Archive for Random Announcements
Life Noted merges calendaring, note-taking, PDF, photography and video apps into one. It brings the freedom of paper expression and the convenience of digital mobility to iPhones or iPads.
From one screen, capture a moment, jot down ideas, notes and reminders; import videos and photos; tag and retrieve memories of events, projects and meetings.
I will be updating Rhodiapads.com with new products in January. The site will also be optimized for mobile viewing as well, since over 25% of our traffic is now from tablets and smart phones.
What changes or revisions would you suggest? The look of the site will have to remain close to the French corporate site – bloc-rhodia.fr.
I have recently set up three email newsletters: one on exaclair.com, one on quovadisplanners.com, and one for Rhodia, which can be accessed on rhodiapads.com.
People who sign up can expect a newsletter every 4-8 weeks. It will include new product notice and photos; where to meet us at pen or trade shows; and access to special sales or promotions we will host, including close-outs, samples sales and discontinued products.
Rhodia and Quo Vadis newsletters are more brand centric; Exaclair will include everything and everyone (Rhodia, Clairefontaine, J. Herbin, Quo Vadis, G. Lalo, Brause, Decopatch and two new brands from France we are introducing this year: Maildor and Avenue Mandarine.)
Needless to say we will not give, lend, or sell these lists to anyone, nor use it for any other purpose than communicating news and offers to brand fans. The first newsletters will be sent in January 2014 once our new catalogs are released.
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please post a comment. Thanks so much.
Since many Rhodia fans have a bottle of J. Herbin ink, I thought I would pass along this good news on Rhodia Drive.
In 2014 J. Herbin will be introducing a new ink, and also making some other changes. I expect to make the announcement sometime in February, when the products are on the way from France to the US and other plans are farther along.
I will also make sure members of the Rhodia Drive community get first crack at the new inks with Rhodia Drive sponsored giveaway.
More news as soon as I have it.
Our friends at European Paper are doing a cool Rhodia promotion. Here it is:
“We know Rhodia fans travel all over the world with their beloved orange pads. Here’s a chance to capture the adventure with your Rhodia! Simply use hashtag #TravelingRhodia, and tag @EuroPaper on Instagram or European Paper on Facebook & we’ll send you a fantastic coupon! Follow European Paper on Instagram : http://instagram.com/
*The details :
-Available to US customers only.
-Naturally, submissions must be new, original, and taken by you in order to receive a coupon; your participation in this contest warrants that this is true.
-Every new month, you can get a new coupon if you submit a new photo (one coupon per username per month, three coupons max).
-To receive a coupon, your Instagram account needs to be public (as we’re unable to send coupons to private users).
-The coupon cannot be combined with other offers.
-This coupon incentive is good through 12/31/13.
-Occasionally, we’ll feature our favorite submissions of #TravelingRhodia on our blog – we promise to credit your photo!
Happy Trails! We look forward to seeing some great photos. Thank you for your support of Rhodia and our wonderful retailers.
In November of 2008 I left my day job to pursue the life of a full-time creative. As this month marks the 5th Anniversary of my writing for Rhodia Drive, I just wanted to say Thank You to everyone that follows the blog and supports Rhodia by purchasing and using our products. An extra big THANK YOU to Karen Doherty, the VP of Marketing for Exaclair and one of the best people (ever!) to work with.
Stay tuned – in celebration of my anniversary, I’m going to give away a pile of Rhodiarama Webbies next week.
Stephanie Smith (aka: “Biffybeans”)
Exaclair is in the final stages of developing an iPhone app. The app will utilize and expand on iCal, and bring to digital the free form notes people love in paper planners. It will have many other enhancements besides. We are quite excited about it, and looking forward to sharing it with you. It is designed to work with the upcoming iOS 7 platform. We are testing the app on a beta version, and it is quite beautiful and elegant.
The app is is meant to answer the need of our former datebook customers for a digital product; and for those current customers who use both paper and digital, or are planning to move to digital. We also hope having a digital presence will introduce our notebooks and other products to a whole new group of people.
The app – LIFE NOTED – will be available on the app store in September 2013. We’ll let you know as soon as it is available. The app will be Free; $2.99 with full functionality.
A special 3 month promotion which started July 11th has a variety of pocket sized Rhodia products (Unlimited, “R” and Rhodiarama Webbies) available in 31 WHSmith locations throughout the UK. (WHSmith is the UK equivalent of Hudson News.)
