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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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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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WubbaNub


Celebrating 18 years & “Tons of Love in every Wub!”

WubbaNub is a premium pacifier made of latex-free, medical grade silicone that’s permanently attached to a little plush toy – making it easy for Mom to find, should it get separated from its baby!

The brainchild of mompreneuer Carla Schneider, the WubbaNub is the original design that sparks a bit of a revolution in the pacifier business, with its innovative baby pacifier-and-plush combination. This one-piece solution has made WubbaNub a leader in the baby industry since 1999, which has garnered a slew of industry awards and accolades.

Baby’s First Friend

Made by Connecticut-based Trebco Specialty Products Inc., WubbaNub soothes baby’s “fussy time” in a way that no other product can. Ideal for newborns less than six months (not suggested for children who are teething), the patented design makes it easy for babies to grasp and nearly impossible for them (or their parents) to lose. Plus, the company’s line of plush animal characters provides instant comfort for children. “Our core philosophy at WubbaNub is simple: to create products that we would feel safe giving to our own children,” they say. “A WubbaNub is often one of a baby’s first friends in life, and we are humbled to become a part of your family.”

Benefits of WubbaNub

  • Latex-, BPA- and Phthalate-free
  • Patented design permanently attaches the pacifier to the plush toy
  • Feature the Soothie™ pacifier made with a medical-grade silicone, non-toxic polyethylene pellets
  • Plush toys made from an ultra-soft-cotton-blend
  • Functional, stylish and durable one-piece construction
  • Designed for little hands to hold onto
  • Each and every WubbaNub is created with a love by a Mom

How WubbaNub is Born

New Mom Carla has an aha moment while on a family vacation. “With my newborn son, Bret, in tow, we looked forward to a relaxing week away from home,” she says. “Baby Bret, however, was unable to relax without the comfort of his beloved pacifier. His pacifier was difficult for his tiny hands to grasp, and he dropped it often. Faced with a tearful child, I desperately needed a way to ensure that he was able to keep his pacifier nearby without my help. His favorite soft plush toy caught my eye, and I grabbed the hotel sewing kit. In a moment of inspiration, I sewed his pacifier onto his plush, and the first WubbaNub was born.”

WubbaNubs can now be found in boutiques, specialty shops and major retailers across the globe, as well in hospitals, NICU and well-baby units nationwide.

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Bargain Bows


Boutique Quality. Bargain Prices.

Ally Grady is owner of Miami-based Bargain Bows, an online fashion store for hair bows, headbands and other head gear. BargainBows.com is created by Ally and Tara, two loving parents with three beautiful little girls. Going to the mall to find cute hair accessories for their daughters is such a haste, they decide to start a way for parents and their daughters to have easy access to cute bows and anything else that you might need for cute birthday pictures, special occasions and everyday wear.

The Bowscription Box

In addition to “Bargain Points,” Bargain Bows has a fabulous thing called The Bowscription Box. Parents can start a subscription for their daughters and every month they will receive a box full of cute bows and include a surprise mix of five to seven of the following:

  • Special Edition color(s) one of our popular Bargain Bows in a color not available for purchase on BargainBows.com.
  • Special Edition style(s) one solid color Bargain Bows but a new style that is not available for purchase on BargainBows.com.
  • Boutique style Bows
  • Boutique Style Headbands
  • Interchangeable Headbands
  • New in-style Bows and Headbands

Parents and girls can choose from two different options:

  • Kiddiez– This option will have hard headbands or bows with clips. The bows will range in different sizes. This option is for older kids and children.
  • Littlez– This option will have elastic headbands or boutique headbands. The bows will range in different sizes. This option is for toddlers and younger babies.

FREE shipping on all Bowscription Boxes!

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Lil’ Sidekick


Designed by a mom on a mission to create a safe, easy-to-clean and extremely versatile solution that finally eliminates the drop game.

Amy is the inventor of Lil’ Sidekick, a multi-functional tether for sippy cups, spoons, toys and just about anything. “Four years ago I became a mom, and six months into it, I realized I had a huge problem,” Amy says on her website. “My adorable son Jaxen was a habitual chucker! He threw everything within seconds of giving it to him, and always in the dirtiest places.”

Amy tries everything on the market to help keep Jaxen’s stuff from getting thrown about and filthy – until she goes one a “mommy mission” to design something that was safe, versatile and easy-to-clean.

Made in the USA

Lil’ Sidekick is not your ordinary tether. It is packed with innovative and useful features such as a built in teether, patented break away points for added safety and is not easily undone by a child. “I designed it to be extremely versatile so it can adjust to secure any item, from a small crayon to a large stuffed animal,” Amy says. Lil’ Sidekick also secures to anything -a stroller, car seat, baby carrier, high chair, grocery cart- unlike limited-use competitors.

The Lil’ Sidekick tether is made of a safe, durable and FDA-approved material in the USA. It’s dishwasher safe and very easy to clean.  Additional benefits are that Lil’ Sidekick is designed for safety and effectiveness. The sophisticated universal design not only makes Lil’ Sidekick a high-quality, effective solution that eliminates the “Drop Game,” it can be used by all ages for a bike, in a purse, on luggage or by those with special needs and in hospitals.