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Minecraft Gets Physical With Scavenger Hunt

The massively popular online world of Minecraft has now crossed into the real, physical world in an innovative cross-promotion with the Australian department store chain Big W. Minecraft, which allows players to build out their… . . . read more

Twin Studies Predict Strong Recovery For Licensing and Retail

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief Two key reports released over the past two weeks illustrate the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the licensing and retail industries … but they also paint an encouraging… . . . read more

Troubled JC Penney Searching For New CEO

JCPenney has survived the ups and downs of the economy for 118 years … but whether it will survive much longer is open to question. The company now hopes new blood in the CEO suite… . . . read more

Fanatics & Lids Reach Long-Term Deal With BNED

The sports merchandise company Fanatics has added to its long list of critical deals in 2020 with a long-term merchandising partnership with Barnes & Noble Education Inc. (BNED), the campus store division of the Barnes… . . . read more

Distribution Channels

Discounters, Specialty Channels Drive Licensed Entertainment/Character Sales in 2019

Brick-and-mortar channels fielded 81.2% of all licensed entertainment- and character-based sales in 2019, according to TLL’s Annual Licensing Business Survey. Physical retail’s share of U.S. and Canadian sales has decreased…


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Retail

Licensed Ecommerce Sales Jump 3.5%, Outpacing B&M Channel Growth in 2019

Licensed retail sales in the U.S. and Canada were up 3.2% in 2019, with ecommerce sales outpacing the industry average at 3.5% growth and sales through brick and mortar channels up 3.0% per TLL’s Annual Licensing Business Survey


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Ecommerce

Fashion, Corporate Trademarks Drive Licensed Sales through Ecommerce Channels in 2018

In 2018, licensed retail sales through online/ecommerce channels reached $13.7 billion in the U.S. and Canada, up 4.7% from the previous year. In comparison, sales through brick and mortar channels were up just 0.8% compared to the previous year…


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Trademarks/Brands

Discounters, Grocery Drive Corp/TM Growth in 2018

The largest distibution channels as ranked by retail sales for corporate trademark/brand-based goods also led in sheer dollar growth in 2018, propelling U.S. & Canada sales to almost $29.8 billion…


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Fashion

Discount, Value Channels Drive Fashion Brand-based Growth in 2018

Retail sales of licensed fashion brand-based goods jumped 1.6%, with most of the growth emerging from discount and value retailers. Despite the loss of thousands of retail storefronts over 2018, sales through brick-and-mortal locations grew…


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Retail

Discount, Ecommerce Channels Add $1.3 Billion in U.S. & Canada Licensed Sales

The discount/mass and online/ecommerce channels alone added an additional $1.3 billion in licensed retail sales in 2018, according to TLL’s Annual Licensing Business Survey


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