Toy brands – Rio World http://rioworld.org/ Thu, 19 May 2022 13:27:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://rioworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-8-120x120.png Toy brands – Rio World http://rioworld.org/ 32 32 iMedia Brands strengthens Corp – GuruFocus.com https://rioworld.org/imedia-brands-strengthens-corp-gurufocus-com/ Thu, 19 May 2022 11:03:32 +0000 https://rioworld.org/imedia-brands-strengthens-corp-gurufocus-com/ Tom Zielecki appointed SVP, Chief Financial Officer Troy Collings is promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer MINNEAPOLIS, May 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — iMedia Brands, Inc. (“iMedia”) (IMBI, IMBIL) today announced several leadership additions and promotions from within, including the appointment of Tom Zielecki as Vice Senior President, Chief Financial Officer, and the […]]]>

Tom Zielecki appointed SVP, Chief Financial Officer

Troy Collings is promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

MINNEAPOLIS, May 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — iMedia Brands, Inc. (“iMedia”) (IMBI, IMBIL) today announced several leadership additions and promotions from within, including the appointment of Tom Zielecki as Vice Senior President, Chief Financial Officer, and the promotion of Troy Collings to Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer.

“We believe we are at the start of a significant growth phase. We grew revenue 21% year-over-year in fiscal 2021, and we expect similar annual revenue growth in 2022. It’s critical that our small business team maintain the motivation and capabilities to continue to seize new opportunities and meet new challenges,” said Tim Peterman, CEO of iMedia Brands, “And I am proud to say that these frames are tested, passionate and ready.”

Tom Zielecki has been appointed SVP, Chief Financial Officer effective today. Mr. Zielecki is a seasoned omnichannel finance leader with over thirty years of experience in rapidly changing cultures, including sixteen years with Kmart/Sears Corporation, where his last role was CFO of multiple business units generating over $2 billion. dollars in annual sales. in Home Fashions, Jewelry, Outdoor Living, Toys & Seasonal. Immediately prior to joining iMedia, he was CFO of LTD Commodities brand, a direct-to-consumer cataloger. Mr. Zielecki began his career in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche in its assurance practice and at PriceWaterhouse in its mergers and acquisitions practice. He is a CPA and holds a BA in Accounting from Walsh College.

Troy Collings has been promoted to SVP, Chief Information Officer effective today. Since joining iMedia in June 2021 as Vice President of Technology, Mr. Collings has successfully led several critical technology projects, including the company’s Salesforce implementation, upgrades to the Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and, most recently, the move from ShopHQ to PayPal as a merchant processor. Prior to joining iMedia, Mr. Collings held numerous engineering, technology and leadership positions during his six years at Target and seventeen years at Cargill. He holds a BA in Computer Science and a BA in Accounting from the University of North Dakota.

iMedia also announced today that it has further strengthened its accounting, finance and technology teams with the following:

  • Monty Wageman, previously Chief Financial Officer of iMedia, has taken on a new corporate finance role as Treasurer, where he will focus on working capital management, supplier relations and the rollout of the accounts payable function as as a shared service for all iMedia business units.
  • Megha Manan joined iMedia in May 2022 as VP, Technology QA & Compliance. Ms. Manan has over seventeen years of experience navigating the complexities of software engineering through pragmatic and consistent oversight of quality assurance, automation and process improvement. Most recently, Megha spent nine years in senior engineering positions at Bluestem Brands. Megha holds a master’s degree in software engineering from North Dakota State University and a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from North Dakota State University.
  • Matthew Barsness recently joined iMedia as VP of Technology and successfully leads the organization’s customer operations software engineering teams and processes that include customer service, credit, order management business functions , execution, merchandising and finance. Mr. Barsness has over twenty years of experience in increasingly senior technology roles, including eight years with Accenture and eleven years with Bluestem Brands. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota.
  • Sam Saman joins iMedia in May 2022 as Director, Accounting. Mr. Saman will play an important role in supporting the various responsibilities within the comptrollership function. He has over 17 years of experience, including increasing financial roles at Deluxe Corporation and Michael Foods. Mr. Saman holds an MBA in Finance from the Florida Institute of Technology and a BS in Accounting from Winona State University.
  • Brent LaFrenz recently joined iMedia as Director, Finance, Planning and Analytics. Mr. LaFrenz is a seasoned finance professional with over 15 years of expertise in financial planning within matrix organizations, including 14 years with UnitedHealth Group/Optum. Brent holds an MBA from Colorado Technical University and a BA in Finance from Buena Vista University.

About iMedia Brands, Inc.
iMedia Brands, Inc. (IMBI) is a leading interactive media company capitalizing on the convergence of entertainment, e-commerce and advertising. The company has a growing global portfolio of entertainment companies, consumer brands and media commerce services that cross-promote and exchange data with each other to optimize their consumer engagement experiences and to position the company as the single most important partner for television advertisers and consumers. brands seeking to entertain and engage with customers.

Investors:
Ken Cooper
[email protected]
(952) 943-6119

Media:
[email protected]
(952) 943-6125

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This document may contain certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company often uses words such as anticipate, believe, estimate, expect, intend, seek, predict, hope, should, plan, will and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and, therefore, are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may differ materially from the expectations contained herein due to a variety of important factors, including (but not limited to): variability in consumer preferences, shopping behaviors, expenditures and levels of indebtedness; the general economic and credit environment, including COVID-19; interest rate; seasonal variations in consumer purchasing activity; the ability to achieve the most effective product category combinations to maximize sales and margin targets; competitive pressures on sales and sales promotions; prices and gross margins of sales; the level of cable and satellite distribution of the Company’s programming and associated fees or estimated cost savings resulting from contract renegotiations; the Company’s ability to establish and maintain acceptable terms of trade with third-party vendors and other third parties with whom the Company has contractual relationships, and to successfully manage key vendor relationships and shipments and develop key partnerships and proprietary and exclusive brands; the ability to successfully manage the Company’s operating expenses and working capital levels; the ability to remain compliant with the covenants of the Company’s credit facilities; customer acceptance of the Company’s brand strategy and its repositioning as a video commerce company; the ability to respond to changes in consumer buying habits and preferences, as well as changes in technology and consumer listening habits; changes to the Company’s management and information systems infrastructure; challenges to the security of Company data and information; changes in governmental or regulatory requirements; including, without limitation, Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission regulations, and adverse results of regulatory proceedings; litigation or governmental proceedings affecting the operations of the Company; significant events (including disasters, weather events, or events with significant television coverage) that either cause television coverage to be interrupted or divert viewers from its programming; disruptions in the Company’s distribution of its broadcast network to customers; the Company’s ability to protect its intellectual property rights; our ability to recruit and retain executives and key employees; the Company’s ability to attract new customers and retain existing customers; changes in shipping charges; expenses related to the actions of activist or hostile shareholders; the Company’s ability to offer new or innovative products and customer acceptance thereof; changes in customers’ television viewing habits; and the risks identified in point 1A (Risk Factors) of the most recent Form 10-K filed by the Company and any additional risk factors identified in its periodic reports since the date of this Form 10-K. More detailed information about these factors is set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8. -K. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this announcement. The Company is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to update or change its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Writing NFT brand applications that protect brands https://rioworld.org/writing-nft-brand-applications-that-protect-brands/ Thu, 12 May 2022 21:42:00 +0000 https://rioworld.org/writing-nft-brand-applications-that-protect-brands/ By Thomas Brooke and Rodrigo Javier Velasco (May 12, 2022, 5:42 p.m. EDT) — Non-fungible tokens continue to grow in popularity and protection for underlying intellectual property, patent protection for unique methods, copyright protection for artwork to brand, trademark protection is essential to build and sustain value. The NFT market is growing day by day. […]]]>
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Asian American and Pacific Islander Brands to Support During AAPI Month https://rioworld.org/asian-american-and-pacific-islander-brands-to-support-during-aapi-month/ Thu, 12 May 2022 18:56:15 +0000 https://rioworld.org/asian-american-and-pacific-islander-brands-to-support-during-aapi-month/ May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This is a great time to recognize the positive influences that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have had on the United States. One way to show your support is to purchase high quality items from people of these legacies. I’ve rounded up some of my […]]]>

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This is a great time to recognize the positive influences that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have had on the United States. One way to show your support is to purchase high quality items from people of these legacies. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite AAPI-owned products below.

Inside Chinatown: A Novel

$13.99


Author Charles Yu was raised by his Taiwanese immigrant parents in Los Angeles. He received the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation and has written four books, the latest being “Interior Chinatown”.

The main character of “Interior Chinatown”, Willis Wu, is a second-generation Taiwanese American (like the author). Wu does not see himself as the protagonist of his own life, but rather as a “generic Asian man”. Written much like a movie script, the book delves into Asian-American identity as Wu tries to become an actor while stuck in stereotypical Asian roles like “Background Oriental Male.”

I only recently learned that he was nominated for two Writers Guild of America awards for his work on the show “Westworld” (I watched all the episodes). But I haven’t heard of Yu or “Interior Chinatown” from the awards; it was recommended to me by my retired reading specialist mother.

Best Choice for a Children’s Book: “Cora Cooks Pancit” by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore

Cora cooks Pancit

Cora cooks Pancit

Lee & Low Books

amazon.com

$9.86


Author Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore is the granddaughter of Filipino-Hawaiian and Italian immigrants. She holds a master’s degree in children’s literature and has published three multicultural children’s books as well as a collection of poetry.

