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Founded in 1945, in a garage workshop, by Harold Matson and Ruth and Elliot Handler, Mattel (a combination of the letters of their last and first names,) is now a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and games. It was listed on the New York Exchange in 1963 as a public company and now has 4 subsidiaries: Fisher-Price, Mega Brands (Mega Bloks), HIT Entertainment and Mattel Playground Productions.
The 1950s significantly saw its initial collaboration with Disney, uniquely product placing its toys on the Mickey Mouse Club TV show and Ruth’s creation of Barbie. The late 70s saw the launch of their brand Hot Wheels with the 80s and 90s bringing strategic acquisitions including Corolle S.A., Corgi Toys, International Games Inc., Fisher-Price and Tyco Toys. The Company also renewed strong relations with the Walt Disney Company as well as acquiring the Nickelodeon Licensing Agreement. Brands available from Mattel’s nominated UK nursery wholesaler, Baby Brands Direct include: Fisher-Price, Mega Bloks, Barbie, Thomas and Friends, and toys in Disney licences including Frozen and Cinderella.
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Baby Brands Direct became an appointed wholesaler of Mattel brands in 2009 and has been distributing its baby and nursery products to the independent retail sector since. It is a valued supplier for the wide spectrum and variety of high quality branded and licenced toys and nursery goods it provides. The Company is appreciably the Number 1 Toy Company in the UK holding 10.8% market share (source NPD YTD Nov 2014). Retailers can have confidence in the industry giant’s position, particularly with its statement, “At Mattel, we are Creating the Future of Play.”
Gyms, Tummy Time and Playmats step in when parents need to rest and baby needs to be entertained. Of all the myriad potential purchases that a new parent can make, a good play mat or activity gym is among the most likely to earn its keep. A safe, comfortable and stimulating place where the infant is happy to lie, and later sit, is likely to prove invaluable.
A recent growth in purchasing large playmats has been observed as tummy time can help babies develop strong head, neck and shoulder muscles and promote certain motor skills. Tummy time can also prevent the back of baby's head from becoming flat. Research also suggests that babies who spend time on their tummies crawl on their stomachs earlier than do babies who do not practice tummy time. With all this essential information is no wonder that sales keep rising. Browse the following pages to uncover more benefits of our baby products that will boost your trade too.