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Stranger Things returns with product tie-ins galore

Jul 4, 2019
Cryptic product tie-ins for the show have been everywhere in recent months.
Fans pose at the many photo-op stations at the Netflix's "Stranger Things" Season 3 Fun Fair at Santa Monica Pier on June 29, 2019 in Santa Monica, California.
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With Toys R Us gone, Hasbro's finding new retail shelves

Jul 23, 2018
Toymaker Hasbro will report second-quarter earnings later this morning. Earlier in 2018, the company reported that first-quarter revenue had fallen by 16 percent compared with the same period last year. It’s been a tough couple of months as retailer Toys…
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Why a trucker shortage really, really matters

Jun 15, 2018
The U.S. is facing a national trucker shortage. With the economy in an upswing, there’s more of a demand for goods than there are people to transport them. As carriers try to attract drivers with perks and pay raises, companies…

Black Panther misses merchandise bonanza

Mar 9, 2018
The Black Panther phenomenon continues. The Marvel — really, the Disney — blockbuster opened in China today, bringing its estimated box office to $920 million worldwide. It’s the perfect time for retailers to cash in on the movie’s success with…

Licensed merchandise is up $10 billion

Sep 1, 2016
There's even a license for an original paint color - Minion Yellow.
Spanish singer Abraham Mateo attends 'The Minions' photocall at the Hesperia Hotel in Madrid, Spain. The merchandise of popular movies like 'Minions' has amassed $10 billion, with licensed toys, shirts, games, mobile applications and more.

 
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A political swag season like no other

Aug 10, 2016
Voters are as passionate as ever--about the candidate they don't want to win
Campaign buttons supporting US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are displayed before a rally.
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HSN goes down the rabbit hole for new Disney movie

May 26, 2016
HSN is pairing up with Disney. Get ready for microfiber sheet sets and bejeweled Mad Hatter pins.

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The merch tells the mood

Jun 1, 2015
Constrained or confident? Campaign T-shirts and onsies can say a lot about that.