Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Industry News

Trendys Awards Program Returns for Sixth Year

Back by popular demand, Stationery Trends magazine has announced the 6th Annual Stationery Trends Awards, “The Trendys.” The Trendys grew out of a desire to provide retailers with a voice on the latest trends in greeting cards, gifts and all things stationery. These awards recognize the best in the industry — through the eyes of the retailers, who are in tune with the consumers’ desires.

09/16/2014

signature mix™ marketplace Names 2014 Best New Product Award Winners

NEW YORK, NY, May 19, 2014…Eight signature mix™ marketplace exhibitors were honored with Best New Product Awards on Opening Day, Sunday, May 18, 2014, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  The coveted Awards are presented in nine categories and are considered a distinguished honor within the social stationery, lifestyle gift and crafting industries.

05/19/2014

signature mix™ marketplace Makes Its 2014 Debut

WHITE PLAINS, NY, May 16, 2014 –The new signature mix™ marketplace, comprised of the National Stationery Show® (NSS), Creative & Lifestyle Arts® (C&LA) and the all new Gift>it distinctive gifts. fabulous finds™ will make its debut this Sunday, May 18-Wednesday, May 21. The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is now being prepared to welcome 12,000 buyers to an array of the next and best products to grace their shelves.   

05/16/2014

Introducing Viabella® - Marian Heath’s first new brand in over 70 years

Wareham, MA (May 13, 2014) Marian Heath Greeting Cards will launch their brand new card  collection, Viabella at the New York Stationery Show (NSS). A preview of the collection will be held at Booth #1440 at the Jacob Javits Center, NYC, May 18th to the 21st during show hours.

05/13/2014

Design Design Debuts Over 1,000 New Products for Holiday and Everyday at NSS

(May 1, 2014) Michigan-based company Design Design has been busy! They’ll be introducing some hot new designs for National Stationery Show attendees at the Javits Center, May 18-24. 

05/12/2014

Mohawk Celebrates Strathmore with Launch of New Fine Paper Journals and Letterpress Papers

[Cohoes, NY – May 12, 2014] – Since 1892, the Strathmore name and the iconic thistle trademark have been synonymous with the finest American made papers.  Now, Mohawk, North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, is celebrating its historic Strathmore fine paper brand with the launch of Strathmore Notes, a new line of fine paper journals, and the introduction of Strathmore Pure Cotton Letterpress Paper.

05/12/2014

Zippernut Press in New York

New York, New York - Zippernut Press is taking its show on the road from the heartland straight to the National Stationery Show at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, May 18 to 21, 2014. Fresh from Kansas City in the "flyover state" of Missouri, Harl Van Deursen, self-described "creator and master snarkwit," believes that greeting cards and stationery products can indeed survive - and thrive - on sarcasm, snarky humor and cynicism alone.

05/12/2014

Take a Look at the SMM Lookbook

Check out the SMM Lookbook from our spring issue to see what some of the exhibitors will be showcasing at their booths during the show May 18-21 in New York. 

04/24/2014

The Found Art of Thank-You Notes

When Jimmy Fallon sits down to write his weekly thank-you notes on “The Tonight Show,” he is both ribbing and breathing life into a custom many felt was headed the way of the dodo. “Thank you, cotton candy,” Mr. Fallon scribbles on a correspondence card, “for making my grandmother’s hair look delicious.” Thank you, “bowling, for giving me an excuse to drink with somebody else’s shoes on.” 

04/04/2014

FROM FRANK™ TO MAKE 500 HUMANS SMILE AT STATIONERY SHOW

APRIL 1, 2014 — Four days. Making hundreds of humans smile. Squirrel-watching can wait. Frank’s got an important job to do, and you can help him.

