NRF Weighs In on Recent Legislation Affecting Trade, Future Port Labor Disputes

nrfOn Thursday, the National Retail Federation (NRF) issued a statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the passage of a stand-alone Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, which will provide Congress with new oversight responsibilities over pending and future trade agreements.

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Remarkable Brands Inks Partnership Between Huggy Buddha and Gund

Huggy BuddhaHuggy Buddha, the “gift with thought,” and plush manufacturer Gund have entered a global, multi-year partnership brokered by Remarkable Brands. Per the agreement, Gund will manufacture and distribute a full line of Huggy Buddha plush formats, including sound toys, backpack clips, and activity blankets, as well as stationery products and hard goods.

The agreement covers all retail channels, including department stores, mid-tier specialty stores, baby retailers, and more, with product planned to roll out in time for this holiday season.

Angry Birds to Debut in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Angry Birds for Thanksgiving ParadeRovio Entertainment has announced that an Angry Birds balloon will be part of this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

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WIT Seeks Support for Play Your Part—Chicago

WIT.logoWomen in Toys (WIT) is reaching out to its community of exceptional toy industry women in the hopes of rallying support for Play Your Part—Chicago, an event benefiting hundreds of local foster children that will be held at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on July 16. The event is hosted by the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF), in partnership with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children.

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CPSC to Host Webinar on Toy Safety Requirements in the U.S. and Canada

CPSCThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will host an upcoming business training webinar to provide toy manufacturers, importers, and sellers with requirement updates for manufacturing safe and compliant toys in the U.S. and Canada. The webinar will take place on June 24 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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Netflix Research Finds Dads Feel Powerful Connection from Bonding with Kids Over Cartoons

NETFLIX, INC. LOGOAccording to new research from Netflix released just in time for Father’s Day, 85 percent of dads around the world have already or plan to introduce their kids to the cartoons they grew up watching. For 75 percent of those polled, it lets them feel like a kid again, while for 76 percent, it helps them teach life lessons. The research finds dads take seriously the role of keeping the pop culture references from their childhood alive: Roughly two-thirds of them, or 66 percent, are turning to internet TV services such as Netflix for this new family tradition.

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Jazwares Expands Deal with Terraria for Global Representation

JazwaresJazwares is expanding its global partnership for the video game, Terraria, and will represent the brand’s licensed product portfolio and animation rights worldwide. The expanded portfolio will include soft lines, hard lines, and publishing partners. It will be announced next month and begin to hit stores this fall. New partnerships will be announced next month.

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Bunnies by the Bay Recalls Pull Toys Due to Choking Hazard

Bud-pull-toy_largeAs reported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Bunnies by the Bay has recalled Bud and Skipit Wheely Cute Pull Toys, due to hub caps on the wheels that can break or come off, posing a choking hazard for young children.

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Toys “R” Us Inc. Opens New Logistics Campus in Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry, France

Toys “R” Us Inc.’s new distribution center in Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry, France, has been completed. The facility will support the company’s rapidly expanding e-commerce business throughout the country and in select sections of Europe.

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Kate and Mim-Mim Gets Second Season, Just Play Signs On as Global Master Toy Partner

Kate & Mim-MimFremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment (FMKFE) recently announced that it has greenlit the second season of the highly-rated preschool series, Kate & Mim-Mim. Series two is due to launch on Disney Junior US and will air globally late this year. The series is currently in pre-production and will include two themed seasonal specials.

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