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Gifts & toys

Gifts & toys Archives

How Chinese toy retailer Pop Mart plans to rival Disney

Pop Mart was listed on the Hong Kong Stock exchange in December and was valued at $US 7 billion ahead of its trading deb...
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Retail news around the globe

Malaysians dine in car during lockdown; Walgreens, Uber help access to Covid-19 vaccines; Barbie, Hot Wheels’ holiday-qu...

Buying Bridgerton: How hit TV shows are influencing retail

With consumers growing cynical towards traditional advertising methods, retailers are capitalising on ‘cool’ content.
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How Gen Y is fuelling a bougie baby boom

Retailers report strong demand in the premium baby market since the pandemic with “aspirational, yet real influencers” a...

Startup roundup: Sustainable and stylish gifts and homewares

From fish leather to upcycled leather these three businesses are on a mission to encourage customers to lead sustainable...

Funtastic sees fruits of Toys ‘R’ Us acquisition in November

The additional revenue streams afforded by Hobby Warehouse and Toys ‘R’ Us boosted revenue by 60 per cent.

Why forward-thinking retailers are finally becoming more inclusive

Kmart has just joined a growing list of retailers offering products for people with disabilities.
Toys R Us

Funtastic’s Toys ‘R’ Us acquisition complete, looks to accelerate growth

Head of Hobby Warehouse takes up role of CEO of the combined company.

Redbubble names new chief executive

Former Seek CEO Michael Ilczynski will step up to lead Redbubble.

How one Kiwi couple turned good design into big business

Wishbone Design is a family business in Wellington punching well above its weight in the global toy market.

Funtastic acquires Toys ‘R’ Us Australia in recapitalisation play

Louis Mittoni, founder of Hobby Warehouse, is to be appointed CEO and managing director of the combined group.
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The Kiwi brand, the Korean customer and the US$500,000 order

In 2015, Wishbone Design received a huge order from a single customer. Here’s what happened next.

Long distance adult toys boom for The Hot Spot during lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing couples to adapt to new technology and find innovative ways to keep the romance alive a...

Redbubble more than doubles revenue, profit in first quarter

During the first quarter Redbubble refocused on four key initiatives which were able to generate growth.

Michael Hill’s branded-product sales deliver strong first quarter

Though the business saw a double-digit decline in foot traffic, same-store sales rose 7.3 per cent.