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“If you build it, they will come”: Fiesta Craft’s Rob Trup on the retail experience

Retail can be tough at the moment. Customers are stepping less often into shops and their minds progressively retrained by the net sellers to think primarily about online shopping. Even if they do show up, some cheekily use you as a showroom simply to go away and order products on …

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Amazon to downsize operations in China as Alibaba and JD.com strengthen hold

Amazon is downsizing its operations in China with plans to shut the online platform it hosts that allows shoppers to buy from local sellers. The online giant has stated that it would no longer run the domestic marketplace from July this year, but added that Chinese shoppers will still be …

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PS4’s bestselling God of War gets tabletop treatment in new card game

The 3.1 million best-selling PS4 title, God of War is making its way to the realms of tabletop gaming, thanks to the efforts of the card and board game specialist, CMON. God of War: The Card Game follows the 2018 reboot of the PlayStation franchise and sees players take control …

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Reliance Retail in talks to acquire Hamleys

Reliance Retail is in talks to acquire the iconic Hamleys to shop brand. The purchase of the global toy retailer would mark a major boost for Reliance Retail’s global ambitions and its annual growth target of 30 per cent. Hamleys – the globally famed 259 year old toy store brand, …

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Dangerous toys ‘could flood the UK’ after Brexit if EU Safety Gate system is blocked, says Which?

Dangerous cars, electrical goods and toys could flood into the UK after Brexit unless the government reforms the current “failing” safety enforcement system, the consumer group Which? said today. The group has said that UK consumers will be ‘vulnerable to delays in spotting and dealing with unsafe products’ if access …

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Mojo Nation moves this year’s Play Creators Festival dates

Mojo Nation’s Play Creators Festival has been moved to one week earlier than previously announced, now kicking off in early September. The three day festival is designed to bring together some of the brightest design talent to share ideas, inspire creativity and help companies of all sizes and specialities uncover …

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Barbie strikes up new fashion and doll collaboration with BAPE

Mattel’s fashion icon, Barbie is continuing to roll out the 60th anniversary celebrations with the launch of a new apparel collaboration with the fashion brand, BAPE. The deal will roll out across Japan, UK, the US and France. Under the new partnership, three-limited edition BAPE x Barbie dolls with BAPE …

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Preschool market is stronghold amid economic strife, says Le Toy Van

Le Toy Van is enjoying a flying start to the year in the stronghold preschool market that ‘has not yet been impacted’ by any kind of economic situation. Speaking to ToyNews, the preschool specialist has reported on items from its 2019 portfolio selling out, even before entering the country,’ and …

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Kickstarter project Solar City bankrupted as ‘CEO flees country’

The team behind a Kickstarter backed board game set in a sustainable future of 2035 has fallen into disarray following the disappearance of its president. Games Factory secured just over $95,000 in June last year for its tabletop title Solar City, a sci-fi board game that puts players in charge …

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