Her book “Cora Cooks Pancit” was named Picture Book of the Year by the Asian American Librarians Association. In it, Cora helps her mother prepare Filipino dishes. When it’s time to make pancit, a spicy noodle dish with meat or seafood and vegetables, Cora takes on the toughest, most adult tasks and nervously awaits reactions to her cooking.

As a graduate in elementary education, I would definitely recommend this book to teachers. It’s also the one my niece has asked to read several times.

Try the Do Anything Foods Dinner Wake Up Kit.

Try the Do Anything Foods Dinner Wake Up Kit.

Hannah Kowalczyk-Harper for Hearst

Best Choice for Dinner Planning: Do Anything Foods Sauces

Dinner Revival Kit

Dinner Revival Kit

doanythingfoods.com

$45.00


Do Anything Foods is a women-founded company co-founded by Monica Salhotra and Allie Shanholt. Salhotra is of Indian descent and said her mission is “to bring healthy shortcuts to the kitchen through smart and accessible products. Do Anything Foods’ variety of sauces are tasty and versatile.

I tried all five flavors available from the brand, including Kale Pesto, Lemon Beet Pesto, Cauliflower Alfredo, Butternut Squash, and Veggie Tomato. It’s simple to serve them to anyone in my group of friends because all the sauces are vegan, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and keto-friendly.

When my friend Beeshoua tried butternut squash sauce, my favorite flavor, over pasta, she immediately asked where she could buy it. I mainly use the sauces on noodles and pierogies, but they work just as well as dips. Recently, instead of standard pasta noodles, I put the Beet Lemon Pesto on Solely’s Spaghetti Squash Noodles and felt I had hit a healthy peak.

Best Choice for Dessert and Snacks: Highkey Cookies

Highkey Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Highkey Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

$13.97


Highkey was founded by AJ Patel, a first generation American Indian. Patel grew up in India and moved to the United States when she was 10 years old. He started his entrepreneurial career in high school and never looked back.

Patel is currently on a mission to eliminate excess sugar from Americans’ diets. You’d never believe it by the taste, but her Highkey Cookies contain NO added sugar and are keto friendly.

You don’t want to take my word for it? These cookies are ranked as one of the best selling Wafer cookies on Amazon and have over 69,000 ratings.

The best choice for personal hygiene: Blueland hand soap tablets

BLUELAND Hand Soap Starter Set

BLUELAND Hand Soap Starter Set

$19.99


Sarah Paiji Yoo, co-founder and CEO of Blueland, is the daughter of immigrant parents from Korea and Thailand. When the pandemic hit — a time when hand soap appreciation was apparently at an all-time high — Paiji Yoo was receiving derogatory comments online for his heritage and the fact that some of his products are made in China.

Blueland was born out of Paiji Yoo’s mission to reduce single-use plastics, an easy-to-achieve mission. The brand creates hand soap tablets that dissolve in hot water inside a glass soap dispenser. Once the tablet has dissolved, you can press it down to lather the hand soap. No need to keep buying endless plastic soap bottles.

Best Choice for Jewelry: Kahili Creations

Sterling Silver Dangle Blue Glass Dangle Earrings

Sterling Silver Dangle Blue Glass Dangle Earrings

Kahili Creations

amazon.com

$31.00


Marcia Asuncion Ricchiuti designs and makes jewelry by hand in her home studio in rural Hawaii. His business was even able to thrive during the 2018 Kilauea eruption at Leilani Estates. When you buy Kahili Creations, you are supporting not only an AAPI business, but also a woman-owned small business.

Asuncion Ricchiuti offers a superb collection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets made with quality materials, such as sterling silver and 14k gold. Do not worry; you don’t have to travel to Hawaii to get this jewelry. Many parts are sold on Amazon.

The best choice for pet lovers: PLAY lounge beds

PLAY Pet Lifestyle and You Dog's Life Lounge Bed Dark Blue, Medium

PLAY Pet Lifestyle and You Dog’s Life Lounge Bed Dark Blue, Medium

PLAY (The Pet Lifestyle and You)

amazon.com

$270.40


The PLAY brand, which stands for Pet Lifestyle And You, was founded by Deborah Feng and Will Chen. Chen wasn’t happy with the pet bed options on the market for his pug, so the pair began creating visually appealing, durable, and comfortable pet beds with ergonomic support.

PLAY beds are filled with 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, helping to eliminate plastic waste. The covers are hypoallergenic and you can also put them in your washing machine.

With the success of its dog beds, the brand has branched out to make toys, collars and more with exclusive designs from around the world.

Best Choice for Coffee: Bean & Bean

Bean & Bean Ethiopia Sidamo Single Origin Coffee

Bean & Bean Ethiopia Sidamo Single Origin Coffee

$16.95


Bean & Bean is female-owned and co-founded by Jiyoon Han and her daughter Rachel. Jiyoon’s parents emigrated from South Korea and opened the first roastery in Queens, NY. This coffee is USDA organic, ethically sourced, Fair Trade certified, and traceable back to a small farm or cooperative.


Bean & Bean uses recyclable and compostable packaging, which is no surprise, as Jiyoon was the elected Social Responsibility Coordinator of the Specialty Coffee Association (US Chapter). As a bonus, the brand donates 1% of its coffee sales to The Sloth Institute in Costa Rica.

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What we can learn from Aldi and Lidl as trusted brands among shoppers | Comment and opinion https://rioworld.org/what-we-can-learn-from-aldi-and-lidl-as-trusted-brands-among-shoppers-comment-and-opinion/ Wed, 11 May 2022 10:29:30 +0000 https://rioworld.org/what-we-can-learn-from-aldi-and-lidl-as-trusted-brands-among-shoppers-comment-and-opinion/ The growth of Aldi and Lidl has been the most important dynamic in the food industry over the past 10 years. If you thought that narrative had practically played out, when Aldi and Lidl both lost shares during the shutdowns, you need to think again. The loss of share was due to circumstances very specific […]]]>

The growth of Aldi and Lidl has been the most important dynamic in the food industry over the past 10 years. If you thought that narrative had practically played out, when Aldi and Lidl both lost shares during the shutdowns, you need to think again. The loss of share was due to circumstances very specific to the lockdown (specifically shields feeling compelled to shop online). In the latest data from Kantar, Aldi and Lidl reached their highest ever share, and they are growing ahead of the market again. The whole industry is rightly focusing a lot of effort on what to do about it.

So what can we learn from Aldi and Lidl?

There is an essential learning: know what you do well and keep doing it, better and better.

As observers, we may be a bit bored with this story. We know how it works – a relentless store opening program, cheaper retail locations, a very efficient way to work centrally and in stores. Large scale and simpler procurement to improve profitability. Minimal online distraction and very fresh food due to fast stock turnover. The result? Decent quality and good price.

We are bored, but not the buyers. They keep lapping it up. The fact that it doesn’t change is a good thing – Aldi and Lidl have the discipline not to play with the toy. They will be making changes, with Aldi looking to catch up with Lidl on the in-store bakery and both doing big things with their own premium brand to keep the most ambitious shopper interested. But they have not and will not compromise the heart of their proposal.

And this poses a major problem for those who compete with Aldi and Lidl. Because at the end of the day, it’s about branding.

Aldi and Lidl have consistently implemented their core proposition for many years. Buyers trust these brands to deliver quality and price.

Lots of prices are changing at all retailers in this inflationary situation. The majority of shoppers won’t know the detailed price comparisons on each item, but they’ve learned from experience over the years that Aldi and Lidl are going to give them great (and probably the best) value for money. Tesco and Sainsbury’s can say what they like about price matching; Asda and Morrisons can say what they like about cuts and freezes. Even if they were able to match the actual quality and price offered by Aldi, for each product, they would still have a problem. It would take many years to build Aldi’s trust value, as shoppers rightly place more importance on what they experience than what retailers say in their marketing.

What is the answer for those competing with Aldi and Lidl? It’s the same principle: know what you can do. Can Sainsbury’s be as cheap as Aldi in the minds of most shoppers? No. Can he convince us that his food is better? Yes. Can the Morrisons be cheaper? Again, probably not. Can there be better fresh produce (Market Street)? Yes.

It’s about choosing a game that you can win. If you play Aldi and Lidl for the prize, you can’t win. Know what you’re good at and keep doing it – getting better and better.

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Reliance Brands signs deal to retail Tod’s in Indian market https://rioworld.org/reliance-brands-signs-deal-to-retail-tods-in-indian-market/ Mon, 09 May 2022 18:56:00 +0000 https://rioworld.org/reliance-brands-signs-deal-to-retail-tods-in-indian-market/ Reliance Brands became the official retailer of Tod’s across all categories including shoes, handbags and accessories in the Indian market. Tod’s has been operational in India since 2008 with single-brand stores at DLF Emporio, New Delhi, and Palladium, Mumbai, and multi-brand e-commerce platform Ajio Luxe, Reliance Brands said in its statement. […]]]>

Reliance Brands became the official retailer of Tod’s across all categories including shoes, handbags and accessories in the Indian market.

Tod’s has been operational in India since 2008 with single-brand stores at DLF Emporio, New Delhi, and Palladium, Mumbai, and multi-brand e-commerce platform Ajio Luxe, Reliance Brands said in its statement.



The management of the existing channels will be taken over by Reliance Brands and the focus will be on improving the brand’s potential in the market and strengthening its digital presence.

“Tod’s has created a unique space for itself on the global luxury front. A name that conjures up images of luxury leathers and meticulous materials, we are delighted to partner with the brand to uphold its core values ​​of exceptional quality, craftsmanship and effortless elegance in the Indian market,” said said Darshan Mehta, chief executive of Reliance Brands, in The Release.

