The battle for shelf space has now hit the toy industry, with Hasbro
Toys planning to spend over pounds 1m rationalising box sizes for its
best-selling games including Monopoly, Cluedo, Trivial Pursuit and
The move cuts the number of box sizes from more than 30 to just six
‘modular’ sizes which will be used across Europe. The company has been
working on the modified boxes for the past two years and has spent most
of the pounds 1m on remaking the games to fit the new sizes. The boxes
will go on shelf within four months.
Particularly affected are the larger children’s games, such as Guess
Who? and Twister. Many family-oriented games, such as Monopoly, were
found to be close to the new standard sizes, although the boxes will be
slightly shorter and deeper.
Hasbro Toys, which holds around 55% of the games market, hopes the move
will increase the number of facings on the shelf at retail outlets,
decrease the amount of shelf space wasted, and improve shelf
‘Our view is that if the retail trade maintains the shelf capacity given
to our product we could increase business by 20%-25%,’ said Bryan Ellis,
marketing director of Hasbro Toys.
‘Some retailers may decide to put space to other products, but we hope
our range is strong enough and that they will not do that,’ he added.