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The growth of the then fledgling discount store industry presented opportunities to add toy wholesaling and toy importing to his skills. As the toy business began to come into its own in the 1970's, he joined Children's Bargaintown in Chicago, one of the two regional toy retailers who eventually became Toys "R" Us. He then moved to Circus World Toy Stores in Detroit as Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager during the chain's growth years and was instrumental in the growth of the company from 9 to 150 stores. Seeing an entrepreneurial opportunity, he then moved to the New York area to become President of Toy Retailers, Inc., New Jersey operators of leased toy and sporting goods departments. While there, he developed the concept of retailing children's clothing in a combination store environment with toys as the company opened several Children's Choice stores in regional shopping malls.
As "big box" retailing flourished in the 1980's, in the concept pioneered by Charles Lazurus and Toys "R" Us, he rejoined Toys "R" Us in 1983 in the merchandising/purchasing division. When Toys "R" Us made the commitment to go forward with an International division, Bloom was appointed Vice-President of Merchandising, where he pioneered the merchandising initiatives in the first ten Toys "R" Us International countries (including their successful entry into Japan). It was during this period that he was able to broaden his outlook on both the toy business and international retailing.
In 1998, Bloom retired from a fifteen year career (nearly 20, if you count his earlier stint in the Toys "R" Us Chicago predecessor company) at Toys "R" Us, and created Philip A. Bloom & Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in toy retailing and manufacturing consulting on a global basis. In addition, Bloom has become active in SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), a volunteer organization sponsored by the U. S. Government Small Business Administration that counsels small businesses.
And that's how the Bloom Report came about. Bloom, who began to use the "brand new" Internet, started to send his Philip A. Bloom & Associates and SCORE clients, articles of interest that he would find on the Internet. Soon, he was getting requests from others in his longtime network of friends and business associates to add them to the list of those receiving the articles. He then found that he needed to organize the "news" into a more formal newsletter and entitled it the Bloom Report. It became a business-daily e-mail newsletter of the latest toy news and information, along with Bloom's insightful comments and occasional editorials. As the subscriber base continued to increase, Bloom decided that moving it to the Internet would allow the newsletter to continue to grow and better provide the news and information that was important to those in the toy (and related) business. And that's where it now resides as a free subscription based service to the industry.
Bloom Report Mission Statement
the Bloom Report publishes news releases and information on, and about, all the companies (retail, manufacturing, licensing, distributor, representative, importer, Internet, and others) that make up a the toy industry. the Bloom Report actively solicits all the news relevant to the industry, and encourages companies to use the Bloom Report as an effective way to communicate their PR to the industry.
the Bloom Report is a free publication (with registration) to subscribers, and does not charge for publishing news and information. the Bloom Report WebSite is continually updated throughout every business day with all the Toy Industry news and information...as it happens!
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