Retail

OnBuy continues expansion with new chief marketing officer

The online marketplace, OnBuy is continuing with its expansion plans with the appointment of a new chief marketing officer in the form of Aron Cody-Boutcher. In the role, he will be responsible for accelerating OnBuy’s growth. Cody-Boutcher arrives at the business with more than 20 years’ experience in translating customer …

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Playmobil supports the indie retail scene with new customer loyalty scheme

Playmobil has committed further to its support of independent retailers across the country with the launch of a new loyalty scheme in which customers can collect stickers with every brand purchase to exchange for a gift from the popular toy maker. The initiative is part of Playmobil’s ongoing commitment to …

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Up the local | Toy shops rejoice at re-opening ‘buzz’ as shoppers go loco for local

Months of pent up spending, Christmas hangover, and consumers looking for friendly, non-digital interaction with their local retail scene spilled out onto High Streets across the UK on Monday, April 12th as the country took its next step forwards in the easing of lockdown. Queues for barber shops extended around …

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The Entertainer confirms Quiet Hours shopping when its stores re-open on April 12th

With lockdown restrictions easing further and retailers oiling up the door hinges for the nation’s re-opening on April 12th, The Entertainer has made a move to extend its Quiet Hours shopping in a bid to make the return to shops accessible for everyone. For the first week of re-opening, April …

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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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