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Online retailer Very.co.uk sees record-breaking Christmas trading period

The multi-category online retailer, Very.co.uk, has posted record-breaking Christmas and Black Friday results, having increased retail sales by 25.8 per cent year on year in the seven weeks up and including December 25th 2020. The Group has cited the results as its ‘best ever Christmas trading period’ following strong trading …

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UNO celebrates its 50th anniversary with a raft of new product launches and initiatives

Global toy maker, Mattel has detailed a global celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of its leading family game UNO, launching a raft of commemorative products and new ways to play the iconic game. Conceived out of a Cincinnati barbershop in 1971, the card game was first established as a …

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Sustainability and family buying power lead ’21 predictions as The Insights People launch Parents Insights

Consumer brands must be integrating sustainability efforts into all parts of their operations if they want to be hitting the right notes with parents and families in a new age of consumerism, suggests a new report from the Insights People who has launched a new arm to its global operation …

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Sesame Workshop teams with SKOOG for new immersive play platform

SKOOG, a new media tech company on a mission to offer children new creative and immersive play, has secured a global partnership with Sesame Workshop to launch an interactive platform that merges tactile technology with a content library featuring the popular Sesame Street characters. SKOOG aims to combine multi-sensory play …

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Early Learning Centre launches content and resource hub for home-schooling parents and carers

The Early Learning Centre has partnered with experts from across the educational sector to launch a new hub of content aimed at helping families throughout the lockdown period. With schools closed for a second time in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, and with parents and carers home schooling once …

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Nominate your ToyNews Rising Stars today and celebrate the future of the toy industry

This month will see ToyNews celebrate the Rising Stars of the toy industry and is calling on you to send in your nominations for the individuals you think will be shaping the future of the toy scene, today. We will be celebrating the next generation of leaders and progressives from …

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The Toy Store owner ceases UAE operations leaving suppliers ‘owed millions’

The Dubai-headquartered Gulf Greetings General Trading LLC – owner of the toy retail brand The Toy Store – has abruptly ceased its operations, closing stores across some of the biggest shopping malls in UAE in what has been called an “unmitigated disaster” by a number of suppliers now left out …

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Hasbro creates new Global Purpose Organisation to advance its positive impact in sustainability, ethical sourcing and more

Hasbro has detailed the creation of a new Global Purpose Organisation with the mission of accelerating the firm’s ongoing efforts ‘to make the world a better place for all children and families.’ The new team will head up the global toy maker’s current initiatives across Global Government Relations, Global Communications, …

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Cartamundi builds Global R&D Center to ‘centralise vision’ for product innovation

Cartamundi, a leader in the manufacture of games and playing cards, is building a new Global R&D Center in Turnhout to work closely with Cartamundi’s R&D departments around the world. The new center, the firm states, will be ‘crucial for Cartamundi’s strength and digital transformation,’ and will act as the …

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Smyths Toys UK achieves record revenues and declares £31m dividend

The toy retail giant Smyths Toys saw revenues across Britain and Northern Ireland increase to a record €737 million in 2019, new accounts show. Accounts recently filed by the family business – focusing on Britain – show that sales at the company increased seven per cent from £581 million to £622.6 …

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