Information Technology Agreementís Duty-Free Treatment In Effect For Certain Electronic Toys
13 July 2016
Exporters in various industries from toys to medical supplies have begun experiencing the benefits of lifted tariffs due to the Information Technology Agreementís expansion, which was enacted on July 1st. More than 200 information technology products now receive duty-free treatment, including certain types of electronic toys.
TIA President's Letter: Panama Canal’s Expansion No Guarantee For Smooth Sailing
5 July 2016
Toy Industry Association (TIA) President & CEO Steve Pasierb provides his thoughts on the Panama Canal's recent expansion and why it may be too soon for the toy community to expect a positive impact.
Brexit and Toys: Keep Calm and Carry On For Now
5 July 2016
On June 23rd, the United Kingdom’s citizens voted 52% to 48% to secede from the European Union in a referendum commonly referred to as “Brexit.” Though Britain’s full withdrawal from the U.K. could take more than two years once fully approved, regulations and tariffs applicable to toys sold in the British market may be impacted.
ICTI CARE Publishes Ethical Recruitment Guide For Toy Factories
23 June 2016
The ICTI CARE Foundation has released a free Recruitment Practices Briefing guide to help toy factories plan for increased workforces during the peak summertime manufacturing season.
President Obama Signs Long-Awaited TSCA Reform Bill Into Law
22 June 2016
Critical legislation reforming the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act was signed into law last week by U.S. President Barack Obama, representing the first meaningful update to the law in 40 years. The new legislation reflects scientific and technological advances and ensures that a uniform federal policy will regulate chemicals across all 50 states.
ICTI Forms Year-Round Working Groups During 42nd Annual General Meeting
17 June 2016
National toy trade association delegates from around the world convened in Annecy, France from June 5-7 for the International Council of Toy Industries (ICTI) 42nd Annual General Meeting.
“Toy Preview Month” To Take Place This September - Q4 Buying Circuit To Culminate At Fall Toy Preview (Sept. 27-29)
16 June 2016
The Toy Industry Association (TIA) has officially dubbed September 2016 “Toy Preview Month” to mark a jam-packed schedule of product preview meetings slated to take place across the nation throughout September, culminating with TIA’s Fall Toy Preview event on September 27-29 in Dallas, TX.
Genius Of Play Gets Physical This Summer
13 June 2016
With summer just around the corner, the Genius of Play hopes to inspire parents, caregivers and others to engage in active play. Starting this week through July 17th, the toy industry’s research-backed initiative to bring more play into kids’ lives will launch a social media campaign focusing on the key benefits of active play and its role in kids’ physical development.
ICTI CARE To Host Webinar on Responsible Sourcing in the Toy Industry
24 May 2016
ICTI CARE will host a complimentary webinar for toy and entertainment industry stakeholders to provide an overview of responsible sourcing and a better understanding of the ICTI CARE Process. The session will take place on Thursday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.
The Genius of Play Launches New Campaign: It's More Than Play in 2016
17 May 2016
The Genius of Play, the toy industry’s research-backed initiative to bring more play into kids’ lives, today announced its new theme, “It’s More Than Play.” By focusing on six key skill areas children learn through play, “It’s More Than Play” aims to deepen parents’ and caregivers’ understanding of play’s developmental benefits.
Electronic Products on the Agenda for EU Environment Conference in Washington
9 May 2016
On June 3rd, Europe’s Commerce Department will host its annual EU Environment Conference at the U.S. Department of Commerce building in Washington, D.C. Registration is still open for toy industry professionals who do business in Europe.
ICPHSO to Hold Southeast Regional Product Safety Training Workshop
5 May 2016
On June 2nd, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) will host its southeast regional product training workshop at The Home Depot corporate facility in Atlanta, Georgia. The event is open to all product safety professionals – including regulators, retailers, and manufacturers.
Companies Shipping Toys To Indonesia Need To Switch To Local Test Labs In April
19 April 2016
The Toy Industry Association (TIA), along with a coalition of other stakeholders, has been working over the last several years to effect changes in the onerous Indonesian toy import regulations due to issues with certain requirements. One such issue is the decree that two years after implementation, testing must be conducted at a laboratory located in Indonesia.
Genius of Play Takes Center Stage in D.C.
18 April 2016
“Play” has been the talk of the town in Washington, D.C., and the Genius of Play has been at the forefront of the conversation. Genius of Play took the capital by storm with an April 15th congressional lunch briefing at the Rayburn House Office Building and a booth at the 4th USA Science and Engineering Festival from the 15th to the 17th.
Segway Patent Infringement Complaint Halts Several Hoverboard U.S. Imports and Sales
28 March 2016
Segway’s two-year-old patent infringement complaint has resulted in a general exclusion order issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). This order bans several types of self-balancing devices, best known as “hoverboards,” from being imported or sold in the U.S. Thirteen companies were named in Segway’s complaint, five of which had their cases terminated by reaching settlements or consent orders.
Exploring Tech Trends 2016: in Flight and on the Ground
22 March 2016
The year’s tech toys will make playing outdoors even more fun and those inevitable days inside the house much more enjoyable. The range of tech products unveiled in February at the 113th North American International Toy Fair will provide hours of play and further inspire tech-savvy kids and adults.
ICPHSO 2016 Symposium Offers Glimpses of a Safer Tomorrow
8 March 2016
LMore than 750 product safety professionals from around the world convened at the ICPHSO 2016 Symposium from February 29 to March 3 in Washington, D.C.
LEGO Announces Changes in Leadership
1 March 2016
LEGO announced last week that effective April 1st, Søren Torp Laursen, LEGO Systems’ head will be stepping down and taking on a new position outside the LEGO group. Skip Kodak, who currently heads the company’s Supply Chain Planning & Distribution, will succeed him.