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Agreement For Logistics Services - Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. and HA Logistics Inc.

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         This Agreement for Logistics Services ("Agreement") is dated as of
February 24, 2002, by and among Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., a Delaware
corporation ("Build-A-Bear"), located at 1954 Innerbelt Business Center Drive,
St Louis, Missouri 63114 and HA Logistics, Inc. located at 7172 Regional Street,
PMB #362, Dublin, California 94568.


         WHEREAS, Build-A-Bear is requiring logistics services of the kind
offered by HA Logistics; and

         WHEREAS, Build-A-Bear desires HA Logistics to provide logistics
services to Build-A-Bear; and

         WHEREAS, HA Logistics will provide services under this agreement
(hereinafter the business units will not be referred to separately, but rather
will be called by the operating corporate name, HA Logistics); and

         WHEREAS, the parties believe the distinctive logistics service needs of
Build-A-Bear can best be satisfied through contractual agreement.

         NOW THEREFORE, Build-A-Bear and HA Logistics, in consideration of the
premises and mutual agreements hereafter set forth, agree as follows:

1. Scope. HA Logistics shall provide logistics services (the "Services") as
described in Exhibit A.

2. Performance. The Services shall be performed in a professional and
workmanlike manner, in accordance with the highest industry standards. HA
Logistics and Build-A-Bear agree that HA Logistics' performance as it relates to
the Services shall be measured according to the corresponding performance
metrics set forth on Exhibit C attached hereto and incorporated herein by
reference ("Metrics"). If HA Logistics fails to meet the Metrics for two
consecutive months, Build-A-Bear shall have the right to terminate this
Agreement on thirty days notice.

3. Meetings. Build-A-Bear and HA Logistics agree to schedule meetings, no more
than once annually, for the purposes of discussing ongoing operations and future
direction, and reviewing the Metrics. These meetings will be scheduled by
Build-A-Bear and HA Logistics on a mutually agreed upon date and time in a
mutually agreed upon location.

4. Independent Contractor Relationship. HA Logistics shall, for all purposes, be
deemed an independent contractor and shall be fully independent in performing
any authorized services and shall not act or hold itself out as an agent,
servant, or employee of Build-A-Bear. It is expressly understood and agreed that
all services provided under the terms of this Agreement shall be performed by
the employees or independent contractors of HA Logistics and that no employee or
independent contractor of HA Logistics shall be considered an employee of
Build-A-Bear for any purpose whatsoever. HA Logistics will be responsible for
its own expenses, wages, employee benefits, and all taxes, contributions and
withholdings under all applicable federal,


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state, or local laws or regulations, and insurance coverage (including workers'
compensations) related thereto. HA Logistics also shall have the responsibility
to comply with all civil rights and labor laws as may be applicable. HA
Logistics shall be fully responsible for its own employees and its
subcontractors (including hiring, discipline, and termination) while in the
process of fulfilling its obligations and services under the terms of this
Agreement. In addition, HA Logistics employees are not eligible for any benefit
programs available to Build-A-Bear's employees or any of its affiliates,
subsidiaries, divisions, or other related corporate entities. Except for the
enforcement of personnel and property safety rules and regulations at
Build-A-Bear's sites, Build-A-Bear shall not have the authority to control
and/or direct the details of the performance of this Agreement by the employees
or subcontractors of HA Logistics. HA Logistics agrees that if any person,
government agency, or court should ever allege, claim or determine that
Build-A-Bear is an employer or joint employer (for any purpose) of any person
assigned by HA Logistics to perform services pursuant to this Agreement, HA
Logistics will indemnify, defend and hold Build-A-Bear harmless from and against
any and all Claims (as defined in Section 8 hereof) related thereto.

5. Rates, Fees, and Charges

         (a) In consideration of the services to be performed by HA Logistics,
Build-A-Bear shall pay HA Logistics the fees set forth in Exhibit B attached

         (b) Build-A-Bear acknowledges that HA Logistics will subcontract the
performance of some or all of the Services, and that the rates charged correlate
to the rates currently charged by such subcontractors. Therefore, the
aforementioned rates, fees, charges, and rules are subject to change due to
corresponding changes imposed by the subcontractors, but no more frequently than
once every 6 months. Any such changes in the rates attached as Exhibit B of this
Agreement must be made in writing and authorized by a representative of both
parties. Additional rates and charges can be negotiated between HA Logistics and
Build-A-Bear and must be confirmed in writing.