Edinburgh Airport Airside 1
Manchester Airport T1 IDL
Heathrow T3 Main IDL
Belfast International Airside Main
Stansted Airport Airside
Victoria Island – Ground
Dublin Airport IDL
Manchester Airport T2 Airside Main
Heathrow T4 Airside NE Central
Newcastle Air Airside
QE Hospital Birmingham Main Store
St Thomas Hospital
Glasgow Airport Airside Main
Liverpool Air Airside
Heathrow T5 C
Liverpool Street Broadgate
Manchester Airport T1 Term 3 Airside
Reading Rail Main
Birmingham Air T2 Airside
Luton Airport Airside CTN
Manchester Airport T1 Airside 1
Manchester Airport T2 Airside 1
North Middlesex Hospital Main Store
Dear Rhodia Drive Friends,
Once a month, I will do a post on any special sales or promotions we know our retailers are doing on Rhodia products.
This month, European Paper Company and Quiver Pen Holders are offering Rhodia specials for Father’s Day, graduations and just presents to self for fine writing.
European Paper Company is featuring Rhodia Academic Year (August 2013-July 2014) planners. They are also offering a 15% discount on Rhodia pencils. The code is goRhodia. They will also be having an interesting traveling Rhodia notebook promotion coming up later this month. Here’s a link to their site.
Just in time for Father’s Day, Quiver Pen Holders is featuring a hand-made leather pen holder with a large Rhodia Webnotebook. The stitching in the pen holder perfectly matches Rhodia’s orange. It looks pretty striking with a black Webbie. Be sure to enter coupon code Dad2013 at checkout for your 20% discount. See them all here.
Two fun news items for Rhodia fans this morning.
For any of you traveling on American Airlines this month, please have a look at the article on designer Derek Lam on page 14 in American Way magazine. “A Rhodia notepad, for sketching and jotting down idea” is one of his travel essentials.
Our friends over at The European Paper Company let us know they are offering Rhodia gift sets with the popular No. 16 R by Rhodia pads and pad holders. A good gift for Moms, Dads, Grads and other special people.
The European Paper Company is offering a free No. 11 Rhodia pad with every purchase until supplies run out. If you need to shop or stock up, hurry over to their site and get a free No. 11 with your order.
Yesterday we received an email from Dick Blick that they have acquired Utrecht Art Supplies. Blick has 39 locations and a webstore, and Utrecht has 45 locations and a webstore. Both chains stock a large assortment of Rhodia products. Dick Blick also carries our GraF it sketch pads by Clairefontaine, and calligraphy supplies by Brause.
Saturday & Sunday, 16-17 March 2013 Visit the 2013 Long Island Pen Show
Located at Hofstra University – Student Center Multi-purpose Room, Rm. 101
Sponsored by the Long Island Pen Club, Luxury Brands, and Exaclair Inc.
- Repairs by Ron Zorn and nib work by Richard Binder.
- Ink sampling table from Luxury Brands, distributors of Noodler’s Ink
- Sample the smooth pleasure of writing on Rhodia paper and J. Herbin ink provided by Exaclair Inc.
- New This Year: Fountain Pen Hospital, Anderson Pens and Kenro Industries
- Dozens of collectors and dealers of vintage and modern writing instruments exhibiting, pens of all kinds
- Desk sets, ads, blotters, inwells and ephemera form the golden age of fountain pens
- Displays illustrating the history of writing and the story of the fountain pen.
- Demonstratons on how to use and maintain fountain pens.
- Functional writing instruments vintage & modern by Susan Wirth
- Free pen ppraisals at the Appraisal Booth
Daily Admission is $10.00 payable at the door. Visit http://www.lipenshow.com for more details.
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We are manufacturing a 2012-2013 Rhodia WebPlanner academic edition in pocket and large. They will be available in black or orange covers.
The academic year editions will begin to ship to retailers in early May; calendar year by mid-June.
We are completely sold out of the large 2012 WebPlanner….right down to the two samples we had in the office!
If you want the planner of your choice, please see your retailer early in the season.
Stephanie will host some WebPlanner raffles when they roll off the presses so stay tuned!
Rhodiarama Rhodia is a new product for 2012 – it basically 15 colored versions of a pocket Webbie. Colors include: black, chocolate, taupe, beige, anise, turquoise, sapphire, iris, purple, lilac, raspberry, poppy, tangerine, orange and yellow. The paper is 90g, and the size is 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ or A6.
You can see them on the French Rhodia website here.
Here’s the biggest reason we are not carrying them now: they aren’t made yet. What you see on the French site is a prototype.
We expect the manufacturing to be done this spring, and hope to have some samples on hand at the National Stationery Show (May) and for Book Expo (June).
If there is sufficient interest by our retailers we may bring in some? all? of the colors to have on sale by June or July.
They are expensive—and will retail somewhere between $18.50-$20 each. Are you willing to pay that amount for a pocket journal?
If so, what colors do you like?
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