Retail

OnBuy appoints new CFO as ‘global expansion is well underway’

The online marketplace, OnBuy.com is continuing its hiring spree, this time with the appointment of a new chief financial officer in the form of James Watts. Watts joins the marketplace with 12 years’ experience from roles at Deloitte, WPP Group and most recently, Richmond Group, previously the parent company of Amigo Loans. Watts brings experience …

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Argos sees Easter toy and gift buying surge as families prepare for Bank Holiday celebrations

Searches for Easter toys have surged by 367 per cent year on year on the Argos website as the retailer lists products like the Guess How Much I Love You hare teddy and egg play-set among its best-selling gifts this season. The revelation that spend is up on Easter gifts …

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Asmodee launches Love Your Game Store campaign to support indie retailers when doors reopen next month

Asmodee is ramping up its efforts to support independent retailers when non-essential shops across the country reopen on April 12th, with the launch of a nationwide Love Your Game Store campaign. The initiative has been devised as a means of encouraging customers back through the doors of their local hobby …

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Mary Portas appeals to government to launch Shop Out to Help Out scheme for independent retailers

The High Street hero, Mary Portas has issued a plea to the government to support family-run stores with a Shop Out to Help Out scheme upon the lifting of restrictions on non essential retailers this April 12th. Portas has joined major high street names in fashion and beauty, Henry Holland …

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Opinion | Foundation of success: What can retailers learn from the LEGO approach?

As global pandemics go, the onset of Coronavirus, while forcing many to navigate a treacherously rocky road to begin with, hasn’t fared too badly for the toy industry; a global business that has provided support and entertainment to families and children worldwide. Among some of the last year’s biggest successes …

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Preparations for a summer of British back gardens helps retail sales to ‘modest comeback’, in ONS’ latest data

With anticipation already high for a solid season of outdoor toy sales this year, the latest ONS figures suggest that the back garden could be the key destination for British holiday-makers for 2021. It’s according to the latest results, that spending on home improvements and garden furniture in February – …

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Disney, John Lewis, and Argos join BRC charter of 55 retailers with pledge for better diversity and inclusion

More than 50 major retailers, including The Disney Store, John Lewis, Argos, and The Very Group have signed to a new charter to take ‘decisive action’ to improve their diversity and inclusion practices. It follows research from the British Retail Consortium that discovered that seven out of ten (around 69 …

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Giddy Goat Toys champions Down Your High Street as the ‘decision that saved the business’ from the pandemic

The Manchester-based toy retailer, Giddy Goat Toys has billed its decision to join the Down Your High Street platform as the ‘one that saved her business from permanent closure’ over the course of the pandemic. Shop owner, Amanda Alexander has championed the platform for fuelling toy sales throughout the country’s …

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John Lewis confirms eight more stores will remain closed when lockdown lifts next month

The department store chain, John Lewis has confirmed plans to not reopen eight of its 42 UK stores when the current lockdown lifts on April 12th this year. The move will put more than 1,400 jobs at risk. The retailer’s stores in Aberdeen, Sheffield, Peterborough, and York will remain closed, …

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Smyths Toys partners with Mattel for Barbie You Can Be Anything virtual experience

Smyths Toys is partnering with Mattel to host an exclusive Barbie You Can Be Anything Experience on its YouTube channel, a popular channel among kids and families with over one million subscribers. The Barbie You Can Be Anything Experience aims to present an inspirational digital series for parents and children …

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