Prediction: 10 Brands That Might Disappear In 2015

Every year, 24/7 Wall Street looks around the American business landscape and makes a list of ten brands that they think are doomed. The list includes corporations, retail chains, and product lines, and is quite diverse. However, it’s not very accurate.

Let’s begin with the site’s prediction list of brands that will disappear in 2015. It’s a strange mix, since many of the brands themselves wouldn’t go anywhere even if these predictions are correct. DirecTV, for example, would still sell satellite TV service if it became part of AT&T.

1. Lululemon
2. DirecTV
3. Hillshire Brands (The company’s brands aren’t going anywhere, but the company itself will become part of Tyson Foods.)
4. Zynga
5. Alaska Air (24/7 Wall Street thinks it would be a fine acquisition for one of the larger carriers.)
6. Russell Stover (this list was published before Lindt and Sprüngli made an offer to buy the company)
7. Shutterfly
8. Time Warner Cable
9. BlackBerry
10. Aeropostale

That’s a pretty good list, mixing companies that are doomed (Blackberry) with likely acquisition targets (Hillshire Brands and Time Warner Cable.)

Let’s look at the list that they released at this time last year of companies doomed in 2014. Granted, the year isn’t over yet, but we still have a good idea now of which companies will survive until December.

1. JCPenney – Okay, so the top CEO candidate didn’t want the job of running this place, but JCP isn’t dead yet.

2. Nook – The e-reader from Barnes & Noble will be spun off into its own company so it will stop dragging down the bookstore chain’s earnings, but continues to exist.

3. Martha Stewart Living Magazine – still going, and even available for iPad.

4. LivingSocial – still kicking, one of the few survivors of the coupon bubble of the Great Recession.

5. Volvo – still in business, making offensive social media posts in China.

6. Olympusshut down its biotech division recently, but still selling cameras.

7. WNBA - the league got media attention in recent months for starting to openly market to its LGBT fans, and remains in business.

8. Leap Wireless – this one they got right, but were completely wrong about the “brand” part. Leap Wireless is better known as Cricket, and AT&T completed its acquisition of the company earlier this year. However, Cricket was the better-known prepaid wireless brand, and AT&T’s new and little-known Aio prepaid service disappeared into Cricket.

9. Mitsubishi Motors – still in business and marketing tiny electric cars.

10. Road & Track magazine – the Hearst publication is still here, still putting out a print edition.

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  1. theoriginalcatastrophegirl says:

    i know i am in the minority here, but i remain reasonably satisfied with my TWC service, which is a regional subset of the parent company. really hoping the merger/acquisition gets blocked
    also regarding hillshire brands: nooooooo! not my sausages!!! fingers crossed that one is inaccurate

    • I’ve had only minor issues with TWC, like them turning off my service when the neighbor in the other half of my duplex moved out. However, my household snapped when they started charging a rental fee for the modem, when there is no rental fee for the same exact modem if you only have phone service.

      • theoriginalcatastrophegirl says:

        funny, when the neighbor in the other half of my duplex moved IN (2002) i suddenly got TWC basic cable when i hadn’t previously. i guess they tend to be bad at duplexes?
        i only have to deal with them for some sort of major issue about once every 18 months or so and it got a lot easier after someone smart put a note on my file that seems to indicate to the phone rep that i always do all the basic troubleshooting steps before i call so they really don’t need to make me run a power cycle on the modem and router 5 times before looking at other options.
        and my regional subdivision of TWC was really good about notifying people well in advance of the impending rental fee and putting addresses of the offices modems could be dropped off at in emails and letters.
        but yeah, not charging the same fee for phone only customers with identical equipment seems unfair

    • MathManv2point0 says:

      Hillshire is an odd one to be on this list since they just signed a merger agreement with Tyson foods. I guess they could “disappear” by way of merger/consolidation as opposed to just going out of business.

  2. Seli says:

    I like how the source article claims that they were right about Nook. Getting spun off doesn’t really mean it’s disappearing. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch, guys.

    “We called Nook and Leap Wireless correctly. Last month, Barnes & Noble announced it would spin off its Nook e-reader as sales continue to plunge.”