The continued decline in toy recalls has been credited to CPSC’s and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) ongoing cooperative work to detect and detain shipments of violative toys and children’s products at U.S. ports in order to create a safer marketplace for holiday shoppers. [Read more...]
The winners for the ninth annual Toy & Game Innovation (TAGIE) Awards have been announced. The TAGIE Awards paid tribute to toy and game inventors from around the world, and excellence was recognized in the Toy Innovator, Game Innovator, Rising Star Innovator, and Digital Toy or Game Innovator categories. Industry colleaues and the public selected the winners. [Read more...]
Wild Republic and the non-profit organization Project Night Night partnered to launch its second annual holiday campaign with a non-profit project providing care packages to children in homeless shelters.
The holiday campaign provides more than 25,000 care packages that include a blanket, a stuffed animal and a book. Customers who spend $35 or more on Wild Republic’s website will receive a complimentary gift and free shipping on their order until Dec. 14. Wild Republic will then donate a stuffed animal to Project Night Night.
The Toy Industry Association (TIA) today unveiled 100 finalists for the 2017 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. Between now and Jan. 15, consumers can vote for their favorite toy picks in each of the 14 categories—including new categories for 2017, such as Action Figure of the Year, Doll of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Vehicle of the Year. All TOTY winners will be announced in February. [Read more...]
An international survey from One Hour Translation indicates that online shopping on Black Friday is expanding beyond the U.S. and gaining popularity in other developed countries. The survey was performed in cooperation with Google Consumer Surveys among 3,600 participants in eight developed countries: the U.S., Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, and Japan. [Read more...]
The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is warning families to not fall for misleading reports circulated by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) regarding allegedly harmful toys. The TIA has conducted a thorough analysis of U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s 2015 “Trouble in Toyland” report and W.A.T.C.H’s 2015 “10 Worst Toys” list. The analysis revealed that the data provided by these groups is unreliable and consistently fails to support their allegations that the listed toys present any danger to children at play.
The NPD Group released findings from its 2016 Holiday Purchase Intentions report, which provides analysis to better understand consumers’ spending intentions for this holiday season.
Regarding toys purchases specifically, the study found that 41 percent of U.S. consumers plan to purchase toys as holiday gifts this year, up from 35 percent during the 2015 holiday season. According to NPD, this marks the third largest response, behind Clothing/Accessories and Entertainment. This is also one of the largest increases among supercategories, behind Tech/Electronics, Home, and Liquor/Wine.
The NPD Group acquired Brazil-based Sim2M point-of-sale Toys panel, a South American leader in market research for the toy industry. The acquisition from NPD’s Brazilian subsidiary, NPD Brasil Market Research Services Ltda., expands NPD’s global footprint. NPD has also opened a new facility in Brazil, located at LWM Corporate Center in Sao Paulo, marking the company’s 25th office worldwide. [Read more...]
Life is Good and Build-A-Bear Workshop partnered to support kids in need with a new collection, including a Life is Good-branded bear, bear T-shirts, a matching kids T-shirt, and accessories. Ten percent of net profits from sales of the items at Build-A-Bear Workshop will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada through the Life is Good Kids Foundation. [Read more...]