Retail

Smyths Toys launches Funko Pop! Vinyl to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

The UK toy giant, Smyths Toys, has teamed with Funko to create a special Smyths Toys exclusive Pop! Vinyl figure of the retailer’s own mascot, Oscar in a fundraising effort for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity in support of seriously ill children across the UK. The initiative kicked …

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The Point. 1888 sorts Christmas for animal lovers through Battersea and M&S collaboration

Christmas is sorted for cat and dog lovers this year thanks to a new product range from Battersea which was unveiled in M&S stores nationwide last week. Developed with brand licensing specialist, The Point. 1888, the collection includes gifts for the family such as puzzles, tote bags, hand towels, ceramic mugs, …

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UK toy retail chain The Entertainer moves into Asda in ‘test and learn’ concession partnership

The UK toy retail chain, The Entertainer is moving into the supermarket giant, Asda, as part of the grocer’s ‘test and learn’ partnership strategy. The move will see The Entertainer turn the toy aisles of five of Asda’s UK stores into branded concessions from early next year. Under the terms …

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Another win for licensed toys as Star Wars, WWE and Super Mario land Smyths’ top toys for Christmas top spots

WWE, PAW Patrol, Pokemon, and Super Mario have all made the top billing as this week sees the international toy retailer, Smyths Toys, take its turn in listing its top toy predictions for Christmas 2020, pitting some of the world’s biggest and long-lasting toy brands against new launches in the …

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Barbie, Star Wars and LEGO Super Mario among leading licenses in Amazon’s top toys for Christmas

Classic and retro licenses including Barbie, Star Wars, Back to the Future and Super Mario have been billed among the top picks for predicted best-selling toys this Christmas by Amazon UK, proving the might of nostalgia in 2020 as we head into the critical Christmas shopping season. Amazon.co.uk is betting …

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High street fashion retailer H&M to close around 250 stores as it sees shoppers move online

The high street fashion retailer, H&M has confirmed its plans to close down around 250 of its stores across the globe next year, following the surge of consumers moving to online shopping at the hands of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Retail Gazette reports that the Swedish retail giant stated that …

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Trend Bible CEO Joanna Feeley talks spotting the consumer shift ahead of Festival of Licensing

Among the many facets promising to keep visitors glued to their screens for the duration of October’s Festival of Licensing this year will be a dedicated channel to spotting the newest and emerging trends in a bid to spy the opportunities in what the future consumer will think, feel and …

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H&A takes the plunge with The Simpsons health, beauty and bath range for Superdrug

The beauty and bathing specialist, H&A is taking the plunge with The Simpsons this gifting season to release a range of health and bath time goodies based upon some of Springfield’s most popular residents. Developed exclusively for Superdrug, the new collection spans the likes of lip balm, face masks, and …

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World’s most valuable toy brands could lose up to $3bn in brand value to Covid-19, says Brand Finance report

The world’s top 25 most valuable toy brands – a list that includes the likes of LEGO, Barbie, and Bandai – could lose up to $3 billion worth of brand value as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the latest report to emerge from the independent brand valuation …

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Games Workshop sees trading beat expectations as the hobby franchise finds growth in online sales

Games Workshop is continuing to play its role as the Great British success story, having reported that trading in the three months to August 30th was ahead of the board’s expectations thanks in part to a solid online performance. The miniature wargaming company has said current estimates show sales of …

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