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Adidas finally has a plan for its stockpile of Yeezy shoes

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After cutting ties with Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, Adidas now plans to sell its stock of unsold Yeezy shoes and donate the proceeds to charity.

Click here to read the story at npr.org.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is inventory?
  2. Why is inventory management important to a retailer like adidas?
  3. Why do they have so much Yeezy inventory?
  4. What is influencer marketing?
  5. What is publicity?
  6. Why did adidas end their relationship with Ye?
  7. How might this story demonstrate the risks brands might be taking when aligning with an influencer?
  8. Do you think, in most cases, the risk is worth the reward when it comes to influencer marketing? Why or why not?
  9. Why do you think adidas is donating the proceeds of the sale of its Yeezy inventory to charity?
  10. What type of publicity might that generate for the brand and why might that be important?
  11. What is cause marketing?
  12. Is cause marketing the same is philanthropy? Why or why not?
  13. Do you think the decision from adidas to sell its Yeezy inventory and donate the proceeds to charity represents an example of cause marketing or is it purely philanthropic? Be prepared to discuss your answers in class.
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.

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