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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Canadian Toy Testing Council in Jeopardy
December 11, 2014
If new funding isn't found soon, Ottawa's CTTC will be forced to stop publishing the annual Toy Report and shut down its long-running toy testing program.
NETS’ Voice, Deborah Cauz, Passes Away
Deborah Cauz, the much-respected voice of Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada has passed away. An enthusiastic promoter of this country's specialty toy market, Deb was just 60 years old.
Toronto’s Spin Master Tops TOTY Nominations
The U.S. Toy Industry Association selected 83 products, including seven from Canada's Spin Master Ltd., as semi-finalists in the running for a 2015 Toy of the Year award. The awards will be presented at next February's NYC Toy Fair.
Avoiding the dreaded Friend Zone
Customer relationships should be built on friendly, professional service -- but not friendship -- says retail strategist Jeff Mowatt. There are good reasons to avoid getting too close, and here are five of them..