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.
Retailer Target is bolstering its upper management team with several new key appointments.
Beanstalk has signed on to help fashion retailer The Limited build its brand beyond its namesake retail stores with a host of licensed brand extensions.
Hot Topic has unveiled a limited edition fashion collection inspired by the upcoming Walt Disney Studios live-action film Cinderella, in theaters March 13.
Lauren Conrad has unveiled an exclusive Cinderella-themed collection at Kohl’s for her eponymous fashion line, LC Lauren Conrad, based on the upcoming Disney film.
Specialty retailer The Wet Seal has been purchased at auction by an affiliate of private equity investment firm Versa Capital Holdings.
As part of its annual investor meeting, Gap, Inc. unveiled plans for major expansion in Asia.
National Geographic has launched a range of pet products featuring hundreds of items for freshwater fish, reptiles and small pets at PetSmart.
Sears and Glamajama’s licensing agent Joy Tashjian Marketing Group are planning to expand the designer baby line for 2015.
Perfetti Van Melle has signed a deal with H&M to create apparel and fashion accessories inspired by the lollipop brand Chupa Chups.
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