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Toys in the News: 11-24-2015

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From Land Robotics To Drones - The Future Businesses Set To Impact Retail Deliveries. November 24, 2015 — The last mile is often the most inefficient and costly part of getting online purchases...

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reported a decline in toy recalls. November 24, 2015 — In fiscal year 2015, CPSC issued 25 toy recalls, way down from 172 in 2008...

After Losing Out to Disney’s Frozen Last Year, Barbie Back on Top of Girls’ Toy Lists. November 24, 2015 — After losing her crown to Disney’s Frozen characters in 2014, Barbie is back on top of the National Retail Federation’s Top Toys list...

Global Toy Sales Rise 7 Percent Heading into the Holiday Season, NPD Group Reports. November 24, 2015 — Around the world, toys are an essential part of the holiday season, for consumers, retailers, and manufacturers alike...

Toys R Us CEO makes a (strong) case for being open on Thanksgiving Day: 'It's what you do'. November 24, 2015 — We've all seen those GEICO ads as part of the company's "It's what you do" campaign...

Hasbro Toy Fair 2016 Sneak Peek. November 24, 2015 — Wednesday night, Hasbro gave us a sneak peek at Toy Fair 2016 - and now we get to pass it on to you...

Chicago Toy & Game Fair plugs in to technology. November 24, 2015 — IBM Watson and robot toymaker Sphero have figured out that technology is essential to making toys kids love...

Hasbro's new robotic cats will make you feel a little less alone, and a little more alone. November 18, 2015
— Hasbro's new Joy for All companion pets are a line of robotic cats that meow, purr, and respond to touch - for the elderly...

Hasbro is already struggling to keep up with the demand for Star Wars toys. November 18, 2015 — Four weeks away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens—and nine weeks after the film’s merchandise hit shelves—Hasbro is running low on inventory...

With Boy In Barbie Ad, Mattel And Moschino Aim To Bust Gender Stereotypes. November 18, 2015 — It’s no secret that Mattel has a Barbie problem. Sales of the fashion doll have slumped...

Chicago Toy & Game Fair plugs in to technology. November 18, 2015 — IBM Watson and robot toymaker Sphero have figured out that technology is essential to making toys kids love...

LeapFrog dives more than 20% after more disappointing results. November 11, 2015
— The long fall of LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. LF, hit another sudden decline Monday afternoon...

Mattel's Revenues Weak, Turnaround Efforts Underway. November 11, 2015 — Mattel’s third quarter 2015 earnings per share of 71 cents missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate...

Unsafe toy lists are flawed, toy industry says, consumer group responds. November 11, 2015 — Every holiday season millions of consumers seek shopping guidance from lists of potentially unsafe toys...

Toy Industry Has Best Year in a Decade. November 10, 2015
— Toys are staging a comeback. The U.S. Toy Industry is expected to have its strongest year in at least a decade...

Toys are getting smarter -- and that means pricey. November 10, 2015 — The "smart" technology that can be found in everything from mobile phones to cars to home appliances is also showing up in the toy aisle...

Toy Laser Pointers Pose Risk To Eye Health: First Case Of Eye Damage Caused By Toy Reported In Germany. November 10, 2015 — In what is being called a "one-in-a-million shot," a bus driver in Germany reportedly suffered from permanent eye damage...

6 tips for a better mobile retail experience. November 6, 2015
— Mobile technology should be a perfect way for stores to enhance the in-store shopping experience...

Twister, Super Soaker and Puppet Join the Toy Hall of Fame. November 6, 2015 — They sunk your Battleship. And the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were sent back in their shells...

Hasbro Has Become A Licensing Giant. November 6, 2015 — It's simply hard not to like Hasbro's licensing portfolio...

Retailers are competing — for holiday workers. November 6, 2015 — Unemployment is at a seven-year low and the number of people working part-time shrank by 1 million since last September

Student-created toy initiative helps disabled children play. October 30, 2015 — The engineering and physical therapy students at the University of North Florida (UNF) helped start the Adaptive Toy Project...

Boys and Girls, Constrained by Toys and Costumes. October 30, 2015 — A web search for Halloween costumes of scientists produces only boys wearing lab coats and goggles...

IKEA Transforms Kids' Drawings Into Cuddly Toys That Raise Money For Charity. October 30, 2015 — This furniture retailer is making a global impact with some cute new products - no assembly required...

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