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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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Gibsons calls out Amazon and eBay third-party sellers over product price inflation

Gibsons has urged families and consumers shopping for its ranges of games and puzzles to avoid paying the inflated prices certain items are being sold at on platforms like Amazon and eBay by sellers looking to unfairly capitalise on the growing demand for home entertainment amid the global lockdown measures. …

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Toymaster May Show moved to September amid COVID-19 pandemic

Toymaster has confirmed the postponement of its May Show to a later date this year, a move made amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and Government lockdown measures. The show’s organisers have issued the official statement this morning, citing contractual issues that have now been overcome as the reason for the …

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Fears surrounding pensions surface as Debenhams puts administrators on standby

With the accountancy firm KPMG on standby to handle an insolvency process, Debenhams has reportedly failed to make a top-up payment to its pensions scheme this month, meaning that around 10,000 members could be worse off if the company enters administration. On Friday, April 3rd, news emerged that the 242-year-old …

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Retail feature: Finding the community in isolation

It’s always worth remembering that in times like these, for every anxiety-inducing headline churned out to cook up one social narrative, there’s an equal and opposite act of positivity happening somewhere and being carried out by someone to counter it. It is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that …

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