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(November 22, 2013) WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Greeting Card Association (GCA) is predicting that some 1.6 billion Christmas cards will be bought this year – making it the largest card-sending holiday in the U.S. That figure includes boxed cards, but does not include photo cards and other personalized cards sold via the Internet. Overall, Americans purchase approximately 6.5 billion greeting cards each year, with annual retail sales estimated between $7 and $8 billion. Leading designs include modern updates on traditional images and quirky humor.
The Greeting Card Association (GCA) issued a statement reacting to the news that the United States Postal Service had filed an exigency case.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Postal Service today announced proposed price changes, including an increase in the price of a First-Class Mail single-piece letter from 46 cents to 49 cents. The proposed changes, which would go into effect in January 2014, are intended to generate $2 billion in incremental annual revenue for the Postal Service.
(September 25, 2013) Steve Doyal, senior vice president of public affairs and communications at Hallmark Cards, Inc., was appointed president of the Greeting Card Association (GCA) at its recently concluded 72nd Annual Convention in Savannah, Ga. Doyal previously served as vice president of the Association under GCA President Susan January, vice president of Leanin’ Tree, who provided outstanding leadership during her two-year term.
Washington, D.C., September 18, 2013 – GCA Member Company Testifies: "Ratemaking Provisions Are A Matter Of Grave Concern"
New signature mix™ marketplace will feature National Stationery Show®, Creative & Lifestyle Arts™ and, making its debut, Gift>it - Distinctive Gifts. Fabulous Finds.™
WHITE PLAINS, NY, September 10, 2013...GLM today announced plans to introduce “signature mix™ marketplace,” a new branding platform at its spring 2014 events in New York City. Expanding business opportunities for retailers and manufacturers, the “signature mix™” umbrella will include the National Stationery Show® (NSS), Creative & Lifestyle Arts™ (C&LA), and the premiere of Gift>it – Distinctive Gifts. Fabulous Finds™. Together, these events will provide a unique combination of synergistic lifestyle products at a time of year when retailers are refreshing their merchandise and continuing their holiday buying.