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Briarpatch to debut five new I Spy games

BY Allison Cerra

MILLBURN, N.J. — Briarpatch is bringing five new riddle-solving I Spy games to the market.

New to the I Spy lineup are:

  • The two new I Spy Mini games are clip-on games that are perfect for on-the-go kids. The titles in the set are I Spy Mini Shadow Match and I Spy Mini Memory. I Spy Mini-Games are designed for ages 4 years and up, and one or more players;

  • I Spy Wonder Tubes Collectible games feature floating pictures. Each Wonder Tube also features riddles for I Spy fans to solve. Wonder Tubes are available in five different colors with three different groups of riddles. Wonder Tube games are designed for ages 5 years and up;

  • I Spy Ready to Read game helps children on their ready-to-read journey by teaching them to identify both words and pictures of objects. The Ready to Read game contains six double-sided game boards, 24 double-sided tokens and rules for several ways to play. The game is designed for ages 4 years and up, for one to six players; and

  • I Spy Spectacular game contains one three-level spinner, which sets the I Spy pictures in motion and sends kids ages 5 years and up over the edge looking for matches. The game also includes 36 double-sided cards, 50 scoring tokens and rules for different ways to play.

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Weis posts 2010 sales gain

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Thursday reported an 8.7% increase, to $68.3 million, in its fiscal-year 2010 net income for the 52-week period ended Dec. 25, and said its earnings per share for the year increased 21 cents, to $2.54 per share, compared with the same period a year ago.

The central Pennsylvania grocer reported a sales increase of 4.1% for the year to $2.6 billion. Comparable-store sales were up 1%.

"We’ve achieved our 2010 goals and have generated strong earnings increases for two consecutive years while maintaining our sales base and increasing our cap ex investments in markets impacted by cautious consumer spending and lower consumer confidence," stated Jonathan Weis, Weis Markets’ vice chairman and secretary. "Our results are due to increased productivity and improved cost controls at store level, supply chain improvements, efficient procurement and a disciplined go-to-market strategy."

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AAFES receives design award for Tinker AFB store

BY Michael Johnsen

DALLAS — The Retail Design Institute on Thursday recognized the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s new store at Tinker Air Force Base for its fresh approach to retailing, with its Retail Design Legion of Honor award.

Working alongside Chute Gerdeman, a full-service retail branding and design firm, AAFES received honors in RDI’s International Store Design competition. The Exchange took first place in the large-format specialty stores category, with commanding general Maj. Gen. Bruce Casella and VP marketing and advertising Jim Skibo accepting the award on the Exchange’s behalf.

“We recognized a need to update our brand in order to communicate to military shoppers that we are here, ready with a new shopping experience, providing them with everything they need to outfit their unique military lifestyle,” Skibo stated. “The new brand marks a fresh and bold approach to the Exchange benefit.”

The renovations at Tinker AFB last year transformed the store into three major divisions: home, life and style, and customer service.

The Legion of Honor award was presented at the Retail Design Institute’s 40th International Store Design Awards presentation at Times Square in New York.

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