October 2007 | Vol. VI - No. 10
This Issue's Highlights
What to Read in October
Click on TDmonthly Magazine’s ToyTV newscast for a glimpse at this month’s featured stories:
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Then check out this month’s Top-10 Most Wanted science toys, card games and collectibles on video! (You can also check out TDmonthly’s new ToyTV product demonstrations.)
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Deterring theft isn’t just about cameras and security systems. It’s also about strategic store set-up, keeping a close eye on customers and — something that specialty retailers tend to value overall — good customer service! Find out how to protect the business you’ve worked so hard to build in Retailing Tips: Minimizing Theft.
TAKE YOUR STORE ONLINE
You may have a brick-and-mortar store that delights customers at every visit, but does your website achieve the same? 21st-Century Toy Store: Make Magic Online gives tips for virtually recreating that in-store experience. Don’t crowd your customers, let them “browse” if they’re just looking (or “search” if they’re in a hurry), and be open about why your shop is special.
SHOW YOUR LICENSE
Interested in taking your creation from printed character to licensed toy, or finding a license that’s the right fit for your company and the customers you serve? Take a look at How to Create a Licensed Character and Find and Develop a License to see how the process works on both sides of the coin.
If you don’t have time to browse the 500 toys we’ve uploaded this month, take a look at these three, culled from TDmonthly’s October Staff Picks:
Little ones can let their imagination roam free on the savannah with this handmade and hand-painted zebra pull along. The zebra will follow with an uneven gait and sound a gentle bell when pulled along quickly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 14880 (added 8/24/2007)
H-racer and Hydrogen Station by HORIZON FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD.
Other products from HORIZON FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGIES PTE. LTD.
The miniature hydrogen fuel cell car fits in the palm of a hand. The battery-less car operates on a fuel cell that is powered by its own on-board hydrogen storage system, ensuring it an unlimited supply of clean energy. Simply adding water to the station’s tank will create hydrogen fuel at the flick of a switch.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 14872 (added 8/24/2007)
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Writer's Bio: Julie L. Jones has written articles for both newspapers and magazines. Before joining the staff of TDmonthly Magazine, she worked as a communications writer and provided editorial support for a market research company. Read more articles by this author
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