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Brexit, Black Friday and Toys R Not Us: The Toy Fair Season Looms

7 Dec 2018

With the Big Four shows that constitute the 2019 Toy Fair Season already waiting in the wings, it's time to brush up on all those issues that are certain to dominate showroom chat and exhibition stand...Read More

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Connectivity Is New Beacon of Hope for LED-Saturated Lighting Sector

5 Dec 2018

With LED power-saving technology now fairly ubiquitous, many lighting industry players at Chicago's LFI Lightfair were looking to connectivity as a way to deliver more value to customers as part of th...Read More

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Can Shark Toothbrushes or Stay-On Socks Topple the Mighty Unicorn?

26 Nov 2018

Replacing the ubiquitous unicorn in the affections of the under-fives was the aim of many exhibitors at this year's ABC Kids Expo, but could the one-horned wonder still outshine all the cuddly lemurs ...Read More

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Reinvention Turns the Tables at New York Contemporary Furniture Fair

21 Nov 2018

Amid the eclectic range of exhibits that constituted New York's International Contemporary Furniture Fair, recreating the familiar – whether that be in the form of tables, stepladders or showerheads –...Read More

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Automation and Southern States Gain as US Production Goes Up a Gear

14 Nov 2018

With labour shortages becoming endemic in certain US manufacturing sectors, production is migrating to the country's less employed southern states and to all-new smart factories, where intelligent sys...Read More

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Greeting-Cards Sector Looks to Woo the Young with Digital Delivery

7 Nov 2018

Disenfranchised from the snail mail-delivered conventional missives of old, could the incorporation of augmented reality, as well as digital sound and video links, see many ever-fickle millennials bro...Read More

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Cost and System Incompatibility Sees Industry IoT Disconnect Continue

5 Nov 2018

The fear of losing data as legacy systems fail to properly integrate with Internet of Things networks, as well as lingering doubts over return on investment, are still proving bars to the widespread i...Read More

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Smart Glasses Lose Out to Luxury Eyewear at Las Vegas Optical Expo

30 Oct 2018

Despite the best efforts of an all-new generation of intelligent eyewear, the spectre of Google Glass' failure is proving surprisingly hard to exorcise, with high-end spectacles still by far the bigge...Read More

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'Making it Where It's Worn' Said to be Future of Fashion Production

25 Oct 2018

Could micro-factories – compact, sustainable, on-site production faculties – be the future face of fashion, as shortened-runs, re-shoring and ever-smarter apparel rewrite the industry rulebook for a v...Read More

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Non-Glam Automatons and Duller Droids Conquer Californian Robo-Expo

15 Oct 2018

While it's the drones and the self-driving cars that have long-lolled in the limelight, it's the more discreet mechanoids that have made real headway into high-tech manufacturing, digital diagnostics ...Read More

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Newly Cost-Conscious US Data Centres Embrace Energy-Saving

27 Sept 2018

With electricity costs a growing issue for the world's expanding number of data centres, better value for money cooling systems, refurbished hardware and processors that do the work of multiple inferi...Read More

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Lack of Government Support Not Big Blow for US Wind-Power Industry

26 Sept 2018

While the Trump administration is rolling back state backing for renewable energy, and cutting the restrictions on fossil fuels, many are confident the US wind-power sector has sufficient momentum to ...Read More

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Taiwan Businesses Fear Being Caught in China-US Trade War Crossfire

18 Sept 2018

As the on-going US-China trade war looks set to go up several gears, Taiwan is keen to put contingency plans in place as the rift between two of its primary overseas markets threatens to imminently un...Read More

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Slime and Punishment: Why it's Time for a More Accountable Amazon

6 Aug 2018

With two major toy scandals under its belt before the year was half-over, how long can the mighty Amazon, the world's number-one online store, emerge unscathed from the kind of furore that would surel...Read More

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Kidult Spending Power Tipped to Shift Focus of Licensed Toys Sector

29 June 2018

Given they have way more disposable income than most children, kidults – toy-loving adults – could trigger a major change in strategy for many businesses active in the licensed property market, as wel...Read More

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US High-Tech Design Show Exhibitors Bless Trump's Import Tariffs

20 June 2018

Maintaining that US manufacturing is booming, exhibitors at the Cleveland Advanced Design and Manufacturing Expo cited President Trump's steel and aluminium import tariffs as the spur for the re-shori...Read More

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Buoyant DIY Sector Sees Eccentricity Creep into US Hardware Show

31 May 2018

With home improvement never having had a bigger role to play in the life of US consumers, the relentlessly-rising spend has encouraged the launch of several distinctly-marginal products, including hom...Read More

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High-Tech Textiles Take on Old Favourite Fabrics at US Sourcing Show

18 May 2018

Traditional trends, such as bold prints and metallic embellishments, jostled with high-tech textiles and augmented-reality apparel for the attention and spend of big buyers at the recent New York TexW...Read More

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With Toys Were Us Beyond Salvation, Toy Retailers Look to the Future

11 May 2018

While the toy industry, in the US in particular, is still reeling at the prospect of life without Toys R US, Europe and the UK are beginning to see an upside, with opportunities emerging and existing ...Read More

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With Re-shoring a Reality, US Industry Rushes to Embrace Automation

8 May 2018

With the Trump administration's cuts to corporation tax said to have triggered a mass return of the manufacturing once outsourced to Mexico or China, US companies are turning to automation as a way of...Read More

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