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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

World Toy Fairs

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Toronto Kid Show Devoted to All Things Baby
The Toronto Kid Show, which runs Jan. 17-19, hosts 50-plus vendors displaying a wide assortment of product ranging from health-care items for new moms to nursery furniture and toys for newborns to tweens.
iBeacon App to Guide Visitors during Nürnberg Toy Fair
A free app will provide visitors with all the info needed to navigate over one million products and 2,700+ exhibitors featured at the 2015 German International Fair in Nürnberg (Jan. 28-Feb. 2).

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Trade News

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.
First of J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts Coming to Screens in 2016
Good news for toy retailers everywhere – the first of three new films based on J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled to hit theatres in November 2016. The trilogy is expected to bring in big bucks in merchandising.  
Canadian Toy Testing Council in Jeopardy
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.    
Hong Kong Fairs Attract Record Attendance
Four major Hong Kong shows, including the 2015 Toys & Games Fair, attracted over 110,000 buyers eager to check out thousands of new products -- ranging from traditional toys, licensed brands and infant health-care items to the latest kid-friendly tech devices.
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.
Spielwarenmesse Business Forum Geared for Global Toy Community
The Toy Business Forum, part of the 2015 German International Toy Fair (January 28 to February 2), features a lineup of presentations on hot topics important to the international toy community.

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New Products

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Column

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..

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Toy Briefs

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