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Bira launches new trading platform Neartoo to help indies recover from pandemic

Bira launches new trading platform Neartoo to help indies recover from pandemic

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) is calling on independent retailers to sign up to its new online trading site to help them recover from the pandemic.
The website, which is being launched in February 2022, will provide independent retailers with a new, cost-effective way to sell online, helping them build their presence both locally and nationally.
The UK-wide platform, called Neartoo, is open to all types of retail and will be owned by indies, exclusively for indies, and will operate at significantly lower sales commission than its competitors.... read more

Posted: 12 January 2022

Joe Davies appointed as Xpressions distributor to independent retail

Joe Davies appointed as Xpressions distributor to independent retail

Joe Davies has been appointed as distributor for Xpressions 4 U Limited for some of the most popular Xpressions Ranges to independent retailers. Retailer favourite brands such as Pots of Dreams, Boofle, Nordic Lights, Feather & Grace, Only Fools & Horses, Dad's Army and Minecraft will be available from Joe Davies from January 2022.
In addition to retailers being able to order Xpressions from Joe Davies from January, the collection will also be on display on the Joe Davies stand at NEC Spring Fair, 6th to 9th February 2022. Prices are unchanged for customers.... read more

Posted: 4 January 2022

The Puppet Company signs soft toy contract with WWF-UK

The Puppet Company signs soft toy contract with WWF-UK

The Puppet Company, the largest wholesaler of puppets and soft toys in Europe, has announced that it has signed a contract with WWF-UK as the new supplier of the soft toys sent to supporters who take out a WWF-UK animal adoption.
The Puppet Company has also announced its accreditation with the eco label Blue Angel. The Puppet Company is the only UK toy company accredited and one of only two toy companies in Europe to be awarded this certification for soft toys, which reduces impacts on the environment.... read more

Posted: 10 December 2021

Fanattik wins best Family Business at the Business Masters Awards

Fanattik wins best Family Business at the Business Masters Awards

Fanattik, the pop culture specialist is ending 2021 on a high, winning a Business Masters award at a ceremony held in Manchester.
The gift and collectibles company, a licensee for Hasbro, Universal Studios, Microsoft, ViacomCBS and others supply all levels of European gift retail and this award crowns what has been an amazing year for the boutique gift supplier, which is also in the running for a Gift of the Year award with its SpongeBob SquarePants premium bottle opener.... read more

Posted: 8 December 2021

Enesco’s Peter Rabbit baby collection achieves Best Preschool Gift Range award

Enesco’s Peter Rabbit baby collection achieves Best Preschool Gift Range award

Enesco's Peter Rabbit baby collection achieves Best Preschool Gift Range award. Enesco has received the Best Preschool Gift Range award from the Progressive Pre School Awards for its Peter Rabbit baby collection. The collection is now the company's most recognised both in the industry and with consumers. The collection has now won a prestigious Gift of the Year award in 2020, the changing bag won the gold in the UK Mums.TV, Mums Choice Award in 2020, while the pram organiser won silver in the UK Mums.TV Baby and Preschool awards in 2021.The backpack is also shortlisted in the Mother and Baby Awards 2022, in the best changing bag category, winners to be announced on November 23rd, 2022.The collection is in stock now for immediate shipping.... read more

Posted: 2 December 2021

Enesco supports trade customers with airfreight to overcome stock issues

Enesco supports trade customers with airfreight to overcome stock issues

Enesco Ltd is planning to airfreight in stocks of seasonal goods to support its customers in the run up to Christmas.

The company recognises the difficult situation that faces all its valued customers under the current climate, and it hopes this action will ease some of the burden.

Phil Atherton, Commercial Director, says, "The supply chain is under huge stress currently from factories in China struggling to cope with ongoing covid issues and a lack of electricity. Add to this shipping line delays and the lorry driver shortages that we are seeing across the UK; we feel that any help that we can give our trade partners will be welcomed. This is the key trading period in what has been a tough year for all the trade and if we can do our bit to support our valued customers then we should take the opportunity to do that."... read more

Posted: 8 November 2021

Wedding and party manufacturer Neviti launches new website

Wedding and party manufacturer Neviti launches new website

Wedding and party manufacturer Neviti has announced the launch of a new website, www.neviti.com. The new website is open to both trade and retail customers and Neviti is inviting those with shops and businesses in the party industry to sign up for a trade account. As a thank you they will receive a 10 percent discount voucher to use against their next order placed on the website. Company Director, Tracey Cooper said, "After an extremely difficult 18 months in the party industry we are extremely proud to be launching our new website."... read more

Posted: 22 October 2021

Fanattik has four of its licensed products included in the ‘Pop Insider Holiday Gift Guide’

Fanattik has four of its licensed products included in the ‘Pop Insider Holiday Gift Guide’

Fanattik, the pop culture specialist, has had four of its licensed products included in the prestigious 'Pop Insider Holiday Gift Guide'. After reviewing thousands of products from companies based all over the world, the magazine, widely seen as a bible for fans of pop culture, selected the 24k gold plated Rocky fight ticket under Collectibles, the Lord of the Rings Elessar Necklace under Accessories and the Harry Potter book cover artwork as well as their Lord of the Rings art print under Home Goods.Anthony Marks, Fanttik Managing Director, says, "This is a huge honour for us, only the best in pop culture gifts get a chance to be in this gift guide and for us to have four pieces chosen is amazing."... read more

Posted: 20 October 2021

Enter Gift of the Year Awards 2022

Enter Gift of the Year Awards 2022

The time has come to enter your product into the Gift of the Year Awards 2022. Over the course of its 45-year history, The Gift of the Year annual competition has produced thousands of happy faces from category winners, to highly commended to even being shortlisted. The accolade opens doors and raises your business profile to an audience that matters – the buyers and retailers who judge the competition – and boosts your business on a successful journey. Just by entering the competition you are guaranteed for your products to be seen by retailers, buyers and, as stated by previous years' winners, it is also guaranteed to boost your business and elevate your profile in the industry.... read more

Posted: 13 October 2021

BlueFinity launches Evoke‘s new advanced 360° virtual tour facility

BlueFinity launches Evoke‘s new advanced 360° virtual tour facility

BlueFinity has released the latest of its enhancements to the Evoke low-code app development platform so that it now includes an integrated and adaptable 360° virtual tour capability. This multi-purpose feature allows for the searching, browsing and inspection of any store, venue, property or utility through an integrated part of an app, giving customers a complete virtual and immersive experience.Late in 2020 BlueFinity announced its e-commerce package, which has provided Evoke customers with the ability to incorporate a sophisticated retail environment in the apps they create using Evoke's low-code.... read more

Posted: 11 October 2021

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