Reliance Brands is a subsidiary of Reliance Retail Ventures and was established to launch and build global brands in the luxury to high-end segments across fashion and lifestyle.

Carlo Alberto Beretta, Managing Director of Tod’s, said: “We are delighted to partner with the country’s leading luxury retailer, as we believe our shared passion for quality and a modern, sophisticated lifestyle will allow us to express the full potential of this important partnership. ”

Reliance Brands’ current portfolio of brand partnerships includes Armani Exchange, Bally, Versace, Villeroy & Boch and West Elm.

Reliance Brands operates 1,937 doors, divided into 732 stores and 1,205 shop-in-shops.

In 2019, Reliance Brands marked its first international foray by acquiring British toy retailer Hamleys.

Hamleys has 213 doors in 15 countries.

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SPECTRUM BRANDS HOLDINGS, INC. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (Form 10-Q) https://rioworld.org/spectrum-brands-holdings-inc-managements-discussion-and-analysis-of-financial-condition-and-results-of-operations-form-10-q-2/ Fri, 06 May 2022 20:00:05 +0000 https://rioworld.org/spectrum-brands-holdings-inc-managements-discussion-and-analysis-of-financial-condition-and-results-of-operations-form-10-q-2/ Introduction The following is management's discussion of the financial results, liquidity and other key items related to our performance and should be read in conjunction with the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes included in Item 1 of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Unless the context indicates otherwise, the term the "Company," "we," […]]]>

Introduction


The following is management's discussion of the financial results, liquidity and
other key items related to our performance and should be read in conjunction
with the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes included
in Item 1 of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Unless the context indicates
otherwise, the term the "Company," "we," "our," or "us" are used to refer to
Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries ("SBH") and SB/RH Holdings,
LLC and its subsidiaries ("SB/RH"), collectively.

Company overview


The Company is a diversified global branded consumer products company.  We
manage the businesses in three vertically integrated, product-focused segments:
(i) Home and Personal Care ("HPC"), (ii) Global Pet Care ("GPC"), and (iii) Home
and Garden ("H&G"). The Company manufactures, markets and/or distributes its
products globally in the North America ("NA"), Europe, Middle East & Africa
("EMEA"), Latin America ("LATAM") and Asia-Pacific ("APAC") regions through a
variety of trade channels, including retailers, wholesalers and distributors. We
enjoy strong name recognition in our regions under our various brands and
patented technologies across multiple product categories. Global and geographic
strategic initiatives and financial objectives are determined at the corporate
level. Each segment is responsible for implementing defined strategic
initiatives and achieving certain financial objectives and has a president
responsible for sales and marketing initiatives and financial results for all
product lines within that segment, on a global basis. The segments are supported
through center-led shared service operations and enabling functions consisting
of finance and accounting, information technology, legal, human resources,
supply chain, and commercial operations. See Note 18 - Segment Information for
more information pertaining to segments of continuing operations. The following
is an overview of the consolidated business, by segment, summarizing product
types and brands:

  Segment                               Products                                             Brands

HPC                Home Appliances: Small kitchen appliances including      

Appliances: Black & Decker®,

                   toaster ovens, coffeemakers, slow cookers,               

Russell Hobbs®, George Foreman®,

                   blenders, hand mixers, grills, food processors,          

PowerXL®, Emeril Legasse®, Copper Chef

                   juicers, toasters, irons, kettles, bread makers,         

®, Toastmaster®, Juiceman®,

                   cookware, and cookbooks.                                 

Farberware® and Breadman®

                   Personal Care: Hair dryers, flat irons and               

Personal Care: Remington®, and

                   straighteners, rotary and foil electric shavers,          LumaBella®
                   personal groomers, mustache and beard trimmers,
                   body groomers, nose and ear trimmers, women's
                   shavers, and haircut kits.
GPC                Companion Animal: Rawhide chews, dog and cat            

Pet: 8IN1® (8-in-1),

                   clean-up, training, health and grooming products,        

Dingo®, Nature’s Miracle®, Wild

                   small animal food and care products, rawhide-free        

Harvest™, Littermaid®, Jungle®, Excel®,

                   dog treats, and wet and dry pet food for dogs and        

FURminator®, IAMS® (Europe only),

                   cats.                                                    

Eukanuba® (Europe only), Healthy-Hide®,

                   Aquatics: Consumer and commercial aquarium kits,         

DreamBone®, SmartBones®, ProSense®,

                   stand-alone tanks; aquatics equipment such as            

Perfect Coat®, eCOTRITION®, Birdola®,

                   filtration systems, heaters and pumps; and aquatics      

Good Boy®, Meowee!®, Wildbird® and

                   consumables such as fish food, water management and      

Wafcol®

                   care.                                                    

Aquatic: Tetra®, Marineland®,

Whisper®, Instant Ocean®, GloFish®,

                                                                             OmegaOne® and OmegaSea®
H&G                Household: Household pest control solutions such as      

Household: Hot Shot®, Black Flag®,

                   spider and scorpion killers; ant and roach killers;      

Real-Kill®, Ultra-Kill®, The Ant Trap®

                   flying insect killers; insect foggers; wasp and          

(TAT) and Rid-A-Bug®.

                   hornet killers; and bedbug, flea and tick control        

Controls: Spectracide®, Garden Safe®,

                   products.                                                

Liquid Fence® and EcoLogic®.

                   Controls: Outdoor insect and weed control                

Repellents: Cutter® and Repel®.

                   solutions, and animal repellents such as aerosols,       

Cleaning: Rejuvenate®

                   granules, and ready-to-use sprays or hose-end
                   ready-to-sprays.
                   Repellents: Personal use pesticides and insect
                   repellent products, including aerosols, lotions,
                   pump sprays and wipes, yard sprays and citronella
                   candles.
                   Cleaning: Household surface cleaning, maintenance,
                   and restoration products, including bottled
                   liquids, mops, wipes and markers.


The Company has a trademark license agreement (the "License Agreement") with
Stanley Black & Decker ("SBD") pursuant to which we license the Black & Decker®
(B&D) brand in North America, Latin America (excluding Brazil) and the Caribbean
for four core categories of household appliances within the Company's HPC
segment: beverage products, food preparation products, garment care products and
cooking products; which was set to expire December 31, 2021. The Company renewed
the License Agreement through June 30, 2025, including a sell-off period from
April 1, 2025 to June 30, 2025 whereby the Company can continue to sell and
distribute but no longer produce products subject to the License Agreement.
Under the terms of the License Agreement, we agree to pay SBD royalties based on
a percentage of sales, with minimum annual royalty payments of $15.0 million,
with the exception of the minimum annual royalty will no longer be applied
effective January 1, 2024 through the expiration of the agreement on June 30,
2025. The License Agreement also requires us to comply with maximum annual
return rates for products. Subsequent to the completion of the License
Agreement, there are no non-competition provisions or restrictions provided
following its expiration. See Note 5 - Revenue Recognition for further detail on
revenue concentration from B&D branded products.

On February 18, 2022, the Company acquired the home appliances and cookware
products sold under the PowerXL®, Emeril Legasse®, and Copper Chef® brands from
Tristar Products, Inc. (the "Tristar Business"). As part of the acquisition, the
PowerXL® and Copper Chef® brands were acquired outright by the Company while the
Emeril Legasse® brand remains subject to a trademark license agreement with the
license holder (the "Emeril License"). Pursuant to the Emeril License, the
Company will continue to license the Emeril Lagasse® brands within the US,
Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom for certain designated product categories
of household appliances within the HPC segment, including small kitchen food
preparation products, indoor and outdoor grills and grill accessories, and
cookbooks. The Emeril License is set to expire effective December 31, 2022 with
options up to three one-year renewal periods following the initial expiration.
Under the terms of the agreement, we agreed to pay the license holder a
percentage of sales, with minimum annual royalty payments of $1.5 million,
increasing to $1.8 million in subsequent renewal periods. See Note 3 -
Acquisitions for further detail on the Tristar Business acquisition.

On September 8, 2021, the Company entered into a definitive Asset and Stock
Purchase Agreement with ASSA ABLOY AB ("ASSA") to sell its Hardware and Home
Improvement ("HHI") segment for cash proceeds of $4.3 billion, subject to
customary purchase price adjustments. HHI consists of residential locksets and
door hardware, including knobs, levers, deadbolts, handle sets, and electronic
and connected locks under the Kwikset®, Weiser®, Baldwin®, Tell Manufacturing®,
and EZSET® brands; kitchen and bath faucets and accessories under the Pfister®
brand; and builders' hardware consisting of hinges, metal shapes, security
hardware, rack and sliding door hardware, and gate hardware under the National
Hardware® and FANAL® brands. The Company's assets and liabilities associated
with the HHI disposal group have been classified as held for sale and the HHI
operations have been classified as discontinued operations for all periods
presented and notes to the consolidated financial statements have been updated
for all periods presented to exclude information pertaining to discontinued
operations and reflect only the continuing operations of the Company. Refer to
Note 2 - Divestitures for more information on the HHI divestiture
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including the assets and liabilities classified as held for sale and income from
discontinued operations. The Company is engaged with antitrust regulators in the
ongoing regulatory review of the transaction and the Company is currently
working to respond to such regulators' requests for additional information.
Although the timing and outcome of the regulatory process cannot be predicted,
the Company currently expects the merger review process to last for several
months. As such, though there can be no assurance when the transaction will
close, if at all, the Company does not expect the transaction to close before
September 2022.

