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April 26, 2012
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  • Worlds away from football turf, NFL pop-up shop opens its doors
    The NFL pop-up shop has opened its doors in New York's Time Square in anticipation of the league's draft week. The store features branded team products to satisfy every fan's need, including jerseys, umbrellas, tote bags and spa kits. But missing from the store's shelves is any indication of the league's recent controversies, notes Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  • Building man caves to sell skin care products
    Male adoption of skin care has turned the sector into a fast-growing market and is altering the retail space to make men more comfortable with buying such products. Drug store chains such as Duane Reade and CVS have followed department stores such as Nordstrom in offering male-dedicated spaces. Macy's new "men's grooming zone" in its Philadelphia store is "almost a men's skin care man cave," Macy's Muriel Gonzalez says. The Wall Street Journal (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sears launches data-management division
    Sears Holdings has created a new subsidiary called MetaScale to provide clients with data-management and cloud-computing services to capitalize on the infrastructure it has built during the past two years to support its Sears and Kmart stores. The new venture will offer clients the ability to store large amounts of data for financial, research and other purposes, the company said. Crain's Chicago Business (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Brands & Deals 
  • After 50 years, Jerry Leigh continues to move forward
    After recently celebrating Jerry Leigh's 50th anniversary, the company's president, Andrew Leigh, says the Los Angeles-based manufacturer is optimistic about its future, with a goal of tripling in size in the next 10 years. The apparel designer and manufacturer for several youth brands including Disney, Warner Bros. and Paul Frank was one of the first to ink licensing deals with celebrities and to coin the term "retailtainment." Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Sports & Entertainment 
  • P&G gives Tide a spin as an NFL sponsor
    Procter & Gamble's Tide detergent has become a sponsor of all 32 franchise teams in the National Football League in a multiyear deal, beginning with the 2012 football season. "For us, the NFL's growing female fan base played a big role in developing the Tide sponsorship," said Sundar Raman, North American fabric-care marketing director. "It allows us to tap into America's passion for the NFL and fan loyalty toward their home teams." Adweek (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pure Detroit still selling "Imported from Detroit" T-shirts
    Pure Detroit, maker of "Imported from Detroit" T-shirts, is continuing to produce them after the apparel company announced it had reached a settlement with Chrysler Group. The latter company sued Pure Detroit in 2011 over the use of the phrase, which was used in a Super Bowl ad that year. The terms of the actual settlement were not made public. The Detroit News (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tech Trends 
  • Disney will create Web series based on Talking Friends franchise
    Disney Interactive Media Group will produce an animated Web series based on the Talking Friends mobile applications in partnership with the franchise's creator, Outfit 7. The animated series will feature popular characters from the apps, such as Talking Tom Cat and Talking Ben the Dog. KidScreen (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.K. consumers do 25% of spending online, survey finds
    Smartphones and tablets are fueling online shopping from mobile devices in the U.K., where consumers now do one-quarter of their spending online, according to WorldPay. More than half of Britons made purchases from mobile devices while watching TV, and 3% said they had shopped while in the bathroom. The Telegraph (London) (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • LIMA's coming to Chicago for May 8 networking event!
    Join LIMA and your licensing industry peers at a special networking event on the evening of May 8 during Sweets & Snacks Expo. Everyone's getting together that night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Fado, 100 West Grand Ave., Chicago, 60654, for a casual evening of networking. Cost is $25 per person for beverages and hors d'oeuvres. Sign up today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kathy Ireland to deliver keynote address at Licensing International Expo
    Kathy Ireland, the former supermodel who transformed herself into a head-turning star of the business world, will give the keynote address at Licensing International Expo 2012. The keynote session on Tuesday, June 12, at 8:30 a.m., kicks off the annual trade show and conference, which takes place from June 12 to 14 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Admission to the keynote address is free to all Expo attendees. The subject of a recent Forbes magazine cover story, Kathy is CEO and chief designer of kathy ireland Worldwide® (kiWW®), a design and marketing firm founded in 1993 with the mission of "finding solutions for families, especially busy moms." Today, kiWW’s missions have expanded to include "finding solutions for people in love" as well as "finding solutions for people in business." The company that Kathy started with socks, an idea and meager financial resources has since grown into a design empire with annual retail sales of more than $2 billion, according to Forbes. License! Global magazine has placed kiWW at No. 28 on its list of the Top 125 Global Licensors -- the highest ranking for any single lifestyle brand. In her talk, "Brand Building Through Licensing -- My Journey From the Beach to the Boardroom and Beyond," Kathy will discuss the principles on which her company was built, business lessons learned along the way and thoughts on the current state of the licensing business and where it is headed. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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