Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Raises Prices on Licensed VR Games

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment boosted prices (from $5 to $7) on licensed VR games in about half of its 125 locations amid strong demand for the titles, including “Jurassic World VR Expedition” and “Star Trek: Dark Remnants”, the chain’s CEO said in releasing Q4 earnings. Those two games have been joined by “Marvel: Contest of Champions” and a Men in

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Macy’s Unveils Story in 36 Stores

A year after buying concept store developer Story, Macy’s unveiled the format today (April 10) across 36 locations in 15 states, including a 7,500-sq.-ft. section in the flagship Herald Square store in New York. “This [Story] an opportunity to test something in 36 stores before rolling out to scale,” said Macy’s Chief Experience Officer Rachel Shechtman, who founded Story in

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BB Brand Holdings Sues Centric Brands for Trademark Infringement

BB Brand Holdings is suing Centric Brands for trademark infringement, alleging the firm “actively participated” in the potential sale of Bebe women’s denim and sportswear through “bargain-basement” retailers. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, New York, claims that after the companies formally ended their ecommerce and wholesale agreements in January, Centric violated terms of a termination pact by either

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Stage Stores Converting Department Stores to Off-Price

Houston-based Stage Stores expects to covert about 85 of its department stores to the off-price format it inherited when it bought Gordmans two year ago, CEO Michael Glazer said in releasing Q3 earnings. The stores being converted are more profitable locations, while those that are losing money are being closed. The former department stores – largely from the Peebles (187

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Tabletop Companies Adjusting Distribution and Brand Strategies

Showrooms at the recent New York Tabletop Show provided ample evidence of companies re-positioning themselves in licensing and distribution to offset a shrinking number of department stores that were once central to the industry’s business. Ecommerce retailers such as Wayfair and Amazon are playing a larger role in the tabletop market, but so are some unusual entrants such as Home

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Sears Readying New Small-Store Format

  It’s back to the future for Sears. Having recently emerged from bankruptcy, Sears Holdings will open three 10,000-15,000-sq.-ft. Sears Home & Life locations in Anchorage, AK; Lafayette, LA; and Overland Park, KA in May that will carry major appliances, small kitchen appliances and connected home products. The move is new for the restructured Sears Holdings, but not for the

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USAopoly Adopts “The OP” Brand

Licensed game and puzzle supplier USAopoly, having expanded to international markets and no longer solely focused on Monopoly-related games, is adopting The OP as a brand name. The new brand comes as the company marks its 25th anniversary since being founded as a developer of a San Diego edition of Monopoly. The OP, which has been an internal nickname for

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Bulu Launches Crayola Subscription Box Service

Subscription box company Bulu is launching the Crayola CIY (Create It Yourself) Box in May with two projects (a clock and dinner plate) playing into the growing popularity of marbleizing – the art of painting objects to look like real marble. The service will carry annual ($395), three-month ($122) and monthly ($37.99) subscriptions; boxes will be packaged with Crayola supplies

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GameStop Makes Big Bet on eSports

Having forged a series of eSports-related alliances, GameStop is moving to better align its stores with the competitions by making them more “experiential,” Executive Chairman Daniel DeMatteo said in releasing Q4 earnings. The retailer last week unveiled partnerships with the holding company Infinite eSports & Entertainment and eSports teams Envy Gaming and Complexity Gaming. With Complexity Gaming, which is partly

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Genius Brands Secures 60 Licensees for Llama Llama, Rainbow Rangers

Genius Brands International has secured more than 60 licensees with 450 SKUs across its “Llama Llama” and “Rainbow Rangers” programs, pacts that carry $6 million in guarantees, CEO Andy Heyward said in a letter to shareholders. The bulk of the products ship starting in Q3 with many of the guarantees expected to be earned out starting in 2020. The agreements

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