 

04/01/2014

signature mix™ marketplace to Feature Vast Wedding and Custom Invitation Resources

 WHITE PLAINS, NY, March 27, 2014 – This Spring will welcome the debut of signature mix™ marketplace, comprised of the National Stationery Show® (NSS), Creative & Lifestyle Arts® (C&LA) and Gift>it. distinctive gifts. fabulous finds.™, to take place May 18-21 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Central to the product offerings at the marketplace is an extensive selection of custom wedding invitations showcased in the NSS.

03/27/2014

Gift For Life & National Stationery Show, “Three-peat” Partnership for 2014 AIDS Walk New York

March 5, 2013—For the third consecutive year, Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home decor industries' leading charitable organization, has partnered with the National Stationery Show, now part of the signature mix™ marketplace, to participate in AIDS Walk New York, a charity fundraiser in New York City on Sunday, May 18 – the opening day of the Show.  The Gift For Life/National Stationery Show team will recruit walkers to raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS by participating in both the actual walk through Central Park and across New York City’s Upper West Side as well as in a “virtual walk” through the aisles of the Javits Center where the show takes place.

03/05/2014

signature mix™ marketplace Pre-Show Report

It’s all in the mix!  Three shows, One marketplace.  The new branding platform – signature mix™ marketplace includes the National Stationery Show® (NSS), Creative & Lifestyle Arts® (C&LA) and Gift>it. – Distinctive Gifts. Fabulous Finds.™  This exciting new market will provide an estimated 12,000 attendees with a diverse and unique combination of lifestyle products timed in the spring when retailers need to refresh their merchandise.  For four days, from May 18-21, 2014, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, exhibitors will welcome buyers to a wealth of greeting cards, custom invitations, gift wrap, specialty partyware, journals, frames, calendars, writing instruments and decorative desktop at the NSS, art materials, DIY kits, embellishments, floral supplies, jewelry-making implements, needlecrafts, scrapbooking supplies, stickers and more at C&LA and lifestyle gifts, specialty toys, decorative objects, candles, pillows and more at Gift>it.

02/25/2014

signature mix™ marketplace and Etsy Wholesale Launch Partnership

WHITE PLAINS, NY, January 6, 2014...signature mix™ marketplace, which includes three shows:  National Stationery Show®, Creative and Lifestyle Arts® and Gift>it. distinctive gifts. fabulous finds.™ (new in 2014) and Etsy Wholesale have announced a partnership rooted in a shared value system that promotes business between brick and mortar retailers and lesser known, extremely talented artists and designers.  Through information exchange, marketing communication, social media outreach and education, each party will reach broadly to its constituents to increase participation in both formats – in real time at the May 2014 marketplace and online through Etsy Wholesale’s B2B site. 

01/06/2014

FROM FRANK™ Named in ‘Best of Indy’ by Indianapolis Monthly

NOVEMBER 27, 2013 — Even a stud like Frank is a little nervous to walk the red carpet for the first time. But don’t worry. He promises he won’t pee on it. Indianapolis Monthly has named From Frank™ among its prestigious “Best of Indy”for 2013, and the magazine will honor the greeting card line at its Best of Indy Party.

11/27/2013

#fresh a Big Hit for signature mix™ marketplace

White Plains, NY, November 6, 2013 – The recently announced debut of #fresh - New. Authentic. Trending – a juried section of the signature mix™ marketplace presenting leading-edge, trend-driven stationery and lifestyle companies has expanded in order to accommodate the strong demand for space in this boutique area of the show.  signature mix™ marketplace is scheduled for May 18-21, 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in NYC. 

11/06/2013

National Stationery Show® Transitions NSS365 to signature mix 365

WHITE PLAINS, NY, November 4, 2013 — NSS365, the online product directory of the National Stationery Show® (NSS), has transitioned to signature mix 365 to reflect the show’s evolution into a comprehensive lifestyle springtime market.  Signature mix 365, formerly NSS365, the website which previously featured only NSS exhibiting companies’ products, will now feature products from all three signature mix shows — the NSS, Creative & Lifestyle Arts®, and Gift>It™.

