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Friday, April 28, 2017

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The Final Page for Toys & Games Magazine
As Toys & Games gears up to post its final e-blast on December 30, editor Lynn Winston looks back at the magazine's role in the Canadian toy industry.
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.

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Trade News

Record-breaking Global Toy Sales Projected for 2016
A new report by The NPD Group and the International Council of Toy Industries says the 2016 global toy market could exceed a record-breaking US$90 billion in sales.
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.
Canada's Trade Publication Closes
Although Toys & Games Magazine has ceased publishing, viewers may access previously posted articles, event dates, and photo galleries until approximately March 2017.
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.

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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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