Yearly Archive: 2012

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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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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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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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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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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Sector watch: Not-for-Profits

In many respects, licensing in not-for-profit organizations operates along the same lines as the licensing business does in the for-profit world. The goal is to find the right licensee that shares the brand vision and can maximize the opportunity. But in this sector as much as in any other, the definition of “maximizing the opportunity” often goes far beyond the

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RTR Rising: A Revisit

In a 2011 article for LIMA, I predicted that RTRs (retailer-to-retailer deals) would accelerate even as the licensing community was abuzz about the impact that DTRs (licensors’ direct-to-retailer deals) were having on the industry. The world of RTRs has branched out in many new directions since that time, and a spate of pair-offs involving strange bedfellows has occurred just within

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Some personal notes on Olympics merchandising

It seems for once that the UK has firmly placed its habitual scepticism aside in fully embracing the London Olympics. The atmosphere in the nation as a whole has been vibrant and positive, and within London it’s almost tangible. It is in the nature of today’s hurried world that the slow build-ups and long periods of involved anticipation of yesteryear

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Retail’s Deconstruction Eruption

I recently interviewed the principal of digital agency Coexist, which has developed a platform that layers commerce capabilities onto the popular blogging and photo-sharing platform, Tumblr. Our conversation got me thinking about how hunter-gatherer platforms such as Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram are continuing a deconstruction and recontextualizing movement that is now manifesting in retail. Just as users of these platforms

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Call for Comments on IP Enforcement

By Nancy C. Prager, Esq. The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008 (the “PRO-IP Act”) enhanced civil and criminal penalties for intellectual property infringement.It also established the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator to serve in the Office of Management and Budget at the White House. The Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator has been charged with overseeing, and contributing

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