ASTRA welcomes 138 first-time exhibitors to record-breaking Marketplace June 25-28

Welcoming 138 first-time toy manufacturer exhibitors to its annual Marketplace & Academy in Philadelphia June 25-28 is the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA). The exhibit hall—ASTRA’s largest ever—is sold out and is expected to welcome more than 500 total exhibitors. More than 1,000 retailers are expected to attend. Many companies will be showing products that are not available yet anywhere, which gives specialty retailers the opportunity to be the first to offer them in their communities. On-Site Neighborhood oy Store Day Experience This year’s event themed Mighty Together, includes a live, hands-on, experiential toy store—complete with product demonstrations, enthusiastic …

ASTRA names Keynote Speakers For 2016 Marketplace & Adademy

The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) recently announced that stress management guru Colette Carlson and Bob Phibbs, the Retail Doctor ®, will headline ASTRA’s 2016 Marketplace & Academy. This year’s event, the biggest annual gathering of the specialty toy industry, is scheduled June 5-8, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. Carlson will open the Marketplace & Academy with an interactive keynote titled Stress Less: YOU Management vs. Time Management!, packed with ideas to produce more in less time with fewer resources, while staying focused, positive, and engaged. Participants will learn how to challenge unrealistic expectations, how to stay cool in stressful …