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If you’ve never thought about the independent toy store as a sales channel for your product, it’s time to change your thinking.
Connect to Buyers
- ASTRA Marketplace & Academy – North America’s largest specialty toy show brings buyers from all over the specialty industry to check out new products and write orders for the fourth quarter.
- Member Directories – Direct contact lists for retailers, sales reps, and affiliates who specialize in specialty product.
- ASTRA Branding – Our logo on your trade show booths, website, and packaging remind retailers that you are a part of the nation’s best independent toy seller network.
Industry Updates & Networking
- CPSIA / Legislative Updates – Email updates, nuts-and-bolts compliance guides, educational webinars, and Q&A sessions compiled by ASTRA help your business stay in compliance and ahead of federal and state legislation.
- Newsletters & E-Bulletins – Biweekly e-bulletins and quarterly newsletters keep you in the know with industry trends and provides a forum for you to introduce yourself to the retail membership, as well as your sales specials.
- ASTRA Marketplace & Academy – ASTRA members from around the country converge for a week of sales, seminars, and social networking.
- Toy Fair – Maximize your Toy Fair networking: network with buyers at our Party With the Stars, win over new buyers with ASTRA plaque branding in your booth, and take a break from the showfloor in the ASTRA members lounge.
Manufacturer Listserv – Confidential email-based forum where manufacturers discuss production, testing, legislation, marketing, and other business issues.
Media Exposure & Public Relations
- Best Toys For Kids List – Viewed by millions of consumers and journalists nationwide, the list highlights products chosen by ASTRA retailers as the best for kids in the fourth quarter.
- Advertising – Advertise to members in our newsletter, or to the public on our website, which sees 295,000+ hits each month.
- ASTRA Branding – Our logo on your packaging and website remind parents that you are a part of the nation’s best independent toy seller network
- Shipping Discounts – Save on every shipment you send and receive with the ASTRA Shipping Program, managed by PartnerShip®.
- Payroll Service Discount – Payroll processing and human resource services through Paychex.
- Business Insurance – Property and liability insurance through the ASTRA Business Insurance Program from Central Insurance Services.