SB/RH is a wholly owned subsidiary of SBH. Spectrum Brands, Inc. ("SBI"), a
wholly-owned subsidiary of SB/RH incurred certain debt guaranteed by SB/RH and
domestic subsidiaries of SBI. See Note 10 - Debt for more information pertaining
to debt. The reportable segments of SB/RH are consistent with the segments of
SBH.

Acquisitions

The Company periodically evaluates strategic transactions that may result in the
acquisition of a business or assets that qualify as recognition of a business
combination. Acquisitions may impact the comparability of the consolidated or
segment financial information with the inclusion of operating results for the
acquired business in periods subsequent to acquisition date, the inclusion of
acquired assets, both tangible and intangible (including goodwill), and the
related amortization and depreciation of acquired assets. Moreover, the
comparability of consolidated or segment financial information may be impacted
by incremental costs to facilitate the transaction and supporting integration
activities of the acquired operations with the consolidated group. The following
acquisition activity may have a significant impact on the comparability of the
financial results on the condensed consolidated financial statements.

•On February 18, 2022, the Company acquired 100% of the Tristar Business for a
purchase price of $325.0 million, net of customary purchase price adjustments
and transaction costs. The Tristar Business includes a portfolio of home
appliances and cookware products sold under the PowerXL®, Emeril Legasse®, and
Copper Chef® brands. The net assets and operating results of the Tristar
Business are included in the Company's Condensed Consolidated Statements of
Income and reported within the HPC reporting segment for the three and six month
period ended April 3, 2022.

•On May 28, 2021, the Company acquired 100% of the membership interests in For
Life Products, LLC ("FLP") for a purchase price of $301.5 million. FLP is a
manufacturer of household cleaning, maintenance, and restoration products sold
under the Rejuvenate® brand. The net assets and operating results of FLP are
included in the Company's Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and
reported within the H&G reporting segment for the three and six month periods
ended April 3, 2022.

•On October 26, 2020, the Company completed the acquisition of Armitage Pet Care
Ltd ("Armitage") for $187.7 million. Armitage is a premium pet treats and toys
business in Nottingham, United Kingdom including a portfolio of brands that
include Armitage's dog treats brand, Good Boy®, cat treats brand, Meowee!®, and
Wildbird® bird feed products, among others, that are predominantly sold within
the United Kingdom. The net assets and results of operations of Armitage are
included in the Company's Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and
reported within the GPC reporting segment for the three and six month periods
ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021, effective as of the acquisition date of
October 26, 2020.

See Note 3 – Acquisitions in the Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report, for more information.

Restructuring activity


We continually seek and develop operating strategies to improve our operational
efficiency, match our capacity and product costs to market demand and better
utilize our manufacturing and distribution resources in order to reduce costs,
increase revenues, increase or maintain our current profit margins. We have
undertaken various initiatives to reduce manufacturing and operating costs,
which may have a significant impact on the comparability of financial results on
the condensed consolidated financial statements. See Note 4 - Restructuring and
Related Charges in the Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements,
included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report for more information.

These changes and updates are inherently difficult and are made even more
difficult by current global economic conditions. Our ability to achieve the
anticipated cost savings and other benefits from such operating strategies may
be affected by a number of other macro-economic factors such as COVID-19, or
inflation increased interest rates many of which are beyond or control.

Refinancing activity


Financing activity during and between comparable periods may have a significant
impact on the comparability of financial results on the condensed consolidated
financial statements.

•On February 3, 2022, the Company entered into the third amendment to the Credit
Agreement that provides for incremental capacity on the Revolver Facility of
$500 million that was used to support the acquisition of the Tristar Business
and the continuing operations and working capital requirements of the Company.
Borrowings under the incremental capacity are subject to a borrowing rate which
is subject to SOFR plus margin ranging from 1.75% to 2.75%, per annum or base
rate plus margin ranging from 0.75% to 1.75% per annum, with an increase by 25
basis points 270 days after the effective date of the third amendment and an
additional 25 basis points on each 90 day anniversary of such date.

•During the year ended September 30, 2021, the Company completed its offering of
$500.0 million aggregate principal amount of its 3.875% Notes and entered into a
new Term Loan Facility in the aggregate principal amount of $400.0 million on
March 3, 2021. The Company also redeemed $250.0 million of the 6.125% Notes and
$550.0 million of the 5.75% Notes, with a call premium of $23.4 million and
non-cash write-off of unamortized debt issuance costs of $7.9 million recognized
as interest expense.

Russia-Ukraine War

The impacts of the Russia-Ukraine war and the sanctions imposed by other nations
in response to the conflict are evolving and may have an impact on the Company's
consolidated operations and cash flow attributable to operations and
distribution within the region. The Company does not maintain a significant
level of operations within Ukraine and continues to evaluate its strategy with
Russia and the existing operations within the territory. The Company does not
maintain material assets within Russia, and the Company's assets in Russia
consist mostly of working capital associated with the in-country distribution
operations. In response to matters within the territory, we have adjusted our
risks associated with the collectibility and realizable value for working
capital within the region. Depending on the strategic direction we take towards
our existing operations in Russia, there may be incremental restructuring costs
or potential impairments to remediate.
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COVID-19[feminine]


The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting regulations continue to cause economic
and social disruptions that contribute to ongoing uncertainties and may have an
impact on the operations, cash flow and net assets of the Company. Such impacts
may include, but are not limited to, volatility of demand for our products;
disruptions and cost implications in manufacturing and supply arrangements;
inability of third parties to meet obligations under existing arrangements; and
significant changes to the political and economic environments in which we
manufacture, sell, and distribute our products. The Company expects a
significant continuing inflationary environment, marked with higher
manufacturing, employment, and logistics costs as well as continued constraints
with transportation and supply chain disruptions. Additionally, there have also
been changes in consumer needs and spending during the COVID-19 pandemic, and
while demand for our products remain strong, our teams continue to monitor
demand shifts and there can be no assurance as to the level of demand that will
prevail throughout the fiscal year. We believe the severity and duration of the
COVID-19 pandemic to be uncertain and may contribute to retail volatility and
consumer purchase behavior changes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not had a materially negative impact on the Company's
liquidity position and we have not observed any material impairments. We
continue to actively monitor our global cash and liquidity, and if necessary,
could reinitiate mitigating efforts to manage non-critical spending and assess
operating spend to preserve cash and liquidity. We continue to generate
operating cash flows to meet our short-term liquidity needs, and we expect to
maintain access to the capital markets, although there can be no assurance of
our ability to do so. We expect the ultimate significance of the impact on our
financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows will be dictated by
the length of time that such circumstances continue, which will ultimately
depend on the unforeseeable duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the
emergence of variants and the effectiveness of vaccines against these variants,
and any governmental and public actions taken in response.

Inflation and Supply Chain Constraints


While certain aspects of our financial results have been favorably impacted by
increased demand attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to favorable
consumer conditions including incremental financial assistance provided by
various government agencies, our business continues to experience challenges
towards product availability to meet customer demand. We have experienced
increased labor shortages in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in
transportation and supply chain disruptions. Together with labor shortages and
higher demand for talent, the current economic environment is driving higher
wages. Our ability to meet labor needs, control wage and labor-related costs and
minimize labor disruptions will be key to our success of operating our business
and executing our business strategies. Furthermore, our business is experiencing
an inflationary environment, which has negatively impacted our gross margin
rates. We are unable to predict how long the current inflationary environment,
including increased energy costs, will continue. Additionally, we have
experienced further supply chain disruptions from unanticipated shutdowns in our
supply base and limitations within transportation and logistics impacting
availability and increasing freight costs within the overall global supply
chain. We expect the economic environment to remain uncertain as we navigate the
current geopolitical environment, the COVID-19 pandemic, labor challenges,
supply chain constraints and the current inflationary environment, including
increasing energy and commodity prices.


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Non-GAAP Measures


Our consolidated and segment results contain non-GAAP metrics such as organic
net sales, and adjusted EBITDA ("Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation,
Amortization") and adjusted EBITDA margin. While we believe organic net sales
and adjusted EBITDA are useful supplemental information, such adjusted results
are not intended to replace our financial results in accordance with Accounting
Principles Generally Accepted in the United States ("GAAP") and should be read
in conjunction with those GAAP results.

Organic Net Sales. We define organic net sales as net sales excluding the effect
of changes in foreign currency exchange rates and impact from acquisitions (when
applicable). We believe this non-GAAP measure provides useful information to
investors because it reflects regional and operating segment performance from
our activities without the effect of changes in currency exchange rates and
acquisitions. We use organic net sales as one measure to monitor and evaluate
our regional and segment performance. Organic growth is calculated by comparing
organic net sales to net sales in the prior year. The effect of changes in
currency exchange rates is determined by translating the period's net sales
using the currency exchange rates that were in effect during the prior
comparative period. Net sales are attributed to the geographic regions based on
the country of destination. We exclude net sales from acquired businesses in the
current year for which there are no comparable sales in the prior year.