11/04/2013

signature mix™ marketplace to debut #fresh

WHITE PLAINS, NY, September 25, 2013...GLM today announced the expansion of signature mix™ marketplace to include #fresh - New. Authentic. Trending., a juried section featuring leading-edge, trend-driven stationery and lifestyle companies. Limited to manufacturers in business five years or less, #fresh will present original, creative product with a focus on design, May 18-21, 2014, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

09/25/2013

Mohawk Restructures for Growth

[Cohoes, NY – September 17, 2013] Mohawk, North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, announces an organizational restructuring, creating two new distinct business units: Mohawk Fine Paper and Mohawk Digital. This move will support the growth in Mohawk’s emerging digital business while securing the future of its core fine paper business.

09/17/2013

GLM Rolls Out New Branding for Select May 2014 Events in New York

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.

09/10/2013



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NSS News

Creative & Lifestyle Arts Establishes Itself as Strong Market for Thriving Craft and Creative Hobby Industry

NEW YORK, NY, June 12, 2013…The inaugural edition of Creative & Lifestyle Arts (C&LA), a new trade show co-located with the esteemed National Stationery Show® (NSS), attracted nearly 2,000 unique attendees and an additional 2,000 from the adjacent NSS, May 19-21, 2013 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  Its successful reception among these two attending groups solidified the market as a valuable resource for both social stationery and craft retailers eager to discover ways to incorporate the products between these two synergistic sectors into their stores.

06/12/2013

National Stationery Show Experiences 31 Percent Increase in Attending Stores

NEW YORK, NY, June 3, 2013…The 67th annual National Stationery Show® (NSS) proved to be a pivotal year for the nation’s leading social stationery and related lifestyle gift market, experiencing a 31 percent increase in attending stores for the May 19-21 event, held at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  The return of market features such as the NSS party and LIVE! demonstration theatre, combined with an aggressive VIP attendee outreach program and launch of Creative & Lifestyle Arts (C&LA), garnered the attention of thousands of new and former attendees.

06/03/2013

National Stationery Show and Creative& Lifestyle Arts Name 2013 Best New Product Award Winners

NEW YORK, NY, May 21, 2013…Eight National Stationery Show® (NSS) and Creative & Lifestyle Arts exhibitors were honored with Best New Product Awards on Opening Day, Sunday, May 19, 2013, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  The coveted Awards are presented in nine categories and are considered a distinguished honor.

05/21/2013

Creative & Lifestyle Arts Gains Momentum with Leading Brands and Strong Early Attendance

WHITE PLAINS, NY, April 1, 2013…The new Creative & Lifestyle Arts (C&LA) trade show, debuting May 19-22, 2013 in New York City alongside the revered National Stationery Show® (NSS), is growing daily with leading craft and creative hobby product manufacturers exhibiting and buyer interest robust, based on impressive early registration numbers.

04/01/2013

National Stationery Show and Craft & Hobby Association Announce Partnership

WHITE PLAINS, NY, January 9, 2013…The National Stationery Show® (NSS) and the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) have announced a partnership that will provide new opportunities for the social stationery and craft and creative hobby industries, beginning with the May 19-22, 2013 National Stationery Show in New York City. The collaboration will take the form of co-located education and events, capitalizing on synergies between the two industries.

01/09/2013



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GCA News

26th Annual LOUIE Awards Finalists Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 21, 2014: The Greeting Card Association (GCA) 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.

03/26/2014

Greeting Card Association Announces Winner of 2nd Annual Consumer’s Choice Facebook Contest

White Plains, NY – The Greeting Card Association (GCA) is pleased to announce that Madison Park Greetings’ “Bliss” card, by artist Katie Daisy, has won this year’s Consumer’s Choice LOUIE Award. The award is given to the card that receives the most “Likes” on the LOUIE Awards Facebook page, following the posting of images of all winning cards from the GCA’s annual LOUIE Awards competition.

