Progressive Greetings July 2018 Issue Out Now

‘Score’ your July issue of Progressive Greetings’ this World Cup summer! It’s out now, delivering all the views and news, industry stories and new greeting card launches, and much, much more!

A group of very happy publishers and retailers literally jumping for joy outside PG Live last month.
A group of very happy publishers and retailers literally jumping for joy outside PG Live last month.

“A massive congratulations to the 10th PG Live team – as always, it did not disappoint! It felt like everyone had really worked on adding lots of newness ready for the show!” exclaimed Paperchase’s Hazel Walker, senior buyer, and card buyer Emma Clooney, about their visit to this year’s PG Live.

And with thousands and thousands of brand new card designs launched at the show this year, a troupe of retail show visitors reveal what greeting card show-stoppers they discovered (click to pages 39 to 43).

The camaraderie, the amazing new product, business meets and greets and the excitement of catching up with old friends, relive the buzz of PG Live’s 10th anniversary show at London’s Business Design Centre last month in pictures (click to pages 35 to 37).

Card Factory’s Karen Hubbard (left) and studio director Jo Bennett (right) with PG’s Jakki Brown in the retailer’s HQ in Wakefield.
Card Factory’s Karen Hubbard (left) and studio director Jo Bennett (right) with PG’s Jakki Brown in the retailer’s HQ in Wakefield.

She’s head of the UK’s largest greeting card retailers and one the most influential women in UK retail, (featuring in Retail Week’s Power List 100 last month), Karen Hubbard, ceo of Card Factory shares her news and champions the culture of card sending. (click to pages 46-47).

Even small changes can result in big transformations. And embracing change and adhering it to their businesses, a number of independent card retailers are witnessing its great effects.

Reaping the benefits of change, PG asks some enterprising indies to reveal their best business decision of the year so far and how it has yielded extra trade or oiled the cogs of their store (click to pages 31 to 33).

Museums and Galleries’ creative director Ben Dorney and licensing manager Eddie Clarke on the company’s stand at PG Live at which it officially launched the BBC Earth collection.
Museums and Galleries’ creative director Ben Dorney and licensing manager Eddie Clarke on the company’s stand at PG Live at which it officially launched the BBC Earth collection.

Meanwhile on the publisher front, propelling the company into its first art photography collections, Museums and Galleries’ BBC Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II greeting card and stationery ranges were a significant launch for the publisher at PG Live in June. And in-keeping with the beautiful imagery of the natural world from both of the BBC’s astonishing award-winning documentary series, Museums & Galleries has developed its patent-pending ecoBand, an environmentally-friendly way of attaching the card to the envelope, superseding the need for cellowrap (click to pages 60 to 61).

The craft beer revolution has seen the rise of artisan beer and micro-breweries influencing the upsurge of images of an ice-cold craft beer (or two) on Father’s Day designs for 2019. Other trends observed on next year’s Spring Seasons card designs include the perpetuation of the loose painterly infusion and the sprinkling of gold foil finishes for that luxurious feel.

PG watches out for some Spring Seasons trends for 2019 (click to pages 48-49).

Tattersfield Design’s bright florals chimes with the interest in Frida Kahlo elevated by the current V&A exhibition.
Tattersfield Design’s bright florals chimes with the interest in Frida Kahlo elevated by the current V&A exhibition.

Additionally, in July’s issue of Progressive Greetings the Spotlight on Art Cards ‘frames’ the current news, views, and trends influenced by social, economic and cultural events that are presently inspiring the art cards market (click to pages 71 to 75).

One of the latest Sally Scafardi designs that will be on show at the imminent Harrogate Home & Gift.
One of the latest Sally Scafardi designs that will be on show at the imminent Harrogate Home & Gift.

And, of course, July PG also includes, Innovations showcasing new product launching at Harrogate Home & Gift (click to pages 51-59); wise words from regular columnists David Robertson of Scottish retailer JP Pozzi, who this month discusses decision fatigue (click to pages 26 to 27); and publisher Blue Eyed Sun’s Jeremy Corner, who is taking on new challenges (click to pages 67-69).

Plus, what’s currently the hottest card product for retailers (click to pages 80-81) and the industry’s latest news.

All this in the pages of a lovely glossy magazine and online too! Click here to read the whole PG July 2018 edition online.

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