Tag Archives: Pandemic

Spielwarenmesse Summer Edition cancelled over prolonged pandemic problems

Organisers of the Nuremberg toy fair, Spielwarenmesse have confirmed the cancellation of the show’s first Summer Edition, a postponed edition of this year’s show that was scheduled to take place this July. The fair had been moved from its traditional January slot in order to beat the restrictions in place …

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John Lewis confirms eight stores will not reopen after lockdown lifts in April

The department store chain, John Lewis has confirmed plans to not reopen eight of its 42 UK stores when the current lockdown lifts on April 12th this year. The move will put more than 1,400 jobs at risk. The retailer’s stores in Aberdeen, Sheffield, Peterborough, and York will remain closed, …

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Book of Beasties embarks on mission to provide 500 London schools with children’s mental health support

The Book of Beasties, a London-based start-up and team behind the mental wellness card game of the same name, has committed to providing up to 500 schools with free mental health support to better help children through the current coronavirus crisis. The move follows research conducted by the children’s mental …

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Toymaster cancels Harrogate May Show 2021 and looks towards its 2022 return

Toymaster has confirmed that its annual Harrogate May show will not take place this year, but instead return for 2022 when it will take up its usual residence at the Majestic Hotel from May 17th to 19th. The buying group has said that following the recent Government announcement setting out …

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Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown lays out non-essential retail’s spring time reopening

Boris Johnson’s roadmap for lifting lockdown restrictions across England have offered the light at the end of a long tunnel for non-essential retailers, and the suggestion that doors will be reopening from no sooner than April 12th this year. The plans were detailed amid a roadmap out of lockdown delivered …

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Hasbro partners with Uber Eats to launch free Hasbro Toy Store to families this half term

Hasbro has partnered with the home delivery app, Uber Eats, to launch a free toy store in time for the half term holidays, as UK parents continue to hunt for new ways to keep their kids entertained during lockdown. The new collaborative effort arrives as 70 per cent of UK …

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Disney content and licensing hit hard by Covid-19 but consumer products offer glimmer of hope

Content sales and licensing revenues at the Walt Disney Company have suffered big losses at the hands of the pandemic with dramatic decreases of 56 per cent and an operating income decrease of 78 per cent driven primarily by the closure of theatres, parks and experiences over the course of …

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Mattel achieves ‘best performance in years’ as Barbie and Hot Wheels fuel Q4 and full year success

Mattel bosses have hailed the company’s fourth quarter and full year 2020 financial results as ‘its best performance in years,’ having beaten all expectations to see Q4 net sales up ten per cent and full year sales increase by 2 per cent to hit $4,584 million. Sales of the company’s …

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Chancellor ‘considering tax on online giants’ to help payback Government’s Covid spending

Amazon and other major online retailers could be facing a new online sales tax to help the UK pay its debts following extensive borrowing during the pandemic. Treasury sources have confirmed that Chancellor Rishi Sunak is considering initiating a tax that will target companies who have done well out of …

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Viewpoint | WildBrain CPLG’s John Taylor explores the global shift and trends for 2021

Major changes are taking place across both the licensing and retail landscapes, and it’s not all driven by the pandemic. Yes, the arrival of the coronavirus on a global scale has influenced some sweeping evolutionary moves for businesses the world over, but it has only acted as a facilitator of …

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