TIA Creates Social Media How-To Guide for Sharing the Genius of Play

April15.GeniusofPlay As part of The Genius of Play campaign, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) has kicked off an industry-wide social media initiative to open a dialogue with parents and raise awareness about the developmental benefits of play. TIA suggests that the social media posts range from encouraging kids and parents to engage in imaginative play, such as arts and crafts and dress up, to asking parents to share how toys and play helped their children reach important developmental milestones.

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TIA’s 8th Annual Washington, DC Fly-In Welcomes Toy Business Owners

GrandHyattThe Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) 8th annual Washington, DC Fly-In will take place on June 2 to 4. Intended to provide small business owners and large toy companies with an effective way to have their voices heard on issues significantly impacting their business, this year’s program offers small group meetings with leading lawmakers, a boat tour, and more.

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TIF Provides New Toys and Games for 1,500 Children at Marine Corps Air Station

TIF,MCASMiramarApproximately 1,500 children and their families stationed at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar received brand new toys from the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and national partner Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Military Services during a special Month of the Military Child celebration, which took place on April 11 in San Diego.

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TIA Extends Benchmark Study Participation Deadline to April 24

TIALogoToy companies can still participate in the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) confidential 2015 Toy Industry Financial and Operating Benchmark Study, and learn how their financial performance compares with other companies of similar size and distribution channel. The response deadline has been extended until April 24, and the questionnaire can be completed securely online or via hard copy (mailed out to members in late February).

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Port of Long Beach Seminar Considers Key Issues for Holiday Shipping Season and Beyond

TIALogoThe Toy Industry Association (TIA) will host an educational seminar at the Port of Long Beach on May 21, intended to help toy companies gain a better understanding of what caused the West Coast port delays—and to provide information for making logistical decisions going forward.

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TIA’s Genius of Play Research Confirms Play’s Role in Healthy Childhood Development

TIAThe Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) The Genius of Play consumer campaign focuses on spreading awareness about the many developmental benefits of play. In preparation for phase two of the campaign, TIA has been collecting research from renowned academics, psychologists, journalists, and other play-focused professionals to gain insight into the history and future of play, as well as its essential role in childhood development.

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California Toy Day Offers Updates on Port Operations and Chemical Regulations

TIAAccording to the Toy Industry Association (TIA), back-ups and delays at congested California ports have meant millions of dollars lost for toy companies around the country. At the TIA’s 5th Annual California Toy Day, scheduled to take place in Sacramento on April 14 to 15, there will be discussions regarding what is being done now—as well as what strategies are in place for the future—to prevent recurring port problems.

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Toys Lead All Categories in European Commission’s Consumer Product Report

Last year, toys were among the most common product categories to receive health and safety notifications in Europe, according to the European Commission’s 2014 Report on the Rapid Alert System for Dangerous Products (RAPEX). Toys led the most common product categories notified with 28 percent, though only 11 percent of the notified toys were subject to follow-up actions. According to the Toy Industry Association, the percentage of notified toys is not surprising, considering how toys are a particular focus for market surveillance authorities and represent a significant proportion of products examined by them.

The full 2014 RAPEX, which operates through a network of 31 countries that exchange information on non-food products, can be found online in .pdf form.

TIF Collects Thousands of Donated Toys at ToyFest West

tif_logoThe Toy Industry Foundation collected thousands of dollars worth of brand-new toys and games for children in need at the close of ToyFest West on March 11, according to the Toy Industry Association. This year marked the Foundation’s first time as the official partner for the Western Toy and Hobby Representatives Association’s annual Las Vegas show.

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Funrise Appoints King Cheng as CEO, Arnold Rubin to Become Chairman

Funrise Inc LogoAfter more than 27 years with the company, Arnold E. Rubin is stepping down as CEO of Funrise Inc. Rubin will become chairman, and will continue to serve on the board of Matrix Holdings Ltd., the parent company of Funrise. [Read more...]