Tag Archives: Pandemic

Menkind is expanding licensed ranges and adult party and card games to meet lockdown trends

The gadget and gift retailer, Menkind has highlighted its plans to expand on its licensed products and exclusive ranges as it heads into the Christmas shopping season, a move that has been driven by the increased consumer engagement with pop culture TV, films, video games and entertainment throughout the pandemic. …

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One in four British shoppers avoid Amazon Prime Day to shop locally and support small businesses

New research has found that online events like Amazon Prime Day have encouraged as many as a quarter of Britons to keep as much spending as possible contained to small and local businesses negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a study undertaken by the team behind the global …

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BTHA 2020 Toy Retailer of the Year Awards to celebrate altruism and innovation in the year of Covid-19

Innovation and altruism will be at the heart of the 2020 Toy Retailer of the Year Awards this time around, as the BTHA outlines the theme of Special Recognition in areas above and beyond normal service. The change up to the Awards has been made in light of the events …

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Hamleys to cut jobs at its iconic London store by a quarter as trade slump hits Regent Street

Hamleys has confirmed that it is cutting more than a quarter of its workforce in London as part of a redundancy programme draw up over the continued slump in footfall and trade at the hands of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The absence of tourists and holidaymakers coupled with the tightening …

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Mattel’s Fireman Sam launches Modern Day Heroes Campaign to raise funds for the DEC Coronavirus Appeal

Mattel’s popular pre-school franchise, Fireman Sam, has launched its Modern Day Heroes Campaign in a bid to raise funds for the DEC Coronavirus Appeal by encouraging kids to draw a picture of their favourite hero and post it to social media. The campaign – one that hopes to shine a …

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UK charity London Play launches Play 52 to support children affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Play experts at the UK charity, London Play have assembled a team of artists and designers, as well as employed the efforts of Cartamundi, to launch a new and unique pack of cards featuring ideas for games to help keep children inspired throughout the UK’s prolonged period of unease around …

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LEGO unveils 13-foot globe showcasing LEGO builds from families across the world

The LEGO Group has unveiled its latest installation in the form of a 13-foot globe that showcases LEGO builds from families across the world, as part of the toy maker’s Rebuild the World initiative. The globe is on display at LEGO House in Billund, Denmark, and boasts over 350,000 LEGO …

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Toymaster: “Indies are poised for a strong Christmas and we have a chance to listen to our members more”

With the cancellation of the Toymaster May Show, a structural change up among its company directors, and now the group’s first leap into the virtual space as it hosts its own virtual tours in place of the usual physical FOB meetings in October, the year has been unlike any other …

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DreamToys 2020: Date confirmed for all digital event

The DreamToys committee and the Toy Retailers Association have confirmed the new date of this year’s all-virtual DreamToys event as October 28th, a date that coincides with the October half term. Organised by the Toy Retailers Association, DreamToys is billed as ‘the most authoritative predictive list of what will be …

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Kids’ audio platform Yoto launches new Phonics pack to assist early learners with speech

The children’s audio platform, Yoto has detailed the launch of its new Phonics pack, a new range that has been designed to assist early learners enhance their speech, listening and reading skills at home. Phonics involves the relationship between sounds and their spellings. The goal of phonics instruction is to …

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