Retail

Princess Peach joins the LEGO Super Mario universe

The LEGO Group has announced that LEGO Peach will be entering the universe of LEGO Super Mario, a product line developed together with Nintendo. LEGO Peach joins LEGO Mario and LEGO Luigi for fans to continue to build out their very own LEGO Super Mario adventures. Players will now be …

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Tiger Tribe joins the Bigjigs Toys family

Bigjigs Toys Ltd has announced that it is now the UK distributor of the Australian toy brand Tiger Tribe. Founded by Melbourne couple Anthony and Naomi Green in their garage, Tiger Tribe is a family run business that creates fun and thoughtful children’s toys and gifts. Bigjigs Toys Ltd were drawn to Tiger …

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Retail prices still rising

According to the BRC-NielsonIQ Shop Price Index, shop price annual inflation accelerated to 1.8% in February, up from 1.5% in January. This is above the 12- and 6-month average price decrease of 0.3% and increase of  0.5%, respectively. This marks the highest rate of inflation since November 2011. Non-Food inflation accelerated …

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U.S. early childhood brand Lovevery expands operations in the UK

Lovevery, the early childhood brand headquartered in Boise, Idaho, is opening a UK logistics centre in the West Midlands.  The move is a part of the expansion plan by supply chain expert Bleckmann, which provides end-to-end logistics solutions for retail and lifestyle brands in the Midlands’ ‘Gold Triangle’ at Magna Park, Lutterworth.  …

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Hopes for high half-term footfall flattened by Storm Eunice

According to retail experts Springboard, last week’s storms heavily impacted footfall across the UK, with a -3.8% decline from the week before and drops in all three destination types, leaving hopes for a high half-term footfall falling flat.     However, the distortion created by the weather meant that the result …

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Bigjigs Toys named UK, Ireland and EU distributor for Schylling

Bigjigs Toys is now the UK, Ireland and EU distributor of award-winning American toy brand Schylling. Schylling was founded in 1975 by Jack Schylling, who started out making faithful reproductions of his favourite vintage toys. Over the years, Schylling has grown, creating an extensive collection of distinctive gifts and innovative …

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Toy sales topped £1.7 billion over Christmas, with Smyths a standout performer

British shoppers spent an additional £19 million on toys over the 12 weeks to 26 December 2021 according to new figures from insights and consulting company Kantar, an increase of 1.0% on the previous year.  Growth was driven by physical stores, up by 16%, while online sales declined by 11% as …

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LEGO to open first ever Irish store in Dublin this summer

The LEGO Group is opening its first ever Irish store in Grafton Street, Dublin, this summer. Visitors to the store will be treated to a ‘Retailtainment’ concept blending physical and digital experiences, allowing visitors to immerse themselves fully in the LEGO world, as well as create personalised products.  Features/attractions will …

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Amaroni launches B2B website

Educational toy and games distributor Amaroni has launched a new B2B website that aims to offer a streamlined and simplified purchasing process for retailers.   Amaroni’s product range is sourced from toy producers that embrace social responsibility in a variety of ways and the new trade website will give ‘real time’ …

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ONLINE RETAIL I How monitoring tech can be the key to happy customers

Toys can be the bedrock of a child’s life, particularly on special occasions such as birthdays, when they eagerly await delivery of the latest electronic game. Ensuring goods reach the end user in the same pristine condition that they left the factory is vitally important for any toy manufacturer’s reputation. …

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