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2017 Holiday Sales: $26 Billion Dollar Increase Forecasted

And the Top Productive Malls by Square Foot in Canada and the US
4 October 2017

It comes as no surprise that 14 of Canada's top 30 most productive malls per square foot are in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and six are in Greater Vancouver according to the Retail Council of Canada's (RCC) December 2016 report. Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Vancouver's Oakridge Shopping Centre respectively take the number one and two spot on the list of the 30, followed by the CF Pacific Centre in Vancouver and the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. But it's the Southgate Shopping Centre in Edmonton, AB that breaks up the Vancouver/Toronto honours at number five. A few of Outset's best customers are in these malls with Discovery Hut at the CF Chinook Centre, Mind Games at the Metropolis at Metrowtown, Mrs.Tiggy Winkles at CF Rideau Centre and Hallmark Gold Crown at Southgate Shopping Centre.  

Bleeding "Yellow"

Includes a "Yellow" review from I Sniff Books
21 September 2017

If you haven't already heard, in 2017 we took on a massive project to create seven 1000 piece puzzles that when assembled and aligned next to each other create one continuous 15 foot span of rainbow colours.  From Pink to Purple these 1000 piece puzzles come together seamlessly. Take a look at this example of "Yellow" aligned next to "Green" and you'll see how they blend together - the breaking point is just between the Anne of Green Gables book in "Yellow" and the blue umbrella in "Green".  Pretty neat eh?  

Back to School!

The second biggest shopping season
28 August 2017

According to Deloitte, back to school shopping is the second biggest shopping season of the year with 27 billion in sales in the US. The National Retail Federation's annual survey conducted by Proper Insights & Analytics showed that as of early August, just 45% of shoppers have checked everything off their list. It's the lowest number since 2012!

How do you get these shoppers into your store before the school season starts? As a retailer, offering engaging "back to school" games and hands-on demo stations is a great way to capture the attention of parents.  Many parents are undecided about whether they will shop online or in-store - so give them a reason to come through your doors!

Games & Puzzles Sales Up 24%

Report by the NPD
27 July 2017

Every once in awhile people call in asking about our games and puzzles and inevitably we hear, "Are board games still popular?" or "Do a lot of people do puzzles?"  The answer is an emphatic, "YES!!"  

Eh! It's Canada Day!

What games should we play?
27 June 2017

Canada Day is a time of celebration and thanksgiving!  Every year cities across the nation colour the streets in their red and white threads, face paint and waving flags.  The aroma of street vendors preparing sticky confections and fried foods waft through the air mingling with the sound of cheers and stage performers.  It's a time to be grateful in community, especially in 2017, as Canadians commemorate 150 years of Confederation! Communities will join together to celebrate our diversity and the freedom to live as one nation.

Summer Scene Contest

Jigsaw Puzzle Hobby
31 May 2017

Summer weather may not be upon us yet, but that isn't stopping puzzle fans from starting on their summer scene puzzles!

Jigsaw Jubilee 2017

30 April 2017

What did puzzlers do when International Puzzle Day was over on January 29th?  They got started on their puzzles for the Jigsaw Jubilee 2017 contest!  

Date Night Guide

20 April 2017

Are you looking for date night ideas?  Whether you go on a double date or keep the person you're romancing to yourself, board games are a great way to get connected.

New York Toy Fair 2017 - Game Highlights for Outset

With Links to The Game Aisle's Toy Fair Trends (four parts)
9 March 2017

New York Toy Fair!  There's nothing else quite like it in North America when it comes to industry trade shows.

Telepaths - Doing Business Differently

And Game Review Link from Casual Game Revolution Magazine
23 February 2017

Nearly three years ago from today, Dave Manga, our fearless leader reported in Manga's Blog

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