Retail

MGA Entertainment expands Rainbow High portfolio with Pacific Coast range

MGA Entertainment has added the all-new Pacific Coast range to its successful Rainbow High fashion doll portfolio. Launching this February, Pacific Coast will be the first summer-themed collection to join the popular Rainbow High universe. Pacific Coast is “an elite fine arts high school on the U.S. West Coast, where the days are sunny …

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Flair envisions success for Unique Eyes interactive dolls

Hot off the win of a Hero Toy Award at London Toy Fair, Flair has unveiled its plans for groundbreaking new doll brand Unique Eyes. A first of their kind, the dolls have “magical” eyes that follow the gaze of those observing them. There are three core characters to collect, …

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Fiesta Crafts agrees global distribution deal for Buttonbag craft kits

Arts and Crafts specialist Fiesta Crafts has agreed an exclusive partnership with Buttonbag which will see them distribute their craft kits in the UK and worldwide. “We are really excited to be working with the team at Buttonbag as they share our ethos in creating traditional crafts with a modern …

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IELLO names Flat River Group as its U.S. and Canadian distributor

France-based board game publisher IELLO has appointed Flat River Group (FRG) as its exclusive distributor for the United States and Canada. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Flat River Group,” says Cédric Barbé, managing director of IELLO. “We’ve known Matt Stahlin, president of Flat River Group, for a long time. FRG’s high ambitions …

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Playmobil debuts Mini Cooper

Symbolising the style and spontaneity of 1960s culture, the Mini Cooper is a much-loved classic of British design – now captured in a miniature PLAYMOBIL format that kidults and kids will love. The Mini Cooper from PLAYMOBIL (L 18.5cm x D 10cm x H 8cm) features authentic details such as …

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Inclusive children’s brand Philly & Friends sells out new black doll collection in pre-order

Philly & Friends’ pre-order campaign of their new handmade doll collection featuring black fairy and ballerina dolls has been so successful it has sold out. Since then, the company has secured partnerships with top children’s retailers, including Scandiborn. Demand for the dolls has been so high Philly & Friends are looking to book more …

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Online shopping I How retail delivery can help Britain meet its net zero target

Hassle-free and convenient, online deliveries have surged over the last 18 months or so, incentivised by lockdowns and unsettling times. However, there is growing awareness over the damage this is doing to our environment, and with the UK having committed to a legally binding net-zero target that needs to be …

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B2B marketplace Ankorstore reaches unicorn status with €250 M funding

Only two years after its launch, Ankorstore, the wholesale marketplace gathering 200,000 retailers and 15,000 brands across Europe, has reached unicorn status with a valuation of €1.75 billion. The €250M  Series C funding round was led by BOND and Tiger Global with the participation of Eurazeo and Coatue as well …

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Festive boost for UK retail dampened by Omicron

Footfall in December was clearly impacted by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant and the introduction of Plan B guidance by the government from the third week of the month, retail expert Springboard reports. This meant that the natural boost in shopper activity which typically occurs in the run-up to …

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2021 ends on a high as retailers experience rise in footfall on New Year’s Eve

According to retail experts Springboard, despite a footfall drop of -15% across all UK retail destinations last week versus the week before (the run-up to Christmas), things looked up for high streets on New Year’s Eve with a rise of +5.2% from the week before (Christmas Eve). This is a …

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