TIA Webinar Focuses on Distribution Channel Trends and Growth Strategies

TIA LogoThe Toy Industry Association (TIA)’s Shifting Channels: Strategies for Growth in the Toy Industry webinar is scheduled to take place on August 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET. It will highlight key findings from a Vanderbilt University study on distribution channel trends in the toy industry as well as potential pathways to success.

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TIA Announces Business-Savvy Line-Up of Speakers for Fall Toy Preview

Fall Toy PreviewAs reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), speakers at this year’s Fall Toy Preview include Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner and billionaire investor from the hit TV show, Shark Tank. He will deliver his address at the Women in Toys Empowerment Day, a mentoring and networking event for female business owners taking place on October 5, the day before Fall Toy Preview officially opens its doors.

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TIA Reports Information Technology Agreement Will Extend Duty-Free Treatment to Electronic Toys

TIA LogoAs reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), a landmark deal was reached between 54 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) last week that will extend duty-free treatment to more than 200 information technology products, including certain types of electronic games, toys, and other electronic accessories.

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TIA Calls for Further Third-Party Testing Reduction, Following CPSC Exemption for Unfinished Trunk Wood

TIAAs reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a direct final rule exempting unfinished and untreated trunk wood from third party testing for the eight heavy metals listed in the ASTM F963-11 toy safety standard. The rule is slated to come into effect on September 15.

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Take Action: Urge Your Senator to Support TSCA Reform

TIA Logoby Ed Desmond, executive vice president of external affairs, Toy Industry Association (TIA)

One of the biggest threats facing your business today is the increasing problem of state after state seeking to ban certain chemicals used in toys. Individual state legislatures—and even counties—have been creating their own flawed chemical management laws, which could force retailers to pull perfectly safe products from store shelves. While the TIA is working to prevent such state laws, we are also actively engaged in addressing this threat by urging Congress to pass a federal, uniform chemical management policy that will help preempt state-by-state activity.

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Toy Industry Financial and Operating Benchmark Study Results Now Available

TIAThe Toy Industry Association (TIA) has made available the final results of the 2015 Toy Industry Financial and Operating Benchmark Survey. This confidential survey, conducted by Industry Insights, collected financial and operations data this past spring from 63 TIA member companies in the U.S. and Canada, all involved in the manufacturing, importing, and distribution of toys.

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Etch A Sketch Turns 55 This Month

Etch A SketchFirst introduced by The Ohio Art Company as a mechanical drawing toy, the Etch A Sketch turns 55 years old on July 12. To date, more than 175 million units have been sold worldwide since it made its debut in 1960, according to The Ohio Art Company.

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Game Stores versus Toy Stores: There’s More than Enough Fun to Go Around

by Sara Erickson, owner, Rook’s Comics and Games

Rook's InteriorSitting in my game store on a warm Saturday afternoon, I watch as customers stream in with tote bags full of games they plan on playing during the next three or four hours. I know most of them by name and would consider many of them my friends. They’ve been shopping and playing at my store for the past nine years, and I’ve seen them grow from awkward teenagers into professional adults. Many have even outgrown my store and are now shopping at the local toy store across the street for their own kids. Eventually, the cycle will repeat and I’ll be selling the newest hot game to the next generation.

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COMMENTARY: What I’ve Learned About the Toy Industry—An Intern’s Perspective

ToyBooklogoAfter quarterly report cards and end-of-the-year science projects, if my grades were above a B+—and my teacher’s comments weren’t scolding—my mother would drive me to Toys “R” Us in Massapequa, N.Y., to pick up a Summertime Beach Barbie.

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TIA’s Genius of Play Campaign Collects 58,000 Hours After One Week

TIA,GeniusofPlay,ClayAs reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), the Genius of Play campaign was launched last week, and parents and caregivers across the U.S. have already pledged to play a collective 58,000 hours with the children in their lives. In addition, more than 50 TIA member companies have shared the campaign’s inaugural Facebook post and its message about the essential role of play in the development of children.

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