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Monday, March 30, 2015

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Inaugural TaG Central Fair Scores with Specialty-market Crowd
The first Toys and Games Central Fair, which wrapped up its three-day Toronto run on March 10, hosted almost 40 vendors who displayed thousands of top-notch products targeting the needs of independent retailers.
SOTY, ROTY and Gold Star Awards Announced at NETS Annual Meeting
At the Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada's 2015 AGM, David Manga, Outset Media, picked up the Supplier of the Year award, while Jeff and Janet Weersink, Minds Alive, were honoured as Retailer of the Year. Eight products also received Gold Star Awards.

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Trade News

NY Toy Fair Gets a Thumbs-up from 30,000 Play Professionals
Over 30,000 visitors flocked to the 2015 North American International Toy Fair (February 14-17), which offered a full roster of educational business-workshops and featured thousands of new products from over 1,100 domestic and international exhibitors.
Zoomer Dino from Spin Master Snatches 2015 Toy of the Year
Toronto-based Spin Master has captured the 2015 TOTY with Zoomer Dino, an interactive robotic character that can express moods like anger and happiness.
German International Toy Fair 2015: Where Tradition Meets Tech
Over 70,000 buyers visited the 2015 German International Toy Fair (Jan. 28-Feb. 2) in Nürnberg where a record 2,800 vendors displayed one million products -- traditional toys to high-tech gizmos.
TIA Forecasts 2015's Top Toy Trends
During the 2015 NY Fair, the Toy Industry Association's trend expert, Adrienne Appell, updated an audience of play professionals on this year's seven most important drivers for consumer spending.
CTA to Host Canadians-only Evening at 2015 New York Fair
During the American International Toy Fair (February 14 to 17), visitors and vendors can connect with fellow Canucks at an exclusive evening bash hosted by the Canadian Toy Association.
Popular Sales Rep Jane Gregory Dies at 61
Jane Gregory, who ran an independent sales agency, Janey's Toys, for more than 20 years, represented some of Canada's top suppliers, including Brigitta's Import and Hape International.

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How to Fit In at Work
While you and your coworkers might not be friends, you can earn their respect -- if not their liking -- says retail strategist Jeff Mowatt. Here are five tips for building trust on the job. .

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