Mothercare plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and attracts a turnover of approximately £750mn per annum and employs around 6,000 personnel. It specialises in products for expectant mothers and textile products for babies and children up to 8 years of age. The Company has a sound heritage dating back to 1961 when it was founded by Selim Zilkha and Sir James Goldsmith who at the time bought out a nursery furniture chain of 50 stores and expanded it to 400 stores in the ensuing 20years. In 2007 Mothercare bought the Early Learning Centre (ELC) chain for £85 million and also launched Gurgle, a pregnancy and parenting social networking website.
Mothercare sees huge opportunity for independent retailers to benefit from stocking their globally renowned brands particularly as they move away from having a High Street presence; hence the 2014 appointment of specialist multi-award winning distributor, Baby Brands Direct to service this. The brand is pioneering and understands parenting, empathically stating, “at Mothercare we understand that parenting can be a wonderful, frustrating, hilarious, exhausting and rewarding time.”
Baby Brands Direct brings to the nursery industry, a selection of the best branded and quality activity toys and crafts available. As a leading wholesaler direct to trade we take pride in providing award-winning brands including Tomy, Fisher-Price, Oball, Tiny Love, Brights Starts, along with licensed character toys like Thomas, Winnie the Pooh and Peppa Pig, Mega Bloks, Bing, East Coast, Frozen Fashion and the bestseller, Baby Einstein . Clients can browse a wide range of categories including activity centres, phones & gadgets, high chair toys, toddler activity toys, activity toys, cars, trains & planes, shape sorters & puzzles, imaginary play, learn to crawl, understanding music, activity arches, spirals & bars and aqua draw fun.
According to 2014 point-of-sales data from The NPD Group, the Building Sets and Arts & Crafts categories grew by 13% and 3%, respectively, proving that kids love to create interesting structures, designs, inventions and other projects that will set them apart from others and let their talents shine through.
The retailer of products for mothers-to-be, babies and children is a UK household name and internationally acclaimed. Over the years Mothercare has established and perfected their manufacturing of a range of products with quality and safety assurance, optimal designs, marketing and pricing. They also offer a huge wealth of free information to consumers ensuring their authority on the subject matter of parenting and developing trust in their brand.
They are now changing their business model from retailer to brand and creating the opportunity for their products to be obtained within different destination environments including pharmacy and nursery specialist stores. This is great opportunity for independents to stock and associate their store with the world’s famed Mothercare logo and to profit from the knowledge and infrastructure the brand offers it. Supply is exclusively available from wholesaler Baby Brands Direct and includes nursery categories of furniture, home furnishings, bedding, feeding, bathing, travel equipment and toys.
Furthermore, the NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service reports that the total toy market for 2014 was in the $22 billion range and it continues growing. With the exponential growth comes the wide variety of goods that Baby Brands Direct carefully selected to present you with profit driven toys and crafts that will grow your business too.
In the following pages you will find open-ended toys and games to help promote creativity, problem-solving skills and electronics that attract tech-savvy kids. You are also able to access items that follow the mini madness trend of toys that come in small packages at a lower price point. The subcategories include smart play items with educational purposes which have been massively favorited by parents. Retailers can make the most of the ever green aquatic-themed trend or choose from several dolls, games, outdoor toys and more.