Tag Archives: independent retail

BeeZee launches app for online consumers looking to shop with local indie retailers

Independent toy shops lacking the infrastructure to compete with some of the biggest online retailers are being offered a means of leveling the playing field, through the launch of BeeZee – a new app and website that lets users shop locally from their own home. Launched as a means of …

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Homegrown | No monkeying around: The right royal welcome of Laurence King

The next in a series of articles exploring and celebrating the homegrown British toy design and production scene across all stages of its development, ToyNews catches up with the British born publishing house Laurence King to talk about its successful move into children’s toys, games, and activity kits, and how …

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Kids Insights – The direct approach: Will 2021 be the year for direct to consumer selling?

In its latest report in which it outlines the consumer trends among children aged three to 18 set to shape the coming year, market intelligence agency, Kids Insights predicts a stark rise in direct to consumer retail. With social media and brand’s own platforms playing such an integral role in …

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Indie insight: Armadillo Toys’ Lisa Clay on lockdown spirit and being the BTHA’s Ultimate Superhero

For the past 17 years, the independent retailer Armadillo Toys has been supplying the Leeds locals with an offering of traditional toy and games, while embedding itself at the centre of a community of parents and children spanning almost two decades. When the pandemic first struck last year, owner Lisa …

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Whirli learning: Selling toys the Whirligig way – inside the UK’s independent ‘make and do’ retailer

A former teacher-turned-coffee shop owner-turned-managing director of the UK’s biggest independent toy retailer outside of a buying group, Whirligig Toys’ Peter Allinson is a champion of the ‘things to make and do’ toy space. ToyNews takes a look at the working parts to find out what makes this toy retailer …

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OPINION: A new retail terrain – The immense global shift to online shopping

Government restrictions coupled with customer caution witnessed 2020 truly become a year for online shopping, as consumers made the shift on an immense, global scale. As consumers grow increasingly comfortable with the digital high street, that trend is set only to continue further. But, suggests OnBuy founder, Cas Paton, that …

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Local shops will be able to trade 24/7 over Christmas and January, says government minister

The government is to allow local shops to trade around the clock in a move to support the retail industry and its bid to recoup some of the losses it has suffered during the pandemic, a cabinet minister has said. Communities secretary, Robert Jenrick has said he wanted to remove …

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Rise in shoppers planning to stay local this year, as “support for indies has never been so important”

With the Prime Minister’s confirmation that all non-essential shops will be able to reopen across England when the nation-wide lockdown lifts on December 2nd playing like music to many a retailer’s ears amid the essential Christmas shopping period, independent toy shops are rallying the message that ‘shopping local has never …

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Toymaster: “Indies are poised for a strong Christmas and we have a chance to listen to our members more”

With the cancellation of the Toymaster May Show, a structural change up among its company directors, and now the group’s first leap into the virtual space as it hosts its own virtual tours in place of the usual physical FOB meetings in October, the year has been unlike any other …

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