Retailers Choose Top Toy Picks

The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) recently unveiled its 2018 Best Toys for Kids award winners. The list includes 17 winning toys in 16 categories. “ASTRA’s Best Toys for Kids award program is different from other top toy lists because it reflects the collective expertise of hundreds of toy retailers who know toys inside out,” says Kimberly Mosley, president of ASTRA. “The list of winners is a well-balanced representation of the fun, top-quality, high play value products consumers can find in locally-owned neighborhood toy stores around the country.” The Best Toys for Kids program was created by ASTRA to …

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 …