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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Toronto Fall Gift Show

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Toys Echo Adult Textile and Tech Trends
The Toy Industry Association's Kristin Morency Goldman says trends in adults' fabrics, fashion and technology will wield more influence on the look and direction of kids' toys and games.
Smart Play Toys for the Classroom and Beyond
Research collected through the U.S. Toy Industry Association's Genius of Play campaign shows educational toys, such as ThinkFun's Compose Yourself, promoted a problem-solving approach to life and learning.

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Trade News

Magic 3D Maker at Root of Suit Against Canada's Tech4Kids and Irwin Toys
A lawsuit filed by the U.S.'s Redwood Ventures alleges a variety of intellectual property infringements against Toronto-area firms Tech4Kids Inc. and Irwin Toys, Ltd.
LIMA Survey Confirms Power of Global Licensing Market
A new study from the Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association shows worldwide retail sales of licensed merchandise surged over US$240 billion.
Bricks-and-mortar retailers need to beef up online presence, says PwC Canada
In a fast-changing retail environment, technology is just one way for retailers to enhance the shopping experience and stay connected with customers, says a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada
New Health Canada Guide a Must-read for Toy Industry
HC's online guide gives toy vendors -- manufacturers to retailers -- a clearer understanding of their roles and obligations in the event of a consumer product incident.
Late Inventor of Playmobil System Changed the Toy Industry
Playmobil creator Horst Brandstaetter, who died last week, was recognized in 2014 for his achievements when he was inducted into the North American Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
HKTDC Symposium Highlights Business Opportunities in Asia
A free symposium, hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council on June 8 in Toronto, is open to Canadian suppliers who want to tap into new business in Asia.  

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New Products

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Column

Competing with Discounters: "different" can make the difference
Outshine discounters by offering unique products and services that meet your customers' needs, says retail service strategist Jeff Mowatt.

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Toy Briefs

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