Monthly Archive: January 2013

“Interesting Times” For Toys

There’s a phrase of uncertain origin that’s often invoked as an ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” As the toy and licensing industries work their way toward the end of the global show season – the moveable feast that travels from Hong Kong to London to Nuremberg to New York – they are indeed living through interesting times.


From Externalities to Enterprise: Harnessing Digital’s Fragmented Future

In a recent article for The Guardian, journalist and science fiction author Cory Doctorow expounded on dynamics that he refers to as “positive externalities,” which arise “when you do something you want to do that also makes life better for someone else.” As an example, he describes driving your car slowly to avoid a wreck and thereby making the road


Your Top Resolution for Retail Reinvention in 2013

2012 was a year filled with organizational, operational, and technological transformations across every retail tier, category, business model, and touch point. If 2011 had retailers scrambling to catch up with consumers, 2012 was defined by proactive and often controversial retail reinventions, many of which promise to gain traction this year. With the New Year just underway, licensing companies still have