the bridge directThe Bridge Direct, a well-respected marketer of children’s consumer products, has entered into an agreement to merge with Toronto-based Tech 4 Kids. The company plans to use this opportunity to accelerate a roll up strategy, working closely with its merger and acquisition advisors and banking partners. The new company will target their products to a diverse group of mass market and specialty retailers around the world.

“It is no secret that industry stakeholders are looking to do more business with fewer and stronger partners. This makes it harder for smaller companies to stay relevant and competitive,” Jay Foreman, CEO of The Bridge, said in a statement. “Challenges facing the industry are compounded by the additional costs and complexities associated with meeting the increasingly high safety standards required by regulators, retailers and licensors. As a result, many industry business owners are looking for a way to scale up, reduce their risk or simply cash out.”

“It is our expectation to acquire or merge with new businesses every twelve to eighteen months. Our strategy is designed to offer these owners a convenient solution with access to global markets,” Brad Pedersen President and CEO of Tech 4 Kids said in a statement. “This move will provide a unique platform that will position us amongst the top tier of toy manufacturers in North America and provide the growth plan to reinforce our position as a key industry player.”

The new company will begin to show product lines at the Fall Toy Preview in Dallas in October. The head office will be located in Boca Raton, Fla., and offices will continue to be maintained in Toronto and Hong Kong.

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Brand Licensing Europe (BLE)

Oct. 10-12, 2017

Olympia London, United Kingdom

www.brandlicensing.eu

All BLE seminar sessions are free to attend and will be available on a first come first serve basis. Highlights of the show include an intimate ‘In conversation with’ interview with the V&A’s Director of Business Development and Licensing, Lauren Sizeland; a presentation from football brand Juventus; a session on innovation and creativity from Angela Farrugia and Lisa Shapiro at CAA-GBG, and a brand licensing panel chaired by Richard Pink with contributors Susan Bolsover at Penguin Random House, Christine Cool at Perfetti Van Melle, Gabrielle Sims at Fat Face and Nicolas Loufrani at The Smiley Company.

New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF)

Oct. 12-15, 2017
Piers 92 and 94, New York City
http://corporate.nycwineandfoodfestival.com

At last year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival, more than 50,000 people attended the event, which serves as an interactive platform where attendees can connect with their favorite chefs and culinary personalities. Presented by Coca-Cola, the festival will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this year and strives to continue drawing awareness and raise funds to help end hunger. This year’s festival will be held October 12-15 at various venues across New York City, however Piers 92 and 94 serve as the festival’s culinary epicenter of activity during the weekend, hosting many of its signature events.

National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show

Oct. 17-20, 2017

McCormick Place, Chicago

www.nacsonline.com

Each year, the NACS show brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals for four days of learning, buying and selling, and networking to help them grow their bottom line. As the industry’s premier event, this year the NACS show will be held Oct. 17-20 in Chicago. More than 23,000 attendees from around the world will convene at the 400,000 square foot expo, which features thousands of the latest products and services that c-stores sell and use every day.

Toy Fair

Feb. 17-20, 2018

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City

www.toyfairny.com

The global toy and play community is gearing up for the 115th annual North American International Toy Fair, the largest toy, game, and youth entertainment marketplace in the Western Hemisphere, produced by The Toy Association. Toy Fair draws more than 30,000 play professionals to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, where they scope out the hottest new toys and games, engage in deal-making with top buyers and sellers, gain exposure from national and international press, and learn valuable industry insights and trends in a series of seminars and interactive workshops.

Coborns1At Coborn’s Inc., the company mission and vision are really quite simple: be the best place to work and shop. It’s not at all complicated – just “Be the Best.” 

But how to do this? The company says the answer is in working smart and providing superior value for the customers. As an ESOP company, the employee-owners take pride in ownership and accomplish goals through competitive prices, friendly service, product quality, cleanliness and safety. Coborn’s Golden Rule is to treat all with dignity and respect, and it applies from customers and vendors to employees and fellow merchants. 

 

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