On KCUR's news program KC Currents, we took a look at some of the inventive ways Hallmark is trying to shore up it's declining greeting card sales and we discussed the impact Hallmark continues to have on Kansas City.
From Marg Wagner, wife of Hallmark artist John Wagner
My husband John worked at Hallmark for 40+ years and these were one of my favorite cookies at Hallmark’s cafeteria, the Crown Room. When I asked for the recipe, it came in volumes of 20 or 25 dozen. Efforts to reduce the quantity and a few adjustments produced these cookies and we've been enjoying them ever since.
Hallmark Cards has announced plans to eliminate as many as 250 positions, the Kansas City Business Journal reports. The article says 100 of the job cuts will come this year. The staff reductions involve "the greeting card development process" and an exit from the party goods market.
It seems like there’s a greeting card for everything these days: for going back to school, for anniversaries, and yes, even for losing your job. But what about a card for being in hospice or at the end stages of life? That’s the idea of a high-profile patient advocate who recently turned her attention to Kansas City. But as KCUR’s Elana Gordon reports, such a concept is not so easy to materialize.
This story was originally published online last month. Below is the audio and transcript for the radio version that aired on KC Currents March 24.