07/02/2013

The Greeting Card Association's 72nd Annual Convention is September 18-21 in Savannah, GA

June 20, 2013 — The 72nd Annual Convention of the Greeting Card Association (GCA) will take place from Wednesday, September 18, through Saturday, September 21, at The Westin Savannah Harbor in Savannah, GA, just a short ferry boat ride away from the historic downtown area. All members of the industry – both GCA members and nonmembers – are invited to attend.

06/20/2013

Greeting Card Association Announces 25th Anniversary LOUIE Award Winners

New York, NY – Monday, May 20, 2013...The Greeting Card Association (GCA) honored the 25th Anniversary LOUIE Award finalists and winners in 52 different categories, as well as the first-ever recipients of a LOUIE Award for Lifetime Achievement, at an elegant gala at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City last night.

05/20/2013

GCA Announces Sponsors for the 25th Anniversary LOUIE Awards

White Plains, NY — The 25th Anniversary LOUIE Awards Committee is pleased to announce the sponsors for this year’s event, including the awards gala, which will be held Sunday, May 19, at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. The list comprises 12 companies — greeting-card publishers, as well as industry suppliers that contributed in-kind donations of services and materials — who together generated record sponsorship for the Silver Anniversary event.

05/02/2013

Lobbyists speak loudly to preserve Saturday mail delivery

WASHINGTON — The U.S. lobbying forces that defeated a Postal Service plan to end Saturday delivery now are using their Capitol Hill clout to pass a law to make six-day delivery mandatory.

04/21/2013

Greeting Card Association Applauds USPS's Decision To Continue 6-Day Mail Delivery Service

APRIL 11, 2013 — The Greeting Card Association (GCA) is pleased with the decision by the USPS Board of Governors, announced yesterday, to postpone implementation of their modified 5-day delivery proposal. We agree with the Board’s conclusion that the language in the Continuing Resolution passed last month restricts the Postal Service’s ability to move to a modified delivery schedule.

04/11/2013

Postal Service backs off plan to stop Saturday delivery

The U.S. Postal Service has backed down from its plan to stop Saturday mail delivery.

The agency's board said Wednesday that mail will continue to be delivered six days a week. In February, the Postal Service announced that starting in August it would stop delivering mail on Saturdays, except for packages and express mail.

04/10/2013

Greeting Card Association Hires New Management Agency

April 8, 2013 — The Greeting Card Association (GCA) has hired Bostrom Corporation as its new association management firm. Bostrom, an 80-year-old professional-services company with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., will assume management of the GCA this July from GLM, which has managed the Association since 2010.

04/08/2013

USPS Saturday Service Halt, Impact on Industry

NEW YORK—Birthday, holiday and other cards may not get to recipients in time, and consumer confidence in the postal system may suffer, if Saturday mail service ends this August. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is proposing ending Saturday mail service, a move that the struggling organization says will save it $2 billion annually. However, removing Saturday delivery in the United States would have a negative impact on the greeting card industry and to the postal service, according to the Greeting Card Association (GCA).

03/25/2013

GCA to Honor Artists Marjolein Bastin and Mary Engelbreit at 25th Anniversary LOUIE Awards Gala

New York, NY – The Greeting Card Association (GCA) has announced it will honor iconic artists Marjolein Bastin and Mary Engelbreit with a special LOUIE Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Silver Anniversary LOUIE Awards gala, on May 19.

03/18/2013

Americans Still in Love with Valentine's Day Cards

January 21, 2013 – The Greeting Card Association (GCA) anticipates more than 145 million greeting cards will be purchased for Valentine's Day this year in the U.S. 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.

