Remember greeting cards? They’re making a COVID-19 comeback

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From handmade to Hallmark, the greeting card industry is emerging as one of the big winners of a physically distant holiday season. In a holiday season when family gatherings are verboten and office parties have gone the way of coal in stockings, people are returning to an old tradition to share joy and well-wishes. Folded pieces of oaktag are decorated with pictures or drawings and often smudged by an overzealous ballpoint pen. A dusting of glitter, a reference to a shared memory, a hint of perfume—all attempting to bridge physical and emotional divides harrowed by a relentless pandemic. Read Full Story

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Pentagram’s holiday card has some of the most poignant advice for 2021

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The design firm’s annual card pays tribute to Michael Sorkin, who died of COVID-19 last year, and his ‘250 Things an Architect Should Know.’ Most holiday cards are festive celebrations of the season. You know the kind: sparkly, heartwarming, may accompany a fruitcake. Design agency Pentagram took this year’s card one step further, with a list of items that can double as New Year’s resolutions. Read Full Story

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Key Insights: Retail giants closed on Thanksgiving 2020, ecommerce set to see the biggest shopping season

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30-second summary: The golden hours for customer acquisition are chiming with the much-more-talked-about holiday season. With Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Best Buy, Kohl’s, and other retail chain giants announcing that their stores will be closed on Thanksgiving 2020, ecommerce will champion holiday season shopping. Despite the fact that American households with <50K to the ones minting 100K+ per annum have shrunken holiday spending they’re looking out for brand promotions and deals. Android devices predicted to surpass one billion hours on shopping apps. Q4 2020 is positioned to see the largest ecommerce holiday shopping season despite all the crunched budgets. Is this a curious case of a confused concoction? Or are you missing something in the mix? Let’s find out. It’s already September, congratulations on making it this far! We have kept a real-time eye on the market movement to help businesses pivot, survive, and even thrive in the face of …

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