Merchandise Licensing Toys & Games 

Cobi Toys produces a scale model of Concorde

The recently launched kit is already a best-seller for leading European toymaker Cobi, one of Europe’s best-known makers of high-quality model kits, has announced the launch of a new Concorde scale model. It is based on Concorde tail number G-BBDG, one of the original development aircraft, which is on display at Brooklands Museum in Surrey. Brooklands is the home of the former aircraft factory that played a key role in the development and production of Concorde, as well as the site of the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit.   This 1:95 scale…

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E-Commerce Retail 

New E-commerce Policy – Retailers seek to Override the fallout

The advent of e-commerce in India ‘smartly’ altered the shopping habits of Indian netizens. Anything and everything – from groceries to apparel to electronics etc. – is now just a click away. For a while, it appeared that ‘couch potato shopping’ was gaining prominence and disrupting the entire brick-and-mortar business. It now emerges that this has not really happened. Despite causing disruptions, the ‘e-commerce effect’ was not enough to have a significant and lasting impact on the conventional retail formats. For a while, online giants like Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart…

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E-Commerce Retail 

Amazon to roll out 100 kiosks across malls in India

E-commerce giant Amazon after gaining ground in the online market is now eyeing on the offline retail market and to do so Amazon will be launching about 100 mall Kiosks across India. The idea of launching kiosks in such a big number alludes to Amazons bigger plan of making an entry in Indian retail market, as per various media reports. The American e-commerce company did a pilot on Kiosks two years ago in Bangalore and is currently running 4 such kiosks in India, two of them in Karnataka while one…

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Collaborations TV & Films 

YouTube denies reports on plans to cancel high-end dramas, comedies

YouTube has denied reports on plans to cancel high-end dramas and comedies on its paid service platform. Earlier Bloomberg reported that the platform has stopped accepting new pitches for high-budget scripted shows. YouTube has several high-end dramas and comedies currently in production and will soon reveal new and returning series, says report. There is direct competition with Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Video service. The platform also denied reports that its head of original productions Susanne Daniels and a former MTV executive hired by YouTube in 2015, will quit…

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Corporate Brand 

Mukesh Ambani plans to create an online-to-offline platform

Mukesh Ambani is planning to create an online-to-offline platform that would take on the likes of Amazon and Walmart, which are both betting big on India’s e-commerce market. Speaking at the 9th Vibrant Gujarat Summit, Ambani outlined plans for his online shopping platform. Without giving timelines, Ambani said Jio and Reliance Retail, which has over 9,000 stores across 6,500-plus towns in the country, will launch “a unique new commerce platform to empower and enrich our 12 lakh small retailers and shopkeepers in Gujarat – which are part of over 3…

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E-Commerce 

Centre tightens rules for e-commerce firms: What lies ahead for Amazon, Flipkart?

In a setback for e-commerce firms having foreign investment, the government on Wednesday barred online marketplaces such as Flipkart and Amazon from selling products of the companies in which they have a stake. The commerce and industry ministry also forbidden e-commerce firms from entering into an agreement for the exclusive sale of products. The revised policy on foreign direct investment in online retail also said that these firms have to offer equal services or facilities to all its vendors without discrimination. With an aim to provide clarity to #FDI policy…

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E-Commerce Retail 

Facebook launches pop-up stores at Macy’s

Following the footsteps of Amazon, Facebook has partnered with Macy’s to bring a selection of brands that are sold on Facebook and Instagram to its stores. These brands will be showcased in the department store’s pop-up area, “The Market,” which launched earlier this year as a way to bring lesser-known brands to the store. “Every day, millions of people discover brands and products they love on Facebook and Instagram” reads the Facebook Business web page presenting the collaboration with Macy’s which allows the social network to try and get that…

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Fashion Licensing 

DCGI slaps notice to Amazon, Flipkart for allegedly selling fake cosmetics

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) slapped notices to e-commerce giants -Amazon and Flipkart for allegedly selling “spurious and adulterated” cosmetics including imported brands. The authority has been warned of severe actions in case of failing to respond within 10 days. The DGCI has warned them of penal action for “offering for sale, sale, and distribution of spurious, adulterated cosmetics and cosmetics manufactured without a valid license in contravention of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.” The law provides for penal actions ranging from monetary fine to imprisonment for…

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Collaborations Merchandise Licensing 

Amazon launches ‘Merch Collab’ at Licensing Expo 2018: Here’s how it works

Amazon unveiled a new platform at the Las Vegas Licensing Expo that will allow licensors to develop and launch products faster than ever before. At the Keynote session at Licensing Expo, Amazon launched ‘Merch Collab’ by Amazon, bringing together brands and a group of about 150 artists to produce licensed apparel and other products. Merch Collab is a new licensing program where brands collaborate with qualified designers and manufacturers to create the world’s largest selection of branded merchandise for fans and followers. Brands simply approve and promote products and Amazon…

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Collaborations 

Oppo, Amazon to announce new partnership on May 1

To take on the ASUS-Flipkart collaboration, Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is all set to make a major announcement in collaboration with Amazon on May 1. Earlier this month, Taiwanese PC hardware and smartphone brand ASUS made a big splash in the Indian market by announcing its partnership with Flipkart to launch the ZenFone Max Pro M1 in the country. Flipkart had signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an exclusive partnership with ASUS. Under the partnership, the first smartphone that launched is ZenFone Max Pro with Snapdragon 636 on April 23,…

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