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October 2010 | Vol. IX - No. 10




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October Staff Picks: TD’s 20 favorites for October include cooking kits, Halloween items and unique plush pals. read more


Design a Buying Space, Part I: Start Outside: Retailers and experts explain how parking, windows and sidewalk displays can maximize foot traffic. read more


Design a Buying Space, Part II: Be Buyer Friendly: Retailers offer tips on keeping shoppers happy through a pleasant in-store experience. read more


Design a Buying Space, Part III: Analysis: Industry insiders divulge secrets to maximizing retail space and storage. read more


TDmonthly Goes Inside … Kazoodles, Vancouver, WA: A Washington toy shop shows why quality and price matter when it comes to sales. read more


BEST SELLERS: Top-10 Most-Wanted Science and Nature Toys: Habitats for live butterflies and frogs, eco-friendly kits and amusing robots top October’s list of science toy must-haves. read more


BEST SELLERS: Top-10 Most-Wanted Card Games: Memory and matching games make for fast-paced fun in TD’s list of 10 top-selling card games. read more


TRENDS: Candy and Food Products Boost Sales: Retailers are sweet on sour lizard-shaped candies, and kid-friendly cooking tools facilitate pretend play. read more


BEST SELLERS: Top-5 Most-Wanted Novelty Items: Removable mustaches and practical jokes amuse consumers in TD’s October list of 5 novelty best sellers. read more


3 REVIEWS: TDmonthly’s Book Expert: Whimsical characters, including a farmer, a child inventor and a huggable bear, charm TD’s reviewer. read more


5 REVIEWS: Summary of Hundreds of Online Music Reviews: Inspiring tunes from a speech pathologist and a child-appropriate hip-hop disc are music to reviewers’ ears in TD’s scout’s October music review roundup. read more


4 REVIEWS: Summary of Hundreds of Online Toy Reviews: October’s online reviews give high marks to a raucous squirrel-themed card game and a stylish modern dragonfly mobile. read more


5 REVIEWS: Summary of Hundreds of Online Book Reviews: TD’s scout showcases books that teach literacy, chemistry and even how to build a lovable plush “monster”. read more


Stop Micro-Managing Your Mind: An expert tells how business owners can keep stress to a minimum through implementing reliable systems. read more


How Groupons Can Bust Your Business: A retail guru explains the dangers of a major promotional trend. read more


Mark-My-Time Encourages Study: Light-up bookmarks with built-in alarms entertain kids while facilitating learning. read more


Finding Toys for Kids on the Autistic Spectrum: TD’s guest expert offers tips on picking the right toys for autistic kids. read more


Will Thomas the Train Rescue Mega Brands?: An industry analyst tells why licensing deals might be a stroke of luck for a second-place construction toy company. read more



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Ashley HeatonWriter's Bio: Ashley Heaton has written articles for magazines and websites including 944 Magazine and Pricegrabber.com. Before joining the staff of TDmonthly Magazine, she spent five years providing editorial and administrative support in the luxury accessories industry. Read more articles by this author

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