Toys "R"​ Us is Coming Back Along with Geoffrey and the Jingle!

February 26, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Chairman & Co-founder, Beanstalk

It looks like Toys "R" Us is rising from the dead already, as many speculated would happen. Rebranding as Tru Kids Brands, the investors who currently own TRU are weighing the possibility of opening freestanding stores and smaller shops within larger stores, with the goal of relaunching the brand by the holiday season of 2019.

Think Tank: Did No One Say ‘That’s a Bad Idea?’

February 14, 2019 | By: Michael Stone and Stephen Paskoff

How can brands still be getting it so wrong? In an age where the most-desired market segments — Millennials, Gen X and older Gen Z consumers — are driven by values, and especially diversity and inclusion and the positions that brands take, the fact that brands still release racist products and ads is mind-boggling.

FAO Schwarz: Back from the Dead

January 31, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Chairman and Co-founder of Beanstalk

FAO Schwarz, the iconic toy retailer, closed its last store, the New York City Fifth Avenue flagship, in 2015. Dead and gone? Not quite. The buyer of the FAO intellectual property (purchased in 2016), ThreeSixtyGroup, opened a new flagship in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza on Nov. 16, 2018 to much fanfare. Will this brand revival succeed?

The Power of Licensing #9: 10 Brand Marketing Trends To Watch In 2019

January 28, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Co-founder and Chairman, Beanstalk

We are living in a time of radical transformation as the retail ecosystem continues to change at an accelerated pace (that shouldn’t surprise anyone). Where, when and how consumers buy goods is changing and we all need to keep up with the trends that are already having an impact if we want to succeed. So, what macro trends already affecting brand marketing and consumer behavior should we be paying even more attention to in the new year?

A Proust Questionnaire for Personality Brands: Mahatma Gandhi

New York, NY, January 24, 2019 | By: Martin Cribbs

Most celebrities aren't brands. Legendary icons are. In this month’s Proust Questionnaire for Personality Brands, we're focusing on Mahatma Gandhi this month. Martin Cribbs, Vice President of Icon Representation at Beanstalk, discusses representing the Mahatma Gandhi estate and his legacy today.