Progressive Grocer - August 2017 - 93

Greeting Cards

Nonfoods

Stronger Connections
New ideas enliven and draw shoppers to the greeting card aisle.
By Barbara Sax

N

ew technological features, specialized content and merchandising
innovation are helping to attract
consumers and offset sales declines
in the greeting card category.
Stacey Howe, VP and general manager of national accounts at Kansas City. Mo.-based Hallmark
Cards, says that the company is focused on breakthrough and newsworthy ideas, formats or inventions
that inspire consumers to connect in new ways. This
summer, Hallmark introduced Virtual Reality (VR)
cards that come with an exclusive pop-up VR viewer
that simulates skydiving, surfing, a journey in a hotair balloon, or a roller coaster ride.
"One of the key trends we see is that consumers
are always looking for the next epic experience in
their everyday lives," says Megan Baucco, associate
manager of marketing communications at Cleveland-based American Greetings. "Our innovative
products provide the opportunity for consumers
to share an unexpected, delightful and surprising
experience with family and friends."

Catering to Diverse Consumers
In addition to adding tech features to cards, manufacturers are beefing up lines targeted to specific
demographic groups.
This year, Hallmark launched an Asian-inspired
line that celebrates the holidays and occasions important to diverse Asian cultures, and recently introduced
eight cards with Islamic-inspired patterns and rich

colors to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim celebration
marking the end of Ramadan. The new products join
Hallmark's Mahogany line targeted to African-American consumers, the VIDA line for Hispanic consumers and Tree of Life cards for Jewish consumers.
"We are introducing new premium Hallmark
Signature cards later this year to celebrate Hanukkah," notes Howe. "Today's modern family is also
represented with seasonal and everyday cards for
same-sex couples, divorced or single parents, and
blended families."
"Our best opportunity to grow the business lies
in ensuring that we are fully satisfying the needs of
shoppers as consistently as possible," says Baucco.
"Whether that means tailoring our assortments to
provide relevant content in an urban ethnic market
or providing a curated, premium product offering
in an affluent market, our success lies in providing
products that meet the needs of consumers within
the communities that they shop."
American Greetings produces the La Rosa collection of Spanish-language cards, the Our Voices
line designed for African-American consumers and
L'Chayim to Life! for Jewish consumers.
According to Steve Gimbelman president of
Edison, N.J.-based Designer Greetings, Christmas and Mother's Day cards make up the bulk of
Spanish-language card sales at his company. "Those
occasions each account for around 40 percent of
sales, while everyday cards represent the remaining
15 to 20 percent of sales," he says.

Consumers are
always looking
for the next epic
experience in
their everyday
lives."
-Megan Baucco,
American Greetings

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