Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. celebrated National Teddy Bear Day today by ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The bell ringing comes on the heels of the recent Build-A-Bear Workshop store design and brand refresh at the company’s flagship store at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.
In attendance at the bell ringing were Sharon Price John, chief executive officer of Build-A-Bear Workshop, and members of her executive team.
Starting today, Toys “R” Us Inc. will lower the free shipping minimum required for online orders at toysrus.com and babiesrus.com from $49 to $19. The new free shipping threshold is the lowest the company has offered in recent history (though surcharges may apply on large and heavy items).
September 9 is the inaugural National Care Bears #ShareYourCare Day, and to commemorate it, the Care Bears will be on location in the Bronx, N.Y., and teaming up with a local philanthropist to donate plush toys to children in need. Care Bears has also aligned with roughly 300 bloggers, known as the Care Bears #ShareYourCare Ambassadors, who will keep the conversation going to their audiences.
On September 4, LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. received a continued listing standards notice from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), due to the average closing price of the company’s common stock having fallen below $1 over a consecutive 30 trading-day period. The notice has no immediate impact on the listing of LeapFrog’s common stock, which will continue to trade on the NYSE, subject to the company’s compliance with other listing standards.
China Toy Expo will take place from October 20 to 22 at Shanghai International Expo Center, at the same time as China Kids Expo and China Licensing Expo. Hosted by China Toy & Juvenile Products Association (CTJPA), the combined shows will feature 1,400 factories and roughly 200,000 toys, games, preschool supplies, and baby products aimed at global buyers.
The Toy Industry Association (TIA) will kick off its 100th anniversary celebrations on September 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Toy Halls of Fame Exhibit at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. The event will honor contributors to the toy industry’s evolution and success, including a number of TIA members.