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Holiday Merchandising & Sales Tips – Part 2 (11/1/2013)
Looking for ways to boost sales this holiday season? Toy merchants and sales experts took time to share their insights with TDmonthly Magazine

Holiday Merchandising & Sales Tips (10/1/2013)
Creatively merchandising your store for the holidays can help boost sales, toy merchants and marketing experts told TDmonthly Magazine

Holiday Merchandising & Sales Tips – Part 2 (12/1/2011)
Looking for ways to boost sales this holiday season? Toy merchants and sales experts took time to share their insights with TDmonthly Magazine

Holiday Merchandising & Sales Tips (11/1/2011)
Creatively merchandising your store for the holidays can help boost sales, toy merchants and marketing experts told TDmonthly Magazine

October Holiday Preview - Manufacturers' Favorite 15 Products (10/1/2011)
With the holidays just around the corner, manufacturers told TDmonthly Magazine they have ramped up both the fun and the educational factors in the products they think will be their best sellers for the season

Keep Cash Flowing Freely (1/1/2011)
Poorly managed cash flow and inventory can suck a store under, especially when business slumps.

Make Inventory Work for You (1/1/2011)
By its very nature, inventory restricts cash flow.

Mark-My-Time Encourages Study (10/1/2010)
With sales up 50% over last year, Mark-My-Time’s success is a smart blend of value-pricing, consumer feedback, proven quality and innovative products

Designer Toys Reach Younger Markets (6/1/2010)
The designer toy market is moving collectibles from grandma’s curio cabinet to kids’ bookshelves.

All Baby & Child Turns to Moms and Social Media (6/1/2010)
For All Baby & Child, Inc., founders of the All Baby & Child Spring Education Conference and the fall ABC Kids Expo, 2010 is shaping up to be another successful year.

Zoobies Unfold With New Themes and Licenses (3/1/2010)
Ryan Treft, vice president of marketing for Zoobies, is straightforward about his learning experiences in bringing products to market: “I’ve found that nothing can take the place of a face-to-face meeting

Pentago Goes Multi-Player, Multi-Dimensional (2/1/2010)
Mindtwister USA is ratcheting up the mental pyrotechnics of its popular, award-winning Pentago game with the introduction of a multi-player, multi-dimensional version.

A Safari Into the Imagination (2/1/2010)
What do dragons, dinosaurs and pirates have in common? Along with dozens of other intricately detailed plastic figures from Safari Ltd., they’re the stars of collections designed to promote education and imagination

Mission-Minded Toymakers Touch Lives Around the World (1/1/2010)
Some toy companies practice charity all year long. Whether their mission is focused on social efforts or one that engages in specific charitable projects, they are wonderful examples of the importance of reaching out to make the world a better place.

SphereXYZ Engages Hands and Minds (8/1/2009)
Combine two inventors with a passion for brainteasers, and what do you get? SphereXYZ, a uniquely challenging 3-D puzzle that successfully blends fun and mental skill.

Cloud B Soothes Children to Sleep (7/1/2009)
Created with the desire to help children sleep and simplify parents’ lives, Cloud B’s award-winning plush and apparel products are delivering what everybody wants: a better night’s sleep.

Binkley & Hurst Takes a Ride With Berg Toys (7/1/2009)
Conceived more than 20 years ago by a Dutch boy who longed to own a go-cart, Berg Toys has grown into a worldwide market leader in the manufacture of outdoor toys

Bigfoot & Pickle Face Creations Stamp For Fun (6/1/2009)
Developing a product that encourages creativity and can grow with a child presented an exciting challenge for Cheryl Marchek, owner and founder of Bigfoot & Pickle Face Creations.

Corolle Dolls Enchant Every Age (5/1/2009)
Since 1978, Corolle’s finely crafted, award-winning dolls have brightened countless children’s lives with their smiles and cuddly bodies.

Biz in the Twitterverse (5/1/2009)
This issue offers some insight into the experiences of avid — and brand new! — bloggers and Facebookers who are using online platforms to promote their toy stores

Recession Gives Way to Retro Resurgence (3/1/2009)
Quality. Simpler times. Hands-on play. According to retailers, buyers and industry experts who spoke with TDmonthly Magazine, these are some of the key reasons retro toys continue to enjoy a resurgence among consumers.

Retro Resurgence? (2/1/2009)
It doesn’t take long for history to repeat itself, so what’s reappearing these days? In TDmonthly Magazine’s March issue, find out what retailers and manufacturers say about the “retro” they’re seeing in today’s toy market

The Shred Sled Carves a New Niche (2/1/2009)
From the moment he saw the product at the Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Show in April 2008, Eric King knew he’d found something special. Six months later, just in time for Christmas, he introduced the Shred Sled in the United States — and watched it sell out.

Playmobil Offers Foundation for Kids’ Creative Play (1/1/2009)
Introducing between 80 and 100 themed playsets, accessories and figures every year, Playmobil toys help to stimulate children’s imaginations and create endless adventures.

HEXBUGs Trio Plays With Technology (1/1/2009)
If a robot toy were crossed with an insect, what would you get? A HEXBUG! For Innovation First, the result has been a sellout, with demand overwhelming supply in the products’ first year.

ZinkoTek Constructs “Instant Smiles” (10/1/2008)
It’s big. It’s colorful. And it takes children’s construction toys to a whole new level, giving them the ability to build life-sized forts, characters, and anything else their imaginations want to attempt.

One Year Later: Beyond China, Beyond Lead (9/1/2008)
Despite an onslaught of scientific reports, enacted legislation and consumer calls-to-action since the 2007 toy recalls for lead hazards and defective designs, hard statistical data on the effect and risks of phthalates is still being gathered and assessed

Obama and McCain: Different Plays on Toy Safety (9/1/2008)
Senators Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are entering the home stretch of a grueling election year.

Imaginatives’ Elf Inspires New Holiday Traditions (9/1/2008)
Discovering a holiday tradition that draws its heritage from love and family is uncommon these days. But thousands have done just that with Imaginatives’ delightful elf, Christopher Pop-In-Kins

Innov-X XRF Systems Detect More Than Lead (8/1/2008)
Lead is not the only thing to worry about when it comes to toys and other products for children. The August 2007 lead scare and series of toy recalls was the beginning...

ThinkFun Puzzles Set Brains on Fire (7/1/2008)
When husband and wife Bill Richie and Andrea Barthello co-founded Binary Arts in 1985, they started with the premise that “having fun is a great way to learn"

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