Law & Politics

Melissa & Doug launches major new sustainability drive under Project Restore

The international toy company, Melissa & Doug has detailed a major new sustainability initiative focused on environmental and social measures under the campaign title, Project Restore. The initiative will guide the company in its existing work on environmental responsibility, social equity, and inclusion, as well as its ambitious new plan …

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Mattel plans to halve its greenhouse gas emissions and hit zero manufacturing waste by 2030

Mattel has detailed new plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent and achieve zero manufacturing waste by 2030 in its 2020 Citizenship Report. The report, published today, features updated Environmental, Social, and Governance strategy and goals, while underscoring the toy maker’s previously announced goal to achieve …

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Shipping latest | Maersk reports ‘blockbuster Q2’, shippers bite back at ‘cartel operations’, and is there a road to recovery?

The Danish integrated shipping company, Maersk has just posted ‘blockbuster Q2 results’ beating its Q1 ‘best quarter ever’ to reach $5.1 billion on revenues of $14.2 billion. The company’s full-year guidance is now double what it was at the start of the year, having raised its EBITDA estimates to somewhere …

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80% of global toy market ‘still not answering the call for better sustainability,’ says new whitepaper

Despite the increase in awareness and consumer demand for better sustainability within the global toy industry, a startling 81 per cent of the market remains unmoved by the call to improve their commitment to the cause. A new whitepaper produced to support the industry on its quest for sustainability has …

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China Shipping Crisis | The Entertainer urges consumers to get their Christmas shopping early

With shipping from China reaching a crisis point that has seen costs skyrocket to all time highs amid a shortage of containers within the global supply chain, the UK’s independent toy retailer, The Entertainer is making its message to the consumer clear. Costs, shortages, and delays have hamstrung companies across …

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Conflicted and terrified | Toy retail and gaming events approach ‘Freedom Day’ with caution and confusion

With Government plans full steam ahead to lift all Covid restrictions on July 19th, despite evidence of rising cases, the discordantly named Freedom Day has left toy and game communities at odds with the change in approach to health and safety this summer. This week has seen major events in …

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Face masks will be mandatory at Essen Spiel ’21 along with vaccination or negative Covid tests

Masks will be mandatory for visitors to this year’s Essen Spiel – Europe’s tabletop and board gaming gathering – as well as proven Covid-19 immunisation or negative Covid test results, even if the government relaxes all measures around social distancing. Organisers of the German board gaming convention confirmed the health …

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Container shortages and sky-high prices ‘could persist for several more months’, warns logistics firm

Shipping container shortages and voyage cancellations could persist for ‘several more months’, impacting the soaring freight rates further with peak sales season just around the corner and port congestions in Europe, the US, and China still ongoing. This is the latest warning to be issued by the Taiwanese branch of …

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Asmodee and Amazon file to take down Dixit tabletop game counterfeiters

Amazon and Asmodee Group have jointly filed a lawsuit against two defendants over producing counterfeit versions of the board game giant’s award-winning card game sets, Dixit: Daydreams Expansion and Dixit: Revelations Expansion. The two Brooklyn, New York-based defendants attempted to offer the counterfeit products in Amazon’s store, a violation of …

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