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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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This headline from Business Insider says all you need to know: "A German grocery chain that crippled its rivals in the UK is about to invade the US". The chain... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Global Toy News
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"Ideas pull the trigger but instinct loads the gun." author -Don Marquis "When Mr. Soros [the billionaire hedge fund Soros] was actively managing his fund, he would suffer from backaches,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Global Toy News
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The above image is from the first Mickey Mouse feature, Plane Crazy. The cartoon was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks and was released in 1928. When I watch... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Global Toy News
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Who are the fastest growing retailers? That question interests me because I have been predicting that the bargain retailers are going to survive the e-commerce competition. Why; because their customers... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Global Toy News
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UK toy retail chain, Smyths Toys Superstores, has launched a new ad campaign that is getting a great deal of attention (much of it positive) in that country. Its called... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Global Toy News
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Early 19th century depiction of Hobby Horse Riders slaying a dragon I was writing a piece about rocking horses when I chanced upon the above image of Hobby Horse dancers.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Global Toy News
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New York Times critic, Glenn Collins, reviewed the book, Toy Wars, upon its publication in 1998. In his review, he described the toy industry as : "...a fad-driven, hit-or-miss fashion... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Global Toy News
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You may want to check out a new book from Schiffer Publishing. Entitled Evasion and Escape, it tells the story of how the allied intelligence services used everyday products to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at Global Toy News
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The future of retailing is going to run right through 7-Eleven, Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar I am continuing to track which bricks and mortar retailers are most... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at Global Toy News
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David Brandon, CEO Toys R Us The only area that I think Mr. Brandon missed in his interview is the importance of carrying products that are so unexpected that excited... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at Global Toy News
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So many of the pictures we see of Victorian children show them in static positions. I wanted to find some images that showed them active. I therefore like the above... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Global Toy News
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"The big question is why has the Sears / Kmart management allowed this depressing, slow motion brand devastation to take place?" There is something both sad and a little creepy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Global Toy News
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In April of 2013 I made the following prediction: My prediction is that we will see fewer and smaller big box retailers while at the same time some more adventurous... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Nothing brings the child out in an adult like Peeps. Invented in 1953 by the "Just Born Candy Company", Peeps were once a child's delight. They were so addictive, however,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at Global Toy News
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French Tete Jumeau Bebe Doll, 1890, est. value $3,000 From time to time I receive messages from earnest amateurs inquiring about the value of a particular toy. I, of course,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Tom Tinker Bead Toy; Tinker Toy Company, circa 1920's As you know, I have an inquisitive mind. So as a new grandfather, you wont be surprised that I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Walmart has brought a hipness to its category designations that are creative, fun and compelling. Earlier this year, the Toy Industry Association announced that it was doing away with gender... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Last week I wrote about the bankruptcy of one of the world's largest container ship companies, Hanjin Shipping (see: "A Major Container Shipping Company Line is Bankrupt; Worries for Christmas").... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Is the Torah more profound when hand lettered on a scroll; is the Bible more meaningful when held in the hand; a novel more personal when well thumbed? ^ I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Global Toy News
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It's Labor Day weekend so it seems appropriate to take a look back at some vintage toy tool sets. The quality of the above tools is conspicuous. They look like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at Global Toy News
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"Hanjin is sparking fears among retailers in the U.S. and elsewhere during the busy holiday-stocking season. There could be “millions of dollars” of goods stranded, according to the National Retail... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at Global Toy News
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A defining feature of a cryptocurrency is [that] it is not issued by any central authority, rendering it theoretically immune to government interference or manipulation Investopedia The toy and play... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Walmart appears to see the handwriting on the wall and is fighting back for the lowest income shoppers. The fight is on for the lowest income shopper and Walmart is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Technology will certainly continue to have an impact, in fact an ever growing impact, on the way we and our descendants live. Kevin Kelly, the author of Inevitable, Understanding The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Fisher Price logo, 1931 - 1955 What I notice first about these five early toy company logos is that they are not playful. Rather, they are sturdy and serious with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at Global Toy News