6. Payments. HA Logistics and Build-A-Bear agree that Build-A-Bear shall be
responsible for payment of all of HA Logistics' rates, fees, and charges under
this Agreement as defined in Exhibit B. HA Logistics shall invoice Build-A-Bear
on a monthly basis, and Build-A-Bear (or its agent) shall pay such invoices
directly to HA Logistics within 15 days of the invoice date.

7. Claims for Non-Payment. Provided Build-A-Bear has met the payment obligations
contained herein, HA Logistics shall indemnify Build-A-Bear and hold
Build-A-Bear harmless from and against any Claims (as defined in Section 8) for
non-payment or underpayment by a vendor used by HA Logistics for logistics
services hereunder.

8. Indemnification.

         (a) HA Logistics shall indemnify and hold harmless Build-A-Bear from
and against all loss, damage, fines, expenses, actions and claims for injury to
persons (including injury resulting in death) and damage to property ("Claims")
arising out of or in connection with HA Logistics', its agents' or employees'
discharge of its duties and responsibilities as specified in this Agreement
(including, without limitation, third party Claims and Claims by HA Logistics

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subcontractors in respect of non-payment of such subcontractor's fees) except to
the extent such injury or damage is caused or contributed to by the negligence
of Build-A-Bear, its agents or employees.

         (b) Build-A-Bear shall indemnify and hold harmless HA Logistics from
and against all Claims arising out of or in connection with Build-A-Bear's, its
agents' or employees' discharge of its duties and responsibilities as specified
in this Agreement, except to the extent such injury or damage is caused by or
contributed to by the negligence of HA Logistics, its agents or employees.

         (c) The provisions of this Section 8 shall survive termination of the

9. Insurance. During the term of this Agreement, HA Logistics, at its sale
expense, shall maintain liability insurance with an insurer insuring HA
Logistics against liability and claims for injuries or death of persons and
damage to property in combined single limits of not less than $1,000,000. HA
Logistics shall also maintain at its sole cost and expense with a reputable
insurer any additional insurance required by applicable laws, rules and
regulations for the term of this Agreement. Upon request, HA Logistics shall
furnish to Build-A-Bear a copy of such insurance policy and written certificates
of insurance. HA Logistics agrees to only utilize carriers in connection with
shipments that maintain cargo insurance coverage limits of at least $100,000 per

10. Term and Termination.

         (a) The terms and conditions of this Agreement commence on the date of
the Agreement. This Agreement shall continue for a period of 3 years from the
date hereof. During the 3 years mentioned, the rates in Exhibit B will be
negotiated annually on February 1. HA Logistics will provide to Build-A-Bear
written notice sixty (60) days in advance of any annual rate increases. New
store rates will be given in writing thirty (30) days prior to shipment.

         (b) Either party may terminate this Agreement:

                  (i) immediately following written notice of a material default
of its obligations hereunder provided that (1) the defaulting party receives
notice of termination containing a complete description of the default and (2)
the defaulting party fails to cure such default within thirty (30) days of
written notice or ten (10) days of such notice if the default is nonpayment;

                  (ii) upon not less than 90 days written notice;

                  (iii) immediately upon the insolvency of the other party, any
assignment of the other party for the benefit of its creditors, or the failure
of the other party to vacate the appointment of a receiver or trustee for any
part or interest of its business within 30 days from the date of such

                  (iv) as provided in Section 2.

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         Upon termination of this Agreement, HA Logistics shall promptly return
to Build-A-Bear all copies of any data, records, or materials of whatever nature
or kind, belonging to Build-A-Bear, including all materials incorporating the
proprietary information of Build-A-Bear.

11. Notices. Notices given by one party to the other under this Agreement shall
be in writing and shall be delivered personally, sent by facsimile, express
delivery service, certified mail or first class U.S. mail postage prepaid and
addressed to the respective parties as follows:

         If to HA Logistics:                If to Build-A-Bear:
         President                          President
         7172 Regional St PMB 362           1954 Innerbelt Business Ctr. Dr
         Dublin Ca 94568                    St Louis Mo 63114
         (925) 828-0471                     (314) 423-8000
         (925) 828-9658 Fax                 (314) 423-8188 Fax

         or to such other address as either party shall designate by proper
         notice. Notices will be deemed given as of the earlier of a) the date
         of actual receipt, b) the next business day when notice is sent via
         express mail, personal delivery or facsimile or c) three (3) days after
         mailing in the case of first class or certified U.S. mail.

12. Nonexclusive Agreement.

         (a) It is agreed and understood between the parties hereto, that HA
Logistics is free to provide similar services to customers other than
Build-A-Bear pursuant to any separate agreements.

