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LIMA Canada to Host Focus Canada Event with Keynote Speaker from Walmart Canada

LIMAThe International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) will host an evening of education and networking at Focus Canada on May 2 at Corus Entertainment in Toronto. Organized by LIMA Canada, the event will be centered on Canadian shopping habits, licensed merchandise, and the future of retail. Sam Wankowski, senior vice president operations, Western Canada, Walmart Canada will headline Focus Canada with the keynote address titled “The Evolving Relationship Between Retail and Licensing in Canada.” Read the rest of this entry »

Licensing University 2017 to Tackle Topics for Success in the Ever-Changing Marketplace

May27LIMA(2)The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) assembled Licensing University sessions on these and other topics featuring a “who’s who” of experts to help licensing professionals capitalize on today’s newest business prospects.

Licensing University takes place on May 22 to the 25 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. The program is part of Licensing Week, held alongside Licensing Expo, which is owned and organized by UBM and sponsored by LIMA. The Expo begins on May 23. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Announces Ballot for 2017 International Licensing Awards

May27LIMA(2)The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) finalized the ballot for its 2017 International Licensing Awards. One quarter of the nominees, 31 companies, originate from outside the U.S., attesting to the expanding international reach of the awards program.
This year’s ballot includes 126 nominees from ten countries. The nominees were selected from more than 460 submissions. The awards program spans categories including licensing, retailing, promotion, consumer products, and more. LIMA members may cast their votes online next month. Winners will be announced at the LIMA Awards Ceremony on May 23, during Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, which is sponsored by LIMA and owned and organized by UBM Americas.
 
Nominations were solicited from the worldwide licensing industry. The 2017 Awards nominees include:

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LIMA Releases Licensing University 2017 Program

May27LIMA(2)The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) planned a range of Licensing University sessions for Licensing Week 2017 that will cover the latest issues and trends and the fundamentals of how the licensing business works. Licensing University takes place from May 22 to 25 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. It is part of Licensing Week and held concurrently with Licensing Expo, which is owned and organized by UBM and sponsored by LIMA. The Expo opens on May 23. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA to Host Second Annual Licensing Showcase in Latin America

May27LIMA(2)The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) will host Expolicencias Latin America 2017, its second Annual Latin American licensing conference and showcase, from March 27 to 28 in Bogota, Colombia. The event will provide licensors, licensees, retailers, and other related business professionals the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the Latin American market.

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2017 LIMA Awards Entry Submissions Open Until Next Month

May27LIMA(2)The annual LIMA Awards recognize the industry’s highest level of achievement. To be considered for various categories, participants may use the LIMA Online Entry Form. All entries must be submitted by Feb. 1.

Licensed program categories include: Art/Design, Celebrity/Fashion, Character/Toy Brand, Corporate Brand, Digital, Film/Television/Entertainment—Animated, Film/Television/Entertainment—Live Action, Food and Beverage/Restaurant, Sports, Licensed Promotion (limited to one submission per property), Location-Based or Experiential Initiative, and Retailer. Read the rest of this entry »

LIMA Opens Nominations for 2017 Hall of Fame

May27LIMA(2)The LIMA Board of Directors will review Hall of Fame recommendations submitted by members. The criteria outlined here ensures that the award continues to represent licensing excellence. To be considered for induction into the 2017 Hall of Fame, an online recommendation must include a detailed and formal description of the candidate’s contribution and his or her adherence to the criteria. Recommendations must be received by Nov. 4, 2016. The LIMA Board of Directors reviews all recommendations before making the final selection.

LIMA to Host First International Board of Directors Meeting

PrintThe International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) will hold its board of directors meeting outside of the U.S. this month, taking place in London before Brand Licensing Europe.

LIMA’s membership now reflects the increasingly global nature of the companies, with with four members on the board of directors based outside the U.S., and several others who are based in the U.S. but have alarge presence around the world.

LIMA UK Names Rising Star Nominees

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) announced the nominees for the 2016 UK Rising Stars Award. Now in its third year, the award is designed to recognize excellence among junior licensing industry professionals in the UK.  Nominees were named during the Young Professionals Network summer event, hosted by Cartoon Network Enterprises EMEA.

The 2016 finalists are:

·         Georgina Huckle, sales and marketing executive, Rainbow Productions

·         Eloise Jones, buyer – Girls Wear and Baby Wear, George @ ASDA

·         Julia O’Brien, licensing executive, Turner Broadcasting Systems

·         Sarah Patel, retail marketing executive, Nickelodeon

·         Sole Puerto, licensing manager, Bulldog Licensing

·         Talia Tester, licensing manager, Carte Blanche Greetings

The winner will be announced during the 2016 Licensing Awards, taking place in London on September 13.  All six nominees will receive a free ticket to the event.

LIMA Releases Annual Global Licensing Industry Survey

Retail sales of licensed products grew to $251.7 billion in 2015, a gain of 4.2 percent from the previous year, according to the 2016 International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association’s (LIMA) Annual Global Licensing Industry Survey conducted by Brandar Consulting LLC.

Royalty revenue from retail sales of licensed merchandise jumped 7.8 percent to $13.9 billion, due to robust retail sales and higher royalty rates that averaged 8.5 percent last year versus 8.2 percent in 2014. Overall, Entertainment/Character licensing remains the largest category, accounting for $113.2 billion, or 45 percent of the total global licensing market.

The U.S. and Canada remain the largest global market for licensed merchandise with retail sales of $145.5 billion last year, up 3.9 percent for a 57.7 percent share of the market. The next largest global region was Western Europe, with strong results in the UK, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, tallying revenue of $51.8 billion. This was followed by Northern Asia, including China, Japan, and South Korea, with retail sales of $22.1 billion.

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