The following is a reconciliation of reported net sales to organic net sales for
the three and six month periods ended April 3, 2022 compared to net sales for
the three and six month periods ended April 4, 2021:

                                                                           April 3, 2022

Three Month Periods                                                        Net Sales
Ended                                               Effect of           Excluding Effect                                                      Net Sales
(in millions, except                               Changes in            of Changes in              Effect of               Organic           April 4,
%)                             Net Sales            Currency                Currency               Acquisitions            Net Sales            2021   
                Variance
HPC                          $    316.1          $       11.4          $         327.5          $         (35.8)         $    291.7          $  297.9          $  (6.2)           (2.1) %
GPC                               295.1                   5.6                    300.7                        -               300.7             293.6              7.1             2.4  %
H&G                               196.6                     -                    196.6                    (13.3)              183.3             168.8             14.5             8.6  %
Total                        $    807.8          $       17.0          $         824.8          $         (49.1)         $    775.7          $  760.3             15.4             2.0  %


                                                                                     April 3, 2022
                                                                                      Net Sales
                                                               Effect of          Excluding Effect
Six Month Periods Ended                                       Changes in            of Changes in             Effect of              Organic              Net Sales
(in millions, except %)                   Net Sales            Currency               Currency               Acquisitions           Net Sales           April 4, 2021                   Variance
HPC                                      $   695.8          $       16.4          $        712.2          $         (35.8)         $   676.4          $        676.4          $    -                  -  %
GPC                                          597.3                   7.8                   605.1                     (8.8)             596.3                   569.1            27.2                4.8  %
H&G                                          271.9                     -                   271.9                    (21.1)             250.8                   251.0            (0.2)              (0.1) %
Total                                    $ 1,565.0          $       24.2          $      1,589.2          $         (65.7)         $ 1,523.5          $      1,496.5            27.0                1.8  %


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Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
Margin are non-GAAP measures used by management, which we believe provide useful
information to investors because they reflect ongoing operating performance and
trends of our segments, excluding certain non-cash based expenses and/or
non-recurring items during each of the comparable periods. They also facilitate
comparisons between peer companies since interest, taxes, depreciation, and
amortization can differ greatly between organizations as a result of differing
capital structures and tax strategies. Adjusted EBITDA is also used for
determining compliance with the Company's debt covenants. EBITDA is calculated
by excluding the Company's income tax expense, interest expense, depreciation
expense and amortization expense (from intangible assets) from net income.
Adjusted EBITDA further excludes:

•Stock based compensation costs consist of costs associated with long-term
incentive compensation arrangements that generally consist of non-cash,
stock-based compensation. During the six month period ended April 4, 2021,
compensation costs included incentive bridge awards previously issued due to
changes in the Company's LTIP that allowed for cash based payment upon employee
election but do not qualify for shared-based compensation, which were fully
vested in November 2020. See Note 14 - Share Based Compensation in the Notes to
the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, included elsewhere in this
Quarterly Report, for further details;

•Restructuring and related charges consist of project costs associated with the
restructuring initiatives across the Company's segments. See Note 4 -
Restructuring and Related Charges in the Notes to the Condensed Consolidated
Financial Statements, included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report, for further
details;

•Transaction related charges are attributable to costs from qualifying strategic
transaction or business opportunities, including an acquisition or divestiture,
whether or not consummated, subsequent integration related project costs,
divestiture support and incremental separation costs. See Note 1 - Basis of
Presentation & Significant Accounting Policies in the Notes to the Condensed
Consolidated Financial Statements, included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report,
for further details;

•Incremental costs towards the SAP S/4 HANA ERP transformation to implement our
enterprise-wide operating systems to SAP S/4 HANA on a global basis. This is a
multi-year project that includes various costs, including software configuration
and implementation costs that would be recognized as capital expenditures or
deferred costs in accordance with applicable accounting policies, with certain
costs recognized as operating expense associated with project development and
management costs, and professional services with business partners engaged
towards planning, design and business process review that would not qualify as
software implementation costs. The Company has substantially completed the
design phase of the project and is currently moving into the build phase:

•Unallocated shared costs associated with discontinued operations from certain
shared and center-led administrative functions the Company's business units
excluded from income from discontinued operations as they are not a direct cost
of the discontinued business but a result of indirect allocations, including but
not limited to, information technology, human resources, finance and accounting,
supply chain, and commercial operations. Amounts attributable to unallocated
shared costs would be mitigated through subsequent strategic or restructuring
initiatives, TSAs, elimination of extraneous costs, or re-allocations or
absorption of existing continuing operations following the completed sale of the
discontinued operations. See Note 2 - Divestitures in Notes to the Condensed
Consolidated Financial Statements, included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report
for further details;

•Non-cash purchase accounting adjustments recognized in earnings from continuing
operations subsequent to an acquisition, including, but not limited to, the
costs attributable to the step-up in inventory value and the incremental value
in ROU operating lease assets with below market rent, among others;

• Impairment or write-off of non-cash assets realized and recognized in profit or loss from continuing operations;


•Gains attributable to the Company's investment in Energizer common stock during
the three and six month periods ended April 4, 2021. with such remaining shares
sold in January 2021. See Note 12 - Fair Value of Financial Instruments in the
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, included elsewhere in
this Quarterly Report, for further details;

•Incremental reserves for non-recurring litigation or environmental remediation
activity including the proposed settlement on outstanding litigation matters at
our H&G division attributable to significant and unusual nonrecurring claims
with no previous history or precedent recognized during the six month period
ended April 4, 2021 and the subsequent remeasurement during the six month period
ended April 3, 2022;

•Incremental costs realized under a three-year tolling agreement entered into
with the buyer in consideration with the divestiture of the Coevorden Operations
on March 29, 2020, for the continued production of dog and cat food products
purchased to support the GPC commercial operations and distribution in Europe;
and

•Other adjustments are primarily attributable to: (1) incremental trade spend
reserves realized from the transition and integration of the Rejuvenate business
into the H&G segment and the Company's systems and processes during the three
and six month periods ended April 3, 2022, (2) incremental fines and penalties
for delayed shipments attributable to the GPC distribution transition initiative
during the three and six month periods ended April 3, 2022, and (3) costs
associated with Salus as they are not considered a component of the continuing
commercial products company.

Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of reported net sales for the respective period and segment.

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The following is a reconciliation of net earnings and adjusted EBITDA for the three-month periods ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021 for SBH.


SPECTRUM BRANDS HOLDINGS, INC.                  HPC               GPC               H&G             Corporate          Consolidated
(in millions)
Three Month Period Ended April 3,
2022
Net (loss) income from continuing           $  (19.1)         $   19.0          $   30.4          $    (55.4)         $     (25.1)
operations
Income tax benefit                                 -                 -                 -                (6.8)                (6.8)
Interest expense                                   -                 -                 -                24.7                 24.7
Depreciation and amortization                    8.1               9.3               4.7                 3.6                 25.7
EBITDA                                         (11.0)             28.3              35.1               (33.9)                18.5
Share and incentive based                          -                 -                 -                 6.6                  6.6

compensation

Restructuring and related charges                3.7               8.2                 -                 4.5                 16.4
Transaction related charges                     14.4               1.2               1.9                 2.7                 20.2
Global ERP Transformation                          -                 -                 -                 3.2                  3.2
Unallocated shared costs                           -                 -                 -                 6.9                  6.9
Non-cash purchase accounting                     3.5                 -                 -                   -                  3.5

adjustments


Coevorden tolling related charges                  -               1.5                 -                   -                  1.5
Other                                              -               1.4               0.7                 0.1                  2.2
Adjusted EBITDA                             $   10.6          $   40.6          $   37.7          $     (9.9)         $      79.0
Net Sales                                   $  316.1          $  295.1          $  196.6          $        -          $     807.8
Adjusted EBITDA Margin                           3.4  %           13.8  %           19.2  %                -                  9.8  %
Three Month Period Ended April 4,
2021
Net income (loss) from continuing           $   11.0          $   38.7          $   29.9          $    (84.2)         $      (4.6)
operations
Income tax benefit                                 -                 -                 -                (0.7)                (0.7)
Interest expense                                   -                 -                 -                52.8                 52.8
Depreciation and amortization                   11.8               9.6               4.9                 3.9                 30.2
EBITDA                                          22.8              48.3              34.8               (28.2)                77.7
Share and incentive based                          -                 -                 -                 7.2                  7.2

compensation

Restructuring and related charges                1.5               0.6                 -                 2.2                  4.3
Transaction related charges                      1.1               2.6                 -                 4.5                  8.2
Unallocated shared costs                           -                 -                 -                 6.7                  6.7
Non-cash purchase accounting                       -               2.6                 -                   -                  2.6

adjustments

Gain on Energizer investment                       -                 -                 -                (0.9)                (0.9)

Coevorden tolling related charges                  -               1.5                 -                   -                  1.5
Other                                              -                 -                 -                 0.2                  0.2
Adjusted EBITDA                             $   25.4          $   55.6          $   34.8          $     (8.3)         $     107.5
Net Sales                                   $  297.9          $  293.6          $  168.8          $        -          $     760.3
Adjusted EBITDA Margin                           8.5  %           18.9  %           20.6  %                -                 14.1  %


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The following is a reconciliation of net earnings and adjusted EBITDA for the six-month periods ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021 for SBH.


