Kids Preferred, Carter’s Sign Licensing Agreement

KidsPreferred.Carters License AgreementKids Preferred has acquired the toy license from Carter’s Inc. to develop branded plush, activity, and wood toys, puzzle, play gyms, plush rockers, and foot-to-floor scooters in the U.S. and Canada. The first items will arrive on shelves this fall. The companies will jointly develop products, which will match back to the seasonal collections of apparel and accessories.

Kids Preferred is showing the Spring 2015 collection at ABC Kids Expo Toy Fair in Las Vegas.

Pueri Elemental Debuts Real Heroes Bopper Toys at ABC Kids Expo

Microsoft Word - ECO-BONK_RHS.ABCKIDS.docxPueri Elemental is expanding its plush bop toy collection with its new Eco-Bonk Real Hero Series. These latest boppers join the ranks of the Eco-Bonk Wildlife Series, and will include Soldier Ethan, Fireman Mason, and Doctor Sophia.

Suitable for ages 2 and up, Eco-Bonk boppers are fitted with a soft cover made from 100 percent recycled plastic, while their covers make them feel more like interactive plush toys. Each durable vinyl inflatable is non-phthalate-based, contains no traceable BPA, is kinder to the earth, and packaged in recycled materials.

All three will be featured in the Made in USA Showcase and available for purchase in the South Hall, Level 1, Booth 4121, at ABC Kids Expo on September 7 to 10.

Uncle Goose Unveils Stack and Scare Wooden Blocks

UNCLE GOOSE STACK AND SCAREUncle Goose introduces Stack and Scare, a four-set collection of toy wooden blocks that recast the proverbial bedtime story villain as imaginative art. The set marks the first collaboration with Seattle-based Invisible Creature, the design and illustration studio known for album artwork on behalf of Foo Fighters, Nirvana, My Morning Jacket, Target stores, and Seattle’s Best Coffee.

Stack and Scare will be displayed in its entirety for the first time at the ABC Kids Expo, October 15 to 18 in Las Vegas. Uncle Goose’s traditional alphabet blocks feature non-toxic inks and are made from sustainable basswood sources from the U.S.

ABC Kids Expo Presents K.I.D.S. with $75,000 Donation Check

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Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S), a global children’s charity, will receive a $75,000 donation from Larry Schur, president of All Baby & Child Corp., on behalf of the ABC Kids Expo. K.I.D.S President Denise Williams will accept the check at a ceremony at the Las Vegas Convention Center on October 16 at 10 a.m.

ABC and JPMA Will Not Merge, Collaborations Continue

All Baby and Child Corporation (ABC), creators of the ABC Kids Expo, and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), the industry trade association dedicated to the safe selection and use of juvenile products, will remain independent and will not merge. However, the two non-profit trade organizations will continue their collaborative relationship, which has strengthened over the past two years. As part of this evolving relationship, the two organizations will continue to evaluate the ever-changing needs of the juvenile industry and how to best support all industry stakeholders.

ABC remains committed to ongoing funding of key industry strategic initiatives at least through March 2015, including the enhancement of more frequent communications to all industry stakeholders to increase consumer confidence in the juvenile products industry. Since discussions began early last year, the formation of a vibrant specialty retail trade group, Brixy, was launched and continues to be funded by ABC.

Additionally, JPMA achieved an important industry goal by establishing an office in Washington, D.C. to increase the effectiveness of advocacy efforts at federal and state levels in the best interests of manufacturers, retailers, and consumers. Ongoing initiatives included in the funding agreement include increasing the scope and effectiveness of safety standards, the JPMA Certification Program, and the value of membership with JPMA.

JPMA and ABC have had a collaborative relationship for many years and will continue to work hand-in-hand on a number of different industry matters. While the merger discussions will not continue, the ongoing evolution of the working relationship will remain in order to best support the manufacturer and retail communities.

Shanghai International Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo Forms Alliance with ABC Kids Expo, BPA/Harrogate Nursery Fair

The Shanghai International Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME China), has formed an alliance with the ABC Kids Expo, held in the U.S., and Harrogate Nursery Fair/Baby Products Association (BPA), held in the UK, for reciprocal pavilions at each other’s shows. [Read more...]

Munchkin, Inc. Reveals 2013 Product Innovations

Munchkin, Inc., has announced six new additions to its portfolio of more than 200 existing products. These new products offer a twist on everyday essentials via unique, vibrant designs, meant to make parenting a little more stylish and manageable. Munchkin will introduce the new innovations at the ABC Kids Expo in Louisville, Ky. , from October 14 to 17, and they will be available in stores early next year. [Read more...]

The Boppy Company Hires Brandgenuity, Gives Birth to New Licensing Effort

The Boppy Company, maker of the Boppy Feeding and Infant Support Pillow, has named Brandgenuity to be its exclusive licensing agency of record. Brandgenuity will help the Boppy brand expand beyond its core baby and prenatal products to a wide range of smart solutions that comfort and support mom and baby.

The Boppy Company, whose pillow has received the most votes in American Baby magazine’s “Best of the Year” contest 10 times from 2002 to 2012, plans to launch a comprehensive licensing program and work with licensing partners to create a new range of high-quality Boppy-branded products that will provide “Support for all Momkind.”  Key categories for expansion include gear, changing and bath products, bedding, layette, furniture, home décor, and toys.

Jay Asher, partner at Brandgenuity, will attend the 2012 ABC Kids Expo held in Louisville, Ky., from October 14 to 17. For more information about the Boppy licensing program or to set up an appointment, call Brandgenuity at (212) 925-0730.

ABC Kids Expo Announces Tweet Up and PTPA Awards Exclusive Offer

The ABC Kids Expo will hold its Tweet Up Event on October 15 at 3:30 p.m., during the expo. The event is sponsored and co-hosted by PTPA Media and is an opportunity to enjoy refreshments, meet with industry colleagues, and learn more about integrating Twitter into marketing efforts.

Samples must be received by September 4. Contact Kathryn Howell at (905) 738-1447 ext. 222 or find her on twitter @Dogpaddling and @PTPA for more info.

The ABC Expo has also announced a special ABC Kids Expo Awards Campaign, open exclusively to participating exhibitors at the show. Enter products with the Premium Package and receive a suite of bonus media add-ons, including an exclusive invitation to the PTPA-hosted Tweet Up Event at the show.

This post was originally written by Loren Moreno and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

ABC Kids Expo’s 2013 Show Moves Back to Vegas

ABC Kids Expo will be moving its 2013 show back to Las Vegas after feedback from industry participants, announced All Baby & Child, Inc. (ABC), the parent company and organizer of the trade show. The location for the upcoming 10th Annual Expo, to be held October 14-17, 2012, will remain at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Most of the exhibit space for the 2012 show (75 percent) has been sold.

ABC says it is working closely with Louisville officials and suppliers to address concerns for the 2012 show. Concerns being discussed include improving healthy food options and reduction in wait times, reconstructing the expo center’s Wi-Fi system, and having more restaurant options in the city on Sunday.

For more information, or to register for the 2012 show, visit www.theabcshow.com.

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