Retail

Super Mario, Cocomelon, Back to the Future: Here’s the long list of all DreamToys 2020 picks for this Christmas

This year’s long list of DreamToys – the predicted best-selling toys and games for Christmas 2020 – is a mix of ‘those that have kept families entertained over lockdown’ and boundary pushing innovation destined ‘to impress under the Christmas tree.’ Alongside the DreamToys Top 12 Toys for Christmas, the committee has …

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Cath Kidston will ‘draw on British heritage to operate as a digital-first retailer in the UK’

Cath Kidston has identified opportunities to bolster its brand relevance and product innovation, as well as improve its digital presence and international partnerships, the retailer has said, in a move to deliver “a sustained profitability model” over the next three years. The fashion and lifestyle name entered administration and underwent …

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Menkind is expanding licensed ranges and adult party and card games to meet lockdown trends

The gadget and gift retailer, Menkind has highlighted its plans to expand on its licensed products and exclusive ranges as it heads into the Christmas shopping season, a move that has been driven by the increased consumer engagement with pop culture TV, films, video games and entertainment throughout the pandemic. …

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Costume specialist Rubie’s opens digital doors of Nuremberg virtual showroom and tours

Giants of the costumes and dress up market, Rubie’s isn’t letting the postponed calendar of trade shows stop it from putting on a show early next year, as it prepares to open the digital doors of its 365 dedicated Nuremberg showroom with exclusive virtual tours and live appointments. The new …

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Pop culture retailer Geek Retreat to open 100 new UK stores as geek chic continues to rise

The UK’s geek culture retailer, Geek Retreat, has detailed its plans to open 100 new stores on high streets across the country over the space of the next two years, part of its own plans to ‘breathe new life into town centres.’ The move follows the rapid rise in the …

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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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