The Toy Association has temporarily closed its offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. as a precaution to protect the health and safety of its staff and members during the coronavirus pandemic. With staff members working remotely, the organization asks that members and others refrain from sending packages to the offices as they will not be accepted.

“Over the past week, we have equipped those staff who did not already have our necessary technology to be able to fully remote access their office computers, our network, iMIS data management, and have their office voice mail routed to their email,” says Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Toy Association. “The Toy Association’s operations, services, updates to members, committee meetings, etc. will progress uninterrupted and will appear seamless to members.”

The Toy Association continues monitoring the evolving situation and challenges that the spread of COVID-19 poses to the toy industry. Updates will continue to be posted in the “What to Know about the Coronavirus and Toys” section of the Association’s website.

Additionally, The Toy Book is continuing to provide daily updates regarding impact and reaction from the toy industry and adjacent businesses here. A full archive of stories regarding the coronavirus are available here.

About the author

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.