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Walsh Brothers Shoes


Great advice for choosing the right shoes for toddlers … all the way from Ireland.

“It’s very tempting to buy every pair of cute little shoes you see in the shops,” says Paula Casey, marketing manager for Ireland’s Walsh Brothers Shoes in Co. Kerry, “but some can be damaging and uncomfortable for the child. Because they’re at such a young age, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to explain or communicate that too easily, if it does occur.”

Everything You Need to Know About Choosing Shoes for Your Toddler

Paula has shared this nifty graphic that pulls together professional advice to consider when investing in a pair of shoes for your toddler. Good stuff in here!

About Walsh Brothers Shoes

Founded in 1902 as a general drapers and boot store, Walsh Brothers Shoes is run today by the third generation of Walsh brothers with the same love of shoes Grandfather John realized over a century ago. In Kerry, Walsh Brothers Shoes is recognized as a premiere footwear retailer catering to all ages. With 49 different sizes and a range of width fittings available, you can be sure to find a shoe that fits. Walsh Brothers Shoes carries children’s shoes from leading brands like Clarks, Duberry, Susst, Vans, Inishfree, Lelli Kelly and more – sports and school shoes, boots and sandals as well as dancing shoes and school bags. With the launch of the WalshBrothersShoes.ie website in 2014, the Walshes have extended their services internationally, providing delivery to the rest of the world!

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Poco Nido Chefs Set


Cook up a storm with your little chefs!

Just in time for the holiday season, award-winning children’s footwear and clothing brand Poco Nido is turning it up a notch for kids in the kitchen!

Inspired by The Great British Bake Off?

Get messy and have some fun with your kids! They’ll love the new Junior Chef’s Set, which includes a printed blue cotton apron with an adjustable neck strap, matching padded cotton oven glove and an adjustable chef’s hat all packaged neatly in a little bag. Light weight and easy to clean, these aprons will last the test of time, ensuring you can share the kitchen experience with your kids again and again!

“Baking and cooking is an amazing way to spend time with children,” says Poco Nido founder Catherine Lobley. “The beauty of it is that it’s hands on, learning life skills and at the end you have a product you’ve made. The end result is either pride or hilarity depending on how your item turns out! It’s a win-win.”

Get to Know Poco Nido

The Poco Nido range is deep rooted in a love of color and pattern. Designers Catherine and Stephen don’t follow trends, they design based on whatever pops into their heads, inspired by travel, children’s stories, patterns, symmetry, a hate of over-packaging, a passion for upcycling and frustration with fastenings.

Over the last five years, Poco Nido has grown to include over 70 fantastic “stockists” (British for a retailer that stocks goods of a certain type) and five distributors worldwide. Winner of two consecutive Gold Loved By Parents Awards for best baby footwear and the Smallish design award for (child) gifting, Poco Nido’s plan is to continue the fight against ordinary with simple and practical products, made in natural materials and loaded with fun.

The one-size-fits-all Chefs Set apron is ideal for kids ages three to eight. A fabulous bib is also available at www.poconido.com. Wholesale wholesale.poconido.com. Visit Poco Nido at INDX Kidswear Birmingham, February 11-12, 2018.

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JPMA Baby Show


The JPMA Baby Show is poised to become the industry’s premier trade show and leading consumer baby show franchise in North America.

The 2nd Annual JPMA Baby Show is March 20-24, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. Part of The Baby Show Series created by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) in partnership with Family Media, LLC, this event provides a world-class trade show experience with three days of a trade show floor, two days of educational conferences and one of the largest consumer baby shows in North America.

Providing parents and caregivers with new, innovative, well-designed products at retail is essential to the health and vitality of the juvenile products industry. The JPMA Baby Show is where industry leaders discuss relevant safety issues, educate the industry, connect with consumers and provide a showcase to launch and sell new products.

Registration Now Open

The JPMA Baby Show is the only juvenile products industry event in North America that combines an educational conference, trade show and consumer day rolled into one event. Admission to the trade show/education conference is open to businesses in juvenile products and related industries.

  • manufacturers, their representatives and distributors
  • national and specialty retailers
  • social influencers
  • the press
  • licensors
  • service providers
  • entrepreneurs
  • standards organizations
  • child safety-focused NGO’s
  • non-profit organizations

Estimated 2,000 – 3,000 Attendees

JPMA member manufacturers are the leading sources of new and innovative products.

  • Learn what’s new, what’s trending and how you can drive your retail business forward to success through seminars and workshops at a JPMA University Session.
  • Connect with suppliers, designers, social influencers, media and entrepreneurs from across North America and around the world.
  • Discover new products, check out the JPMA Innovations Award-winning products and learn about the research findings that can change your business.

