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Toysmith Named Vendor of the Year
At The Learning Express 2010 Vendor Expo
SUMNER, Washington (August 1st, 2010) – Toysmith, a leading specialty toy and gift company marketing branded and popular lines of toys for children of all ages, is proud to announce it was named the 2010 Learning Express Vendor of the Year and received five other prestigious awards from Learning Express, the largest specialty toy retailer in North America.
The Awards Are For
2010 Vendor of the Year: Recognizes sales growth, exceptional store support, and a keen understanding of the Learning Express Vision according to Learning Express Founder and CEO Sharon DiMinico.
2010 Store Support: Awarded to the Vendor that supplies the best programs and tools to the stores to educate the customer and increase sales of their products.
Sales Award: Awarded based on sales volumes with Learning Express stores on core products.
2010 Best Toy Award – Science: Tin Can Robot Kit
The awards were presented during the annual Learning Express Vendor Awards Banquet in Orlando, FL. The awards, which are voted on by the storeowners, recognize Toysmith’s strong partnership and commitment to Learning Express. Sharon DiMinico, Learning Express Founder & CEO, stated that “Toysmith has cultivated an unprecedented level of partnership and trust with our storeowners, this year. Their consistency, their foresight into product development, and their integrity are worthy of the highest praise. We are very pleased to honor them with the Vendor of the Year award and we congratulate them on their overwhelming success.”
The Learning Express Vendor Expo was held during the same time, and Toysmith significantly increased its sales on orders from this year’s show compared to the prior year, which was a record year. Toysmith introduced over 150 new items including great gift and novelty items for the Halloween and Holiday seasons.
Jeff Bunkowske, National Major Account Sales Manager for Toysmith, stated, “We are honored to be selected as the 2010 Vendor of the Year and recognized for five other vendor and product awards voted on by the franchise storeowners. This is our sixth year in a row of winning multiple awards from the largest specialty toy chain in the country. We have developed an excellent partnership with the Learning Express home office team and their knowledgeable storeowners which has resulted in a significant increase in their sales of Toysmith’s specialty brands and product lines.”
Since 1982, Toysmith has been providing the best in programs and customer service for specialty retailers, offering a growing family of award-winning specialty branded toys and gifts emphasizing fun for children of all ages. Its products are sold worldwide to specialty toy retailers, education market, craft and hobby, museums, zoos, aquariums, national parks, attractions, theme parks, gift stores, specialty catalogs and Internet retailers.
Contact: Sales Support at 1-800-356-0474.
ABOUT LEARNING EXPRESS
Learning Express is the leading franchisor of specialty toy stores, with more than 140 locations across the country, each one locally owned and operated. Learning Express provides an extraordinary shopping experience with knowledgeable sales staff to offer expert advice on choosing the perfect toy, for every child, for any occasion. The product mix is carefully selected from manufacturers around the world and all have exceptional play value. A birthday gift registry, free gift-wrapping, free personalization, civic fundraising, and consumer VIP programs make each Learning Express store an integral part of the community.
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