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Monday, December 5, 2016

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Annual Neighbourhood Toy Store Day Promotes the Specialty Experience
On November 12, Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada kicked off the holiday season with member retailers welcoming their communities to a day of fun activities.
TaG Central Fair Keeps on Growing
The Fall 2016 Toys and Games Central Fair, which ran August 21-23 at a GTA hotel, hosted many new vendors, such as Quebec's Patrix Communications and Filo Import Inc., and attracted specialty retailers from across Ontario.

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Trade News

Spin Master Looms Large on 2017 TOTY Awards Shortlist
Canadian firms Spin Master Ltd. and Quebec's Foxmind Games have products in the running for prestigious 2017 Toy of the Year awards.
Three Trends to Affect International Toy Sales in 2017
A team of industry experts, convened by Germany's Spielwarenmesse, says consumers worldwide will be looking for products reflecting three main trends: Body & Mind, Girl Power, and Swap & Collect.
Fans Fall Under the Harry Potter Spell at Wrebbit Exhibit
Quebec's Wrebbit 3D introduced its new Wizarding World puzzles, including the Hogwarts Collection, to visitors at Germany's Spiel Essen 2016, a toy and game fair for consumers.
TIA President Rebuts Harmful Toy Reports
U.S. Toy Industry Association President Steve Pasierb says annual holiday reports of harmful toys are based on opinion rather than credible scientific data.
Toy Makers Get New Ethical Sourcing Database
ICTI Care, the International Council of Toy Industries' ethical manufacturing program, launched an initiative to help small to medium firms create sustainable and responsible supply chains.
CTA Takes Toys to Ottawa
The Canadian Toy Association's trip to Ottawa will include meetings with new federal government reps and a famiy-friendly reception featuring a play area.

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New Products

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Column

Customer Service Training: 7 crucial questions
Professional customer service training can pay off. But business owners need to know how to choose the right trainer for their team, says retail strategist Jeff Mowatt.

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Toy Briefs

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