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Hyve confirms cancellation of Autumn Fair this year; replaces with virtual event

Hyve, the organising team behind Autumn Fair, has confirmed the cancellation of this year’s home and gift retail industry show. The announcement arrives following speculation that the show was to be called off owing to the ongoing situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the social distancing measures and laws around …

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Harrods and John Lewis will cut hundreds of jobs as coronavirus crisis impacts UK retail

Both Harrods and John Lewis have detailed their intentions to cut hundreds of UK jobs in response to the coronavirus crisis. According to reports, Harrods is planning to cut as much as 14 per cent of its 4,800 strong workforce, while John Lewis Partnership has stated that some of its …

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The Entertainer launches first store in Malaysia with more to come in 2021

Multi-platform toy shop, The Entertainer is growing its international footprint once more, this time with the launch of its first outlet in the Far East. In partnership with Kim Jin Joo Bhd, the retailer has set foot down in Malaysia’s own Sunway Pyramid. This is the latest move to cement …

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UK shopping centre owner Intu is on the brink of administration

The UK shopping centre owner, Intu has indicated it is on the verge of appointing administrators after discussions with its creditors were stalled. The struggling business had been hamstrung by a $4.5bn debt over the past year, but in recent weeks and months has been hammered by the impact of …

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View from the indie toy shops: “We’re not out of the woods yet, but adaptability and local support is getting us through”

In early March this year, Peter Allinson, owner of Whirligig Toys had around 100 of the ‘make and do’ products he stocks in his four brick and mortar stores in the South of England listed on his online platform. As the coronavirus outbreak neared its peak here in the UK, …

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TIE pushes for new laws for online marketplaces as report uncovers toy safety concerns across EU

A new report by Toy Industries of Europe has made the striking discovery that 97 per cent of almost 200 toys bought from third-party sellers on four online marketplaces in Europe did not comply with the strict EU toy safety regulations. The report – EU Toy Safety: The problem of …

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Pandemic “accelerates new forward-looking measures” among toy shops and manufacturers, says Spielwarenmesse

Almost ten per cent of brick and mortar toy retailers across Europe have created new online stores in the bid to outplay the global pandemic and continue to reach their customers throughout lockdown, according to the results of a new survey from Spielwarenmesse. The team behind Nuremberg’s Spielwarenmesse toy fair …

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Epoch Making Toys supports indie retail with Muddleit partnership for Sylvanian Families and Aquabeads

EPOCH making toys is continuing to support its independent retailers by appointing Muddleit as a new distributor for its collectible range, Sylvanian Families and number one craft kits brand, Aquabeads. Muddleit is an established distributor within the industry, also stocking the latest, top-selling toy ranges for Disney’s Frozen 2 and …

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How can online retailers weather the pandemic storm?

Cas Paton, founder and CEO of OnBuy.com There’s no doubt we’re in uncharted waters; the coronavirus pandemic has created a level of disruption that generations of people won’t have experienced before. As the Prime Minister said recently, “coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades”. It’s had …

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Bargain Max launches arts and crafts competition for kids at home through lockdown

The UK online toy retailer Bargain Max has launched a nation-wide competition to look for the very best arts and craft talent from babies, toddlers and children. The initiative is part of the retailer’s move to engage with and provide entertainment for kids and families stuck at home during the …

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