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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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Tags: retail · Trends · Ugh!

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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Tags: Newsagency opportunities · Trends

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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Tags: Trends

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