President’s Letter – July 24, 2012: Enlarging the
We were pleased to report last week that Wal-Mart and Toys R Us have
become full Regular members of TIA, eligible to serve on our Technical,
Trade Show and other committees as well as our Board of Directors.
WM and TRU join Sears/K-mart, Barnes & Noble, Learning Express and
others as the first “class” of retailers to become TIA
members under our amended Bylaws.
The involvement of these major toy retailers in TIA will
significantly enhance the conversations at our meetings. Toy
retailers, large and small, are integral players in the toy industry,
and I anticipate that the scope and value of TIA’s programs and
activities will be that much greater as a result of their input.
For example, retailers have been serving to some degree as the
watchdogs assuring that toys meet safety and quality standards.
Under the CPSIA, the federal government assumed a supplementary role in
that responsibility, but retailers remain on the front line because
their business is at the very place where toys and children come
together. As TIA members, retailers will have expanded
opportunities to participate in conversations with safety engineers that
develop toy safety standards. Toy manufacturers have, over
the past seven decades, created solid standards that have protected
children from harm, and the front-line perspective of the retailers will
help assure that our standards will be even more robust.
Additionally, having retail voices involved in the debate over the
timing, location and formats of our trade shows and other events will
help assure that those events have optimum convenience, efficiency and
utility for buyers and sellers alike.
Our new Licensor, Inventor and Sales Rep members also are beginning
to participate in our planning conversations. I see a great new
beginning for TIA as a result of these expansions, and I am excited to
be a part of it.
Warm regards to all,