Yearly Archive: 2018

Marty Brochstein

Reflecting on Charles Lazarus and Toys R Us

It was with sadness that we heard yesterday about the death, at age 94, of Toys R Us founder Charles Lazarus, ironically a week after the company announced plans to liquidate. He stepped down as Chairman-CEO in 1994, but had retained the title of Chairman Emeritus. According to the New York Times, he visited TRU’s headquarters as recently as last

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Marty Brochstein

There’s an Opportunity Out There for Someone

With reporting by Mark Seavy By the time Toys R Us sought bankruptcy court approval early Thursday morning “to begin the process of conducting an orderly wind-down of its U.S. business and liquidation of inventory in all 735 of the Company’s U.S. stores,” many in the licensing industry were well into the process of trying to figure out how they’re

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Kelvyn Gardner

In Memoriam: Robert Sutherland

Last week we received the sad news of the death of Robert Sutherland, Chairman of Redan Publishing and a major player in the UK kid’s comics business for many decades. Robert was regarded by virtually everyone he met as one of the true gentlemen of licensing. His no-nonsense approach to comics and the licensing thereof was not entirely orthodox but

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Utku Tansel

Packaged Food, and Beauty & Personal Care in Western Europe Still Present Untapped Opportunities for Licensing

As explored in Euromonitor International’s “Character Licensing Trends in Packaged Food, and Beauty & Personal Care in Western Europe” report, there are many categories in packaged food, and beauty and personal care in Western Europe which remain untapped by character licensing. Restrictions on unhealthy food packaging are a challenge, but healthy eating and product formulation could bring opportunities. Character licensing

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Ted Curtin

The What, Where and Why at This Year’s Winter Fancy Food Show

This article originally appeared on LinkedIn. San Francisco’s annual Winter Fancy Food Show is a foodie’s dream! From tempting sweets, to power-packed proteins, to exciting new products like hot honeys and boozy snacks, there are enough gourmet indulgences to delight the taste buds for days. Beyond new flavors, variations and packaging, we saw the industry’s answer to key questions being asked in the food

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Utku Tansel

Characters Continue to Drive Licensing in Fashion, and Homewares & Home Furnishings in Western Europe

As investigated in Euromonitor International’s “Character Licensing Trends in Fashion and Homewares and Home Furnishings in Western Europe” report, which examines major character licensing trends in the largest markets, Western Europe is key for character licensing across FMCG. It is an affluent and developed region and while fashion’s appeal and advantages are widely recognised by licensors, licensees and retailers, homewares

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