby Smart brings DIY to the masses. To learn more, visit www.darbysmart.com

Media Contact: Megan Duran or Loren Rutledge
817-329-3257
Michaels@spmcommunications.com

Kathleen Flaherty for Darby Smart
K21 Communications
Kflaherty@k21.com
310-203-8444

Source: The Michaels Companies, Inc.