Tag Archives: Retail

Up the local | Toy shops rejoice at re-opening ‘buzz’ as shoppers go loco for local

Months of pent up spending, Christmas hangover, and consumers looking for friendly, non-digital interaction with their local retail scene spilled out onto High Streets across the UK on Monday, April 12th as the country took its next step forwards in the easing of lockdown. Queues for barber shops extended around …

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Playmobil appoints toy retail’s own Hana Sellwood to territory manager role

Playmobil has appointed Hana Sellwood to the role of territory manager for the South East of England. Sellwood joins the toy firm with over 12 years of experience in the industry and an expertise within the retail scene. Over the course of her career, Sellwood has held positions such as …

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Giddy Goat Toys champions Down Your High Street as the ‘decision that saved the business’ from the pandemic

The Manchester-based toy retailer, Giddy Goat Toys has billed its decision to join the Down Your High Street platform as the ‘one that saved her business from permanent closure’ over the course of the pandemic. Shop owner, Amanda Alexander has championed the platform for fuelling toy sales throughout the country’s …

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WHP Global takes controlling stake in Tru Kids with expansion plans for Toys R Us, Babies R Us and more

The New York brand acquisition and management firm, WHP Global has taken a controlling interest in Tru Kids Inc, the parent company to Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Geoffrey the Giraffe brands, and more than 20 established consumer toy and baby brands. Under the acquisition, WHP will now manage …

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Opinion | West End Farewells? – Regent Street’s Hamleys has met a modern cross-roads

While the past year has seen the toy industry achieve great results through channels nimble enough to adapt to the demands of the pandemic, for many a big name retailer, the road has been a rocky one. Among them, the iconic toy shop, Hamleys has suffered its fair share of …

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Spring budget | Retail restart support, extended furlough, and £300m more for the Culture Recovery Fund

A restart programme to support retailers reopening next month and a £300 million culture recovery fund have been announced in a budget described as the Government’s “use of the full fiscal firepower of the country,” by Chancellor Rishi Sunak this afternoon. Among the first issues addressed by Sunak as he …

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Plans for £5 billion rescue scheme for UK high street expected to be unveiled this week

Plans for a £5 billion rescue scheme for the UK’s some 700,000 shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels and other businesses to have suffered at the hands of the lockdown restrictions are expected to be unveiled in the Chancellor’s budget on Wednesday. Grants of up to £18,000 each have been drawn up …

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Hub Games kicks off Retailer Virtual World Tour to showcase latest tabletop titles

Not ones to let something like a pandemic stop it from doing the rounds, the tabletop specialist Hub Games is embarking on a Retailer Virtual World Tour this month to demo its latest games to staff and customers. Over the coming months, the games experts will be conducting a calendar …

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FCA called to regulate Buy Now Pay Later platforms after transactions triple in 2020

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has been called in to regulate the agreements used by buy-now-pay-later companies like Klarna and Clearpay, after a government review found potential for consumer harm. Earlier this month, the Treasury declared that fintech lenders using these channels would be required to carry out affordability checks …

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Toys R Us comeback hits US roadblock as Tru Kids shuts its two toy shops

Plans for a Toys R Us comeback in the US have hit a roadblock as the retailer shut the doors of its only two physical stores, citing the impact of the coronavirus for the drop off in footfall. Owned by Tru Kids Inc which bought to the toy retailer in …

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