Record-breaking Amounts of Consumers Shopped on Black Friday

NRFMore than 154 million consumers shopped over Thanksgiving weekend, up from 151 million shoppers last year, according to the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Average spending per person over Thanksgiving weekend totaled $289.19, down slightly from $299.60 last year. Seventy-four percent of total purchases specifically went towards gifts. [Read more...]

NPD Reports October 2016 U.S. Video Game Sales

95d4e4c4-b6ec-4949-b719-ead99d9fe6e5Analysis from The NPD Group shows that total video game sales from Oct. 2 to 29 was $875.7 million, up 6 percent from the same period last year.

Total video games hardware decreased 20 percent from this time last year from $270.3 million to $215.2 million. [Read more...]

Kids@Play/Family Tech Summit Conference to Take Place at CES 2017

KidsAtPlayCESThe Kids@Play/Family Tech Summit at CES 2017 will explore trends, new products, and the latest research on the technologically engaged demographic. The one-day conference will be held on Jan. 6 at Tech West. [Read more...]

CPSC Reports Decline in Toy Recalls

CPSC Toy RecallsThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a decline in toy recalls for the fiscal year 2016, according to the Toy Industry Association.

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...]

Nielsen Survey Reports Rise in Holiday Spending

Nielsen‘s 2016 holiday trend report which indicates that 19 percent of U.S. shoppers are planning to spend more time online shopping for this holiday season, an increase from 17 percent last year.  [Read more...]

Chicago Toy & Game Group Announces 2016 TAGIE Award Winners

Screen Shot 2016-11-23 at 10.19.48 AMThe 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, Project Night Night Partner to Help Homeless Children

440505Wild 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.

Voting for TOTY Awards Now Open

TOTY2017The 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...]

International Survey Finds Black Friday Has Gone Global

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...]

Fact-Based Analysis Discredits Unreliable Data Found in NGO Unsafe Toy Reports

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.

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