         (b) It is agreed and understood between the parties hereto that
Build-A-Bear is free to procure similar services from vendors other than HA
Logistics pursuant to any separate agreements.

13. Force Majeure. If any party to this Agreement is unable to meet its
obligations under this Agreement as a result of flood, earthquake, storm, other
acts of God including; fire, derailment, accident, strike, lockout, explosion,
war, insurrection, riot, embargo, terrorist activity, act of government or
governmental agency or other similar cause beyond the reasonable control ("Force
Majeure") of the parties, such party will be excused from performing its
obligations (except Build-A-Bear's obligations to pay indebtedness hereunder)
for the duration of the Force Majeure.

14. Complete Agreement. This Agreement sets forth the entire understanding of
the parties and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous verbal and written
agreements between the parties relating to the subject matter contained herein
and merges all prior and contemporaneous discussions between them. To the extent
any terms and conditions contained on applicable bills of lading conflict with
or contradicts this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement shall control, and
such bills of lading shall serve solely as delivery receipt.


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15. Successors and Assigns: Waiver. This Agreement shall apply to and bind the
successors and assigns of the parties hereto; provided, however, neither this
Agreement nor any right or obligation hereunder is assignable in whole or in
part, whether by operation of law or otherwise, by HA Logistics or Build-A-Bear,
without the prior written consent of the other party. The terms and conditions
of this Agreement may not be waived or modified unless in writing signed by both
parties. The failure at any time to require the other party's performance of any
obligation under this Agreement shall not affect the right subsequently to
require performance of that obligation.

16. Confidential Information. Each party shall protect the confidentiality of
information provided by the other party, or to which the receiving party obtains
access by virtue of its performance under this Agreement, that either has been
identified as confidential by the disclosing party or by its nature warrants
confidential treatment. The receiving party shall use such information only for
the purposes of this Agreement and shall not disclose it to anyone except its
employees who have a need to know the information. These nondisclosure
obligations shall not apply to information that is or becomes public through no
breach of this Agreement, is received from a third party free to disclose it, is
independently developed by the receiving party or is required by law to be
disclosed, provided that in the event disclosure is required by law, the
receiving party shall provide the disclosing party with prompt written notice of
the disclosure required, and shall assist the disclosing party, at the
disclosing party's request, in obtaining a protective order in respect of such
disclosure. Confidential information shall be returned to the disclosing party
upon its request, except that each party may retain one copy in its legal files
solely for purposes of documenting its compliance with its obligations
hereunder. The parties agree and acknowledge that money damages would not be an
adequate remedy for any breach or threatened breach of this Section 16, and that
the non-breaching party shall, in addition to any other available remedies, be
entitled to specific performance or injunctive relief in order to prevent the
other party from violating the terms of this Section 16.

17. Intellectual Property. Neither party shall, by virtue of this Agreement,
acquire any ownership licensed or any other rights in any pre-existing software,
documentation, or intellectual or technological property of the other party.

18. Severability. If any of the terms or conditions in this Agreement are held
invalid for any reason by a court or other tribunal of competent jurisdiction,
then such terms or conditions shall be deemed severed from this Agreement and
the remaining terms and conditions shall continue in full force and effect.

19. Captions. The captions are inserted merely for the convenience of the
parties and shall not be deemed as part of this Agreement.

20. Arbitration, Damages and Attorneys Fees.

         (a) Except as set forth in this Section 20, the parties agree that any
disputes between Build-A-Bear and HA Logistics concerning the meaning of this
Agreement or concerning their rights, obligations or performance hereunder,
shall, at the request of any of them, be submitted to binding arbitration
pursuant to the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration
Association ("AAA"). Disputes shall be decided by an arbitrator chosen in
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AAA rules then in effect, such arbitrator to have knowledge and experience in
the logistics industry.

         (b) The sole right of the arbitrator shall be to enforce and interpret
the terms of this Agreement and not to expand the rights or obligations of the
parties. The arbitrator shall have the right to award actual, out of pocket
damages only, and they shall not have the right to award special, consequential
or punitive damages to either side, except as provided herein. In any action
decided by arbitration, the prevailing side shall be entitled to recover
reasonable attorney's fees and arbitration costs, including the fees and
expenses of the arbitrator, from the losing side. The decision of the arbitrator
shall be final and binding on the parties, and each party shall be entitled to
seek enforcement of any such decision in any court of competent jurisdiction.

