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How can online retailers weather the pandemic storm?

Cas Paton, founder and CEO of OnBuy.com There’s no doubt we’re in uncharted waters; the coronavirus pandemic has created a level of disruption that generations of people won’t have experienced before. As the Prime Minister said recently, “coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades”. It’s had …

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Bargain Max launches arts and crafts competition for kids at home through lockdown

The UK online toy retailer Bargain Max has launched a nation-wide competition to look for the very best arts and craft talent from babies, toddlers and children. The initiative is part of the retailer’s move to engage with and provide entertainment for kids and families stuck at home during the …

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Gibsons calls out Amazon and eBay third-party sellers over product price inflation

Gibsons has urged families and consumers shopping for its ranges of games and puzzles to avoid paying the inflated prices certain items are being sold at on platforms like Amazon and eBay by sellers looking to unfairly capitalise on the growing demand for home entertainment amid the global lockdown measures. …

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Toymaster May Show moved to September amid COVID-19 pandemic

Toymaster has confirmed the postponement of its May Show to a later date this year, a move made amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and Government lockdown measures. The show’s organisers have issued the official statement this morning, citing contractual issues that have now been overcome as the reason for the …

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Fears surrounding pensions surface as Debenhams puts administrators on standby

With the accountancy firm KPMG on standby to handle an insolvency process, Debenhams has reportedly failed to make a top-up payment to its pensions scheme this month, meaning that around 10,000 members could be worse off if the company enters administration. On Friday, April 3rd, news emerged that the 242-year-old …

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Retail feature: Finding the community in isolation

It’s always worth remembering that in times like these, for every anxiety-inducing headline churned out to cook up one social narrative, there’s an equal and opposite act of positivity happening somewhere and being carried out by someone to counter it. It is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that …

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Smyths Toys to take up former Mothercare location in Chester

Toy store giant, Smyths Toys has found a means for expansion amid the ongoing pandemic, with confirmation that the retailer will be opening a new store in Chester. The family-run toy retailer is set to move into a unit previously occupied by Mothercare at Chester’s Greyhound Retail Park, building on …

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Games and puzzles sales grow 240 per cent in the UK, as families turn to classic games during COVID-19 lockdown

Monopoly Classic, Cluedo, and Scrabble are among the traditional board games that UK audiences have turned to for home entertainment throughout the ongoing COVID-19 period of isolation, helping sales of board games and jigsaw puzzles grow by a staggering 240 per cent in this first quarter. According to the NPD …

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Toy sales surge in the US and UK indies ‘rally community spirit’ in time of COVID-19 adversity

Toy sales in the US have seen a surge amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest data from the global sales tracker NPD Group, who has cited a 228 per cent increase in sales of games and puzzles in recent weeks. A recent report from the firm indicates …

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The Games and Puzzles April issue of ToyNews is available to read online now

As the Games and Puzzles issue of ToyNews makes its way to readers up and down a country turned on its head by the current COVID-19 pandemic, there’s an old saying I like to turn to in times like these: ‘You don’t know resilience until you’ve put a magazine to …

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