CHICAGO - Independent businesses exceeded 2014 holiday performance of many national chains, according to recent date from the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA). Overall, revenue from locally owned store increased overall by 5.1 percent in 2014 from the year before. More
WASHINGTON - The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association have reached a new five-year contract agreement. The deal comes several days after President Obama sent U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to intervene in the ongoing, nine-month dispute that resulted in the backup of cargo along West Coast ports. More
FAIRFIELD, NJ – Alex Brands has signed a licensing agreement with Nickelodeon to manufacture, distribute and market a line of products based on SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora and Friends and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. More
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Offbeat: Fifty Shades of Bear
The Vermont Teddy Bear Company has sold out of its special Valentine's Day edition 50 Shades of Bear. Read More.