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British online shopping habits could be here to stay, says new survey

The pandemic has accelerated consumers’ move to online shopping, with new research into consumer behaviour indicating that the majority of Brits now plan to stick to their lockdown online buying habits from here on out. According to a survey commissioned by DS Smith, the London-based packaging specialist, retailers have seen …

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Tonies donates its storytelling Tonieboxes to UK nurseries and preschools kept open during coronavirus lockdown

The children’s storytelling box, Tonies has gifted pre-schools and nurseries that were kept open during the UK’s lockdown a selection of Tonieboxes in a show of gratitude to the support they have offered to key worker parents over the past months. During the pandemic, Tonies donated 50 children’s audio systems …

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Marks & Spencer’s ‘streamlining plans’ put 950 jobs at risk

Marks & Spencer has said that 950 jobs are at risk as part of the retailer’s plans to reduce store management and head office roles. The high street retailer is the latest chain to take action amid the fallout of the coronavirus and the UK’s lockdown measures. Sacha Berendji, director …

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LEGO opens its first shop and online platform in Saudi Arabia

LEGO has opened its first retail destination – and an online platform – in Saudi Arabia; a new 157sqm store housed in the Red Sea Mall in Jeddah. The store will be operated by the local franchisee, Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group. The new site will feature the latest launches and …

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Thames and Kosmos takes Kennerspiel des Jahres Award win for The Crew – The Quest for Planet Nine

Thames and Kosmos’ popular science-fiction tabletop card game, The Crew – The Quest for Planet Nine has taken home the coveted Kennerspiel des Jahres Award 2020. Both The Crew and Kosmos’ My City were nominated for the award last month. The Crew garnered rave reviews since its debut at Essen …

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Zuru sets the table for new Itty Bitty Pretty Tea Party Surprise launch

The international toymaker, Zuru has set the table for the launch of Itty Bitty Prettys Tea Party Surprise, a new range that aims to bring the traditional tea party and doll play in the 21st century with its surprise and collectability components. From punk rockers, unicorn princesses and classic ballerinas, …

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Character Options merges fashion dolls and cosmetics with Shimmer N Sparkle InstaGlam

Character Options is readying for one of its major launches of the season with the arrival of the InstaGlam girls, a range of stylish make-up compacts wrapped up in their own collectable doll. The range has been established under the Shimmer N Sparkle fashion brand and witnesses the meeting of …

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Indie hobby stores celebrate ‘rare win’ in Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 launch turnaround

Independent retailers and hobby stores are celebrating a ‘rare win’ over Games Workshop who spent an embattled week at the outrage of a community who believed themselves “to be overlooked” by the British miniatures brand and its latest big box Warhammer launch, in favour of the online discounters and its …

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Stan Lee Universe lands comic book partnership with Archie Comics

One week after it presented its major plans to develop the Stan Lee Universe, Genius Brands International has entered into a comic book publishing agreement with Archie Comics to publish comic books and graphic novels based on the never before exploited Stan Lee IP. An iconic name in the comic …

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Hasbro turns on the pop culture tap with The Goonies Monopoly and Strange Planet card game

Hasbro has gone both retro-nostalgic and totally Gen Z in equal measures with the latest additions to its ever growing gaming division, tapping into the ’80s pop culture classic, Goonies for a One-Eyed Willy spin on Monopoly, and a new partnership with the webcomic and book series, Strange Planet for …

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