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Progressive Greetings March 2023 issue is out now

The physical and digital editions are all ready to read

 

There was no missing Progressive Greetings’ March 2023 edition when it landed with the greeting card community several days ago, due to its striking super shiny cover fanfaring Graphite’s Liquid Foil finish.

While you can’t really appreciate this on the digital version – we’ve done our best with the photo above – there are lots of other highlights to read online too!

Full of gorgeous newness and news, the PG March issue is crammed with industry views, retailer perspectives and the latest design trends.

Above: The rise in stamp prices is not good news for the greeting card industry
Above: The rise in stamp prices is not good news for the greeting card industry

The news pages deliver the exciting development of Postmark taking over a clutch of Paperchase’s high-profile travel sites, how Ceri Stirland has become the Big Cheese at UKG following James Conn’s retirement, as well as the less welcome news about the rise in stamp prices, and that’s just for starters.

To read about all this and much more click here.

Above: James Conn has just retired as ceo of UKG, with Ceri Stirland now in the role
Above: James Conn has just retired as ceo of UKG, with Ceri Stirland now in the role

“We cannot sit back and let Christmas card sending dwindle away. It will require action and engagement from retailers, publishers, charities, Royal Mail, the GCA and some effective PR to ram home to consumers of the full impact of not sending Christmas cards, including the effect on those charities which rely on the donations from the sales of packs and boxes,” states Kaye Thurgood, owner of Sincerely Yours in Shenfield and Hornchurch.

Above: Five Dollar Shake’s Matt Genower has a great idea of forging stronger relationships with care homes involving Christmas cards
Above: Five Dollar Shake’s Matt Genower has a great idea of forging stronger relationships with care homes involving Christmas cards

And Kaye isn’t alone in her concerns about the drop in Christmas card volumes in 2022. To read publishers’ and retailers’ comments about Christmas Crunch Time in Viewpoints click here.

PG columnist Cardsharp is on form with his column Chasing The Paper Trail as the business failure of Paperchase causes him to question his belief in capitalism. To see what Cardsharp has to say, click here.

Above: Whatever your view of Nicola Sturgeon, she has been a strong leader
Above: Whatever your view of Nicola Sturgeon, she has been a strong leader

Ever generous in sharing his perspective, in his column JP Pozzi’s David Robertson pays tribute to UKG’s James Conn as well as his thoughts that how people lead is vitally important, not only at the top of business or government but within all companies. To read more click here.

Above: Michael Apter outside one of his Paper Tiger stores
Above: Michael Apter outside one of his Paper Tiger stores

David isn’t the only Scottish indie retailer to warrant column inches in this month’s edition, as PG travelled to Edinburgh to visit Michael Apter, owner of Paper Tiger, and discovered how this thriving award-winning retailer continues to earn its stripes. Click here to enjoy the mighty roar.

Above: Penguin Ink’s Lizzie Parker (second left) with Alpha’s Amy Muldrew, Luke Ostle (second right) and Richard Jones, and the Heidelberg platen press
Above: Penguin Ink’s Lizzie Parker (second left) with Alpha’s Amy Muldrew, Luke Ostle (second right) and Richard Jones, and the Heidelberg platen press

Retailers aren’t the only ones who have forged their own path in a distinctive way as Penguin Ink’s commitment to the letterpress printing technique shows, as the publisher has forged a special working partnership with Alpha Colour Printers. To read Inking In The Penguins, click here.

And now for something completely different…it’s a funny story about industry stalwart Simon Nevin’s ambitious task of writing a book about designing humorous greeting cards. Click here to read about the planned tome.

Above: You can’t judge a book by its cover!
Above: You can’t judge a book by its cover!

With the start of the year being a purple patch for new product launches, PG shines the spotlight on just four of the recurring design themes that many publishers are reinterpreting in their own respective ways. To revel in these trends in The Filtration Process, click here.

Above: An Emotional Rescue On The Ceiling design that reflects the cycling trend
Above: An Emotional Rescue On The Ceiling design that reflects the cycling trend

One product area which is always on the button trend wise is the giftwrapping sector. You can enjoy some Wrapping & Rolling with PG’s annual market focus on this segment by clicking here.

Above: Belly Button Design’s latest approach to giftwrappings
Above: Belly Button Design’s latest approach to giftwrappings

More product newness is celebrated in the Innovations section, so feast your eyes by clicking here.

And to see what ranges are taking the hot spots at a quartet of retailers, have a look at this month’s What’s Hot section by clicking here.

Ending on a high point of loveliness, Art Source shares the creative story of talented designer Millicent Venton. Click here to see and read what she has to say.

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 March 2023 edition online you can click here.

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