Progressive Greetings’ latest physical and digital editions are ready to read
Progressive Greetings’ May 2023 edition landed at the start of the week, full of industry news and views, retailer perspectives, gorgeous product newness and some cracking articles – and making it a double treat, it’s accompanied by a Focus On Humour Cards publication, with the digital versions of both are now available to read online too!
It’s been a busy few weeks for industry happenings, with greetings stalwart John Charlton joining Cardzone, Hallmark welcoming a new md in Graeme Karavis, an MBO at Nigel Quiney, Card Factory expanding overseas with its acquisition of SA Greetings being some of the action tracked in the news pages. To read about all about it, click here.
For an industry which revolves around events and occasions, not surprisingly, the build-up to the coronation saw so many retailers pulling out the stops with their displays while publishers marked the occasion too. The Viewpoints section shares just a taster, click here to relive the majesty.
As to the kings and queens of greeting card retailing, the magazine includes the pageant of finalists in The Retas 2023 greeting card retailer awards. To see who are among the best UK greeting card retailers, click here.
With the PG Live show being the next big event on the industry calendar as it takes place on 6-7June at London’s Business Design Centre, PG shares the stories of a handful of newbie exhibitors and their respective journeys into this wonderful industry. Click here to find out more.
Alongside the smorgasbord of brand-new companies that will be making their debut at the show are lots of well-loved brands, all with lots of great fresh designs to show off.
Not least is Pigment which is bound to attract attention with its Lucia Heffernan range. Find out more about this talented artist by clicking here.
Another leading PG Live exhibitor is Abacus Cards. PG tunes into the successful licensing relationship the publisher continues to enjoy with the BBC through its Countryfile, Springwatch and Gardeners’ World tie ups. Click here to get back to nature.
As ever, PG columnists David Robertson and Cardsharp have plenty to say for themselves. In this issue, indie retailer David Robertson shares how he was both the interviewee and the interviewer, the former being put on the spot by a plucky youngster, the latter seeing DR put Matt James, UKG’s director of indie sales in the hot seat. Click here to read what he has to say.
Meanwhile, Cardsharp considers whether the industry is in the midst of a very significant time in its history, with the changes that are unfolding. Click here to share his history lesson.
Coinciding with the GCA announcing its participation in the Pride In London march, the edition includes other developments and views on the diversity and inclusion progress within the industry. Click here to read more.
The ever popular What’s Hot section checks out what ranges are really doing their stuff on the sales front for a quad of retailers. Click here to see what came out tops.
And you can treat yourself to some product newness in the Innovations section, which you can see by clicking here.
Meanwhile, Art Source shares the creative story of talented illustrator Nicola Evans. Click here for an aesthetic treat.
Focus On Humour Cards
With humorous cards once again topping the charts for greetings retailers in the recent PG Retail Barometer as the card category that grew the most in the last year, PG’s 2023 Focus On Humour Cards adds to the giggles.
Intrigued why puns hit the spot for so many of us and find out more about two PG Live exhibitors who are also stand up comedians, click to News.
While some topics, subject matter and words remain perennially funny, much of what people laugh at chimes with popular culture. To find out what publishers of humorous cards think is currently keeping the funny bone rattling, click here.
To see how we’ve shone the spotlight on the humorous card ranges that were feted in The Henries awards click here, and the publication also features retailers’ views on what ranges they rely on for getting customers laughing all the way to the till, click here to find out more.
Meanwhile, in answer to the retailers’ rally call for more humorous ranges, the New Material section delivers some new witticisms, which can be seen here.
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