French toy company, Canal Toys has partnered with Import Services for retail distribution in the UK.

Canal Toys, founded in 1996 by CEO Patrick Krief, has grown significantly in recent years through a strategy and focus for develop new IP and brands that have unique play features and are very much on trend. The business has also opened Canal Toys USA in 2014 as well as adding Canal Toys Spain in 2017.

Top Canal Toys brands include, So Slime DIY, Only 4 Girls and Power Dough with new brands launching in 2018.

Importing product from the Far East via Import Services’ operations at Southampton container port provides Canal Toys with a competitive edge to market.

Canal Toys, Head of UK, Paul Clark said, “We wanted to find a retail logistics partner with toy industry experience which could accommodate our rapidly growing business, distributing to the network of retailer customers in the UK. Import Services’ port-centric model has provided our business with a great logistics solution”.

Import Services’, Client Services Director Mike Thomas, commented, “Canal Toys has great products and a tremendous work ethic. We are very pleased the team from Canal Toys has joined our selected portfolio of Clients in the Toy Sector. The benefits from our port-centric model are tangible and we look forward to underpinning Canal Toy’s supply chain logistics to enable strong growth in the UK market ”

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“Our previous experience with other logistics firms made us focus upon the importance of finding a contractor with a management team which can maintain a true ‘hands on’ approach”.

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Mike Weiss

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“Our decision to work with Import Services is based on their impressive knowledge of UK retail logistics which, combined with web enabled systems and their port-centric location in Southampton, presented us with a compelling business case”.

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Mark Hyndman

Alpha Animation

‘The strength of our relationship with Import Services is based on their information systems.’

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Jon More

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“You have provided us with a robust start to the year with the consistent shipping of high numbers, your output was hard, fast and relentless, thank you very much.”

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