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Amazon reveals its own top toys for Christmas 2020 list

Amazon has revealed its own top toys for Christmas, joining the raft of retailers to handpick their choice of predicted best-sellers this festive season. Selected by a team of Amazon toy experts, this year’s list takes inspiration from cult TV, movies, and video game characters, alongside unboxing trends and tech-centric …

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Trend Bible’s CEO signals strength of local shopping as the pandemic shifts consumer habits

Two decades on from the rise and dominance of the large-scale retail, supermarkets and the promise of ‘everything under one roof,’ the independent retail scene could be about to have its moment in the sun again. These are the sentiments of Trend Bible’s CEO, Joanna Feeley who, having observed a …

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Toymaster: “Indies are poised for a strong Christmas and we have a chance to listen to our members more”

With the cancellation of the Toymaster May Show, a structural change up among its company directors, and now the group’s first leap into the virtual space as it hosts its own virtual tours in place of the usual physical FOB meetings in October, the year has been unlike any other …

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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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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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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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