The first Progressive Preschool of 2018 is out now, jam-packed with more than 120 pages of industry news, commentary and insight. Features include dedicated previews for each of the key trade shows in Q1 as well as a spotlight on the pushchair market, the latest in licensed preschool product and an exclusive focus on classic preschool brand Peter Rabbit.
At the time of going to press, much of the retail sector was still waiting to see the results of the post-Christmas trading results. While high streets were undeniably quieter than last year, online sales picked up the slack and were the saving grace for many retailers – what effect that had on final figures will become clearer as trading results are announced.
In the meantime, the industry at large will be keeping busy during the post-Christmas period with the annual pilgrimage to the various trade shows around the globe.
Traditionally, companies in the preschool sector keep innovations closely guarded until the new year, meaning that these shows play host to hundreds of brand new product launches and fresh new ranges.
For our part, we have spoken to some of the key preschool exhibitors who will be showing you their latest lines at the London Toy Fair, Spielwarenmesse and Spring Fair. With retailers looking forward to placing orders which they hope will see them through much of 2018, these shows are some of the most important buying events in the calendar and will offer plenty of opportunity to browse the latest trends in children’s play products and stylish, fashionable homewares.
As ever, there’s plenty of other great content to keep you reading, with cutting-edge columnists, a fresh look at the all-important sleep sector and a fascinating interview with the founder of SnapDragon, the IP protection company.