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Saturday, April 30, 2016

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Fergus Toy Shop Pieces Together the World's Largest Puzzle
A combined charitable/promotional event launched by Jester's Fun Factory, a Fergus, Ontario specialty store, has attracted 200 puzzle fans eager to participate in completing the mind-boggling 33,600-piece jigsaw.
More Retailers Discover TaG Central Spring 2016 Show
Thirty specialty-market exhibitors at the Spring 2016 Toys and Games Central Fair (February 28-March 1), welcomed a steady stream of retailers, some from as far away as Victoria and Fredericton.

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Trade News

NETS Annouces 2015 Retailer and Supplier of the Year Awards
At the Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada's recent AGM, Linda Stortz, Stortz Toys, received the 2015 Supplier of the Year Award. Teresa Johansson, Village Toy Shop, was named Retailer of the Year.
Doc McStuffins Vet Kit Awarded 2016 Toy of the Year
Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Cente has captured the 2016 TOTY. The kit includes a variety of role-playing tools that encourage preschoolers to care for their toy pets.
Canadians Invited to Party Hearty in NYC
The Canadian Toy Association will host its second annual Canadians-only reception on February 14 during the 2016 North American Toy Fair.
TIA Experts Reveal Year's Top Toy Trends
U.S. Toy Industry Association play experts told Toy Fair visitors that robotics, drones, creative playthings and family-inclusive toys and games would top consumers' wish lists in 2016.
NPD Report Confirms Growth of U.S. Toy Industry in 2015
The NPD Group's latest retail data report says several factors last year contributed to the U.S. toy industry's rebound that resulted in strong sales in major categories, such as games.
Books and Traditional Toys Better for Infant Learning, Says Medical Report
A U.S. research study shows that reading appropriate books and playing with traditional toys are better than electronic gadgets for developing infant/toddler skills, especially language and literacy.

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Zen and the Art of Employee Retention
Higher wages aren't always the point, says service strategist Jeff Mowatt. Hanging onto good staff means keeping them interested. And on-going professional training is one of the keys.

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