Archive | Licensing

To Market, To Market

Licensors, brand owners, and retailers are starting to view online marketplaces as viable partners for a variety of collaborative ventures. In these digital “malls,” vendors small and large operate independent boutiques side by side, creating a one-stop destination for the buyers and attracting higher traffic for the sellers. The configurations of marketers’ relationships with these […]

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Kicked to the Curb

A number of European football (soccer) clubs have been taking licensing, retail, and other rights in-house as their previous contracts with leading sports sponsors and licensees end: In the latest example, Italian club Inter Milan took retail and licensing rights back from Nike in November 2019. Chinese retailer Suning is the organization’s majority owner, which […]

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From Recommendations to Retail

Digital-native lifestyle content platforms for millennial women are powerful influencers of consumer behavior, through trend coverage and especially product recommendations on their web and social channels. They are also cultivating their own presence in the world of licensing, collaboration, and brand extension, as illustrated by a raft of recent deals: Glossier, a beauty brand that […]

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Celebrating Shared History

Collaboration partners across categories come together for a variety of reasons. One driver for the creation of collaborative collections that has been gradually gaining steam has been the partners’ shared history and/or geography: Red Wing Boot’s collaboration with Indian Motorcycle, marking the former’s first foray into motorcycle boots, played on the companies’ shared history. Both […]

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Game On

Many retailers, both bricks-and-mortar and online, are looking to solidify their relationship with young adult, teen, and tween consumers, as well as younger future shoppers. Increasingly, they are turning to gaming as a tool in this quest. Value retailer Five Below partnered with Nerd Street Gamers, a developer of e-sports competition and training facilities, to […]

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CBD In Style

The fashion world is the latest sector of the licensing business to start embracing CBD, with a focus on the health and beauty category. Among the collaborations announced during the second half of 2019: American Eagle worked with Green Growth Brands to launch a proprietary CBD skin-care collection called Mood. The gender-neutral self-care range features […]

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Adaptive Products: An Unexplored Opportunity

Companies with ties to licensing are increasingly creating products for consumers with special needs, an underserved population. This customer segment encompasses everyone from children with autism to people of all ages with conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis, to seniors who have trouble getting dressed due to dementia or physical ailments. Some of […]

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Native American Culture in the Spotlight

The presence of Native Americans and Native American themes in creative and business pursuits is slowly expanding. Recent examples of ventures involving Native American culture differ from many of those that have occurred in the past, in that Native people are increasingly behind the efforts, lending authenticity. In addition, the initiatives are not about history […]

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In Control

Licensors in the fashion and luxury industries accomplish their brand-extension activities, especially in international territories, in a variety of ways, including through licensing agreements, joint ventures, or owned subsidiaries, or even sometimes from their central headquarters. While each company has a different strategy depending on the particulars of its own business, the industry as a […]

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Music and Merch

There has always been a strong connection between music and merchandise, but the relationship between the two is intensifying and broadening of late. Musicians continue to look for ways to strengthen their revenue streams from licensed products to help compensate for the album sales that used to be their bread and butter but have plummeted. […]

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