The Baby Show Series kicked off in May 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center with JPMA’s conference and trade show followed by the one-day Anaheim Baby Show for consumers. The inaugural event hosted over 300,000 sq. ft. of curated exhibit space. JPMA is an international trade organization of more than 200 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico – manufacturers, importers and distributors of prenatal to preschool products. Each year, JPMA sponsors Baby Safety Month in September to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of the safe use and selection of juvenile products. Family Media reaches over 120,000 families per month through print magazines, online platforms and local community events, including the New York Baby Show -the largest consumer show for new and expectant families in the country- and the New York Family Camp Fair Series and education recognition awards, among others.

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National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources


Children’s retailers, are you suffering from inventory headaches? Five ways you’re triggering them.

Do children’s retail products inventory managers enjoy a good headache? Why else would so many waste time, drain profitability and divert focus away from core business priorities by mismanaging excess inventory? Whether you prefer a pounding or splitting headache, here are five surefire ways to trigger one now or later. By relying on these common strategies, you might as well just be banging your head against the wall anyway.

  1. Make like an ostrich…put your head in the sand!

Ignore a problem and it will surely go away, right? Just put off decisions about what to do with your slow-moving children’s inventory. You can deal with the growing inventory, expenses and taxes later.

  1. Lease additional space.

Out of sight, out of mind. Lease additional warehouse space and spend your company’s money by contributing to the profitability of storage and logistics warehouse companies.

  1. Liquidate.

Go ahead, sell excess inventory at a dime or pennies on the dollar. Or better yet, give it away to employees as a bonus, and watch it pop up on eBay or in other secondary markets. Then wonder why old inventory is competing against your company’s efforts to sell current stock, why everyone seems to be waiting for your next giveaway or price reduction, or why you’re fielding calls from unhappy customers because your inventory is cutting into their sales and profit margins.

  1. Continue selling it.

Do the same thing over and over again – maybe you’ll be the first person to get a different result. Children’s items are outdated and stale, sales are stagnant, but hey, maybe things will pick up.

  1. Send it to a landfill.

You must really be looking for a public relations headache. Because when the media finds out that your perfectly good merchandise is taking up space in a landfill, you’ll have a doozey.

Seriously, though, don’t you already have enough headaches?

Luckily, there’s a way to eliminate inventory headaches without even popping any pills, and it’s a solution that turns a problem like excess inventory into a positive – for the company’s reputation and bottom line.

IRC Section 170(e)(3), a little-known section of the tax code, allows Regular C Corporations to donate excess inventory and receive an up to twice-cost federal tax deduction. Donating your excess inventory to a gifts-in-kind organization not only will significantly reduce your tax obligation, it will get your excess, non-selling products into the hands of qualified, deserving nonprofits across the country.

Gifts-in-kind organizations solicit donations of valuable, new merchandise from American corporations and redistribute that merchandise to their members, which include schools, churches, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations in need of supplies. The donation process is easy, secure and flexible, and many gifts-in-kind organizations provide a range of free services to donors. They can accept shipments of supplies ranging from one box to dozens of truckloads, and in many cases, the freight charges to ship a donation to a gifts-in-kind program also are tax deductible. They also offer a great solution for companies that are consolidating warehouse locations. Gifts-in-kind organizations keep detailed records of merchandise donations and redistribution, so when tax time rolls around, companies know exactly who received their products and how much they received.

In addition, provisions in the tax code stipulate that donated product cannot be resold, bartered or traded and must be used in a manner consistent with the charity’s mission, which means your product won’t find its way back to the open market. Companies also gain brand protection through their donations. The allocation system for gifts-in-kind donations ensures that the products are distributed across a thinly closed market, providing protection from the brand and product devaluation that can occur when extra inventory ends up in the open market.

Typical Donation Items

  • office supplies
  • class materials
  • clothing and shoes
  • maintenance items
  • tools and hardware
  • toys and games
  • computer software
  • sporting goods, books, tapes and CDs
  • arts and crafts
  • personal care items
  • holiday and party items
  • janitorial supplies
  • and more

Many companies also take advantage of gifts-in-kind programs to manage items such as underperforming SKUs, discontinued models or colors, seconds, buybacks and returns.

Gifts-in-kind organizations offer a simple, pain-free cure for any inventory headache.

Guest Blog by Gary C. Smith

Gary is the president of the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR), a gifts-in-kind organization based in Galesburg, Illinois. They like to say they are “in the Business of Empowering Generosity,” supporting communities by collecting merchandise donations from generous American corporations and giving it to those who need it most. For more information, contact NAEIR at (800)-562-0955 or donor@naeir.org, or visit www.naeir.org.

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Lelli Kelly Kids Shoes


North American Shoe Company to Relaunch the Footwear Brand in Spring 2018

Rhode Island-based North American Shoe Company is the exclusive licensee for Lelli Kelly Kids in the U.S. and Canada, planning a relaunch of the shoe brand with a new collection in Spring 2018.