SPECTRUM BRANDS HOLDINGS, INC.                        HPC               GPC               H&G            Corporate          Consolidated
(in millions)
Six Month Period Ended April 3, 2022
Net income (loss) from continuing
operations                                        $      -          $   30.6          $   14.6          $  (100.5)         $      (55.3)
Income tax benefit                                       -                 -                 -              (22.8)                (22.8)
Interest expense                                         -                 -                 -               46.4                  46.4
Depreciation and amortization                         15.8              18.6               9.3                7.4                  51.1
EBITDA                                                15.8              49.2              23.9              (69.5)                 19.4
Share and incentive based
compensation                                             -                 -                 -               12.2                  12.2
Restructuring and related charges                      4.3              19.6                 -                9.9                  33.8
Transaction related charges                           14.4               3.6               6.3               10.8                  35.1
Global ERP Transformation                                -                 -                 -                3.2                   3.2
Unallocated shared costs                                 -                 -                 -               13.8                  13.8
Non-cash purchase accounting
adjustments                                            3.5                 -                 -                  -                   3.5
Legal and environmental remediation
reserves                                                 -                 -              (0.5)                 -                  (0.5)
Coevorden tolling related charges                        -               3.0                 -                  -                   3.0
Other                                                    -               3.9               0.7                0.2                   4.8
Adjusted EBITDA                                   $   38.0          $   79.3          $   30.4          $   (19.4)         $      128.3
Net Sales                                         $  695.8          $  597.3          $  271.9          $       -          $    1,565.0
Adjusted EBITDA Margin                                 5.5  %           13.3  %           11.2  %               -                   8.2  %
Six Month Period Ended April 4, 2021
Net income (loss) from continuing                 $   49.2          $   72.7          $   29.4          $  (140.2)         $       11.1
operations
Income tax benefit                                       -                 -                 -               (4.8)                 (4.8)
Interest expense                                         -                 -                 -               76.0                  76.0
Depreciation and amortization                         20.6              19.3               9.9                7.4                  57.2
EBITDA                                                69.8              92.0              39.3              (61.6)                139.5
Share and incentive based                                -                 -                 -               14.2                  14.2
compensation
Restructuring and related charges                      4.1               2.1                 -                7.1                  13.3
Transaction related charges                            2.4               8.6                 -               16.2                  27.2
Unallocated shared costs                                 -                 -                 -               13.4                  13.4
Non-cash purchase accounting                             -               3.4                 -                  -                   3.4
adjustments
Gain on Energizer investment                             -                 -                 -               (6.9)                 (6.9)
Legal and environmental remediation                      -                 -               6.0                  -                   6.0

reservations

Coevorden tolling related charges                        -               3.1                 -                  -                   3.1
Other                                                    -                 -                 -                0.1                   0.1
Adjusted EBITDA                                   $   76.3          $  109.2          $   45.3          $   (17.5)         $      213.3
Net Sales                                         $  676.4          $  569.1          $  251.0          $       -          $    1,496.5
Adjusted EBITDA Margin                                11.3  %           19.2  %           18.0  %               -                  14.3  %


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The following is a reconciliation of net earnings and adjusted EBITDA for the three-month periods ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021 for SB/RH.


SB/RH HOLDINGS, LLC                             HPC               GPC               H&G             Corporate          Consolidated
(in millions)
Three Month Period Ended April 3,
2022
Net (loss) income from continuing           $  (19.1)         $   19.0          $   30.4          $    (54.9)         $     (24.6)
operations
Income tax benefit                                 -                 -                 -                (6.6)                (6.6)
Interest expense                                   -                 -                 -                24.8                 24.8
Depreciation and amortization                    8.1               9.3               4.7                 3.6                 25.7
EBITDA                                         (11.0)             28.3              35.1               (33.1)                19.3
Share and incentive based                          -                 -                 -                 6.2                  6.2

compensation

Restructuring and related charges                3.7               8.2                 -                 4.5                 16.4
Transaction related charges                     14.4               1.2               1.9                 2.7                 20.2
Global ERP Transformation                          -                 -                 -                 3.2                  3.2
Unallocated shared costs                           -                 -                 -                 6.9                  6.9
Non-cash purchase accounting                     3.5                 -                 -                   -                  3.5

adjustments


Coevorden tolling related charges                  -               1.5                 -                   -                  1.5
Other                                              -               1.4               0.7                   -                  2.1
Adjusted EBITDA                             $   10.6          $   40.6          $   37.7          $     (9.6)         $      79.3
Net Sales                                   $  316.1          $  295.1          $  196.6          $        -          $     807.8
Adjusted EBITDA Margin                           3.4  %           13.8  %           19.2  %                -                  9.8  %
Three Month Period Ended April 4,
2021
Net income (loss) from continuing           $   11.0          $   38.7          $   29.9          $    (83.8)         $      (4.2)
operations
Income tax benefit                                 -                 -                 -                (0.5)                (0.5)
Interest expense                                   -                 -                 -                52.9                 52.9
Depreciation and amortization                   11.8               9.6               4.9                 3.9                 30.2
EBITDA                                          22.8              48.3              34.8               (27.5)                78.4
Share and incentive based                          -                 -                 -                 6.8                  6.8

compensation

Restructuring and related charges                1.5               0.6                 -                 2.2                  4.3
Transaction related charges                      1.1               2.6                 -                 4.5                  8.2
Unallocated shared costs                           -                 -                 -                 6.7                  6.7
Non-cash purchase accounting                       -               2.6                 -                   -                  2.6

adjustments

Gain on Energizer investment                       -                 -                 -                (0.9)                (0.9)

Coevorden tolling related charges                  -               1.5                 -                   -                  1.5
Other                                              -                 -                 -                 0.1                  0.1
Adjusted EBITDA                             $   25.4          $   55.6          $   34.8          $     (8.1)         $     107.7
Net Sales                                   $  297.9          $  293.6          $  168.8          $        -          $     760.3
Adjusted EBITDA Margin                           8.5  %           18.9  %           20.6  %                -                 14.2  %


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The following is a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA for the six
month periods ended April 3, 2022 and April 4, 2021 for SB/RH.
SB/RH HOLDINGS, LLC                             HPC               GPC               H&G            Corporate          Consolidated
(in millions)
Six Month Period Ended April 3, 2022
Net income (loss) from continuing           $      -          $   30.6          $   14.6          $   (99.9)         $      (54.7)
operations
Income tax benefit                                 -                 -                 -              (22.4)                (22.4)
Interest expense                                   -                 -                 -               46.7                  46.7
Depreciation and amortization                   15.8              18.6               9.3                7.4                  51.1
EBITDA                                          15.8              49.2              23.9              (68.2)                 20.7
Share based compensation                           -                 -                 -               11.8                  11.8
Restructuring and related charges                4.3              19.6                 -                9.9                  33.8
Transaction related charges                     14.4               3.6               6.3               10.8                  35.1
SAP S/4 HANA ERP Transformation                    -                 -                 -                3.2                   3.2
Unallocated shared costs                           -                 -                 -               13.8                  13.8
Non-cash purchase accounting                     3.5                 -                 -                  -                   3.5

adjustments

Legal and environmental remediation                -                 -              (0.5)                 -                  (0.5)

reservations

Coevorden tolling related charges                  -               3.0                 -                  -                   3.0
Other                                              -               3.9               0.7               (0.2)                  4.4
Adjusted EBITDA                             $   38.0          $   79.3          $   30.4          $   (18.9)         $      128.8
Net Sales                                   $  695.8          $  597.3          $  271.9          $       -          $    1,565.0
Adjusted EBITDA Margin                           5.5  %           13.3  %           11.2  %               -                   8.2  %
Six Month Period Ended April 4, 2021
Net income (loss) from continuing           $   49.2          $   72.7          $   29.4          $  (139.3)         $       12.0
operations
Income tax benefit                                 -                 -                 -               (4.4)                 (4.4)
Interest expense                                   -                 -                 -               76.1                  76.1
Depreciation and amortization                   20.6              19.3               9.9                7.4                  57.2
EBITDA                                          69.8              92.0              39.3              (60.2)                140.9
Share and incentive based                          -                 -                 -               13.6                  13.6

compensation

Restructuring and related charges                4.1               2.1                 -                7.1                  13.3
Transaction related charges                      2.4               8.6                 -               16.2                  27.2
Unallocated shared costs                           -                 -                 -               13.4                  13.4
Non-cash purchase accounting                       -               3.4                 -                  -                   3.4

adjustments

Gain on Energizer investment                       -                 -                 -               (6.9)                 (6.9)
Legal and environmental remediation                -                 -               6.0                  -                   6.0

reservations

Coevorden tolling related charges                  -               3.1                 -                  -                   3.1
Other                                              -                 -                 -                0.1                   0.1
Adjusted EBITDA                             $   76.3          $  109.2          $   45.3          $   (16.7)         $      214.1
Net Sales                                   $  676.4          $  569.1          $  251.0          $       -          $    1,496.5
Adjusted EBITDA Margin                          11.3  %           19.2  %           18.0  %               -                  14.3  %



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Best Sex Toy Brands, Masturbation May 2022: Lelo, Dame, Maude, Unbound https://rioworld.org/best-sex-toy-brands-masturbation-may-2022-lelo-dame-maude-unbound/ Thu, 05 May 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://rioworld.org/best-sex-toy-brands-masturbation-may-2022-lelo-dame-maude-unbound/ If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Rolling Stone may receive an affiliate commission. Self-love and sexual pleasure are closely linked, but many of us find it difficult to express our desires and even act on them. Many of these conversations often take place behind closed doors […]]]>

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Self-love and sexual pleasure are closely linked, but many of us find it difficult to express our desires and even act on them. Many of these conversations often take place behind closed doors or are left to muffled whispers in a public space, leading to feelings of embarrassment and shame.

But, why should we bite our tongues when we talk about pleasure? In fact, studies show that embracing our sensuality can be beneficial by getting to know our bodies better. To help you start your own journey of sexual discovery this May of masturbation, we’ve researched and rounded up the best sex toy brands with missions we can all resonate with.

What are the best sex toy brands?

