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Skinit Releases The Hunger Games-Licensed Electronic Device Skins

Skinit, creators of protective personalized solutions for consumer electronic devices, introduces a six-design line of skins from The Hunger Games movie. Character and movie-poster designs include images of main characters Katniss, Peeta, and Gale, as well as “mockingjay” and movie logo options.

Users can order The Hunger Games and other licensed skins for thousands of devices, including mobile phones, MP3 Players, MP3 speakers and speaker docks, mobile gaming devices, laptops, desktop computers, Bluetooth headsets, DVD players, printers, cameras, medical devices, USB devices, and adhesive wall stickers (“Wall Skins”).

All six skin designs are available at’s landing page for the film, Customers in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand can order the skins online.

Interbrand Releases the 2012 Best Retail Brands Report

Walmart maintains its No. 1 position on Interbrand’s U.S. Most Valuable Retail Brands list for this year. maintains the No. 9 position, but increased its brand value by 32 percent—the largest riser on this year’s list.

The Best Retail Brands report ranks the top 50 U.S. retail brands by brand value, as well as the top retail brands from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and the Asia Pacific. The U.S. brands are valued for the fourth time in collaboration with Interbrand Design Forum, the retail experience group within Interbrand. Looking beyond the U.S. list, Tesco, Carrefour, Aldi, Zara, and Woolworths are ranked as the No. 1 retailer in their respective markets—all holding their top spots from last year.

There were several shifts in the U.S. top 10. Walmart is still No. 1 by a huge margin, with a brand value more than US $139 billion, down 2 percent from last year. Target holds on to the No. 2 position with a value of US $23 billion, up 1 percent from last year. The Home Depot maintains its hold on No. 3, while CVS/pharmacy moves up to No. 4, surpassing Best Buy, which experienced an 11 percent decline in brand value and falls to No. 5 on the list. Walgreens remains at No. 6, while Coach’s 16 percent increase propels them to No. 7, now ahead of Sam’s Club (No. 8). Top riser is No. 9 and eBay moves into the top 10 for the first time. eBay replaces Dell, which falls off the list due to the fact it no longer meets the criteria for the list with less than 50 percent of its revenues from sales through its branded retail locations.

10 Most Valuable U.S. Retail Brands for 2012
Rank Brand Brand Value $m % Change (Brand Value)
1 Walmart $139,190 -2%
2 Target $23,444 1%
3 The Home Depot $22,020 8%
4 CVS/pharmacy $17,343 5%
5 Best Buy $16,755 -11%
6 Walgreens $15,018 4%
7 Coach $13,442 16%
8 Sam’s Club $12,854 4%
9 $12,758 32%
10 eBay $9,805 16%

Click here to see the release with the full list of 50 Most Valuable U.S. Retail Brands for 2012.

Soccer United Marketing Names New SVP of Consumer Products

Soccer United Marketing (SUM) has named Maribeth Towers as its new senior vice president of consumer products.

Towers brings more than 20 years of experience in consumer products from her years at Warner Brothers Studio, Fox Kids, and May Company. She’ll manage all consumer products and licensing activity for the organization in the U.S. and Canada, including strategic planning for increasing licensing revenues for Major League Soccer, all 19 MLS clubs, and all properties represented by SUM.

In addition to Major League Soccer, Towers will be responsible for all consumer products and licensing for some of the premier soccer properties in the U.S., including U.S. Soccer and all its national teams, the Mexican National Team, famed Mexican club team Chivas de Guadalajara, and multiple CONCACAF properties.


LIMA Announces LIMANET Networking Site

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) has announced the launch of  LIMANET, an opportunity network that gives licensing professionals real-time access to the people, companies, industries, and information they need to ensure the greatest return on investment for their business.

LIMA’s customizable new tool for the worldwide licensing community lets subscribers post information about products and services that they want to sell, buy, or find, and connects them directly with one another. The site requires users to register, but LIMANET is offered as a free service.

LIMANET will give subscribers the ability to receive customized alerts; create and manage their LIMANET account; post videos, shows, video games, and more to their homepage; and showcase intellectual properties, products, designs, artwork, and other materials on their homepage.

LIMANET will be available to everyone in the licensing community beginning July 1 with LIMA members having access to certain features. Subscribers and LIMA members’ affiliation will be identified with a LIMA logo on their LIMANET homepage.

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