Retail

Disney, John Lewis, and Argos join BRC charter of 55 retailers with pledge for better diversity and inclusion

More than 50 major retailers, including The Disney Store, John Lewis, Argos, and The Very Group have signed to a new charter to take ‘decisive action’ to improve their diversity and inclusion practices. It follows research from the British Retail Consortium that discovered that seven out of ten (around 69 …

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Giddy Goat Toys champions Down Your High Street as the ‘decision that saved the business’ from the pandemic

The Manchester-based toy retailer, Giddy Goat Toys has billed its decision to join the Down Your High Street platform as the ‘one that saved her business from permanent closure’ over the course of the pandemic. Shop owner, Amanda Alexander has championed the platform for fuelling toy sales throughout the country’s …

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John Lewis confirms eight more stores will remain closed when lockdown lifts next month

The department store chain, John Lewis has confirmed plans to not reopen eight of its 42 UK stores when the current lockdown lifts on April 12th this year. The move will put more than 1,400 jobs at risk. The retailer’s stores in Aberdeen, Sheffield, Peterborough, and York will remain closed, …

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Smyths Toys partners with Mattel for Barbie You Can Be Anything virtual experience

Smyths Toys is partnering with Mattel to host an exclusive Barbie You Can Be Anything Experience on its YouTube channel, a popular channel among kids and families with over one million subscribers. The Barbie You Can Be Anything Experience aims to present an inspirational digital series for parents and children …

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FAO Schwarz to open Italian flagship and plans European expansion in Prénatal Retail Group partnership

The New York toy store FAO Schwarz is making its move into Europe through a new partnership with Prénatal Retail Group that will bring the brand, retail store, and ecommerce concepts to Italy. Via a partnership brokered by ThreeSixty Group, the plan will then be for the FAO Schwarz brand …

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Moonpig details ‘ambitious plans for kids’ toys’ as it welcomes LEGO to the gifting portfolio

The online gifting specialist, Moonpig has detailed its huge ambitions’ for its giftable kids range, growing its portfolio of toy partners and most recently welcoming LEGO into the fold. The firm’s partnership with the LEGO Group marks a significant step forward for the company as well as ‘its biggest brand …

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WHP Global takes controlling stake in Tru Kids with expansion plans for Toys R Us, Babies R Us and more

The New York brand acquisition and management firm, WHP Global has taken a controlling interest in Tru Kids Inc, the parent company to Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Geoffrey the Giraffe brands, and more than 20 established consumer toy and baby brands. Under the acquisition, WHP will now manage …

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Toymaster May Show 2021 cancelled as Government restrictions hamper this year’s plans

Toymaster has confirmed that its annual Harrogate May show will not take place this year, but instead return for 2022 when it will take up its usual residence at the Majestic Hotel from May 17th to 19th. The buying group has said that following the recent Government announcement setting out …

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Non-essential retailers can order free Covid-19 tests for employees until end of June

Non-essential retailers across England will be able to order free Covid-19 tests for employees until the end of June, the Department for Health and Social Care has confirmed this week. Businesses of all sizes, including smaller operations with fewer than 50 employees, will now be able to register to order …

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Moose Toys named Walmart’s Toy Supplier of the Year as it cites ‘strongest product line up to date’

Moose Toys has been named the Walmart Toy Supplier of the Year during the US retailer’s seventh annual Supplier Growth Form that was held virtually earlier this week. The event saw Walmart not only share the company’s upcoming strategic initiatives and areas of focus for future growth, but also celebrate …

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