Tag Archives: Pandemic

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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Panini ‘working hard to get stickers into the UK’ following high demand for its Premier League Collection 2021

Panini UK has ‘been taken aback’ by the demand for the new Premier League Official Sticker Collection 2021, that – despite the current lockdown restrictions – has seen sales outperform the success of the 2020 collection. The range has been such a hit at retail that customers in some parts …

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Indie insight: Armadillo Toys’ Lisa Clay on lockdown spirit and being the BTHA’s Ultimate Superhero

For the past 17 years, the independent retailer Armadillo Toys has been supplying the Leeds locals with an offering of traditional toy and games, while embedding itself at the centre of a community of parents and children spanning almost two decades. When the pandemic first struck last year, owner Lisa …

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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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Shops across Scotland stopped from offering non-essential ‘click and collect’ services in latest restrictions

Shops across Scotland will be stopped from offering non-essential ‘click and collect’ services in a further tightening of national lockdown measures, Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon has detailed today. Sturgeon told the Scottish parliament that shops would only be allowed to offer click and collect for essential goods such as …

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OPINION: A new retail terrain – The immense global shift to online shopping

Government restrictions coupled with customer caution witnessed 2020 truly become a year for online shopping, as consumers made the shift on an immense, global scale. As consumers grow increasingly comfortable with the digital high street, that trend is set only to continue further. But, suggests OnBuy founder, Cas Paton, that …

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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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