Summit Notebook

Gregg sees Republican victory in November as keeping Obama in check

September 22, 2010

SUMMIT-WASHINGTON/GREGGIf Republicans are able to capture either chamber of the U.S. Congress in the November election, they will use that power to try to block any further expansion of the federal government by the Obama administration, Republican Senator Judd Gregg said on Wednesday.

Check Out Line: World Cup boost to Europe sales peetering out

June 24, 2010

SOCCERCheck out how European retailers are a little downcast now about the “World Cup” effect.

Old media still works for advertising- Newell Rubbermaid marketing chief

June 23, 2010

newspaperWho says advertising spending is heading in only direction: the net? A bunch of retailers such as Zales Jewelers and VF (they own The North Face, among other brands) have said in recent months they would focus some more on TV advertising. They’re not the only fans of traditional media among consumer product companies.

Public school student? Bring your own supplies

June 23, 2010

schoolboyI have no children and I left the public school system in 1991, so perhaps it’s not news to some of you that parents of public school children are paying for things that we never would have dreamed we’d pay for when I was in school. To OfficeMax Chief Operating Officer Sam Martin, who visited our Reuters Consumer and Retail Summit on Wednesday, this stuff is no surprise at all because he’s the one selling it to the parents.

‘That’s a cheap suit!’ isn’t a compliment

June 22, 2010

suitMemo to the men of the United States of America, including myself: it pays to invest in a suit, and it pays even more to invest in a few. When I was growing up, my father and other older guys told me that if I spent more money on a small number of suits, they would last a long time.

America: It’s in your country and it’s feeding your culture -Iconix CEO

June 22, 2010

The aura of the land of Britney Spears, Madonna and everyone’s favorite cartoon beagle — Snoopy — helps move products in growing markets like China, according to Iconix CEO Neil Cole.

Barbie does Beijing: The adventures of a Malibu girl in China

June 21, 2010

BarbieModern day national influence, some smart people like to argue, spreads through the “soft power” of brand appeal and attraction rather than the “hard power” of coercion. In China, one avatar of U.S.  soft power tends to be trim and busty, and come with blue eyes and a long mane of blonde hair. Her name is Barbie, she is made of plastic, she was born in Malibu and Chinese girls want to be like her.

The Nina Kampler manifesto: don’t waste space, buy less stuff

June 21, 2010

shoppingSometimes it’s refreshing to meet people like Hilco Real Estate’s Nina Kampler. They work up to their eyeballs in finance, debt, bankruptcy and the business of making and salvaging profits, yet think that there is more to life than money and private enterprise.

Ethan Allen fills up its (tastefully upholstered) bench

June 21, 2010

The recession wasn’t kind to Ethan Allen’s manufacturing plant workers, but now that the economy is recovering, so are the employment rolls. Last year, the Danbury, Connecticut-based furniture maker and retailer slashed its manufacturing workforce by about 30 percent, Farooq Kathwari, the company’s chairman and chief executive, told the Reuters Consumer and Retail Summit in New York on Monday. That included closing a plant or cutting jobs in Chino, California; Andover, Maine;  Orleans, Vermont and elsewhere.

Q+A with Corcoran CEO Pamela Liebman

June 16, 2010
Pamela Liebman

Pamela Liebman

I sat down with Corcoran CEO Pamela Liebman after she came in for the Reuters Global Real Estate Summit and spoke with her about how she got into the real estate business and why she’s stuck with it for so long.