In response to retailer and supplier feedback, from 2024 the INDX Toy & Gift show is moving from a spring calendar date to a September slot. The next show will be held on September 3 and September 4 2024 and is open to all retailers.
The move was agreed by the INDX strategy group of suppliers and buyers who said they wanted to move the date to give them the opportunity to view new ranges later in the year, due to the congested period of shows in the spring.
INDX Toy & Gift will now be the only dedicated toy industry show in the autumn season, and the September date will provide a great opportunity for retailers to take advantage of pre-Christmas buying. Visitors will also get a first look at suppliers’ early launch new ranges, giving them a head start on their Spring 2025 buying.
Rosie Marshall, head of toys & children’s gifts at AIS, said: “The unique proposition for INDX trade shows is that they are ‘curated by buyers, for buyers’ and therefore we are continually reviewing the best time to hold the shows for everyone to benefit commercially.
“With a busy trade show run for the toy sector in spring, it made sense that we created an autumn event that allowed suppliers and buyers to meet, forward plan beyond the Christmas season, and maximise annual sales, not just seasonal.
“With a broad visitor base which includes department stores, standalone toy and gift stores, garden centres, farm shops, and delis, it’s important that the INDX Toy & Gift show supports all year-round trading.”
INDX Toy & Gift is the perfect place for toy and gift suppliers to present their new and bestselling toys and children’s gifts to retailers from the UK and Ireland. In addition to showcasing ranges from more than 70 exhibitors, the event features mixed displays to inspire in-store merchandising. For exhibitor enquiries, email Rosie.Marshall@play-room.uk.com
It is organised by buying group Associated Independent Stores Ltd (AIS) as part of the INDX Home trade show portfolio. Curated by the AIS toy division ‘Playroom’, which comprises a team of talented experts with a wealth of retail, industry and buying experience, visitors to INDX Toy & Gift enjoy a commercially edited selection covering the latest market trends from an exciting mix of top suppliers.
Admission is free and visitors can take advantage of free onsite parking, plus complimentary barista coffee and refreshments.