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New York Toy Fair Review

This was our 15th consecutive year exhibiting at NY Toy Fair!

Time has gone by so fast - it sure doesn’t seem like 15 years ago that we wheeled our portable booth into the Javits Center.  I can remember feeling excited of course, but also a little nervous too!  We had already been selling into the Canadian market for five years, and this was the start of our expansion into the United States.

NPD data for 2015, toy sales are up

Earlier this year, I blogged about the revenue growth at Outset.  My exact words were, “we know that the market for board games and puzzles didn’t grow by 30%”.  While that statement is true - thanks to the NPD Group we now know exactly how the industry performed in 2015.

My New Year's Resolution

It has been a long time since I last blogged.  A very long time!  It was over 20 months ago, or 628 days to be more precise.  The topic was our first acquisition, which was a board game called Telepaths.

Our sales grew over 30% last year.  Managing that size of growth is challenging.  And not only did we grow, we introduced a robust selection of new games and puzzles, we began planning our move to a new larger warehouse, and we grew our staff too.  In other words, we were busy!

It's A Wrap at the CGTA

Another January has passed, and so has another CGTA Spring tradeshow.  Here are my thoughts:

Time to renew my mobile phone

Consumers of BlackBerry phones have been jumping ship to Apple and Samsung in record numbers.  Last week, both investors and the press were quick to jump on the latest sales figures from Research in Motion (RIM).  Some of last week`s headlines were blunt and brutal:
 

Time to enter the 21st Century

I’ve always been a technophobe. Programming the date and time into my VCR has thus far eluded me. And yes, I still own a VCR.

But what the heck… we make board games and jigsaw puzzles for a living. It is a great industry for us technology-challenged Neanderthals.

But I can acknowledge that the Internet has changed how we do business. The exchange of ideas, the access to vast amounts of information, and the speed at which this can be accomplished is what makes the Internet such a powerful tool.

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