Monthly Archive: June 2011

Carol Spieckerman

One-on-one with Li & Fung’s Rick Darling (Part 1): Global retailing and emerging formats

I had the pleasure of speaking with Rick Darling, president of LF USA, following his terrific keynote presentation at the International Licensing Expo. LF USA is a subsidiary of Hong Kong-headquartered Li & Fung Limited, the multinational consumer goods export and logistics group. Darling oversees LF USA’s rapidly expanding business in the U.S., where its portfolio of owned and licensed

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Carol Spieckerman

Li & Fung’s Rick Darling Frames Licensing’s Future during LIMA Keynote

How do you add value to a retailer who is already designing, developing, and building a supply chain on an almost direct basis? As a member of last June’s Licensing Expo keynote panel, Rick Darling, president of LF USA, identified this conundrum as one of his organization’s significant challenges. At that time, designing and developing brands had already gone from

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Marty Brochstein

Comment period ending on proposed U.S. children’s food marketing guidelines

Last week, the Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children — which includes representatives of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — held a public hearing into its proposals that would guide food companies in their marketing efforts toward children and teens. If adopted,

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Carol Spieckerman

Retail’s on the go at the Expo!

What do Best Buy, J.C. Penney, and Walmart have in common? For starters, all are among the directional retailers that we have selected as stops on this year’s LIMA retail safari, which will immediately follow my presentation on the State of U.S. Retail, at the 2011 International Licensing Expo in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 12th. The 2011 tour marks

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