ABC and JPMA Form Trade Show Committee for Kids Expo
All Baby and Child, Inc. (ABC), creator of the ABC Kids Expo, and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) are forming a trade show committee for ABC Kids Expo. Regular participants will now have the opportunity to have greater involvement in decisions affecting the show.
The committee will meet twice a year and will be advisory in nature. The first meeting will be held during ABC’s Spring Educational Conference and Trade Show in Las Vegas (April 25-27). Keith Schneider of PEM America, who is a JPMA board member and member of the JPMA and ABC Unification Task Group, has agreed to chair the trade show committee.
Committee members will be solicited from all major constituencies of the show—from large, medium, and small retailers and manufacturers to representatives of the various show categories. Anyone interested in serving should contact Kelly Mariotti at email@example.com.
The formation of the committee is one of a series of initiatives to be introduced by the JPMA and ABC Unification Task Group. In October, JPMA and ABC announced they were discussing ways that they could work together to achieve broad industry objectives.
Registered ASTRA Attendees Invited to Free One-Hour Webinar
On Friday, April 27, retail educator Paul Erickson of RMSA Retail Solutions will present a free one-hour webinar on inventory management to independent retailers who register for the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association’s (ASTRA) Marketplace & Academy by March 31. Erickson will lead retailers through specific techniques to control inventory, increase margins, improve stock sell through, and pump up profits. The webinar will serve as an introduction to the content Erickson will present in June at ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy in Baltimore, Md.
All retailers who register for the Marketplace & Academy by March 31 will receive a link to the webinar by April 20. To register for Marketplace & Academy, visit www.astramarketplace.org.
Moose Enterprise Named Australian Distributor for Bananagrams, Inc.
Moose Enterprise has been named the Australian distributor for the
Bananagrams games range, starting in May. The range includes Bananagrams, Appleletters, Pairs in Pears, Zip It!, and Fruitominoes.
Techno Source to Distribute Kurio Kid Tablet in U.S. and Canada
Techno Source, a division of LF Products, has entered into an agreement with CIDE Interactive for a deal that grants Techno Source the rights to distribute the Kurio line of Android-based tablets in the U.S. and Canada. The marquis item, Kurio7, is an Android-based, seven-inch, multi-touchscreen tablet that is Wi-Fi-enabled. The complete range of Kurio devices will be available at mass and specialty retailers nationwide in time for this year’s back-to-school season.
Just like a tablet for adults, Kurio7 allows kids to access email, search the web, read e-books, write, draw, play games, take photographs and video, watch movies, and listen to music. The tablet has an open Android system that allows parents to monitor usage without restricting. Parents can set different controls for each user profile, expanding access as the child becomes older. The tablets, available in seven-inch, eight-inch, and 10-inch models, are appropriate for kids ages 4-14.
Cra-Z-Art and Rovio Launch Angry Birds Activities and Crafts Line
Activities and stationery manufacturer Cra-Z-Art and Rovio Entertainment have partnered for a new line of Angry Birds-branded activity products for kids ages 3 and up. Rovio debuted an Angry Birds Figure Maker Playset, a Super Doodle Drawing Toy, Putty, Color Your Own Bird Bean Bags, a Super Fun set, an Activity Roller Desk, and a Giant Coloring Pad at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.
The Wicks Group Closes the Acquisition of Bendon Publishing
The Wicks Group of Companies, LLC and its affiliated fund entities has closed its previously announced acquisition of Bendon Publishing International, Inc. Bendon is a designer, publisher, and marketer of children’s educational workbooks, coloring books, board books, flashcards, and related educational and entertainment products.
The company plans to continue growing in its core markets and will pursue an acquisition growth strategy to build scale in this growing sector. Benjamin A. Ferguson has been named CEO and Terry D. Gerwig will continue to serve as executive vice president. Ferguson and Gerwig were among the company’s three founders.
Hasbro’s Global Licensing Deals
Hasbro has announced the following recent global licensing deals. Chitech is bringing Nerf bikes, tricycles, scooters, and three-wheeled scooters to retailers in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand next month. Great International Co., Ltd has signed on to create Transformers Prime pens, pencils, erasers, stickers, notebooks, and bags, available this year throughout Taiwan. Hunter Leisure is producing My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop sporting goods that are currently in stores in Australia and New Zealand. PT Adinata Melodi Kreasi is bringing Transformers Prime bags and stationery to Indonesia in May.
Moshi Monsters Partners with Sony Music
Moshi Monsters is set to join the likes of Michael Jackson, Olly Murs, and One Direction, after parent company, Mind Candy, confirmed a deal with Sony Music. The deal follows the launch of Mind Candy’s own music label, Moshi Monsters Music.
The deal kicks off with the debut Moshi Monsters Music album Moshi Monsters, Music Rox!, featuring 12 tracks from the Moshi characters, including The MonStarts, Dr. Strangeglove, Popstar Poppet, Big Bad Bill, and Sweet Tooth, as well as newly developed music characters Bobbi SingSong and Zack Binspin. The music ranges from rock to Bollywood styles.
Sony Music will handle the UK distribution of Moshi Monsters’ music releases. The album is available for pre-order now at Amazon.co.uk, Play.com, HMV.com, and iTunes UK. It will launch on shelves in the UK (and on iTunes globally) on April 2.