         (c) Any dispute under this Agreement shall be decided with reference to
Missouri law or the laws of the United States of America, whichever is
applicable, and the forum for such arbitration shall be a mutually agreeable
location in Missouri, unless the parties agree to hold it elsewhere.

         (d) Nothing contained in this Section 20 shall prevent either party
from seeking relief in court (including, without limitation, injunctive or
equitable relief) with respect to breach of Section 16 in any court of competent
jurisdiction, as the parties recognize that the breach of such Sections would
result in irreparable harm to the non-breaching party, for which monetary
damages would be inadequate. In the event of a breach of either Section 16, the
parties shall be entitled to receive special, consequential damages to the
extent awarded by a court or the arbitrator.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Agreement to be
executed as of the date first above written.

         BUILD-A-BEAR                                HA LOGISTICS, INC.

         By:      /s/ Maxine Clark                   By:      /s/ Alan Huttman
              ------------------------------              ------------------------------

         Title:  President                           Title:  President
                 ---------------------------                 ---------------------------

         Date:  2/24/02                              Date:  2/24/02
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                                    EXHIBIT A


1.       The following duties and responsibilities are assumed by HA Logistics
         in service to Build-A-Bear:

         Service                       Description of Service
         -------                       ----------------------

         Line Haul             Movement of product from distribution center
                               (St Louis, MO) to 3rd party warehouses.

         Delivery to Store     Movement of product from 3rd party warehouse
                               to store location. Normal delivery hours are
                               7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

         Handling              Will be based on the in/out rate and
                               includes the labor services related to the
                               process of unloading product from carrier,
                               placing the product in the warehouse and
                               moving the product from the warehouse to
                               carrier and loading trucks. Normal hours of
                               warehouse operations are Monday through
                               Friday - 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

         Storage               Storage Charges will be based on the total
         and Materials         number of each item(s) multiplied by the rate.
                               Materials/supplies used for the process of
                               storing, receiving, and/or shipping will be
                               billed at the rates set forth on Exhibit B.
                               (Any other supplies used but not listed
                               above will be charged as Misc. Materials and
                               will be based on HA Logistics, Inc.'s Cost
                               (+) 20%.)

         Bills of Lading       For compiling and processing Bills of Lading
                               the rates set forth on Exhibit B apply. (When
                               additional labor is requested for
                               compiling/processing and/or copying reports such
                               as Bill of Lading, Receivers, Faxes, etc., labor
                               rates will apply base on a 15-minute minimum.)


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                                    EXHIBIT C

                               Performance Metrics

A.       On time delivery to the stores -

         - Target - 98%

B.       Damages/Claims -


         - Target - .5%

C.       Total Savings -

         - Target 1st year - 14%


         - 2nd and 3rd year - Savings metric resets on February 1 of the
           following year based on sales and economic conditions.


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                                    EXHIBIT D

                               Accessorial Charges

Warehouse supervisor labor rate.............................Included in regional delivery charges
Forklift labor rate.........................................Included in regional delivery charges
Driver per man..............................................Included in regional delivery charges
Emergencies/rush/hot/emergency deliveries...................$95.00 Per hour 4 hour min.
Inside delivery charge......................................Included in regional delivery charges
Banding bales to the carts..................................Included in regional delivery charges
Loading and unloading time 2.5 hours free...................$65.00 per hour per man there after.
Storage Charge..............................................$10.00 per pallet I to 15th, $7.00 per
                                                            pallet 16th to the end of current month.

Rates applicable only for the account of Build-A-Bear.

The charge for each stop-in-transit for partial loading or unloading exclusive
of those at initial origin and final destination will be $65.00 all stops.

                              Fuel Surcharge Index

The base fuel price will be established between $1.35 and $1.40 per gallon. The
weekly price issued each Monday by the Department of Energy (DOE) will be used
to determine the fuel surcharge applicable for the next seven (7) days. Any
adjustments in the fuel surcharge will become effective 12:01 a.m., Tuesday and
remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. on the following Monday. The table below
provides the applicable fuel surcharge amount in six cent per gallon increments.

                   DOE NATIONAL                                   FUEL SURCHARGE
               POSTED PRICE/GALLON                         (AS A PERCENT OF LINE HAUL)
               -------------------                         ---------------------------
                  $1.351   $1.40                                       1%
                  $1.401   $1.45                                       2%
                  $1.451   $1.50                                       3%
                  $1.501   $1.55                                       4%

         o        For fuel prices in excess of $1.55 per gallon, add one % for
                  each five cent per gallon increase in fuel price.

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