Law & Politics

Toy safety firm SGS to host free webinar on EU standards for electronic toys

The product safety specialist, SGS Services is to host an informative webinar session to explore the EU Standards and Regulations for electronic toys for the market today. In its aim to help toy manufacturers, importers and retailers ensure their electrical and electronic (EE) toys are safe and compliant for European …

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Opinion: The Easterly winds and why there’s plenty to be optimistic about – Steve Reece

This week’s industry opinion comes from Steve Reece, an expert toy and game industry consultant at Kids Brand Insight and Toy Team India. In this latest dose of industry insight, Reece talks us through why there’s still much to be excited about from the toy industry – once all of this blows …

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Import Services is ‘breaking new ground’ with £23m distribution centre development

Import Services is ‘breaking new ground’ with the development of a new £23 million distribution centre on the Port of Southampton, strengthening Southampton’s port-centric logistics capacity. In partnership with ABP in Southampton, and with development underway by the construction company Midas, Import Services’ new facility will adjoin its existing distribution …

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Coronavirus: Delayed re-opening of China’s factories will ‘have big impact on global economy’

Further delay to the reopening of the Chinese factories closed for quarantine over the coronavirus outbreak has stoked fears over the impact to be had upon the global economy. Across China, various provinces have posted different dates for an extended shutdown of operations and factories as the coronavirus outbreak continues …

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New York Toy Fair 2020: Headstart International readies to launch its new sustainable plush line

The Australia-based global toy company, Headstart International, is preparing to bring its newest range of sustainable plush characters, Resoftables, to New York Toy Fair later this month. Resoftables is billed as a collection of ultra-soft plush animals, each produced from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles, ‘offering consumers an eco-friendly …

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Brazilian toy industry projected to hit six per cent growth after successful 2019

While the narrative of the UK’s toy scene reads more like a Stephen King novel than a Mills & Boon, right now, the international space is showing a resolve – and even growth – in the Brazilian market. According to the Brazilian Association of Toy Manufacturers – or ABRINQ – …

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Little voice: Why we should be shouting loud and proud about our sustainability efforts

This week’s industry opinion comes from Trudi Bishop, a long time member of the toy and licensing community and founder of Bee Licensing. She is a firm advocate of the sustainability movement across toys and licensing and a regular fixture of ToyNews with her leading opinion on the topic. Sustainability …

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Import Services “has business expansion on the horizon” as it partners with University Games and Little Birdy

The consolidated business between University Games and Paul Lamond Games has turned to Import Services to handle the company’s logistics, providing the firm with the “optimum route to market for imported product to the UK and Ireland, as well as continental Europe.” On the day that Brexit is finally delivered, …

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Toy Industries of Europe launches Play for Change Awards to recognise the positive impact of toys

Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) has launched its new concept, the Play for Change Awards, as a means to recognise toy makers that impact the planet and children’s lives in positive and inspirational ways. The awards will focus on environmental, societal and educational challenges with three categories: Sustainability, Empowerment, and …

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SuperAwesome raises strategic financing from the Microsoft venture fund M12

SuperAwesome, the kidtech platform which powers COPPA-compliant advertising and community for developers, content owners and brands, has raised a strategic financing round from M12, Microsoft’s venture fund and others. The company’s platform enables kid-safe advertising, video, community and parental consent functionality via a full set of tools for those working …

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