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New Baby Greeting Cards in Demand

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New cards and trend report from the A*Press greeting card brand published by Avanti Press, Inc.

DETROIT - eTradeWire -- Publishing greeting cards that are relevant for today's shopper can turn you into an amateur sociologist. That's the feeling at Avanti Press, where continuous testing of images and verses in a live retail setting helps predict trends.  Their focus for the Avanti humor collection is "characters caught in the act of living life to the fullest," with llamas, alpacas, otters and, believe it or not – prairie dogs – featuring prominently in recent best selling greeting cards.

When it comes to A*Press, the company's non-photographic brand featuring "humor that sparkles," the brand's appeal to a millennial demographic helps shape new product releases.  "We are noting that for the A*Press shopper, the hot trends are unicorns, tacos, avocados and beer," says Beth Hunwick, Director of Design for Avanti Press. "We're also at the forefront of the lemon and hula-hoop trend – tomorrow's hottest fruit/hip exerciser combo," she says, referring to a best-selling A*Press design with a lemon wearing shades and hula-hooping. https://www.avantipress.com/card-gallery/a-press/everyday

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The real trend for millennial shoppers is easy to spot: New Baby cards. In 2018, the average age of first-time mothers was 26, up from 21 in 1972 – and the youngest millennial shoppers right now are 23. "The math does itself," says Marc Trobman, Vice President of Business Development. "We are creating greeting cards to share congratulations that are eye-catching and unexpected." In one of the new designs published this month, an asparagus and sweet pea are shown with their baby pea on a swing.

Another new card from A*Press shows a super hero baby bottle with foil, emboss and glitter with the verse: "Faster than an exhausted parent! More powerful than an extra-absorbent diaper! Steals your heart with a single smile! Congratulations on your new baby!

At the recent BookCon show in New York, the company created a 48-hour Pop Up shop for consumers. The A*Press brand was a clear hit with millennial shoppers. In particular, new home and new baby cards were high in demand, as this video shows:  https://iplayerhd.com/player/APressBookCon.

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Founded in 1980, Avanti Press is a Detroit-based publisher of Avanti, the Global Humor Brand™ as well as the America and A*Press greeting card collections. The company presents its everyday and seasonal card collections in leading regional and national retail outlets as well as independent outlets throughout the United States and Canada. Translated into over 20 languages and distributed around the world, the company also licenses its imagery for a variety of general merchandise categories.

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Source: Avanti Press, Inc.
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