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Food & Beverage: Hut Group Launches Collection with UK Confectioner Swizzels

The Hut Group, the renowned direct-to-consumer platform, has launched a collection with Swizzels Matlow for their portfolio of brands. Brokered by Blonde Sheep Licensing, the license includes multiple products including apparel, homewares, gift, and much… . . . read more

Apparel Licensing: ZARA Launches Collection Based on Hit Video Game Cuphead

The best-selling video game Cuphead will be immortalized in a new fashion collection from Zara, the Inditex Group’s popular apparel retailer. The collection is being brought out through a deal between King Features Syndicate, a… . . . read more

Metaverse Licensing: Barbie Joins Collaboration With Forever 21 and VBG on Roblox

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief The metaverse licensing company Virtual Brands Group is on a roll. After winning a coveted Licensing Excellence award for its collaboration with Forever 21 and Roblox, Virtual Brands… . . . read more

Smiley in Licensed Activation with ECE Marketplaces in Europe

Smiley World is literally bringing smiles to faces across Europe in a licensing activation with retail giant ECE Marketplaces. ECE is bringing SmileyWorld to 94 of its shopping centres across Germany, Austria, Poland and Italy…. . . . read more

NRF Says Holiday Revenues Up 14.1%, Smashing Expectations

Consumers defied expectations as retail sales soared in November and December by 14.1% to $886.7 billion over the holidays. That figure dramatically beats out the National Retail Federation’s forecast and set a new record, despite challenges… . . . read more

Christmas Retail: Black Friday Shoppers Down Slightly From 2020

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief The National Retail Federation says the number of Black Friday shoppers was down slightly this year, but roughly in line with the average over the past four years…. . . . read more

Squishmallows Hits 100 million Sales, Launches Licensing Program

Jazware’s Squishmallows plush line has hit an impressive milestone with 100 million units sold, triggering several new licensing partnerships. Jazwares and its Kellytoy subsidiary are now teaming up with several “best-in-class licensees” in a bit to… . . . read more

Analysis: The 2021 Hot Toy Lists and Licensing

By Richard Gottlieb CEO, Global Toy Expert What are the “hot toys?” That is a question that I get each year starting in October. Various hot toy lists come out each year from a host… . . . read more

The Point.1888 Unveils Retail Services Arm ‘Spotlight.1888’

The Point.1888 continues its strategic expansion this month, announcing the creating of a new business division called Spotlight.1888. While The Point.1888 continues to focus on licensing, this new division is dedicated to helping brands and… . . . read more

Retail Licensing: Toys R Us Returning to UK Through Licensing Deal

The dedicated toy store Toys R Us is coming back to the UK through a licensing deal between parent company WHP Global and Toys R Us ANZ. Through the agreement, Toys R Us ANZ acquires… . . . read more


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