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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2014 Fall Gift Show

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Fisher-Price Launches Laugh & Learn Collection
Moms and tots turned out at Toronto's Enoch Turner Schoolhouse for the Canadian launch of Fisher-Price's new Laugh & Learn line. The collection of 3-in-1 products features programmable technology that lets the toys grow as babies develop. .
Rubik's Champ pulls an all-nighter at Toronto's Nuit Blanche
For Toronto's annual Nuit Blanche art event, speed-cuber Eric Limeback and a team of Wilfrid Laurier University students created an installation using 3,500 Rubik's Cubes donated by Kroeger Inc.

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Trade News

Major U.S. Retailers List Top Holiday Toys
Walmart, TRU and Target are trying to get a jump on the competition and put parents in the gift-giving mood by releasing lengthy lists of hot toys for the holidays earlier than usual..
Lego Unseats Long-time Rulers of Global Toy Industry
With revenues of $2.03 billion, Lego, Denmark’s famous building-block maker, has surpassed Mattel and Hasbro -- becoming the world's largest toy company.
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.
Spin Master Takes a 20th Birthday Bow
Spin Master's 20th anniversary celebration looked back at the Toronto company's long list of best-selling and award-winning products, such as Bakugan and Zoomer.
2015 NY Toy Fair Re-partners with Digital Kids Conference
The 9th Digital Kids Conference, which looks at innovations in learning technology, will run Feb. 15-17, during the 2015 North American International Toy Fair in New York.    
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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New Products

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Column

Up-sell without turning them off
If you and your employees don't know how to up-sell effectively, you're leaving money on the table. Retail strategist Jeff Mowatt has some tips for encouraging customers to buy a little extra.

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Toy Briefs

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