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Interesting trends at Hong Kong Toy & Stationery Fair

Mark Fletcher
January 11th, 2020 · 9 Comments

I am grateful for the opportunity of a day and a half at the Hong Toy, Licensing and Stationery Fair earlier this week. It was good to see the trends from the perspective of manufacturing companies throughout Asia and Europe. This fair and several others between now and mid February help set the plans for many Australian wholesalers for the back half of this year and the first half of next year. My goal in being at some of these trade shows is to offer retail perspective to wholesaler decisions.

With toys playing such an important role in an evolving newsagency, 25% and more of retail turnover, being on trend matters.

Sort of related: on the bushfires, I got back from Hong Kong Wednesday night. At the Fair I met with manyChinese suppliers. In years at such trade shows people never ask about Australia. This trip, everyone asked and commented about the bushfires. Plenty commented about the Prime Minister and about Australia’s inaction on climate change.


Category: Trends

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Colin // Jan 12, 2020 at 10:13 AM

    I wish “inaction” were true.

    – no.1 LNG exporter
    – no.2 coal exporter
    – 1st country to repeal carbon tax legislation
    – 50% of carbon reduction targets being met by accounting tricks of counting previous events
    – 1.3% of global pollution from 0.3% of global population
    – forcing Pacific rim nations to back off from anti coal policies

    Not inaction, very active but in the wrong direction


  • 2 peter barrand // Jan 12, 2020 at 2:34 PM

    Colin the key figure is that Australia produces 1.3% of global pollution. Next to nothing.

    Whilst I believe there is climate change happening, if Australia reduced its pollution to zero in the next month(which is obviously impossible anyway) the nett change to global pollution is zero because China and India have added more than Australia has cut in that time.

    The hysteria in Australia that we can make a difference by cutting pollution is ridiculous and will cost billions of dollars in a very small economy that we cannot afford.

    If the Indians and Chinese get serious about cutting pollution then its time for all countries to chip in their Little bit then.


  • 3 Mark Fletcher // Jan 12, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Peter is is wrong to point to other countries to justify inaction in our own. Indeed, it is parenting 101 to say to a child that their behaviour matters, not the behaviour of other children.

    The ‘hysteria’ as you call it is not about that we can make a difference by cutting pollution that we can make a difference by cutting pollution as you claim but rather about actually saving the planet. The evidence is irrefutable that existential events are happening.


  • 4 Colin // Jan 12, 2020 at 9:04 PM


    With 1.3 billion people, 18% of world population, India is responsible for just 7% of global pollution.

    60 times more people than Aus producing just 6 times more pollution.

    Do you really think expecting India to cut so that others can continue to protect their lifestyle is going to fly ?


  • 5 Graeme Day // Jan 12, 2020 at 10:16 PM

    Colin how do you prove that Global polutiion is evenly spread?
    L.A. years ago had more pollution than other Counties. China has more than prcatically any other Nation etc. are you saying that each contribution is isolated? then this means each contibution is also contingent to tha isolation. If so where do we get “Global Warming” from? when it’s so individually effective.


  • 6 Colin // Jan 13, 2020 at 9:22 AM

    It’s not evenly spread. Australia produces 10 times as much pollution per head as India. Interestingly, many observers bracket India and Australia under same heading, climate deniars.

    Actions speak louder than Morrison’s weasel words. On the weekend it appears he seems to have finally realised that. A Royal Commission looms, conveniently kicking the can the road for a couple of years by which time he will be long gone.


  • 7 Graeme Day // Jan 13, 2020 at 11:16 AM

    “Ii’s not uniformaly spread or your wordss evenly spread Does this mean that it’s not “Global Warming” that we are defending it Austrlain Wraming particular to this nation alone. I get it, I must have missed something before.


  • 8 Peter Barrand // Jan 13, 2020 at 12:43 PM

    Colin this is where comparing apples with oranges gets hard to interpret in a debate that has no correct answer.

    In talking about per population India’s main mass of population are poor with little electricity and few cars so the masses don’t generate much pollution yet India has 7 cities in the top 10 list of polluters.
    The Australian population all live in houses with electricity connected, air conditioners running winter and summer, 1.5 cars per household so yes we are higher per head of population.

    Are we going to stop producing electricity and ban petrol and all combustible fuels to save the planet and live in slums. No we won’t.

    The 3 top polluting countries contribute over 50% of world pollution.

    Whatever Australians do on their own will make no difference at all.


  • 9 Paul // Jan 15, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    Plenty commented about the Prime Minister and about Australia’s inaction on climate change. Рand they are doing plenty to fix the problem, hysteria YES


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