Testing, testing, testing…

When selling products on the marketplace, it can be challenging to determine whether products are considered adult general use, non‐toy children’s product, or children’s toy intended for 12 years and younger. Depending on that determination, relevant regulatory requirements would apply. But how can you make that determination? Here some guidelines.

On the Road: Take Two!

“Every person passing through this life will unknowingly leave something and take something away. Most of this “something” cannot be seen or heard or numbered or scientifically detected or counted. It’s what we leave in the minds of other people and what they leave in ours. Memory.”  ― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten…

[Guest Post] Spark Holiday Joy with Toys for Joy

Santa is alive and well!  I saw him on my way in to work today (true story) — he apparently is hanging out in Western Massachusetts. He wore a red t-shirt and sported a neatly-trimmed beard while driving a little red compact car.  I found it very fitting and coincidental that today of all days,…

Internet Sales Tax Ruling

On Thursday, the Supreme Court granted states the authority to require out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax. This closed a gap that existed between brick-and-mortar and online retailing by ruling that internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes even in states where they have no physical presence. A number of online retailers both…

[Guest Post] What to Keep in Mind with GDPR

The long-anticipated effective date of European Union Global Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is upon us.  On May 25, 2018, GDPR, a mandate for safeguarding the personal data of European citizens officially became effective.  Here are some of the implications of GDPR on U.S. based companies.

On the Road Recap: What We Learned

What a week! We hit the road last week to visit ASTRA retailers in Kansas and Minnesota. What did we learn about these independent toy stores? They are passionate about play and thinking outside of the box to stay ten steps ahead of the game. Here are some of our takeaways from our time on…

On the Road Again

On the road again I just can’t wait to get on the road again The life I love is makin’ music with my friends And I can’t wait to get on the road again On the road again Goin’ places that I’ve never been Seein’ things that I may never see again And I can’t…

Best Practices for Managing Credit Exposure Risk

In Part I of this article, we examined the differences between Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. In Part II, we will review some best practices for managing credit exposure risk. If your business sells or ships goods without prepayment, there is a risk that you will not get paid.  Yet, granting credit on net…

The Numbers Behind the Report

In an effort to identify opportunities for manufacturers, I read and analyzed the latest ASTRA Retailer Benchmarking Survey report and data from a specialty manufacturer’s perspective. What did the data and numbers present?