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 For more news, visit, 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.