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It’s happening again.

The spread of the COVID-19 delta variant and a global uptick in new cases has prompted a fresh wave of postponements in the live event space.

ABC Kids Expo — one of the biggest gatherings for baby gear and juvenile products — has been postponed until next year. The event was slated to take place Sept. 26-28 in Orlando. Details are light at the moment, but the promotion of the event was still active through the end of last week.

In the UK, Toy World reports that Distoy, originally slated for Oct. 26-29 in London, has also been pushed into 2022. Organizer David Potter tells the trade that increasing infection rates and the potential emergence of new variants were causes for the plug to be pulled. “As a result, many companies have banned international travel until 2022 by which time they — and we — hope that some kind of normality will have returned. Distoy without international travel simply won’t work,” he says.

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The Toy Book was recently on the ground in Minneapolis for the return of the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy, the first major toy-related trade show to occur in the U.S. since the pandemic began. As it stands right now, Toy Fair Dallas is next up in October.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.