Tag Archives: christmas shopping

Exploding Kittens and Pandemic among Black Friday board games sales surge at OnBuy

Sales of the popular Elan Lee board game, Exploding Kittens, surged by an impressive 511 per cent on the UK marketplace, OnBuy, who has since reported a record-breaking Black Friday that saw sales across the board total nearly £2.5 million in one day alone. According to the platform – established …

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The Entertainer re-introduces its Christmas Quiet Hours at stores across the UK

In a move to make Christmas shopping accessible for everyone, The Entertainer has re-introduced its Christmas Quiet Hours, an initiative that will take place every day throughout December across its 171 UK stores. The campaign aims to create a calmer shopping environment for autistic people and for any shoppers who …

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Hamleys opens latest pop-up shop in Milton Keynes’ Centre:MK

Hamleys is continuing to ramp up its UK-wide network of pop-up retail concepts, with the latest to have opened up at Milton Keynes’ Centre:MK. The iconic toy shop will occupy its new address for the next four months, tapping into the key Christmas shopping period. The store’s opening coincides with …

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Local shops will be able to trade 24/7 over Christmas and January, says government minister

The government is to allow local shops to trade around the clock in a move to support the retail industry and its bid to recoup some of the losses it has suffered during the pandemic, a cabinet minister has said. Communities secretary, Robert Jenrick has said he wanted to remove …

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UK ecommerce platform OnBuy reports ‘record breaking week’ of trading with 800 per cent sales increase

The online marketplace OnBuy has reported an ‘all time record breaking week’, reaching nearly 1.5 million users actively browsing the site, resulting in nearly £2.75 million in sales between November 1st and November 8th. Four years on since it first launched to the ecommerce space, OnBuy has caught the attention …

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Overriding the Amazon Default: How can independent toy shops survive Lockdown II?

The online-meets-physical retailing solution, Click and Collect has been the saviour of many independent toy shops over the course of the year, helping local businesses negotiate closed doors and a locked-in nation as the fight against coronavirus ensued. In the days following PM Boris Johnson’s announcement of a national lockdown …

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‘Buy now, pay later’ option brought into The Entertainer and ELC as toy shop becomes among the first to adopt Klarna

The UK family owned high street toy retailer, The Entertainer, has become the first major toy retailer to offer Klarna as a payment option to all online consumers shopping across its thetoyshop.com and elc.co.uk platforms, allowing customers to buy now and pay later in regular installments. The payment option has …

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Gary Grant’s call to UK shoppers: “Don’t leave Christmas shopping to final weeks”

DreamToys and the Toy Retailers Association has issued a call to action of the UK’s consumers to make sure they get their Christmas shopping in early in order to avoid disappointment owing to issues in supply and demand in a year fraught with uncertainty over the impact of the pandemic. …

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September retail sales lift indicates earlier Christmas shopping as British shops show ‘remarkable resilience’

The KPMG’s UK head of retail, Paul Martin has praised the resilience of the British retailer as ‘nothing shy of remarkable’ over recent months, as September witnessed retail sales increase 6.1 per cent on a like for like basis on the same period one year ago, in what analysts have …

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