Tag Archives: covid-19

BeeZee launches app for online consumers looking to shop with local indie retailers

Independent toy shops lacking the infrastructure to compete with some of the biggest online retailers are being offered a means of leveling the playing field, through the launch of BeeZee – a new app and website that lets users shop locally from their own home. Launched as a means of …

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Smart Toys and Games targets home-schooling families with DIY science range Smartivity

With the nation adjusting to yet further weeks of home education, Smart Toys and Games has unveiled a raft of hero products from its new partnership brand, Smartivity – a collection of DIY science and engineering wooden construction sets designed to offer up lessons in STEM learning. Smartivity’s laser cut …

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Kids Insights – The direct approach: Will 2021 be the year for direct to consumer selling?

In its latest report in which it outlines the consumer trends among children aged three to 18 set to shape the coming year, market intelligence agency, Kids Insights predicts a stark rise in direct to consumer retail. With social media and brand’s own platforms playing such an integral role in …

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Games, Puzzles and growing Kidult market fuel toy sector’s 2020 success, says NPD

The lockdown success of the games and puzzles market, a surge in the kidult market, and early Christmas trading all fuelled by the restrictions and implications of the Covid-19 pandemic, has helped the UK toy market hit a five per cent sales increase for its overall value.  According to the …

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Retail warns of “revenue-crushing” impact on sector should click-and-collect ban spread

The British Retail Consortium and Scottish Retail Consortium have warned that the curb on non-essential click and collect services could prove ‘disastrous for an already beleaguered retail industry,’ with far wider implications for the UK’s retail sector should the ban widen. The warning has been issued since yesterday’s breaking announcement …

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OPINION: Playing it safe – Awareness is growing around the hygienic protection of toys

As the country continues to tackle a raging new strain of the Coronavirus, and the world continues its fight against the pandemic, it’s little surprise that company priorities have shifted towards heightened health and safety measures, not only in their practices but in the services and products they offer. Trunki …

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Asmodee launches new Brain Games and Two-Player Games ranges to fend off lockdown boredom

Asmodee has detailed the launch of two new key ranges for the year as the UK board gaming giant looks to reinforce its belief that ‘there’s a perfect game for every occasion’, particularly over the UK’s extended lockdown period. As part of an update to its existing collections, Asmodee has …

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New York Toy Fair 2021 cancelled, The Toy Association confirms

The New York Toy Fair 2021 has been cancelled owing to the insufficient resolution of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis across the globe, the Toy Association has confirmed this afternoon. The annual industry event had been moved from its Q1 February slot to a later date, scheduled to take place from …

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