The GCAâ€™s recent Dragons Speed Dating event went off with a bang – with 155 retailers, buyers and suppliers taking part.
GCA CEO Amanda Fergusson told Greetings Today: â€œThere was a real buzz to the day and feedback from those taking part was great. Everyone was just keen to get together again – and itâ€™s so nice to see people in the flesh.
â€œWe had several new buyers this year – including those from the likes of John Lewis and Card Factory. The currentÂ buoyancy in the card market was felt, with some retailers placing orders there and then -Â consumers are buying greeting cards and retailers are ordering them!â€™â€™
Amanda added that the subject of rising costs was brought up during the Panel discussion: â€œPublishers were asking our panel of business owners and leaders in the industry what steps they were taking, given current trading challenges. We had a discussion about the need for publishers and retailers to plan ahead, order early and talk to your suppliers and find out what their lead times are – so you can agree price and secure the quantities you need.â€™â€™