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Playing At Business - toy & game business podcast with Steve Reece

Jul 23, 2021

The Puzzles category has had a great time during the pandemic, new generations of puzzlers have been 'born' out of all the lockdowns around the world. In this episode of our Playing At Business podcast we talk to Amanda Chaplin of Gibsons Games to delve deeper into the world of puzzles and to discuss Gibsons' perennial...


Jul 13, 2021

In this episode, Steve Reece shares 7 key learnings from his time working in the toy & seasonal department of a major retailer. This episode looks at the importance taking  a practical approach to  merchandising, takes a look inside a decision by a retail buyer to delist a brand, and outlines key timeless learnings from...


Jul 7, 2021

Peter Jenkinson is Mr. Toys, a man who is well known to those within the European as one of the most passionate advocates for toys & games, both on an individual product basis and for the industry overall. We discuss what is going on with the toy trade nowadays and get Peter's insights into major trends...


Jun 24, 2021

The toy & game business is currently facing massive challenges with shipping. Shipments are delayed, and container shipping costs have soared to plainly ridiculous, unviable levels. In Episode 36 of the Playing At Business podcast we take a look at what's currently going on, how long this disruption is likely to last...


Jun 17, 2021

India is a fast rising toy manufacturing hub. In this episode of the Playing At Business podcast we interview the owner of a leading toy factory in India. There are cost savings to be made by switching some toy manufacturing from China to India, and in this episode we take a look at what drives those cost savings. We...