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Opinion: One Dear World’s Winnie Mak on fighting prejudice from the toy box

It’s true that Britain is a brilliant and beautiful melt- ing pot of diversity. But walk into any regular high street toy shop, and you’d be hard pushed to find that diversity represented on the shelves. This was the challenge my husband Rafael and I faced, when we searched for …

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Steve Pasierb: ‘Debunking the myths around toy safety is a global effort’

Our fellow member nations of the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI), their collective thousands of members, and The US Toy Association’s more than 1,000 members work day-in and day-out to ensure the quality and safety of toys and games before they reach store shelves. Unfortunately, in the United States, …

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Klein Toys of Germany prepares for UK stock holding with Import Services

Theo Klein GmbH has appointed Import Services as logistics partner, to provide retail supply chain services, from product sources in the Far East and Germany, to customers in the UK and Eire. With a significantly enlarged product portfolio, including popular brand names such as Barbie, Bosch, Braun, Electrolux, Hot Wheels, …

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French toymakers sign agreement to rid industry of gender stereotyping

Toymakers in France have drawn up a charter to rid toys and games of gender stereotypes, that the government has blamed for keeping girls from pursuing careers in maths, science and other STEM focused subjects. The charter for a ‘balanced representation (of gender) in toys’ was signed by the French …

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Burger King takes plastic toys off the menu in significant move to address plastic waste

Burger King is scrapping plastic toys from the menu in a move to take ‘significant action’ in addressing the issue of plastic waste. The fast food chain will no longer give away plastic toys with its children’s menus, and intends to encourage customers to bring in old promotional plastic toys, …

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Gibsons pledges to eliminate all plastic packaging from its products by 2021

Gibsons has pledged to eliminate all plastic packaging by 2021. The UK independent games and puzzles specialist has placed sustainability at the core of its operations for the past few years, moving to focus more of its efforts on reducing waste through design and innovation in the sector. By the …

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Amazon found to allow sale of toys ‘weeks before asking for safety documents’

Amazon has been allowing for the sale of unregulated toys via its online ecommerce platform, without confirming product safety compliance until weeks after trading has commenced, according to a report from CNBC. The news outlet has learned of cases in which sellers have only been asked to submit safety documents …

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Retailers call for ‘urgent government action’ to save a high street in strife

Retailers are calling for urgent government action to help high streets in their struggle for footfall and sales as new data reveals that the number of shops, pubs and restaurants closing is rising at the fastest rate in ten years. According to the research, around 16 stores closed their doors …

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Jakks Pacific receives additional expression of interest

Jakks Pacific has received an additional, non-binding expression of interest to acquire all of the shares of the company’s common stock, the firm has detailed in an official press release. It was made for an indicated price of between 85 and 90 cents per share. The announcement follows speculation that …

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