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Next boss warns that traditional retail employment has ‘become unviable’ in wake of Covid-19

The chief executive of the department store, Next, Lord Wolfson has issued a warning to the traditional retail sector that employment has ‘become unviable’ in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic that has accelerated a change in the way consumers shop. The retail boss has expressed concern that thousands of …

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IKEA underlines commitment to child’s play as it joins The Toy Association

The Swedish retailer, IKEA, has highlighted its commitment to the toy space by joining the Toy Association a its newest member. The international brand is now among around 1,000 manufacturers, distributors, and retailers that make up the organisation’s membership. Work has been ongoing between the US toy industry body, the …

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BTHA calls for Government guidance revision over post-Brexit product labeling

British companies are being given an extension on the deadline to comply with new UKCA marking requirements, allowing responsible toy companies to ensure compliance with safety standards on products as set out by the Government. The move follows extensive rallying from the British Toy and Hobby Association, who has been …

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New York Toy Fair 2021 postponed: “Protecting our members’ health and safety must come first”

Toy Fair New York 2021 has been postponed, The Toy Association confirmed late last week, citing the current coronavirus pandemic and the state of business travel, as well as the current restrictive guidelines in place in the US and the world. In a statement issued by the Toy Association on …

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Fiesta Crafts ‘left devastated’ after thieves target company’s offices in Waltham Abbey

Fiesta Crafts has been “left devastated” this week after thieves targeted the company’s offices in Waltham Abbey on Monday night, taking laptops, Macs, and vital tech equipment. The traditional toy and crafting company had persevered with operations during the UK’s lockdown. Thieves also caused “considerable damage and disruption” to the …

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Former Debenhams CEO and ex-Asda boss enter £6.5bn bidding war for the UK supermarket chain

The former CEO of Debenhams and the former Asda boss are going head-to-head in a £6.5bn private equity bidding war for the supermarket chain Asda. Formal bids are set to be tabled for the grocery retailer early next month. First reported by Sky News, it is the ex Debenhams CEO …

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Zimpli Kids to launch its first full sustainable in-store display in latest green retailing effort

Zimpli Kids is readying to launch its first fully eco-friendly in-store display as the company continues to take strides towards its own sustainability pledge for the future. The new FSDU features the recently launched Gelli and Slime Eco range, plus the Rainnbow and Rocket Baff Bombz. The new display unit …

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Crayola appoints new executive of communications and diversity, equity and inclusion manager

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Crayola has made its latest move to broaden its diversity and inclusion efforts within the company with the appointment of a new executive communications and diversity, equity and inclusion manager. The firm’s longstanding executive, Karen Kelly has been appointed to the position, where she will be responsible for implementing the …

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Amazon can be liable for faulty and unsafe products, says new US court ruling

A recent court ruling in the US could be about to make it harder for the online marketplace giant, Amazon, to avoid responsibility for unsafe goods sold on its platform. It deals a major blow to the business that has successfully fought-off lawsuits trying to place liability on the company …

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Conservation-focused toy brand Safari Ltd named new partner for Dino Dana

The family and kids’ production and distribution company, Sinking Ship Entertainment has secured a new toy deal for its Emmy award-winning series Dino Dana with the educational toy company Safari Ltd. The firm specialises in authentic, hand-painted figures. Safari Ltd is on a mission to teach children the importance of …

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