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.

San Diego Comic-Con

July 19-23, 2017
San Diego Convention Center
https://www.comic-con.org

San Diego Comic-Con returns to the San Diego Convention Center in 2017, beginning with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 19 through Sunday, July 23. This year is the convention’s 48th year, making it North America’s longest continuously run comics and popular arts convention. Organized by the San Diego Comic Convention, its parent organization, San Diego Comic Con is held each July in San Diego, Calif., at the San Diego Convention Center. More than 135,000 individuals and over 1,000 exhibitors attend the convention annually.

eTail

August 15-18, 2017
Sheraton Boston Hotel
http://etailwest.wbresearch.com

Founded in 1999, eTail was born with one goal in mind: to provide an outlet for online and multichannel executives to grow their business. Eighteen years later, today eTail is a global conference series with major events in the Palm Springs, Boston, Toronto, London, Berlin, and other international cities. This year’s event will be held in Boston, Mass., Aug. 15-18 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Organized by the Worldwide Business Research, the solutions-driven conference will cover hot topics such as e-commerce through interactive roundtable discussions, panels, workshops and presentations.

New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF)

October 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.

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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