EXCLUSIVE: Argos opens its doors

Argos is giving inventors and suppliers the chance to present to its toy team at a special open day event in June.
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Conscious that smaller suppliers can have difficulty finding a way through to its toy selection team, the High Street giant has organised an open day at Kents Hill Park, near Milton Keynes on June 3rd.

Places are limited, but each attendee will be guaranteed at least 15 minutes to pitch up to five product ideas to the Argos toy team which could be selected for distribution in its catalogue or taken into the firm’s own Chad Valley toy brand, which it acquired from Woolworths.

In addition to the opportunity to get products listed, the Argos toy team will also offer feedback and commercial advice and there will be opportunities to network with other suppliers and inventors.

Ian Chaplin, trading manager at Argos, told ToyNews: "Argos is the number one toy retailer and we feel that there is an opportunity in the marketplace for suppliers and inventors that don’t have anywhere to go with new ideas, to come to us. It’s not always easy to get in front of buyers.

"It’s really about Argos being accessible to great suppliers with great ideas. We want to open ourselves up to new concepts and we hope it signifies a new way of working for the Argos toy team.

Anyone interested in taking part in the day should contact toysteam@argos.co.uk.

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