Polygroup Limited, Chartpak and Tru Vue were among the trading partners and service providers recognized by The Michaels Companies as Partners of the Year.
The arts and crafts retailers held a gala event in Dallas on August 7 and singled out 11 companies who demonstrated a commitment to surpassing expectations and continually providing excellence in service, quality and innovation.
“Michaels' success is due in large part to our collaboration with our outstanding partners and we would like to thank each and every one of them for their dedication to the brand and in helping us provide customers quality products that inspire creativity every day,” said Michaels CEO Chuck Rubin.
Polygroup Limited was recognized by Philo Pappas, EVP of merchandising as Michaels' overall vendor of the year for product innovation, customer education and inspiration, quality products, and efficiency in supply chain. Jim King, vp and general manager of Michaels Aaron Brothers stores awarded Chartpak overall vendor of the year for its contribution to the growth of Aaron Brothers' art department. Mike Cairnes, president of Artistree, the frame and moulding manufacturing operation for Michaels and Aaron Brothers stores, named Tru Vue as the company's custom framing vendor of the year.
Other aware recipients included Rainbow Loom manufacturer Choon’s Design and Coats & Clark for product of the year and Spinrite LP for private brand growth. In the category of product line of the year, Michaels recognized Pepperell Braiding Company, Plaid Enterprises and Pinnacle Frames & Accents.
In the area of supply chain, Michaels’ EVP of supply chain Tom DeCaro honored Con-Way Truckload for domestic services and Kintetsu World Express for its international capabilities.