Monthly Archive: September 2012

Marty Brochstein

Richard (Dick) Rademaker (1942-2012)

The following remembrance of Richard Rademaker, founder of Licensing Resource Group who passed away September 20, was written by LIMA Vice Chairman Rick Van Brimmer, of The Ohio State University. The collegiate licensing industry lost a good one last week with the passing of Dick Rademaker, whose career spanned over 50 years of bookstore and licensing business. The loss was

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Marty Brochstein

Thoughts on Retail from Paco Underhill

In advance of his luncheon keynote speech at the upcoming LIMA Retail Symposium, (Wednesday, Oct. 10, at The Yale Club in New York City) retailing guru Paco Underhill offered thoughts on some of the forces at play in retailing today. Assessing the closely watched attempt by JC Penney to move from an overwhelming reliance on coupons and sales to a

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Carol Spieckerman

Retailers Future-Proof Their Fleets

“The Internet changes everything, but it doesn’t replace everything.” Jerry Storch, Toys “R” Us chief executive Toys “R” Us chief executive, Jerry Storch took pains to defend the relevance of brick-and-mortar retail at a media presentation last week; however, the recent refurbishments, ground-breakings, and expansion plans hitting physical retail have made the ongoing relevance of brick-and-mortar clear. As retailers put

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Kelvyn Gardner

The UK Licensing Awards 2012

Tuesday night saw the UK’s licensing industry gathered together for The Licensing Awards 2012. Awards ceremonies are a fascinating affair. Deciding how and where to stage such an event has to be done whilst calculating potential attendance numbers. Attendance will be heavily affected by the scope of the awards, so the prizes on offer need also be taken into consideration

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Carol Spieckerman

Oh SoLoMo!

Social. Local. Mobile. Disruptions that retailers and brand marketers have had a heck of a hard time harnessing all at once, even as shoppers have enthusiastically embraced social media, geo-location, and mobility in crafting their shopping and sharing experiences. The term “SoLoMo,” is mash-up that addresses how shoppers are interacting with brands on all three levels simultaneously. Recent developments promise

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