LIMA Licensing Blog

Retailers Are Brands, Not Boxes. The Core is No More!

“We decided that we are a retailer and we can sell anything.” That seemingly straightforward statement by Andrew Higginson, Tesco’s Chief Executive of Retailing Services and Group Strategy, seemed to raise few eyebrows among attendees at this month’s “Big Show” staged by the National Retail Federation (NRF), but it grabbed my attention because it perfectly describes a mind shift that is transforming retail as we know it.

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Royal Wedding – no official merchandise: it’s official

Probably not unexpectedly, we have received a letter from Clarence House ( the home of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall ) explaining that there will be no official process for licensed merchandise for the wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton. The letter is marked Private & Confidential, so I’m not at liberty ( or

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Disney at NRF: Disney Store is “touchpoint”

In an Oracle-sponsored presentation that centered on how technology was being used to both enhance the customer experience as well as improve productivity of its newest Disney Store design, Disney’s Stephen Finney offered a basic rationale to answer a basic question: Why would Disney “take on the business risk associated with running a global specialty retail business.” Of course, in

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Retail topics: Notes from the National Retail Federation meeting

Among the overarching themes we encountered during this week’s annual convention of the National Retail Federation in New York were the globalization of retail, retailers’ desire to make themselves into brands as important as those on the products they carry, and the overwhelming role that technology is playing in the sector. The trade show portion of the convention filled the

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From Harrogate to Hong Kong via New York

During my early years in licensing the first week of January meant one thing and one thing only: getting ready for Harrogate. This esteemed and historic UK toy fair was seemingly an institution, with all the major toy companies, British and international, exhibiting in this genteel spa town in Yorkshire. The Harrogate fair still continues to this day, but toy

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Hot Market On Ice: NHL Winter Classic Sales Grow

Over the past several years, the major U.S. sports leagues have become increasingly adept at creating and leveraging “hot market” licensing and merchandising opportunities. For example, though the news release is bereft of actual sales figures, the National Hockey League is crowing over growth of merchandise sales at the recent Winter Classic (the annual outdoor game staged on New Year’s

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A Christmas letter for you

As I’m faced by a last day’s endeavours before the Christmas break, I wonder has there been anything different about advent this year? I reckon that for the first time I’ve received far more electronic Christmas cards than printed cards. Some plain and simple, a few with bells and whistles, although the latter are now in the minority, too –

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Brand Licensing India Offers Upbeat Mood, But Challenges Remain

While merchandise licensing in India is still in a “nascent” stage – to use a phrase heard repeatedly during the two-day Brand Licensing India conference in Delhi this past weekend – the attendance at the conference and the presentations by local retail, manufacturing and licensing executives portend a bright future for the business there.  (LIMA UK Managing Director Kelvyn Gardner,

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Delhi 2010: delightful, stimulating and exhausting

t the end of a long day I still can’t resist playing the pressured hack with a deadline to get a dispatch out before I have to leave. Owing to a story too long to tell at midnight, I’m spending my last few hours in Mumbai before flying home. I may get to enjoy the sea view from my 17th

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The Independent in ‘ruthless’ licensing industry shock horror exposé shock

that’s enough shocks – Ed. As I recall, the slogan for the 70s sequel, Jaws 2, was something along the lines of ‘Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water……’. I kind of feel the same way about an article published in The Independent on 4th December. (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/features/how-toys-took-over-kids-tv-2149373.html). Under the withering yet laughingly unoriginal title

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