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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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DreamToys 2020: Date confirmed for all digital event

The DreamToys committee and the Toy Retailers Association have confirmed the new date of this year’s all-virtual DreamToys event as October 28th, a date that coincides with the October half term. Organised by the Toy Retailers Association, DreamToys is billed as ‘the most authoritative predictive list of what will be …

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Smyths Toys launches its winter catalogue with new Kids TV and YouTube video campaign

The new Smyths Toys winter catalogue is landing in stores across the UK from today, boasting 300 pages of product showcasing and inspiration for this Christmas shopping season. To launch the catalogue, the toy retail giant has partnered with Mattel to produce a new video campaign, landing on Kids TV …

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Pre-orders ‘coming in fast’ for Thames & Kosmos’ building kit CREATTO

Thames & Kosmos has welcomed a new creative and versatile building system to the fold in the form of CREATTO, a kit that allows children to design and construct their own illuminated, three-dimensional characters. Aimed at kids aged six and upwards, CREATTO made its first appearance at London Toy Fair …

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Amazon launches Climate Pledge Friendly label to encourage sellers to create sustainable products

The online giant, Amazon, has launched a new Climate Pledge Friendly label in a move that aims to encourage its sellers to create sustainable products. The initiative has been dubbed as a major step forward in the campaign for better sustainability steps at retail. According to a report from Charged, …

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Argos launches its LEGO Super Brick delivery van as ‘more shoppers turn to online shopping than ever before’

Argos has teamed up with Diversity’s Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely to unveil the first LEGO Super Brick delivery van, a new decorated van created to deliver the LEGO Super Mario range and celebrate the latest stats from the retailer that see more customers turn to online shopping than before. …

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Menkind to open concessions within select Debenhams stores across the UK

The gifts and gadgets retailer, Menkind has detailed its plans to open a series of 23 concessions within selected Debenhams stores across the UK. The retail brand is kicking off the plans from the start of this October. With all Menkind stores having recently reopened after the lockdown period, the …

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We’re back, now to the future: Read the new Sept/Oct issue of ToyNews online now

Eyes right – yep, if you’re reading this on your desktop device then that moving image right there in the corner, that’s the digital September/October edition of ToyNews all ready for you to read online, on your desktop or mobile device by clicking here. (If you’re currently on you’re mobile, …

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TOMY celebrates surge in sales as UK families embrace arts & crafts ahead of National Doodle Day

The international toy firm, TOMY, is preparing to celebrate National Doodle Day in style this September 25th, highlighting the products that it believes will be topping the wish lists of kids and families taking part in the artistic action this year. The firm believes that National Doodle Day, a day …

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Asmodee and Coiledspring Games launch AsmoFair Part II this October

Asmodee and Coiledspring Games are jumping swiftly onto the success of their pair’s pioneering all virtual trade show, AsmoFair – a digital showcase of board games and products that bridges the gap for supplier and buyer throughout the hiatus on physical events – with the launch of a second offering. …

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