• Hallmark Celebrating 100th Birthday Throughout 2010

    Jan 7, 2010

    On January 10, 1910, a teenager from Nebraska stepped off a train in Kansas City with little more than big dreams and two shoeboxes of picture postcards. He rented a room at the YMCA and began wholesaling postcards to retailers in the region. From those inauspicious… Full Story »
  • Hollywood Ribbon Announces New Balloon and Seasonal Manager

    Jan 6, 2010

    Hollywood Ribbon Industries has announced the hiring of Gabriel DeAnda as manager of Balloon Wholesalers, Party Stores and seasonal accounts. DeAnda is a seasoned veteran in the balloon industry, having most recently worked for Mayflower Distributing in Garden Grove, Calif. and All-American Balloons in Santa… Full Story »
  • Jumping Jack Press Introduces Second Pop-Up Easter Book

    Jan 6, 2010

    Jumping Jack Press, the pop-up book imprint from Up With Paper, announced that its second Easter pop-up book, "Easter Parade", will begin shipping to retail in February. The 6.25-inch square book features seven fully illustrated spreads of pop-ups, highlighted with glitter and spot-UV. The book… Full Story »
  • Pioneer Balloon Co. and Northstar Balloons Announce Strategic Alliance

    Jan 5, 2010

    Pioneer Balloon Co. and Northstar Balloons LLC have announced a strategic alliance under which the companies will work together to bring balloons utilizing Northstar's new MicroSeal balloon-making technology to customers throughout the world. Pioneer is now shipping new shaped balloons utilizing the technology as part of… Full Story »
  • Iota Wins HOW Magazine Merit Award for Design

    Jan 4, 2010

    Iota, a purveyor of trend-setting stationery and gifting essentials, is the winner of a Merit Award from top design publication, HOW Magazine, for its innovative, "out of the box" consumer apron packaging design. The winning entry is one of 73 winning designs across 10 unique… Full Story »
  • Hallmark Makes Strides on List of Shoppers’ Favorite Holiday Ads

    Jan 4, 2010

    Each holiday season, retailers reach through shoppers' television screens to invoke feelings of excitement, nostalgia and holiday cheer. According to a Retail Advertising and Marketing Association survey, conducted by BIGresearch, Walmart (No. 1) overtook Target (No. 2) as the company with shoppers' favorite holiday commercial.… Full Story »
  • American Greetings Announces Strategic Alliance With Amscan, Inc.

    Dec 22, 2009

    American Greetings has announced a strategic alliance with Amscan, Inc. a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of party goods based in Elmsford, NY. As part of this transaction, American Greetings will sell to Amscan inventory, equipment and processes used in the manufacture and distribution of party… Full Story »
  • Creative Party Arts Convention Expands to Bring Diversity

    Dec 17, 2009

    According to organizers, the Creative Party Arts Convention (CPAC) - incorporating Summer Balloon Camp, Diamond Jam, the Gift Basket Expo and Party Industry professionals - is attracting attendees from around the world. Held in Las Vegas Aug. 8-12, the CPAC has classes scheduled on how… Full Story »
  • WBC 2010 Offers Experience At Great Value

    Dec 17, 2009

    The World Balloon Convention (WBC) will take place April 15-18 in Dallas, with more than 30 of the world's most renowned balloon professionals and industry experts slated to lead WBC delegates through a top-quality educational program. The Early-bird deadline for WBC registration ends on Feb.… Full Story »
  • NRF Survey Finds Most Have Completed Less than Half of Shopping

    Dec 16, 2009

    According to National Retail Federation's (NRF) 2009 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, the average person had completed 46.7 percent of their holiday shopping by the second week of December, less than the 47.1 percent completed by this time last year. This… Full Story »

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