Progressive Greetings’ July edition out now

Magazine’s physical and digital editions are ready to read

 

The sunshine isn’t the only thing upping our happiness quota – the physical issues of Progressive Greetings’ July magazine landed a few days ago, and now the digital version is also available to read online. Yippee! Enjoy the read…

As ever, PG’s News pages are crammed full of industry happenings from all aspects of our sector. Read all about Scribbler’s new card kiosk development with Fujifilm, jubilant Jubilee feedback from retailers, how Father’s Day stacked up for cardies and lots more by clicking here.

 You couldn’t miss Highworth Emporium’s Jubilee balloon installation
You couldn’t miss Highworth Emporium’s Jubilee balloon installation

Following hot on the heels of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, PG Live 2022 brought the whole global UK greeting card community back together, with exhibiting publishers having pulled out the stops and retailers lapping up the wealth of newness. The Viewpoints section shares a selection of retailers’ views of the show as well as some of their top picks (click here).

Above: Red Cards’ Sally Matson (second left) and Jo Collis (second right) with Heyyy’s Yvette and Dan Clarkson, one of her top finds
Above: Red Card’s Sally Matson (second left) and Jo Collis (second right) with Heyyy’s Yvette and Dan Clarkson, one of her top finds

Add to get more of a flavour of the upbeat show at London’s Business Design Centre, click here.

Above: Having their cake and eating it – Rush Design’s Lorraine (centre) and Ian Bradley (3rd right) shared a slice with chums from Hugs & Kisses, Skeet Print and The East Grinstead Bookshop at PG Live
Above: Having their cake and eating it – Rush Design’s Lorraine (centre) and Ian Bradley (3rd right) shared a slice with chums from Hugs & Kisses, Skeet Print and The East Grinstead Bookshop at PG Live

And, talking of upbeat, PG columnist and indie retailer David Robertson is in buoyant mood as the birth of his son Hudson has further reinforced the importance of greeting cards to mark life’s events and the independent retailer’s role as part of this (click here).

Above: David Robertson with baby son Hudson
Above: David Robertson with baby son Hudson

There is more retailer feedback in PG’s ever-popular What’s Hot section which sees a quartet of retailers share what are the bestselling ranges in their stores (click here).

Above: Blue Mountain Arts continues to be a bestseller at The Deck Of Cards in King’s Lynn
Above: Blue Mountain Arts continues to be a bestseller at The Deck Of Cards in King’s Lynn

Meanwhile Cardsharp reflects on the importance of greeting cards reflecting society’s socio demographics while also highlighting that this may not always be for commercial rewards (click here).

Above: Greeting cards should reflect all colours and creeds
Above: Greeting cards should reflect all colours and creeds

“I’ve never worked so hard in my life,” Andy Pearce, founder of online operator Thortful, reflected on the past few pandemic years when the online greeting card platform really came into its own, quadrupling its turnover to £28million in just one year. To read Food For Thortful click here.

Above: Thortful’s founder Andy Pearce in the company’s HQ in London’s Westminster
Above: Thortful’s founder Andy Pearce in the company’s HQ in London’s Westminster

The constant stream of new products continues to flow, with new launches being fanfared at Harrogate Home & Gift from this Sunday to Wednesday, July 17-20. Lap these up as well as other new product debuts in the Innovations pages by clicking here.

Above: The new Barley Bear plush from IC&G
Above: The new Barley Bear plush from IC&G

Homing in on the art and photographic cards, the Wot A Picture article focuses on some of the trends and developments within this ever-evolving genre of the greeting card scene. You can see and read it by clicking here.

Above: Wild swimming, paddle-boarding and a tranquil scene from Eco-Friendly Card Co’s diverse range
Above: Wild swimming, paddle-boarding and a tranquil scene from Eco-Friendly Card Co’s diverse range

And Art Source brings an extra feast for the eyes. Drawing inspiration from her home country of Romania, her new home in Italy as well as her loves and travels, is a veritable visual storyteller. Click here to learn more about her life and loves.

Above: Illustrator Madalina Andronic
Above: Illustrator Madalina Andronic

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 to Progressive Greetings, go to www.max-subscriptions.net.

However, if you can’t wait, you can click here to read the whole PG July 2022 edition online.

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