Weekend Reads: 12-17-2018

Here are the industry stories we read over the weekend.

‘Historic’ Tax Refunds Will Extend Retail Boom Into 2019

Matthew Townsend at Bloomberg contends that the retail boom will spill into 2019 due to ‘historic’ tax refunds from the tax overhaul passed a year ago. Lower income earners may realize 70% of the benefit in 2019. Story link

Resilience Plan of the Year: Hasbro’s inventory management strategy

An interesting case study of how Hasbro dealt with the Toy’s ‘R’ Us decline. It is missing actual facts from Hasbro, but is interesting none the less. Story Link

China’s Economy Slows Sharply, in Challenge for Xi Jinping

All indications show that China’s economy is cracking. It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out for the tabletop industry. Story link

Amazon expected to contest competition case in Germany

Last week, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office announced that it believed Amazon may have abused a dominant market position in Germany through its terms of business and practices towards sellers on the ‘amazon.de’ marketplace. Story link

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