Lelli Kelly is renowned for putting the fun and funky back onto little girls’ feet. Launched in Italy in 1992 by the Attilieni family, every little girl wants a pair of Lelli Kelly’s because the gorgeous sparkly collections feature detailed hand-sewn beads and sequined flowers.  A fast favorite with girls, parents are thrilled because each shoe is machine washable, ensuring these high-quality styles stand up to being their little girl’s favorite.

“We are thrilled to be relaunching this much beloved brand in North America,” says Jon Shapiro, director of sales for North American Shoe Company. “This is the first time in several years there has been a specific U.S. distributor targeting consumers in the States. This gives the Lelli Kelly brand the opportunity to be showcased to moms and daughters in a way they are accustomed to.”

Sparkle & Shine Guaranteed Year-Round

The new spring assortment will include 12 to 16 styles of canvas sneakers, Mary Jane’s, high tops, sandals and joggers available in girls sizes from toddler to youth. A new website will launch in 2018 (www.LelliKellyUS.com) and the line will be available to consumers in late January. The launch will be supported by a social media campaign across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with U.S.-specific platforms.

Jon tells us that the relaunch will not only appeal to established fans with easily recognizable looks, these designs will stand out from the crowd, creating new fans as well. “Children’s retailers across the country are so excited about the news and looking forward to having Lelli Kelly back on their shelves,” he says. “We’ve experienced such great response to the relaunch.”

Established in 1918, North American Shoe Company (NASC) is the exclusive distributor in the U.S. for Beeko, Foamtread slippers, Lelli Kelly Kids and Tundra Boots and also distributes Tingley rubber boots. NASC is the leading wholesaler catering to footwear retailers, catalogs, specialty boutiques and online retailers. The company is showing the Lelli Kelly line at the Atlanta Shoe Show, August 19-21, booth #127-133.

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Miffy’s Adventures: Big and Small


First major toy launch for beloved little bunny character in the U.S.

Miffy, one of the most recognizable characters in the world, is capturing the imagination of preschoolers in the U.S. this summer.

This past fall, the beloved little bunny created by the late Dutch artist Dick Bruna made her début on Nick Jr. in a new HD CGI TV series, Miffy’s Adventures: Big and Small. Children’s apparel lines by Uniqlo, H&M and Kira Kids followed, as well as a book series by Simon and Schuster.

This summer, Walmart rolled out a toy line based on Miffy’s Adventures: Big and Small, exclusively, in stores and online, including:

Miffy 3” Family Multipack ($11.88 – Ages 2 and up) – This adorable family figure set includes Miffy, Daddy, Mommy, and Snuffy, each with moving, poseable features. Collect them all!

Miffy Little Red Plane ($11.88 – Ages 2 and up) Plush – Miffy is ready to take to the skies, fly to new places and have new adventures.

Miffy Little Blue Car ($11.88 – Ages 2 and up) – Take a ride with Miffy in her iconic blue car. Miffy is always ready to jump in the car and go.

6” Miffy, Melanie and Snuffy plush ($5.00 each – Ages 18 mos. and up) – Miffy and her friends are all here available in soft, plush format complete with embroidered features.

On August 1, Walmart adds to the Miffy toy line with feature plush, a Miffy house and several Miffy figurines.

 

The 411 on Miffy

Born June 21, 1955, Dutch artist Dick Bruna first draws Miffy to entertain his young son while on a rainy seaside holiday in Holland. The series of picture books which follow use simple illustrations and rhyming text to explore the universal experiences of childhood. Sixty-two years later, the Miffy books have sold more than 85 million copies; currently published in more than 50 languages. Merchandise is sold across five continents, several musicals tour year-round, plus The Miffy Movie and Miffy’s Adventures: Big and Small television series are introduced globally. The Miffy Museum in the city of Utrecht, provides an interactive space specifically designed for young children to discover the world around them – a dominant theme in all Miffy-related projects.

 

 

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cuddle + kind


Together, the company + their customers have given 1,151,798 meals to date.

If you enjoy social media, you’ve probably spied the fabulously adorable posts from cuddle + kind. The company makes ethically produced, hand-knit dolls that help feed children.

Every cuddle + kind product you purchase will provide 10 meals to children in need. “Our goal is to provide one million meals a year,” says Jen, Derek, Ethan, Brooke and Rachel Woodgate – the family behind cuddle + kind. And they have.

Reflection of Values

The Woodgates started cuddle + kind to reflect their values. The parents have a background in health, and recognize the crucial role nutrition plays in a child’s development. “As parents, we believe all children should have enough food to eat and the opportunity to thrive,” they say. So they created cuddle + kind to make a difference.

Not only does the purchase of one doll provides 10 meals to children in need, each doll is lovingly handcrafted by incredible women artisans in Peru, providing them with a sustainable, fair trade income. “We’re proud that our dolls are made with natural, high-quality cotton because it’s important to us that they’re safe, soft and cuddly.”

Look through The Giving Book, cuddle + kind’s 2016 annual giving report, and you’ll fall in love, too.