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COVID-19 Impact: Mexico Shuts Down Nonessential Businesses
April 3, 2020
On Tuesday, April 1, Mexico issued a new decree forcing all non-essential businesses to close until April 30. The decree impacts all toy manufacturing operations in the country.

CEOs: Urge Your Governor or Mayor to Prioritize Toy Businesses as they Restart the Economy
March 31, 2020
Toy company CEOs are encouraged to send a grassroots letter to their governor or mayor, encouraging them to prioritize toy companies as they look to reopen businesses and restart the economy.

Special COVID-19 Call Series for Members to Begin April 2
March 31, 2020
The Toy Association will host a series of special calls for members to provide updates and guidance on the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus relief bill (the CARES Act) and discuss how it could assist toy businesses. The first call will take place on Thursday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern). All calls are free to Toy Association members.

COVID-19: Toy Association Actions to Support Members and Families Across North America
March 24, 2020
In this time of risk and uncertainty, The Toy Association team is fully mobilized to both proactively and responsively act to protect our members and the wider toy and play community, and to reach out to the parents and families we all serve. Toy companies are being hit with business restrictions and mandated closures, specialty retailers are striving to connect with customers, supply and distribution chains are disrupted, and families are searching for ways to keep children active and productively engaged in learning.

Urge Your Local Legislator to Ensure Toys Remain Accessible During Pandemic
March 24, 2020
Toy companies are invited to send a grassroots letter to their local legislators that underscores the essential role of toys and play in home learning for millions of American children whose schools and daycares are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advice for Businesses Operating During the COVID-19 Crisis
March 17, 2020
As many in the toy industry are learning to adapt to a new normal amid the COVID-19 crisis, The Toy Association is working to continually update members with advice to help. In addition to those supplied on our resource page “What to Know About the Coronavirus & Toys,” we’ll be answering member questions in Toy News Tuesday.

New Legislation Targets Improved Consumer Transparency of Third-Party Sellers Online
March 16, 2020
The Toy AssociatioThe new INFORM Consumers Act, introduced last week by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), would require ecommerce marketplaces to vet “high volume” third party seller information and make seller information visible on product listings.n supports new bipartisan legislation introduced last week by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) that would require ecommerce marketplaces vet “high volume” third party seller information and make seller information visible on product listings.

Toy Association Invites Members to Join the Fight Against Fake Toys in DC
March 6, 2020
The Toy Association will lead an Intellectual Property (IP) Fly-In this summer, giving toy company representatives and Association staff the opportunity to meet with administration officials and congressional offices to discuss key toy industry priorities concerning the prevalence of unsafe, counterfeit toys sold through e-commerce platforms. The Toy Association’s IP Fly-In will take place June 3 to 4 in Washington, DC.

Toy Association Praises SHOP SAFE Act which Aims to Eradicate Unsafe Counterfeits Sold Online
March 2, 2020
The Toy Association applauded the introduction of the SHOP SAFE Act of 2020, which aims to eliminate the online sale of counterfeit goods by incentivizing e-commerce platforms to adopt best practices to eliminate sellers of potentially harmful counterfeit products.

CPSC Commissioner Lauds Toy Industry for Steadfast Commitment to Safety
February 25, 2020
The Toy Association’s annual “Toy Safety & Compliance Update” provided manufacturers, retailers, inventors, testing labs, and other attendees with news and developments related to toy safety laws and other issues impacting the toy industry in the U.S. and abroad.

Urgent Industry Issues to be Discussed at L.A. Town Hall Member Meeting
February 3, 2020
Come one, come all! Counterfeits, sustainability, retail revolution, China, the future of trade shows, legislation, regulation, and a host of other member-focused issues will be on the agenda at an upcoming Los Angeles-based town hall meeting.

Toy Association Applauds White House Report on Counterfeits in E-Commerce
January 24, 2020
The Department of Homeland Security has released a new report, “Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods,” concluding current government enforcement efforts and private sector actions have thus far been insufficient to stem the flow of counterfeit products sold to U.S. consumers.

President’s Letter: The Path to 2020 Primed by 2019 Accomplishments
January 14, 2020
Toy Association President & CEO Steve Pasierb updates the industry on a range of impactful market events, membership achievements, research, communications programs, and more that are working to help members.

The Toy Association’s Crusade to Fight Fake, Unsafe Toys
January 7, 2020
The Toy Association’s work to fight fake toys in 2019 impacted action from lawmakers and the removal of multiple counterfeit toys from online marketplaces.

President’s Letter: Tariffs and Counterfeits Headlined a Tumultuous 2019
January 2, 2020
In his first President’s Letter of 2020, Toy Association president & CEO Steve Pasierb reflects on how China tariffs and threats posed by counterfeit toys shaped 2019 and addresses the challenges still ahead.