2014 was year of big successes (Frozen), milestones (Hello Kitty’s 40th) and industry-changing innovations (3D printing). Here’s a recap of the news that shaped the year.
Overstock.com is collaborating with recording artist and reality TV star Bret Michaels for a curated e-store and branded products.
The Joester Loria Group has brokered a deal to bring The World of Eric Carle to a line of 365 Everyday Value juices at Whole Foods Markets across the U.S.
Home shopping network Evine Live has appointed Penny Burnett as senior vice president and chief merchandising officer.
Office supply retailer Staples is teaming up with the ABC’s “Shark Tank” to offer products from the business-themed reality TV series in its stores and online.
French fashion collaborative Etudes Studio has created a capsule collection featuring the classic character Fido Dido.
King Features Syndicate and Fleischer Studios have joined forces with Amazon to launch an official e-shop for Betty Boop.
Cherokee Global Brands has partnered with Sports Direct International to launch Tony Hawk signature clothing and accessories throughout Europe this fall/winter.
A+E Networks has signed an online retail partnership with RelentlessGenerator to build storefronts for its top media brands, including A&E, History and Lifetime.
Warner Bros. has transferred ownership of four of its e-commerce sites to the third-party company Bolder Road.
Target Canada will complete its inventory liquidation and close the last of its 133 retail stores in the country on April 12.
Genius Brands International is broadening the reach of the Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club brand with a new e-commerce site.
Marvel and Tesco have partnered on a fully integrated retail campaign in the U.K. for the box office hit The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Walmart Stores has promoted Shelley Broader to executive vice president, president and chief executive officer of Walmart EMEA.
LIMA has introduced the first in a new series of consumer survey reports detailing kids’ favorite brands and characters in 31 nations around the world.
DreamWorks Animation will make its first official foray into the retail space with the launch of DreamPlace this holiday season.
Discount variety store chain Dollar Tree has acquired rival discount store chain Family Dollar Stores, becoming the largest discount retailer in North America.
Animal Planets and its R.O.A.R (Reach Out. Act. Respond.) fourth annual matching campaign kicks off with five returning and two new partners.
Toys 'R' Us has unveiled its 2014 Holiday Hot Toy List, featured 36 items selected by play experts as the toys that will be most in-demand this season.
Toys 'R' Us will offer a wide range of toys and accessories, including a number of exclusives, for the third season of the Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
Sears Holdings has entered into lease agreements with European fashion retailer Primark for seven standalone stores in the U.S.
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