What was once taboo is now being fully embraced as a form of self-care, with a number of leading sex toy brands and sexual wellness brands helping to break old stereotypes revolving around sex – that is, – say that women don’t care as much about sexual pleasure as men do (spoiler: not true!). The best sex toy brands now offer accessible and easy-to-use sex toys and accessories for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or age.

These sex toy brands are also introducing new products beyond the classic vibrator, including prostate massagers and even toys designed for anal play. And it’s not just about quick stimulation either – many of the best new sex toy brands focus on relaxation, self-love and closing the orgasm gap.

From sex toy brands that literally fought the MTA in their pursuit of equal pleasure, to sex toy brands that help you discover your deepest, darkest desires, we’ve rounded up eight of the best toy brands sex – and sex toys – to know right away.

1. Lelo

Lelo

Lelo is known for its waterproof silicone sex toys that have won countless awards for their pleasure-inducing designs. The brand’s mission is to take care of themselves and make customers feel “ecstasy without shame”. The website even has options for all genders and some of their most popular vibrators include the Sona Cruise 2 and the Hugo.

The Sona Cruise 2 is designed for clitoral stimulation and features the brand’s Cruise Control technology, which automatically increases the intensity of the vibrator the harder you press it against your body. There are also several vibration patterns available, depending on the depth of sensation you are looking for.

The Hugo meanwhile, was designed to increase the intensity of male orgasm by 33%, according to Lelo. It’s completely hands-free and comes with a remote control so you or your partner can control this vibrator. Plus, like other Lelo products, it’s waterproof, so feel free to use it during your steam baths.

Lelo also makes a ton of other sex toy designs, including G-spot vibrators and even couple-focused vibrators for double play.

To buy:
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$63+

2. Lady

Lady Sex Toys

Lady Products

Women’s brand Dame uses a “Find Your Vibe” quiz to help you find the best sex toy that’s right for you. The sex toy brand also makes aloe-based lube, body wipes and a “Pillo” – a pillow – to help you and your partner as you work your way through the Kama Sutra. .

Dame’s mission is to bridge the pleasure gap and give women the pleasure they seek and deserve. Their most sought-after vibe is the Eva, which can be used for solo or pair play.

It is hands-free and has a waterproof silicone construction. The design is interesting too, with flexible wings that should slip comfortably under your lips and hold your new sex toy in place. There are also three intensity settings depending on the sensation you need.

Dame also sells various bundled kits, including The Beginner’s Luck kit to help get you started on your pleasure-seeking journey.

To buy:
Lady Sex Toys
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$30+

3. Boutique Bellesa

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Boutique Bellesa

Bellesa Boutique does more than just build affordable sex toys. This sex toy brand also creates female-centric porn. And, the brand also has several celebrity ambassadors, including Demi Lovato, who just launched her own sex toy with Bellesa Boutique.

The Demi Wand is an all-inclusive wand sex toy that features eight different vibration modes and a waterproof design so it can be taken from your bed to the tub.

Bellesa Boutique also manufactures sex toys for men, including masturbators and prostate stimulators, according to your desires. Additionally, the brand offers a wide variety of BDSM sex toys, so you and your partner can explore your kinks together in a consensual, safe, and enjoyable way.

Bellesa Boutique is also constantly offering giveaways, so be sure to follow them on Instagram so you’re always in the know.

To buy:
Bellesa Sex Toy Shop
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$59+

4. Maud

Maude sex toys

Maud

Maude creates minimalist vibrators that are as pleasant as they are aesthetic.

The sex toy brand’s mission is to support inclusivity and sex education for all. In other words, they want to make “intimacy better” for everyone.

Maude doesn’t just create sex toys, she also offers a bath and body collection focused on personal care. A great example is the Burning Massage Candle, which doubles as a massage oil. Simply pour the melted candle over yourself or your partner’s skin once it is extinguished.

They even sell travel kits, including this vibe + shine kit that includes their top notch vibrator and lube, so you’ll have all the essentials you’ll need on the go. The vibrator itself has a battery life of 2.5 hours, which is amazing considering its compact size.

To buy:
Maude sex toys
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$30+

5. Unbound

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Unbound is another female-led brand that is best known for fighting sexism in its subway ads. Their goal is to create an inclusive and safe space to explore your pleasure, without judgement.

The sex toy brand sells a wide variety of vibrators and you can filter them by need, i.e. if you are a beginner, if you are looking for something waterproof or if you are looking for something to enjoy with your partner.

There’s more, too, including sex toys like Orion, which is an over-the-door restraint, and Tether, a skin-friendly bondage band that won’t stick to your hair.

As far as vibrators go, the Puffy is their best-selling sex toy – a suction toy meant to simulate oral sex. It has five intensity settings, and like most other sex toys, it’s both waterproof and rechargeable. Plus, it comes in these fun, bright colors, which sets it apart from the other more minimalist sex toys on this list.

To buy:
Unrelated sex toys
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$20+

6. Lora DiCarlo

Lora Dicarlo's sex toys

Lora DiCarlo

Lora DiCarlo got off to an interesting start in the sex toy industry when a robotics innovation award they won was rescinded, starting an important cultural conversation about gender equality and pleasure technology. .

Their mission is to destigmatize sexuality and reduce the orgasm gap between men and women. The sex toy brand offers a wide variety of toys, including G-spot massagers, clitoral vibrators, lube, and massage oil.

The Baci is one of their highest rated vibrators and this clitoral massager is designed to recreate the sensation of oral sex. There are 10 intensity settings coupled with an intuitive, leak-proof design that nestles gently against your outer lips.

The website also has a great blog section that talks about everything from kinks to sex toy trends, and even answers your pressing questions about the sex toy industry.

To buy:
Lora Dicarlo sex toys
to
$80+

7. Smile Makers

Smile Makers Sex Toys

Smile Makers

Smile Makers’ motto is “we bring vulva sexuality out into the open” and they do this through ergonomic sex toys, which are sure to induce a lot of “smiles” from their customers.

The website offers a quiz at the top, which helps you choose the best vibrator for you. It’s simple and asks you a bunch of questions about what makes you feel good before revealing your sex toy match.

There are suction vibrators, clitoral stimulators, G-spot sex toys, as well as pleasure kits if you’re looking to please yourself.

The brand’s toys are also gender neutral, with many sex toys that can be used on all body types. The ballerina, for example, can be used to massage the vulva or scrotum.

It has six speeds and six pulsation modes and a new “Surprise Me” mode if you’re feeling adventurous. It’s also designed for comfort with a silicone exterior and silicone gel interior, so it’ll feel velvety soft against your creases.

Another great option is their new vibrator, The Artist, designed to enhance clitoral stimulation. There are nine pulsation modes as well as an adjustable fit, so it will never feel uncomfortable. You can even control both vibrator heads until you find a sensation that just right.

As of this writing, some of this sex brand’s products have sold out, so be sure to grab your favorites soon.

To buy:
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$34+

8. Ella Paradise

Ella Paradis Sex Toys

Ella Paradise

I cheated a bit with this one. Ella Paradis is technically an all-in-one sex shop, but it stocks a ton of products from top sex toy brands like Lovehoney, Dame, Satisfyer, and Better Love. Ella Paradis supports the positive pleasure movement by encouraging individuals to explore their fantasies, desires and become the best version of themselves. They are gender neutral and you can tell they take that seriously through the sex toys they stock, with options available for every body type and every type of sex game.

The product selection includes, among others, vibrators for beginners, bullet vibrators and rabbit vibrators. There are even anal toys, strap-ons, lubricants of all types, BDSM sex toys and more.

As there are so many types of toys to choose from, the site can get a bit overwhelming at times, so use the drop-down menu to figure out what you’re looking for before you fall down the rabbit hole. There is also a beginners section to help you get started.

To buy:
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$9.95+

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Scandibørn founder Grace Tindall on kids’ brands you’ve never heard of…but love. https://rioworld.org/scandiborn-founder-grace-tindall-on-kids-brands-youve-never-heard-of-but-love/ Wed, 04 May 2022 23:32:51 +0000 https://rioworld.org/scandiborn-founder-grace-tindall-on-kids-brands-youve-never-heard-of-but-love/ Scandibørn is one of the best places to find great products and brands you’ve never heard of. I love clicking through the website to browse everything from toys to baby carriers. Their mission is to bring the best of Scandinavian or Scandinavian-inspired brands to parents before anyone else. Most of the brands they stock are […]]]>

Scandibørn is one of the best places to find great products and brands you’ve never heard of. I love clicking through the website to browse everything from toys to baby carriers. Their mission is to bring the best of Scandinavian or Scandinavian-inspired brands to parents before anyone else. Most of the brands they stock are exclusive.

“We love the whole ethos that surrounds Scandinavian living and interiors, it values ​​buying products that will last for years and meet different needs as our lives change,” says Grace Tindall, Founder of Scandiborn. “For us, it is important that products are beautiful, functional and built to last and all the brands we stock must meet these criteria.”

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Find Rockstar inspiration with the Z2 https://rioworld.org/find-rockstar-inspiration-with-the-z2/ Mon, 02 May 2022 15:30:00 +0000 https://rioworld.org/find-rockstar-inspiration-with-the-z2/ Flatbush Zombies are an American hip-hop group from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York City, … [+] holds their Z2 comics. Z2 How can music tell a story in graphic novel form? Z2 has become an exciting destination for authentic graphic novels and collectibles, created in partnership with top artists, musicians and pop culture […]]]>

How can music tell a story in graphic novel form?

