MD of DKB Toys Chris Lohmeyer tells us about the driving force behind his approach to business and why the company is set for success.
DKB Distribution and its toy arm, DKB Toys, were founded last year, with the aim of offering a one-stop-shop for some of the biggest and best toy brands on the market. MD Chris Lohmeyer is no newcomer to the toy industry; prior to his current role, he spent four years at Hasbro and was at MGA Entertainment for a further two, where he gained experience working with distributors including A.B.Gee and HTI. He has now set up a new UK-based distribution operation, jumping at the chance to try something new, and hasn’t looked back since. Coming from a toy background, Chris knows what works and what doesn’t, and tells us that margins will be competitive and stock availability assured.
DKB Toys launched in 2020, timing that was ‘not without its challenges’. However, the ongoing situation in the UK also presents opportunities and DKB is poised to capitalise on demand with a unique system designed to make life easier for retail customers.
“The goal here is to create a toy and distribution company that offers a service like no other,” Chris explains. “Open orders, for example, should be something you can access easily; one click should allow you to change dates, move orders around – anything you want to do, you should be able to do quickly and easily.”
Chris tells us how DKB Toys is putting control back into his customers’ hands by investing in a bespoke back-order system with a plugin for the website that will manage the company’s existing portfolio of brands and products, and allow for easy onboarding of new ones.
“One of the big things for me, and something I really want readers to understand, is that DKB is not a ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ company,” says Chris. “We really are here for the long haul.” He has a passion for dealing with indies, which he describes as ‘some of the nicest people in the trade’. “They really care,” he told us. “Our indies need more focus and a little more love, and DKB is here to give them that.”
To find out more about how DKB customers can save valuable time and energy, and hear about the extensive range offered by the company – which includes own-brands Plasma Cars and Crazy-Forts (pictured), as well as Alex Global Brands, a tie up with HMV and a distribution deal with Hasbro, read the full interview with Chris. This appeared in the February edition of Toy World and can be accessed here.