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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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China's Singles Day is the biggest shopping day in the world, and it all began in the 1990s as a response to Valentine's Day. It seems that students at a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Global Toy News
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I can still recall entering the stores and being overwhelmed with the smell of salty popcorn and hotdogs. Once past the olfactory assault, it was on to bad lighting, unkempt... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Global Toy News
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I am very proud to be featured in this excellent piece on the Toys R Us bankruptcy. Congratulations to Carter McCall and his team at the Wall Street Journal. Click... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at Global Toy News
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"The Toys 'R’ Us Adventure is a mess, but worse, it looks cheap and feels cynical." Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune Tru Kids is, apparently, looking for any way possible to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at Global Toy News
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I continue to receive emails from toy industry members who have recently been or are in Hong Kong. For us all to better understand the conditions there, I will continue... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at Global Toy News
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I came upon a list of top boys' and girls' intellectual property this week*. I studied it carefully and was surprised to find that there was a surprisingly large number... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at Global Toy News
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I am a stickler about customer service. That is why I was very pleased to see that Newsweek magazine has issued its Best Customer Service rankings for 2020. They cover... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Click here to listen to Chris and Richard engage in a wide-ranging conversation talking about current issues in the toy industry. They'll discuss the state of Barbie and what's behind... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Global Toy News
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In September of this year, Chris Byrne and I interviewed Jay Foreman, Basic Fun CEO, for our Playground Podcast. We talked about the threat of tariffs and the current administration's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Things may be improving on the tariffs front. The subscription, Bloomberg Close reported as follows today: "Chinese officials confirmed over the weekend that the U.S. and China are close to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Last week I posted a letter from a toy industry veteran who had just been in Hong Kong. It appears that conditions have deteriorated. Here is an email from another... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Global Toy Enterprises is pleased to announce the successful placement of The Young Scientists Club (TYSC) with Horizon Group USA. The transaction was completed the week of October 21st. TYSC... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Kids Insights specializes in research and insights on kids and their ecosystems. We survey 2,000+ kids, tweens, and teens every single week across three continents, including US, UK, Europe, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Global Toy News
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I attended a small meeting about Hong Kong and China last week that was put on by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Bank of China. An attendee... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Less than one-half of American e-commerce providers ship outside of the United States. ...... There is a nice piece by Chain Store Age's Dan Berthiaume on the relative absence of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2019 at Global Toy News
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The companies that paved the way for the influencer economy...are questioning if it’s worth it. Wall Street Journal, Suzanne Kapner, Sharon Terlep ...... There is an excellent piece in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2019 at Global Toy News
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We have always had female superheroes; only we didn't call them that. ...... Frozen 2, and Elsa, in particular, has gotten me thinking about girls and how we depict them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2019 at Global Toy News
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"What a robot says and what tone of voice it uses can determine whether the user will find it engaging or boring, intimidating, or encouraging..." Maja Matarić, "How to Build... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Global Toy News
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I don't typically write about new products, but my attention was grabbed by "The Last Gameboard," a digital playing surface that replaces traditional, cardboard gameboards — invented by Rob Wyatt,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at Global Toy News
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"Slovenliness is no part of religion. Cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness." John Welsey, 1778 ...... You can credit John Wesley with the above quote, but the sanctity of cleanliness... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Click Here to listen to Chris Byrne (Richard was traveling) interview Ursula Ziegler, head writer of the smash hit, Paw Patrol. This is part 1 of a 2 part podcast. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2019 at Global Toy News
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We should anticipate a big year from Mattel as, between the two chains, they listed almost twice as many items as their chief competitor, Hasbro, and four more than Spin... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Dolls have been a growth category for the last five years (45%, according to NPD). I am betting that the trend line will continue. ...... The Barbie, Frozen, and LOL... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Tribalism: "The loyalties that people feel toward particular social groups and to the way these loyalties affect their behavior and their attitudes toward others." - Collins English Dictionary .......... The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2019 at Global Toy News
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I have a vivid memory of my father, the manager of a variety store, getting in a brand, new coin-operated horse ride. My Dad placed a coin in the slot... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at Global Toy News