01/21/2013

GCA’s 25th Anniversary LOUIE Awards Judges Announced

White Plains, NY, December 27, 2012 – The 25th Anniversary LOUIE Awards Committee is pleased to announce the judges for this year’s competition. The panel of judges includes 20 well-respected industry retailers, manufacturers, sales representatives, educators, and designers who will evaluate the entries to determine the finalists and winners in more than 50 categories. An impressive 997 submissions have been entered this year, from a record-breaking 212 companies, reflecting the increasing interest of the high-profile competition.
12/27/2012

U.S. Greeting Card Association Releases 2012 Christmas Card Figures, Trends

WHITE PLAINS, NY – The Greeting Card Association (GCA) expects approximately 1.6 billion Christmas cards (both boxed and individual cards) to be purchased in the U.S. this year – reflecting the continued strength of the Christmas card category and the cultural significance of this important holiday tradition among consumers.
11/12/2012



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OfficeMax, Office Depot shares soar amid merger report

OfficeMax, Office Depot shares soar amid merger report
By: Tribune staff and wire report, February 19, 2013
The Chicago Tribune

Shares in Naperville-based OfficeMax Inc. soared 25 percent in early trading Tuesday morning on a report it is in advanced merger talks with Office Depot Inc.

And Office Depot shares were up 16 percent after the Wall Street Journal reported the two companies were in advanced discussions, citing person familiar with the negotiations, with a deal possible as early as this week.

Currently, the deal is expected to be structured as a stock-for-stock transaction, the person said.

Neither company responded to requests seeking comment.

One of OfficeMax's top shareholders, Neuberger Berman, said it would support a merger with Office Depot depending on terms of the deal, according to a portfolio manager at the firm.

Responding to media reports, Benjamin Nahum of Neuberger Berman, told Reuters in an interview that his preference would be for OfficeMax to declare a special dividend before merging with Office Depot. "In our view this would facilitate a fair deal."

Neuberger Berman said OfficeMax shareholders should be compensated for "the balance sheet strength that we bring to this combined entity."

The news came months after the investment firm called on the third-largest U.S. office supply chain to return money to shareholders in the form of a dividend or share repurchases and raised the specter of a proxy fight next year if the retailer fails to comply.

According to Thomson Reuters' data, Neuberger Berman owns 4.76 percent of OfficeMax, making it the third-largest shareholder of the Naperville company.

OfficeMax is expected to report its quarterly earnings on Thursday.

While the pair up had been rumored for years, one analyst said Monday that he believed a deal was less likely after a report last week that Office Depot is in talks to sell its remaining 50 percent stake in its Mexican operations.

Scott Tilghman, an analyst with investment firm B. Riley & Co. said that similarities in the pair’s U.S. and Mexican operations were thought to be a cornerstone of the consideration to combine.

But even if Office Depot does sell its Mexican stake, Tilghman said a deal would still make sense as both companies struggle to gain traction against competitor Staples Inc. and sites like Amazon.com.

By combining, the pair could cut costs by shedding stores and streamlining operations without having to raise prices. Tilghman estimates the companies could get rid of 20 percent of their combined stores and still hold onto customers.

Both companies have struggled in recent years from declining revenue in their retail stores. In OfficeMax’s most recent quarter, it was able to grow net income by cutting costs despite lower revenue. Slumping retail sales were somewhat offset by OfficeMax’s U.S. contract business, where it works directly with businesses to help operate more efficiently and reduce office expenses.

If combined, OfficeMax and Office Depot, the world’s second and third largest office products companies by revenue, would still not eclipse the segment’s largest business, Staples Inc.

Office Depot, based in Boca Raton, Florida, has 1,675 stores world-wide, annual sales of about $11.5 billion and some 39,000 employees, the Journal said. OfficeMax, operates roughly 900 stores in the United States and Mexico, generates about $7 billion in annual sales and has 29,000 employees, the Journal said.

Shares of OfficeMax closed at $10.75 on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Shares of Office Depot closed at $4.59. Both are approaching their respective 12-month highs.

 

- Samantha Bomkamp and Reuters contributed to this report
 

 

 
 

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