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Sears’ Plans Not Friendly to Licensing

Sears/Kmart plans to use funds from real estate sales to transform the company from “outdated traditional store” to one that uses digital technology and personal data to engage customers and find out what they want to buy. While it doesn’t eliminate brick-and-mortar, the plan presages store closings, smaller inventories, and less shelf space for licensed apparel, toys, and other goods…

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Margaritaville Coming to HSN

HSN is teaming with Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Enterprises to bring a line of new Margaritaville-inspired cooking, home, electronics, beauty and apparel products to HSN and HSN Inc. Cornerstone division brands, Frontgate and Travelsmith…

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Avengers Dress Up Hot Topic

Mall retailer Hot Topic is going all out Avengers as the exclusive merchant for a new fashion line tied to Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Target’s Pulitzer Problem

It seemed a major coup for mass merchant Target to have signed high- end designer Lilly Pulitzer for an exclusive fashion and home line. But it wasn’t all triumph for “Tar-jay” when the 250-piece Lilly Pulitzer collection launched April 19. Within hours (and in some stores, minutes), crazed customers had plucked the shelves clean. Online traffic was so great that…

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Retail Notes

Retail news from Books-A-Million, Target Canda, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics…

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New Channel for Chanel

Bowing to the inevitable, Chanel announced that it will begin engaging in e-commerce probably by the end of 2016. The move includes three of the Métier d’Art companies owned by Chanel’s Paraffection subsidiary, including…

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“Cinderella” Tie-In Campaigns Targets Women of All Generations

Women apparently never outgrow the desire to feel like a princess.

At least that’s the message retailers JCPenney and Kohl’s are promoting as part of a multi- generational approach to tie-ins with Disney’s live-action “Cinderella,” which is due in theaters March 13…

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Health & Beauty

Cosmetics Counter

Some cosmetics, skincare and fragrance deals backed by big names:…

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Time For Retail

Time Inc.’s fashion and beauty brands InStyle and Marie Claire are going to be spending a bit more time in the shops. JCPenney will open The Salon by InStyle in 15 test locations this summer, including flagship locations in Dallas and Los Angeles, before pursuing a nationwide rebranding of its 850 in-store salons next year…

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Target Stocks Kinky Toys

Mainstream retailers including Target and Amazon got in the mood for the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie’s Valentine’s weekend opening by stocking an unconventional variety of officially licensed merchandise tied to the sexually charged property. More power to them. If Americans buy lingerie at Costco, why not sex toys at Target? But…

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