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Disruption Report #58: Ocean Freight Company Revenues Are Up a Ridiculous Amount, 3,113 Containers Lost at Sea, Just In Time Inventory May Be on the Way Out

Ocean FreighT COMPANY REVENUES INCREASED IN 2021 MORE THAN THE LAST 20 YEARS PUT TOGETHER A headline says it all; “Ocean freight carriers made more money in 2021 than in past 20 years combined.’ The… . . . read more

Choosing TikTok for Toy Advertising; Its Gen Z’s Preferred Choice

“Users spend almost twice as hours per week on TikTok than they do on Facebook.” ………. Where do you want to spend your advertising money? The Internet offers so many choices, and with Facebook and… . . . read more

Radioactive Bling: The Atomic “Bomb” Ring from KiX

In 1947, General Mills’ KiX cereal brand offered the Atomic “Bomb” Ring as a premium in exchange for 15 cents plus a cereal box top. Also known as the Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring, it… . . . read more

The Strong’s Comprehensive Collection Chronicles More than a Century of Coin-Operated Games

Group of materials from Bally-Midway-Williams collection, The Strong, Rochester, New York. When The Strong created the International Center for the History of electronic Games (ICHEG) in 2009, we recognized the important role that coin-operated games… . . . read more

Shenzhen Under Covid Threat

Here comes another potential challenge for the toy and consumer products industries. Toy manufacturing hub, Shenzhen, is facing a possible shutdown due to the spread of the Coronavirus into the area.  Here is how a… . . . read more

Disruption Report #57 – West Coast Port Strike Deadline July 1, Ocean Shipping Reform Act is Law, Ocean Freight Carriers Unhappy

Ocean Shipping Reform Act IS NOW LAW The Ocean Shipping Reform Act has passed the House and the Senate and signed by the President. According to Bloomberg News: The bill is intended to alleviate supply-chain… . . . read more

Road Tripping in Primary School with Schaper’s U-Drive-It Action Set

Schaper’s U-Drive-It Action Set taught children ages five and up the fundamentals of driving a car. The tabletop driving game was released in 1974 and ran on two D-batteries. Kids could drive a toy car… . . . read more

Learning from Pregnant Moms – Recent Baby Registry Trends Provide Insights for the Toy Industry

I found an intriguing article on “What To Expect,” a website for expectant parents. The report “The Biggest Baby Registry Trends of 2022.” provides some crucial insights into how Gen Z parents differ from their… . . . read more

Canadian Retailer, Showcase, Is Opening 27 U.S. Stores this Summer – My Interview with CEO, Samir Kulkarni

Samir Kulkarni is CEO and owner of Showcase, a national retailer and “Home of the Hottest Trends” with 119 stores in top malls across Canada and the USA.  Showcase’s combination of i) proprietary trend identification technology,… . . . read more

Jeffrey Breslow: A Gamemaker’s Life

Click here to listen to this episode Richard and Chris talk with Toy Industry Hall of Fame designer Jeffrey Breslow about his career, his time with Marvin Glass and Associates, and the inspirations and tragedies… . . . read more