The Importance of Podcasts
Everyone loves a good story, and that’s what podcasts provide. They’re informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Some even come as manuals or tutorials, and those podcasts serve as helpful tools to our lives. ASTRA’s very own podcast, ‘Toy Talk’, has been created to support the educational programs for our membership while providing content for the greater ecosystem of the specialty toy industry. Our industry represents a world of entrepreneurs, and these conversational podcasts are created to illuminate trends on topics such as children and play, business operations, sales and marketing, financial management, and the industry trends! Additionally featured on this page are curated podcast feeds that may be used as interdisciplinary tools when expanding your ideas of what the power of play means to you.
- Toy Talk | Jennifer Rust and Lynn Ross on COVID-19 Retail OperationsJennifer Rust of Creative Profit Planning and her client, Lynn Ross of Mother and Earth Baby Boutique in Lansing, MI, discuss their known methods that independent retailers have been implementing to maximize their profits during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the financial foundations necessary to stay afloat.
- Toy Talk | Jamie Gallagher on COVID-19Jamie Gallagher, CEO of Faber-Castell, shares some insights of how this almost 260-year-old company has constructed a plan of action with the disruption of COVID-19 as a manufacturer and global player in the specialty toy industry.
- Toy Talk: A Continued Conversation | Rick Derr on COVID-19 | March 27, 2020We are joined again by Rick Derr of Learning Express in Lake Zurich, Illinois, to follow up on our conversation from a week prior. What has Rick learned in the last week; how have sales changed and have any new mandates or precautions set by the state arisen?