April 3, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Chairman & Co-founder, Beanstalk
With so many failures over the years, what’s the secret that allows one celebrity to succeed and causes so many others to fail? Michael Stone, Beanstalk Chairman & Co-founder, discusses the five factors that are necessary for celebrity success and the reasons why retailers are interested in these celebrity licensing programs.
March 13, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Chairman & Co-founder, Beanstalk
As the retail ecosystem changes rapidly, many brand owners, marketers and retailers are scrambling to figure out how to adapt. It’s likely that many winners will do so by using a frequently overlooked marketing strategy and tool: brand licensing.
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.
August 5, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Co-founder and Chairman
This is the second of a three-part series about product categories that have recently re-invented themselves due to cultural, societal, technological and political trends. Categories where the economics intersect with the trends. Part One in the series examined the plus-size fashion category. Part Two examines cannabis.
July 29, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Chairman & Co-founder of Beanstalk
If you live long enough, you see a lot of products and, indeed, entire product categories come and go. In the present time, much of this change has been driven by technology. CD players are gone; Spotify is here. Filofax disappeared, and we now have calendars and notes on our phones. Who needs paper maps when there is Google maps?
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?