Z2 has become an exciting destination for authentic graphic novels and collectibles, created in partnership with top artists, musicians and pop culture icons. Distributed worldwide through Simon & Schuster, Z2 has produced over 50 unique graphic novel properties, in collaboration with well-known names like Gorillaz, Blondie, Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury, Balmain, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Jason Derulo, The Grateful Dead, Machine Gun Kelly, Beethoven, RZA, Mötley Crüe, Vince Staples, Cheech & Chong, The Doors, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, Babymetal, Major Lazer, RZA and much more. The Z2 Team – Josh Frankel (CEO and Founder), Sridhar Reddy (Publisher Co-Founder), Josh Bernstein (Chief Commercial Officer), Kevin Meek (CFO and General Counsel), Rantz Hoseley (VP of writing) and Lauryn Ipsum (Artistic Director) – sat down to discuss how they are inspired to partner with these musical brands.

Goldie Chan: Why is it important to have a brand for artists/music groups?

Josh Frankel: All bands and artists are inherently brands. The best know exactly who they are, who their audience is, and how to best engage and serve them. Music lives forever and in many cases these marks continue long after the bands have split up or God forbid are no longer with us. We consider it a great honor and responsibility to have these partnerships.

Josh Bernstein: Bands currently have very few outlets for their creativity: lyric videos, mp3s, black t-shirts and endless touring. With graphic novels, we gave these artists a whole new canvas to paint on. Each musical artist or group is probably sitting on their own Star Wars or Marvel universe. We hope to help these artists tell their stories through the lens of graphic novels, art prints, toys, and other creative adaptations of IP.

Rantz Hosley: Unlike many brands, musical artists and bands have an almost primary connection with audiences and consumers. Connecting to a song works almost like a time machine, triggering a powerful mnemonic association unmatched by any other form of entertainment. With this type of connection with consumers, brands in this space have a stronger reach that resonates with customers.

Lauryn Ipsum: A strong brand is what allows the visual representation of a hearing aid. This visual representation is what allows fans to express their connection and love for musical artists, both on an individual and community level.

Song: How much time do you spend researching fans of the brands you work on and where do you find them?

Sridhar Reddy: In many cases, we have searched for these bands all our lives because we ARE those fans. Z2 turned to bands that built an engaged and supportive fan base that was elevated through exceptional storytelling, visuals, and design. If we take a fan approach and keep the “superfans” of the brand satiated, our job is easily done.

Frankel: Although Z2 is a super creative company, we are also very technology and data driven and have identified a series of variables that help predict the success of a project. It’s not a perfect system, but it has eliminated some of the risk.

Kevin Meek: One of the great things about the Z2 business is that many of the artists we’ve collaborated with keep talking about us to their fellow musicians. Many of our recent successful projects have come from other bands, artists, managers and labels who want to do more with us in the comic space and join in the fun.

Song: How do you help bands dig up old creative projects and bring them to life?

Holey: Part of that is our deep love for these albums, songs and artists. In many cases, like Judas Priest, these are the kinds of stories and ideas that we wanted to see when we experienced these albums as fans. And that’s how we look at all these projects… “What does the fan want and expect?”

Bernstein: Behind every famous rock star or movie director, there’s an amazing storyline or concept that maybe didn’t see the light of day for a million reasons – be it budget, schedule, lineup. Graphic novels offer limitless possibilities that other mediums do not.

Frankel: The beauty of this is that it can extend to anything, in fact at Z2 we start working with comedians, podcasters, fashion brands and film directors as long as there is a good story to tell and an audience that wants it, we can make it happen.

Song: Explain the collaborative process at Z2?

Bernstein: The collaborative process is actually the most enjoyable part of these projects and the secret sauce to making these books so perfect for fans. Each approach to our projects is completely different and tailored to the artist we work with. Depending on age, gender, place in an artist’s career, and what their fans like/expect, all help to influence final creative decisions and approaches.

Ipsum: Many of our collaborators are themselves artists or writers, which is like playing the lottery. The more fingerprints of our artists are all over the final product, the better. Authenticity is key to Z2’s products.

Song: What is the most important element of a good story and/or product?

Soft: I think I’m staying on the mark. If a musician, athlete, or celebrity caters to a certain audience, injecting their core ideas with like-minded thoughts and concepts will also go a long way.

Bernstein: At Z2, we put ourselves in the mind of the superfan. What have they never seen? What have they always wanted? What do they want this holiday season? We work backwards from there, trying to answer all of these questions as perfectly as possible. This can manifest as a story, art, bonus vinyl, or even a bobblehead.

Song: What do you look for in the artists or writers you work with?

Frankel: The most important thing for the writers and artists we work with is that they merge with the creative vision of the project. We’re fortunate that the licensors we work with are the main draw, so it allows us to pick the creatives who will do the best job. Although we are honored to work with big names such as Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison and Margaret Atwood, it is ultimately who will work best. A good example is a musician we are currently working with loved his graphic novel so much that he reworked his new album to be the soundtrack for the book itself.

Bernstein: Most of us at Z2 grew up in the comic book heyday of the 90s, where comic book writers and artists rose to rockstar status. It’s an amazing time for us creatively when we can line up a massive music project with one of our dream writers/artists and discover in the process that the creators themselves are super fans. The game recognizes the game.

Song: What is the future creative or brand trend you see?

Red : For us everyone is obviously talking about NFTs and with all of our custom art, dedicated fanbases and digital marketing advantages, we are well positioned to enter this space and serve these communities associated with great physical products.

Bernstein: These Crypto communities can sniff out tourists and inauthentic products; luckily we only serve the opposite…

Frankel: Additionally, Z2 has always had a technology and data component and we are looking to build on that this year. Our theory is that the future of e-commerce is D2C direct to the community and much of what Z2 works on uses our technology to build communities around all of our projects.

For more, visit them at Z2comics.com and follow them on Instagram (@z2comics) and Twitter (@z2comics).

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THE INSIGHTS I FAMILY Kids demand meaningful interactions with brands – ToyNews https://rioworld.org/the-insights-i-family-kids-demand-meaningful-interactions-with-brands-toynews/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 10:52:08 +0000 https://rioworld.org/the-insights-i-family-kids-demand-meaningful-interactions-with-brands-toynews/ The Insights Family surveys more than 469,040 children between the ages of 3 and 18 and 228,800 different parents each year in 22 countries on 6 continents. His last report, Make it counthighlights changing family dynamics and the importance for organizations to take a “family first” approach. Here in his ToyNews’ latest feature, the company […]]]>

The Insights Family surveys more than 469,040 children between the ages of 3 and 18 and 228,800 different parents each year in 22 countries on 6 continents. His last report, Make it counthighlights changing family dynamics and the importance for organizations to take a “family first” approach.

Here in his ToyNews’ latest feature, the company explains why toy companies need to consider the perspectives of children, not just their parents, when developing brand strategy.

As kids become more aware of global issues, it’s crucial that the brands they support embody the values ​​they preach, with a much greater emphasis on social responsibility.

On average, the number of 6-9 year olds around the world buying from brands that represent them and what they represent has increased by +11% over the past six months.

Today, 91% of children aged 6 to 12 in Europe agree that it is important that the products they buy, the toys they play with and the clothes they wear come from companies that reflect their values.*

As children become more conscious consumers, they seek to support ethical businesses. They now recognize the power of their collective voice and seek to embody the notion of “voting with your wallet”. Children’s attitudes and values ​​are passed on by word of mouth and also shared by key influencers on social media or YouTube. Listening to these conversations and understanding how they can benefit business operations is essential when seeking to resonate with young consumers. It also means that brands that do not embody the same values ​​as children are at risk of falling through.

Concerns about the environment are always present; climate change ranks fourth among the concerns of children aged 6-9 worldwide (behind coronavirus, bullying and cruelty to animals). As a result, the number of children of this age buying with brands for their eco credentials has increased by +9% on average globally since the start of 2021. In Europe, this is particularly high in the UK (48 %) and Italy (46%), where almost half of this population would spend more on something that respects the environment.

As children look for new ways to improve their mindful shopping habits, there has also been an increase in independent shopping. Independent shopping among 6-9 year olds has increased year on year in Europe, with 1 in 10 children aged 6-12 saying they mainly shop at independent retailers. This is particularly high in Spain, with 17% of this population favoring these stores.

With the support of local businesses, a growing sense of community is developing. Children aged 6-9 in the UK who shop in independent stores are +21% more likely than the average child to consider it essential that their purchase engages them with a community. As a result, the number of parents with children aged 6-9 in the UK who shop locally has more than doubled since the start of 2021.

The target audiences are people, not just consumers.

Brands that want to engage with their target demographic need to make concerted efforts to appeal to the humanistic element of brand interactions. For licensees, that means seeking to give a platform to IPs and characters who embody those values. For licensors, this means integrating these values ​​into their product scenarios and messaging. Successfully attracting children not only engages the family of today because of their influence, but secures brand loyalty in the future. The children of today will shape the stories of tomorrow as they continually engage in the global conversation.

Family Insights’ “Making It Matter” report goes into more detail on the importance of meaningful relationships and also explores other trends such as the growing influence of children in the home and ways brands can engage family. modern. This is the first report produced by the company’s new Industry Knowledge team, dedicated to identifying the next big opportunities for brands and organizations in the child, parent and family market. Download for free here: get.theinsightsfamily.com/familyreport2022.

* All data from the last six months of Kids Insights data (October 2021 – April 2022)

Download your free copy of The Insights Family’s Making It Matter report here: get.theinsightsfamily.com/familyreport2022

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