TIA Urges Resolution to Vancouver Truck Driver Labor Dispute

tia_logo[1]The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is urging for a swift resolution to the ongoing truck driver strike at one of Canada’s busiest ports, Port Metro Vancouver. As reported by the TIA, nearly 1,500 unionized and non-unionized container truck drivers have been protesting for more than three weeks. The protest has impacted $126 million worth of goods and the drivers have turned down legislation introduced by the provincial government, seeking a negotiated agreement.

“With a year-round flow of products, and especially as we head into the very busy spring/summer outdoor toy season, our industry relies upon the full operation of all North American ports to support the global supply chain,” Carter Keithley, President and CEO of the TIA, said.

TIA Hosts Summer Credit Conference

As a chief educational component of its Credit Interchange Program, each year the Toy Industry Association hosts the National Summer Credit Conference that brings eligible TIA member companies together to share and discuss vital credit-related information to help protect their bottom line. This year, the conference was held from July 16-17 at The Depot Renaissance Hotel in Minneapolis.

At the day-and-a-half event, attendees from across the country participated in a problem-solving workshop and sessions that tackled the challenges facing credit and collection professionals working within the toy industry.  Retail partner Target Corporation, industry analysts, and legal counsel who led discussions covered a wide range of practical topics  including trends in vendor fraud and counterfeiting, the dynamics of cargo theft, insurance options, reducing credit card processing fees, and credit risk analyses for key retail accounts.

For more information about the TIA Credit Interchange Program or the EZCredit system, contact Dina Gittings, program manager, TIA Credit Interchange, or Paul Vitale, vice president of finance and administration.

This post was originally written by Lindsay Gordon 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.

TIA to Host Toy Safety Training Sessions for Chinese Manufacturers

The Toy Industry Association will be hosting two toy safety information sessions Chinese manufacturers who manufacture toys and children’s products sold in the U.S. The first session will take place on August 1 in Dongguan and the second on August 3 in Shenzhen.

To emphasize the TIA’s commitment to safety awareness and education, several of the key topics will include U.S. toy safety standards and regulations, recent legislative changes and their impact on Chinese manufacturers and suppliers, the role of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, new toy safety testing and certification requirements, import surveillance initiatives, necessary elements of a factory quality program, emerging issues and hazards, and ways to ensure material safety.

TIA’s senior vice president of technical affairs, Al Kaufman, and Rebecca Mond, the director of federal government affairs, will present alongside a panel of U.S. and Chinese experts. Additional speakers will include Marty Chill, vice president of quality assurance and compliance for Hasbro; and Wonder Wong, quality assurance engineering director for Hasbro.

The training sessions are being organized by TIA with support from the State Administration for Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine of PRC (AQSIQ) and the China Toy Industrial Association (CTJPA), and in cooperation with the U.S. CPSC, Guangdong Dongguan and Shenzhen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of PRC, the Shenzhen Toys Industry Association (SZTIA), and the Shenzhen Import-Export Quarantine Association (SZIQA).

Interested participants may request additional registration details by contacting safety [at ]toyassociation.org. There is no fee for participation.

This post was originally written by Gigi Rubin 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.

Consumer Products Survey Available Online

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seeking the input of key industry stakeholders as it establishes a Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising (CPMM) Center of Excellence and Expertise (CEE) next year.

Toys, sporting goods, and festive articles fall under the CPMM Center. The online survey is open to all consumer products and mass-merchandising firms interested in confidentially sharing their experiences with, and recommendations on, CBP and other government agencies involved in importation.

The CPMM CEE will be among nine centers specifically tailored to the needs of various industries. The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is among a group of associations that have been working with CBP to solicit industry input that will help develop the CPMM CEE. The confidential online survey should be completed by July 23.

This post was originally written by Lindsay Gordon 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.