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The Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show brings together brand owners, licensors, licensees and retailers.

The Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center Jan. 22-24, 2019, for its 13th annual edition, bringing together brand owners, licensors, licensees and retailers interested in sports licensed products. The show has experienced steady growth each year and as this trend continues 2019 is expected to be the largest show to date. New educational content, networking events and an updated License to Buy rebate program are key features to this year’s show. 

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For the toy industry, ’tis the season for opportunities and threats galore.

By Steve Pasierb

After a far too tumultuous 2018, the toy industry is in the midst of the most vital three months of the year. While manufacturers and retailers of all sizes and types have mobilized to replace distribution channels and grab market share following Toys“R”Us closings, the successful sell-in of a range of great toy products over the past several months now needs to translate to effective holiday sell-through to consumers. 


Tariffs were high on the list of concerns of the chain drug store execs attending NACDS TSE.

When chain drug store executives convened in Denver on Aug. 25-27 for the NACDS Total Store Expo (TSE), they were hoping, as usual, to catch up with their colleagues and gain new insights into industry trends. But many of them also were concerned about a simmering international dispute that, in the words of NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, “could jeopardize much of what you are doing to transform your business and this great industry.”


BLE adopts a food and beverage theme to be inclusive

of licensors and licensees. 

Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) will mark its 20th anniversary with a “food and beverage” theme when it runs Oct. 9-11 at Olympia London. 

“F&B is one of the fastest-growing and most robust categories within licensing,” BLE Brand Director Anna Knight notes. “But it’s also incredibly innovative and dynamic, reinventing itself continuously in line with new trends and lifestyle choices. Health and fitness has been a huge influence over the sector since the ’80s, but most recently the whole well-being and clean-eating phenomenon has had a huge impact on the category with no signs of fading any time soon.

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