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Saturday, August 23, 2014

2014 Fall Gift Show

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Latest & Greatest still tops at NETS summer celebration
Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada entertained 30+ independent retailers with fun, good food, a keynote speaker, and an opportunity to check out some of Q4's most promising products.
CTA Annual Meeting Covers Significant Industry Changes
At the 2014 Annual General Meeting, Canadian Toy Association members discussed the past year's many historic changes, including the demise of the 73-year-old annual Toy Fair.

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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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.

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New Products

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Column

Yes, I Mind Waiting! Ten ways to avoid lineup stress.
When lineups get long and frustration mounts, Customer Service Strategist Jeff Mowatt offers some ideas for keeping everybody smiling.

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Toy Briefs

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