Yearly Archive: 2011

Kelvyn Gardner

The Light Fund shares some good cheer for the festive season

On Wednesday evening the committee of The Light Fund met in London to agree final choices of which charities would receive money from the fund for 2011. For those of you unfamiliar, The Light Fund ( Licensing Industry Giving Help Together ) is the body we have here in the UK to raise money for charity. Indeed, as I write,

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Carol Spieckerman

Earthshattering Events that Escaped (Almost) Everyone in 2011

Amid the chaos and uncertainty that defined retail in 2011, a few happenings went largely unheralded. Below, I take a look back at two that promise to create a big bang in branding and retail in 2012, and throw in a few predictions to set the stage for next year-and-beyond strategy. Global Power Launches State-of-the-art Satellite Grabble, Kosmix, OneRiot…What may

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Carol Spieckerman

Dropping the Floor, Raising the Roof, and Recalibrating the Brand Continuum

In a presentation in Bentonville last month, Walmart’s EVP and chief merchandising officer Duncan MacNaughton reiterated Walmart’s plan to apply a “broad application of price investments” that will amount to a $2 billion everyday low price insurance policy. Tough markets call for tough measures and everything is a race to the bottom, right? Not so fast. As Walmart takes pains

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Marty Brochstein

A look at the art licensing sector

The art licensing business is in the midst of a significant transformation, as some merchandise categories that formerly were mainstays of the business wane, while some newer sectors show significant growth potential. According to LIMA’s Annual Licensing Business Survey, retail sales of art licensed products in North America reached $3.75 billion in 2010. While lower than the sales level of

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Marty Brochstein

Some nuggets about kids biz from NPD’s Anita Frazier

Some highlights from the presentation by NPD Group’s Anita Frazier – taken from NPD’s Kids Industry Data Service (KIDS) — at the well-attended LIMA East Coast Breakfast Seminar this past Tuesday: • For the year ended August, 2011, apparel and accessories (20%) accounted for the largest dollar share of good purchased for kids ages 0-14, followed by videogame hardware/software (15%),

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Carol Spieckerman

One-On-One with Iconix Brand Group’s Yehuda Shmidman, Part II

In September, I had the pleasure of sharing the podium with Yehuda Shmidman, Chief Operating Officer of Iconix Brand Group, at LIMA’s inaugural Retail and Branding Conference in New York. Iconix is the second largest licensor in the world and, in the aggregate, the company generates over $12 billion in annual retail sales by managing and marketing a diverse portfolio

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Marty Brochstein

A CSR tool for the licensing community

On the face of it, the attendee list alone at the Consumer Products sector meeting I attended prior to the massive BSR Conference this week in San Francisco speaks to the growing importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) among companies that deal in the consumer products marketplace. More than 20 brand owners and retailers were represented – some by multiple

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Carol Spieckerman

One-on-one with Iconix Brand Group’s Yehuda Shmidman

In September, I had the pleasure of sharing the podium with Yehuda Shmidman, Chief Operating Officer of Iconix Brand Group, at LIMA’s inaugural Retail and Brand Conference in New York. Iconix is the second largest licensor in the world and, in the aggregate, the company generates over $12 billion in annual retail sales by managing and marketing a diverse portfolio

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Carol Spieckerman

Rethinking Retail Scale

Not that long ago, retailers ran their online and offline operations in silos. In many cases, they actually competed against themselves in different channels. This is a less-talked-about advantage that Apple has held over traditional retailers ever since it opened its first stores in 2001 – Apple understood that it didn’t matter where transactions happened because every touch point along

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Marty Brochstein

A look at the corporate brand sector

The corporate licensing sector has long been one of the key components of the global licensing business, nowhere more so than in the U.S. According to the most recent edition of LIMA’s Annual Licensing Survey, corporate brand licensing accounted for $19.7 billion in retail sales in the U.S. in 2010 – 18.9% of the total U.S. licensed retail sales of

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