Hallmark is a privately-owned American greetings card company operating out of Kansas City, Missouri (not to be confused with Kansas City, Kansas). Founded in 1910, it is over 100 years old, and in 1985, it was awarded the National Medal of Arts for its services to the development and distribution of American artwork.
Why would I need to call the Hallmark head office contact number?
You may need to get in touch with Hallmark for any number of reasons, only most of which will be greetings-card-related. You may wish to phone the Hallmark head office to find out more information about the availability of a card design, upcoming seasonal ranges, or new licenced properties that may soon by made into cards and gift wrapping. You may wish to call due to a problem with e-cards, or to report an issue you have had with a Hallmark product or service – or you may wish to find the name and contact information of the artist for a piece of original art you particularly like.
You may also need to contact the Hallmark head office to:
- Get more information on a card or gift product
- Make a complaint about a card or wrapping paper pattern you found offensive
- Rearrange a missed delivery
- Order a custom card
- Get the name and commission information for an artist whose work you particularly enjoyed
- Discuss ecards and free ecards
- Buy store credit or gift cards
- Make a complaint against Hallmark
Other Useful Hallmark Numbers:
|Hallmark Head Office||0844 826 8500|
|Hallmark Complaints||0844 826 8500|
|Customer services||0844 826 8500|
Hallmark Head Office Contact Number Opening Hours
|Head Office||9am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday|
The Hallmark Head Office Address
|Head Office||Hallmark House
Hallmark Head Office FAQs
In 1906 in Norfolk, Nebraska, a travelling salesman stopped by the family store of Joyce Clyde Hall, showing off the postcards which were still in vogue after the craze of 1903. Entranced, Hall decided to move from general goods sale to the wholesale of postcards, moving himself into the much larger and riper market of Kansas City, Missouri to set up shop. As time went by, Hall’s business developed, and he became convinced that greetings cards would soon eclipse the postcard, offering, as he saw it, class, discretion and a step beyond simple communication into social custom – a card on a special occasion, as he saw it, was going to become a social institution.
By the time 1915 had rolled around, the company went by the name “Hall Brothers” and sold cards for Valentine’s Day and Christmas. By 1917, the brothers had run out of the traditional wrapping tissue and so “invented” wrapping paper, selling it all over the country. The staff in their employ increased from four people to one hundred and twenty, and the company began to stock everyday greetings cards as well as occasion cards.
In 1928, the company entered its recognisable form with the adoption of the name “Hallmark”, inspired by the hallmark symbol used by London’s goldsmiths throughout history, and began printing the name on the backs of their cards. That was also the year that the company began to advertise their greetings cards nationally, making them the first in the greetings card industry to do so. Advertising in Ladies’ Home Journal, their first advertisement was written by J.C. Hall himself, and was a resounding success – by 1931, the company had acquired its first international victory with major Canadian card maker William E. Coutts Company becoming an affiliate.
In 1944, Hallmark adopted its still used world-famous slogan, “When you care enough to send the very best.” The original card upon which the slogan was based is still available to view at the company headquarters.
In 1951, Hall sponsored a TV show which eventually became Hallmark Hall of Fame, a show which has taken home 80 Emmy Awards. Hallmark took that success and did with it what they always do with success – expand upon it. In this case, their expansion was into having their own TV channel, the Hallmark Channel, established in 2001.
In 1998, Hallmark made a number of acquisitions, including Britain-based Creative Publishing (a recent spinoff of Fine Art Developments), and U.S. based InterArt.
Hallmark employs fully 11,000 full-time employees, 3,100 of whom work at the Kansas City, Missouri head office and design studios. They employ a team of 800 artists, designers, stylists, writers, editors and photographers, who put the cards themselves together, as well as thousands of corporate executives, customer service agents, marketers, writers, strategists and recruiters. In their stores, they employ tens of thousands of staff for retail and management, alongside drivers and warehouse staff. If you’re interested in a job with Hallmark, you can apply online or in store – you can also arrange an application by calling the head office on 0844 826 8500. This number is available from 9am to 5.30pm during the week, and will connect you to corporate experts within the company. You will be able to use this service to apply directly to work at Hallmark, or, more strategically, to gather information on the application process, the desired skills and background of an applicant and the stores most likely to hire you before making a tailored in-store application.
Hallmark Head Office FAQs
Which stores carry Hallmark Cards?
Any general goods store that carries greetings cards will likely sell Hallmark cards – they are sold across America in Walgreens, Target, Wal-Mart and other department stores, and across the UK in dedicated Hallmark stores, supermarkets like Asda, Tesco and Marks and Spencer, bookstores such as Waterstones and general stationery stores like WHSmith. In addition, Hallmark licences the following franchises and intellectual properties, and therefore their cards can be found in any store that sells any of the following brands:
- 20th Century Fox
- Beatrix Pooter
- Cartoon Network
- DC Comics
- Dr. Seuss
- DreamWorks Animation
- Family Guy
- Filstar Distributors Corporation
- Ford Motor Company
- General Motors
- Hanna Barbera
- Ice Age film series
- Looney Tunes
- Marvel Comics
- National Basketball Association
- National Football League
- National Hockey League
- Paws, Inc.
- Precious Moments, Inc.
- Sony Pictures
- Star Wars
- Tervis Tumbler
- The Hershey Company
- The Simpsons
- The Walt Disney Company
- Thomas Kinkade
- Tim Burton
- Ty Inc
- Universal Studios
Who owns Hallmark Cards?
Hallmark Cards is a privately-owned family company, founded by the Hall family in 1910 and still owned by the Hall family today. In fact, that’s where the name came from – “Hallmark” as a commonly-used word for “signature” or “defining characteristic” came into common parlance as a result of the distinctive and popular greetings cards sold by the company. Therefore, Hallmark and the Hall family haven’t just impacted the world of greetings cards and gift-giving – they have done so with such flair and capability that the English language has changed to reflect them!
Where to buy Hallmark cards?
Hallmark cards can be bought in any store which sells greetings card and gift paraphernalia. Cards and card accessories, if you will. These greetings cards are sold commonly across America in large stores like Walmart and Walgreens, as well as Target and Woolworths. In the UK, Hallmark cards can be found in the “gift, party, greetings cards and occasion” section of any supermarket, newsagents or stationery store, including locations like M and S, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, The Gap, Asda, Morrison’s, Waitrose, Easons, Waterstones, WHSmith and the local corner shop, not to mention standalone Hallmark stores.
Who sells Hallmark Cards?
This is a really popular question, isn’t it? Everyone wants to know what stores they can buy Hallmark cards at. The answer, of course, is every store that sells greetings cards.
If a store sells greetings cards, gift wrapping and occasion or party supplies, the odds are extremely high that it stocks hallmark cards. Sold across the US in Target, Walmart and Kwik-E-Mart, and across the UK in Hallmark signature stores, Waitrose, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Tesco, Morrison’s, Easons, Waterstones, WHSmith and your local corner shop or newsagent.