A very first systematic investigation of hazardous elements in second-hand plastic toys took place in the UK, with the start of 2018. Scientists from the University of Plymouth analyzed 200 used plastic toys including, Inflatable Toys and Preschool Toys, found in homes, nurseries and charity shops across southwest England.
Also, a study published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology also stated that researchers used x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry to analyze the presence of elements within all kinds of toys.
They discovered high concentrations of hazardous elements including antimony, barium, bromine, cadmium, chromium, lead and selenium - which are chronically toxic to children at low levels over an extended period - in many building blocks, figures, and items of jewelry that were either of a red, yellow or black color.
Why Do People Opt For Second-Hand Toys?
"Second-hand toys are a good option to families because we can get them directly from friends or relatives or obtained cheaply and readily from charity stores, flea markets, and the internet," said Andrew Turner, from the University of Plymouth.
Not Meeting Modern Toy Safety Guidelines
While Toy Safety Directive applies to new products there is no regulation covering the recycling or resale of older toys; even new toys contain hazardous elements. Hence, the plastics industry, in alignment with the policies and guidelines or any laws & regulations of the Toy Safety Directive need to ensure to eliminate them.
Parents need to be more careful, take greater care and monitor what their kids are playing with and what they are buying for them. They also need to be more aware of the potential risks associated with small, mountable and brightly colored old plastic toys or components.
Awareness and taking appropriate precautions is vital: without that, the convenience, high price, and recyclability of second-hand toys have the potential to create a legacy of chemical contamination for infants.…
Boxing is a very demanding but healthy sports for your body. It requires extensive work from your heart, lungs, arms, muscles and much more and the health benefits are worth it as it increases your life expectancy, reduce stress and weight, improve mental health and build muscles.
However, Mixed Martial Arts is an ancient form of combat, modified for modern sport and exercise. In today's world, the participation in this healthy sport is increasing and similar to Boxing; there are healthy, meaningful benefits associated with its practice; recommended by millions of practitioners.
As far as safety is concerned, when comparing MMA to other combat sports, such as boxing, Mixed Martial Arts have a safer track record, especially concerning severe injuries and death. Knockout rates are lower in MMA competitions than in boxing, suggesting a reduced risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in MMA competitions compared to other events. Boxing has many benefits, but we have rounded-up four main ones:
• It has Aerobic advantages and is excellent for your heart and lungs. The sweat production is considered good for your body, and it also builds and improves your cardiovascular system. It makes you more active and helps you in other sports too. For instance, ‘running.' It can make you run longer and faster.
• Boxing builds muscle; with the number of movements required during sparring, the chances of developing lean muscle mass are very high, but wearing heavy gloves is necessary for that. From among varieties of many Boxing and Martial Arts Goods, 16oz or 18oz boxing gloves are recommended for building muscles, as the extra weight will increase muscle mass.
• Boxing is considered to be the best stress relievers and adds an extra element, as a punching bag or boxing pad not only feels good, but it also helps you get rid of any anger or build-up in your life.
• If you're struggling with the question – How to shed those extra pounds? - Adopt boxing as your training regime to lose weight faster. Body and Soul, a simple 30 minute Boxing workout can burn around 234 calories.…
As the health and fitness trend goes global, prospects for growth of the sportswear sector are getting stronger. Those firms operating in it are going to see a huge boost in the sales. According to a report from Morgan Stanley Research in 2016, it was stated “Global Athletic Wear: Very Bullish Five-Year Outlook”.
Recently, sports apparel and sports shoes sales have jumped 42% to $270 billion over the past seven years. It’s the kind of winning streak that raises eyebrows—and investor skepticism. The one question of high concern - What do yoga moms, high school athletes, and Chinese school kids have in common? They're all helping to power global sales of athletic wear!
The graph below shows how Asia is the biggest contributor to Athletic wear and what the sales growth is since 2015.
The sports we play (or watch) can shape what we wear—and buy. A focus on fitness and healthy living have translated into more active lifestyles, especially among the youth. For example, in North America, participation in sports games among high-schoolers has overall, jumped from 25% to more than 35% over the past 35 years, led by a near doubling among girls, from 17% to 32% over that period. Moreover, studies by US professional sports leagues show that consumers’ interest in sports is highly influenced by whether they played when younger.
As these consumers mature and move into prime apparel and footwear/sports shoes buying years, we imagine they will stay active.
Surprisingly, as per our findings – among the top factors driving athletic apparel and sports shoe sales are ‘cultural factors’. US investors may not grasp how big the China and emerging market opportunities are, and Asian investors may be similarly surprised at US strength. Through research, it was found that the industry could add $83 billion in sales by 2020, or more than 30% growth.
China, in particular, will be a key market to watch. The government has already emphasized the need to support youth athletic participation, develop sports infrastructure and business overall, with plans to build 60% more sports facilities by 2025 and get 500 million of its citizens to exercise and play sports regularly.…
B2B sports industry is quite huge and all the operations from manufacturing to shipping are carried out with a customer centric approach. However, regardless of the type of business, there is only one key to success – satisfied customer. Other than quality and pricing many other factors contribute to customer satisfaction and those can only be determined by having a deep insight into consumer behavior and their purchase journey.
A study named “Shopper Playbook: Insights into the Sporting Goods Shopper,” was currently published with fruitful insights based on extensive research. It was released by National Association of Sporting Goods Retailers and the information provided is no less than a treat for anyone dealing with sporting goods or Sports Goods Manufacturers.
The report mentions that regardless of your role in serving the ‘generate more growth’ objective, whether you’re receiving or giving end, understanding the buyer’s purchase journey is crucial to discover growth opportunities.
The NSGA’s study is grounded on research carried out over attitudes and behaviors of 1600 different sporting good shoppers and added 3600 in-store observations. Here’s a quick review on the study’s key findings.
A sport shopper’s journey starts with purchase decisions which are planned at times, bur unplanned as well. A planned purchase cycle looks something like this:
- Planning – Recognizing the need and deciding on goods to purchase.
- Shopping – Sneaking out for available options.
- Purchase – Buying the product.
- Post-purchase perceptions – Play into potential purchases in near future.
Types of Purchases
Consumer purchase behavior is categorized into 3 major types:
- Planned: Customers specifically visit to stores with a plan in head to make certain purchases.
- Functional/Unplanned: The purchase is not planned; sudden exposure to the product reminds them of their need or want.
- Impulse: A purchase the customer was never intended to make but realized the need/want after seeing the product.
Facts & Figures
The study highlights another important factor – How sports shopper review purchase options early in their purchase journey. Whether it be planned or functional unplanned purchases up to 63% customers opt for research before purchasing.
It was further categorized and the research revealed that 67% of athletic equipment shoppers perform research prior purchasing, followed by footwear shoppers at 59%. Apparel is searched the least at 45%.
Another variable that the study included associated with online research prior purchase is the addition of age and price factor. According to it, products costing over $100 are searched by 78% of consumers prior purchase and 72% buyers aged under 35 years perform pre-purchase sports product research.
For research and information no dominant source is determined. However, Amazon and other online stores tend to be the most used influential resources.
Moving forward towards numbers study reports that customers who choose to visit physical stores visit two outlets on average, whereas customer who do their research online, navigate around four websites on average. Sports footwear purchase has the highest number of stores and websites visited prior to purchase – four websites and four outlets. On contrary, apparel purchases has the least pre purchase research score – two websites and barely on to two stores.
The final takeaway associated with the planning phase is price. Whether the product is purchased or not, price is the most sought piece of information by sports good shoppers.…