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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hot Toys for the Summer

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TIA Highlights New Perks in CTA Agreement
The Canadian Toy Association's closer affiliation with the U.S. Toy Industry Association means members can access more perks and benefits, including cost savings at Toy Fair time .
CanGift Offers Sweet Deal to Displaced Toy Fair Exhibitors
The Canadian Gift Association -- organizer of national shows in Toronto, Edmonton and Montreal -- hopes to attract former toy fair suppliers by offering significant membership savings and perks.

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Trade News

Emerging Markets Research Now Accessible to Canadian Firms
New market reports from TIA let Canadian Toy Association members explore expansion opportunities in China, Brazil, Mexico and Australia.    
Walmart U.S. Boosting Purchase of American-made Products
Walmart U.S., which recently invited over 500 American suppliers to pitch their products, says it expects to spend an additional $250 billion on U.S.-made goods like plastic toys in the next decade.
Survey Shows Character-branded Merchandise Fuels Licensing Revenues
A just–released Licensing Survey, compiled by the Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association, says North American retail sales of character-related merchandise totaled US$51.44 billion last year.
International Symposium Focuses on Button-battery Injuries
Canada joined an international safety symposium concerned about the growing number of injuries linked to the ingestion of commonplace mini-batteries.
Founder of Ganz Toy Company Passes Away at 86
Sam Ganz, who co-founded his family's toy and gift business in 1950, passed away on June 21. A Canadian Hall of Fame inductee, Mr. Ganz is synonymous with best-selling plush brands, including Wrinkles and WebKinz.
Spielwarenmesse Launching Stationery Expo in 2015
Staedtler-Mars, Faber-Castell, and Stabilo International GmbH are just a few of the leading companies on board for Spielwarenmesse's new Insights-X show in October 2015.

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New Products

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Column

Why Customer Service is Sliding
Retail strategist Jeff Mowatt outlines seven common mistakes and the steps you can take to keep customers coming back and recommending your service.

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Toy Briefs

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