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Entries Tagged as 'Trends'

Shopkins from GNS a hot licence to stock in the newsagency

August 24th, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Shopkins products available through GNS are worth stocking. Having these on display and promoting them through Facebook pitches your business with a relevance that pushes back on the community perception of newsagency businesses. They display well and offer an up-sell for people purchasing Shopkins products sent through a magazine distributor. We have then in a […]

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Tags: Newsagency opportunities · Trends

Shopkins collector cards popular

August 18th, 2015 · No Comments

If you have stock of the Shopkins collector cards my advice is have them at kid’s level where they can reach them. This will help sales and give you an opportunity to pitch the other Shopkins products you sell. Shopkins is a rapidly growing brand globally. The best indicator is YouTube video views – in […]

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Licenced products that ought to be on newsagents’ radar

December 4th, 2014 · 2 Comments

License magazine has published the top toy licences for boys and girls for 2014. It’s a shopping list for newsagents who want to be strong in this space. 2014 Top Toys for Boys LEGO Cars and trucks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Video games Hot Wheels Xbox One PlayStation4 Transformers Remote-controlled vehicles (Tie) Marvel action figures–Tablet/Apple […]

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Jungle Ants a fresh take on an old toy product

June 21st, 2014 · No Comments

We have brought in Jungle Ants in time for school holidays as part of broader story we plan to tell on activity related gifts / toys. Ant farms have been around forever and it’s terrific to see them packaged in a fresh and enticing way as these Jungle Ants are. We’ve got a whole new generation of kids […]

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Tags: Gifts · Trends

Nanny state threatens Loom Bands sales

April 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Fairfax reports today NSW schools are banning Loom Bands. Instead, the schools should consider congratulating kids for making something rather than watching TV or playing on their phone or tablet device. 8 likes

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The relevance of the Lego brand

February 2nd, 2013 · 2 Comments

All around is, in some old businesses, we and see lessons of maintaining and even growing relevance. Lego is one such brand. The company itself continues to innovate. more important, it partners with others to innovate.  From the retail examples I have shared here of innovative retail stores to new products, Lego is as relevant […]

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Tags: Fun · Newsagency management · Trends

More capacity in mobile phone space

January 26th, 2013 · No Comments

It’s easy to be lulled into a sense of saturation when you consider the number of mobile phones per capita in Australia and other first world countries – thinking that more retail space selling the devices is not needed. The reality is that telcos and others are expanding the retail footprint selling mobile phones. This […]

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More suppliers join the interactive product play

November 5th, 2012 · No Comments

I have written here previously about the tremendous success we have been having with the interactive story book, card and toy range from Hallmark.  They and interactive products from other suppliers, are now a vital part of the card and gift mix in-store with excellent year on year growth. Bloomberg recently published a story about […]

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Is Biebermania over?

July 17th, 2012 · 7 Comments

Sales of magazines with Justin Bieber on the cover are not what they once were so I did some research. It seems that his latest music release is not selling all that well. While we are promoting several current Bieber themed titles and sales are okay, we are always watching for a hot trend fades […]

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Tags: magazines · Trends