Friday, April 18, 2014

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USPS postpones price increase decision

USPS postpones price increase decision

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Bridgeman Studio Award 2014 Competition Now Open
New York, NY — To coincide with the launch of Bridgeman Studio – Bridgeman Art Library's new online platform representing contemporary artists – Bridgeman has launched the Bridgeman Studio Award 2014 in partnership with Creative Review.

GCA and NRLCA Joint Statement on Postal Reform

Washington, D.C., April 8, 2014 – The Greeting Card Association and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association issued a joint statement in advance of the House Committee On Oversight & Government Reform hearing, calling for meaningful reforms to strengthen the Postal Service, and condemning proposals that would cut essential services, such as six-day delivery.


Hallmark Launches the 100 First-Time Moms Sweepstakes To Honor the 100th Anniversary of Mother's Day
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In honor of the 100th anniversary of Mother's Day in 2014, Hallmark launches 100 First-Time Moms – a sweepstakes that allows people to nominate a recent or soon-to-be first-time mom to win a $100 Mother's Day care package from Hallmark.

26th Annual LOUIE Awards Finalists Announced

The Greeting Card Association has announced the finalists of its 26th Annual International Greeting Card Awards Competition, better known as the “LOUIE Awards.” Three finalists were selected for each of the 29 categories in this year's competition, which drew more than 900 entries from 220 companies worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, Israel, and the U.K. All entries were marketed and sold in the U.S. during the 2013 calendar year, and each of these outstanding finalists represents the best of the thousands of cards and invitations published each year.

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GCA Response to President Obama's USPS Budget Proposal
"The GCA continues to support commonsense postal reform that puts the Postal Service back on a path toward fiscal strength, but that cannot be achieved through the plans presented by the President, House, or Senate," said Rafe Morrissey, GCA Vice President of Postal Affairs. "The President's budget, like proposals in the House and Senate, continues to assume dramatically exaggerated savings from cutting essential services, and if adopted, would lead to a weaker Postal Service."

American Greetings Announces New CFO
CLEVELAND, OH — American Greetings Corporation today announced it has appointed Gregory Steinberg as the company's Chief Financial Officer effective March 1, 2014. Steinberg was most recently the company's Corporate Treasurer. He will be responsible for all finance functions at the company. The company's previous CFO, Stephen J. Smith, recently announced that he is resigning from the company to accept another employment opportunity.

DaySpring Cards Founder Donald G. Leetch Has Died
SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. — Donald G. Leetch – one of the founders of DaySpring Cards – passed away on February 19, 2014, at the age of 88.

Update on New USPS Postal Rates

The U.S. Postal Service implemented new postage rates on January 26, 2014, raising the price of First Class mail (1 oz.) by three cents to 49 cents from 46 cents.


GCA Statement On Committee Passage Of S. 1486, The Postal Reform Act of 2014

Washington, D.C., February 6, 2014 – The Greeting Card Association (GCA) issued the following statement in response to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ passage of S. 1486, The Postal Reform Act of 2014, a bill introduced by Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) to reform the United States Postal Service: "As currently drafted, The Postal Reform Act of 2014 poses a serious threat to the long-term viability of the Postal Service by raising rates and eliminating critical oversight by the Postal Regulatory Commission, and the GCA is extremely concerned by its passage through committee" said Rafe Morrissey, GCA Vice President of Postal Affairs. "While the GCA supports efforts to enact meaningful and necessary reforms, the bill that was voted through committee today does not provide a commonsense plan that puts the Postal Service in a stronger position to provide universal services."


Americans Still Prefer "Real" Valentine's Day Cards
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Greeting Card Association (GCA) anticipates approximately 145 million greeting cards will be purchased for Valentine's Day this year in the U.S., with sales remaining relatively stable over last year. This figure is based on member company sales and does not include children's packaged valentines for classroom exchanges. Valentine's Day is the second-largest holiday for giving greeting cards, after Christmas.


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