Progressive Greetings December issue out now

The physical and digital editions are all ready to read

 

While Progressive Greetings’ December edition landed several days ago, the digital version is available to read online now too!

The news pages are crammed full of industry happenings from all fronts – including indies’ approaches to the countdown to Christmas, the sad loss of industry stalwart Paul Steele and the bolstered initiatives for PG Live Springboard area. To read about all this and much more click here.

Above: The sad loss of Paul Steele
Above: The sad loss of Paul Steele

“Pride, worry, hope, uncertainty, anger, belief and tiredness are just a few of the words that come to mind” said David Robertson as he penned his column. While in normal years, indies like himself would be on the home straight to Christmas, this year there have been a few challenges that have got in the way. Click here to see what David has to say.

Above: The window of Bijou’s Christmas shop
Above: The window of Bijou’s Christmas shop

At a time when everyone is being hit from all sides with cost increases, there’s some trepidation about the inevitable price increases in the greeting card sector, despite taking comfort in the fact that the average cost of a card is a lot less than a takeaway cappuccino, let alone a pint of beer!

The Viewpoints section canvassed the opinions of members of the greeting card community on The Pricing Froth, click here to read more.

Above: A greeting card seems a lot better value than a takeaway coffee
Above: A greeting card seems a lot better value than a takeaway coffee

As Card Factory celebrates its 25th anniversary, columnist Cardsharp considers some of the changes to the UK’s largest greeting card retailer over the last two and a half decades. To read more, click here.

Above: Card Factory’s co-founders Dean and Janet Hoyle
Above: Card Factory’s co-founders Dean and Janet Hoyle

Meanwhile, on the publishing front, talented greeting designer Stephanie Dyment is looking to the future by going full circle, signing a licensing agreement with Woodmansterne Publications, the company she used to work for before setting up her own card publishing business. To find out more about the next chapter in Stephanie’s creative journey, click here.

Above: The talented Stephanie Dyment (Photo: Amy Esposito)
Above: The talented Stephanie Dyment (Photo: Amy Esposito)

Preparing for the future is something department store group Morleys has most definitely invested in big time with its historic store in Brixton, where there’s been a multi-million-pound refurbishment revolution. To read more, click here.

Above: The card department in the recently-refurbished Morleys
Above: The card department in the recently-refurbished Morleys

Just as shoppers were amazed at the total revamp of Morleys, one area card publishers are continuing to up the wow factor is in 3D and pop-up cards, and PG delves into this paper engineering magic – to learn more, click here.

Above: This Second Nature design was out in time for the World Cup
Above: This Second Nature design was out in time for the World Cup

And a card publishing area where remaining relevant is ever more important is in children’s cards. PG gets down with the kids to tap into the vibes of this important greeting card genre. To read more click here.

Above: Gaming’s popularity could not go unnoticed on the children’s card front with UKG’s Ben Whittington getting feedback from his son
Above: Gaming’s popularity could not go unnoticed on the children’s card front with UKG’s Ben Whittington getting feedback from his son

And publishers’ creativity continues with aplomb in other areas too as the Innovations pages testify. Click here to feast your eyes on publishers’ new delights.

Meanwhile, the ever popular What’s Hot? section reveals which ranges have been hitting the top spot for a quad of retailers. Click here to see what’s been topping it for these four indies.

And, ending on a creative high, Art Source this month shares how Anna Andrews had her creative path into greeting cards all mapped out. Click here to read more about the route she has taken.

Above: Anna Andrews in her studio
Above: Anna Andrews in her studio

All this and more in the pages of our lovely magazine. Wouldn’t you like to hold it in your hands so you can flick through and read it wherever it takes your fancy? To SUBSCRIBE NOW go to www.max-subscriptions.net. However, if you can’t wait, to read the whole PG December 2022 edition online you can click here.

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