ASTRA Welcomes 100+ First Time Exhibitors

ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy, slated June 10-13, is a four day trade show and conference full of educational sessions featuring industry leaders, hands-on production demonstrations, and networking with friends and industry professionals. The Marketplace & Academy will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The annual event sponsored by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association features more than 500 exhibitors and 1,300 independent retailer attendees. More than 100 new, first-time vendors will be on hand. Features of the Marketplace include a special interactive zone which highlights the magic and excitement of Neighborhood Toy Store Day where visitors …

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 …