Avon “This is Boss Life” campaign encourages women to take step beyond their typical 9-to-5 work life

NEW YORK, NY, 2016-Oct-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Avon launched more female bosses than any other company in the past century, now New Avon LLC (“Avon”) has commissioned a survey for National Boss’s Day (October 17), which found that most Americans (80 percent) would love to be their own boss. The research was conducted in conjunction with Avon’s recently unveiled advertising campaign, “This is Boss Life.” The new campaign highlights the flexibility and financial opportunity of becoming an Avon Representative, and encourages women to take a step beyond their typical 9-to-5 work life and say hello to a new kind of life where they are the boss.

“Avon is a 130 year old iconic American brand with a history of empowering women. The ‘This is Boss Life’ campaign highlights Avon as the company that enables women to start and run a business on her own terms,” said Scott White, Chief Executive Officer, New Avon. “We provide the support, training and tools our Representatives need to build successful businesses- providing a path to financial opportunity and independence.”

Avon’s survey goes on to reveal what participants believe are the most positive attributes associated with being your own boss, citing “flexibility to set my hours” as the biggest benefit (57 percent of women and 44 percent of men). Other noteworthy benefits include, “No one telling me what to do,” (29 percent of women and 34 percent of men),“More money,” (16 percent of women and 22 percent of men) followed by 19 percent of women declaring less office politics would be a major plus of being their own boss.

Avon Boss Life Survey Results Infographic

Today, on National Boss’s Day, Avon is taking the opportunity to invite women – and men – everywhere to take control of their lives and start living the Avon Boss Life. The “This is Boss Life” print campaign features the real-life success stories of Avon Representatives Georgiana Haynes, Lydia Osolinsky and Carlos and Milagros Garcia. Lydia explains what being her own boss means to her, “For me, being my own boss is about the ownership in success – and that’s empowering. I have the control to make changes to get what I need — there’s always another way to make things happen. I love that Avon is a part of that.” To learn more about their stories, visit the Avon Beauty for a Purpose Blog here.

The television commercial features the campaign heroine bored by her job – until she discovers a brand new life as an Avon Representative. The music video-style commercial is set to the energetic, well-known female anthem, “I Will Survive.” The re-imagined lyrics include such affirmative statements as “I should have done this years ago/I should have broken free/If I’d known for just one second I could be the boss of me” and “Oh as long as I’ve got Avon and the newest shade of gloss/I’ve got passion, can’t you see?/‘Cause my future’s up to me/Yeah, I’m a Boss.”

To celebrate National Boss’s Day, Avon has uploaded the re-imagined “I Will Survive” campaign song on video messaging app Dubsmash to let users record and share a video of themselves lipsyncing the song. All are also invited to share a photo of what your Boss Life looks like using Avon’s #BeautyBoss photo frame on any of your social media channels.

Visit sellavon.com and start living the Avon Boss Life today.

Methodology –Avon Boss Life Survey
The Avon Boss Life Survey is an omnibus survey of 1,130 American adults 18+. It was designed and conducted online by Finn Partners between September 30th and October 2nd, 2016. The sample was stratified and the data was weighted slightly by region, age, gender, income, and race in order to ensure a proportional, representative sample. This survey has a margin of error of +/-3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. The margin of error is higher for subgroups within each sample.

About New Avon LLC
New Avon LLC (“Avon”) is the leading social selling beauty company in North America. The company generated over $1 billion in revenues during 2015, and has nearly 400,000 independent sales Representatives in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Avon’s product portfolio includes award-winning skincare, color cosmetics, fragrance and personal care products, featuring iconic brands such as Anew, Avon Color, mark., and Skin So Soft, as well as fashion and accessories. Avon has a 130 year history of empowering women through economic opportunity, and the company also proudly supports the Avon Foundation for Women in its efforts to end breast cancer and domestic violence. Learn more about New Avon and its products at www.avon.com.

Media Contacts:

Liz Micci
The Glover Park Group
+1 (646) 495-2700
emicci@gpg.com

Kristina Jorge
Avon Corporate Communications
+1 (212) 282-5852
Kristina.Jorge@avonusa.com

Source: Avon

The 2016 recipients of the Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program announced

New York, NY, 2016-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (October 13, 2016), Pfizer Oncology and the Avon Foundation for Women announced the 2016 recipients of the Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program: Identify-Amplify-Unify. In total, 22 non-profit organizations will receive grants totaling $1 million in funding to support and educate metastatic breast cancer patients, their caregivers and their communities.

Metastatic disease is the most advanced stage of breast cancer. It occurs when cancer spreads beyond the breast to other parts of the body, such as the bones, lungs, liver and brain. There are no cures currently available, and continuous treatment is needed to further control the spread of the disease and manage its symptoms. Up to 30 percent of women who have had early breast cancer will eventually develop metastatic disease.

“Women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer face certain challenges because of the nature of their disease, and we want to ensure that they are supported through best practices in comprehensive care,” said Carolyn Ricci, Program Director of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. “Our hope is that this initiative with Pfizer will increase the ways the health care system can meet the needs of metastatic patients and provide concrete examples of patient-centered programs that can be replicated across the country.”

The 22 grantee organizations will receive grants ranging from $25,000 to $75,000, to:
• Address gaps in services for the metastatic breast cancer community, including medical, psychological, nutritional, complementary and integrative services, support, financial and legal support.
• Distribute resources and services available to vulnerable populations, including through telemedicine.
• Share educational resources with the public focusing on metastatic disease, palliative care, treatment options, clinical trials, access to holistic medication, and complementary medicine.

“Pfizer is proud to join the Avon Foundation for Women in supporting these 22 exciting projects and continuing to meet the unique needs of people with metastatic breast cancer through this important partnership,” said Matt Shaulis, regional president, North America, Pfizer Oncology. “We have seen the meaningful difference the initial round of grants have made in addressing gaps in services, support and resources for patients across the U.S. and are looking forward to expanding the impact of the program with this year’s recipients.”

The 2016 grantees include:
• Breastcancer.org (Ardmore, Pa.)
• Cancer Resource Center of the Desert (El Centro, Calif.)
• Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco, Calif.)
• Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic (Oakland, Calif.)
• Cooper Health System (Camden, N.J.)
• Emory University for the benefit of Winship Cancer Institute and Grady Memorial Hospital (Atlanta, Ga.)
• God’s Love We Deliver (New York, N.Y.)
• H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research (Tampa, Fla.)
• Living Beyond Breast Cancer (Haverford, Pa.)
• Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York, N.Y.)
• New York Legal Assistance Group (New York, N.Y.)
• Baptist Health Care Foundation of Montgomery (Montgomery, Ala.)
• Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Foundation (Newark, N.J.)
• Nueva Vida Inc. (Washington, DC)
• Patient Advocate Foundation Inc. (Hampton, Va.)
• Penn State University College of Medicine (Hershey, Pa.)
• Quantum Leap Health Care Collaborative for the benefit of BreastCancerTrials.org (San Francisco, Calif.)
• Shanti Project Inc. (San Francisco, Calif.)
• SHARE Self-help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer Inc. (New York, N.Y.)
• The Breast Cancer Resource Centers Of Texas Inc. (Austin, Texas)
• The George Washington University (Washington, DC)
• Women’s Cancer Resource Center (San Francisco, Calif.)

The Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program was created in June 2014 to support advocacy, academic and other nonprofit organizations that provide information and services to help people with metastatic breast cancer navigate the medical and emotional challenges associated with their disease. To date, the partners have invested $2 million towards this goal. The first class of grantees announced last year helped more than 32,800 individuals through efforts including nutrition counseling, patient navigation, education and complementary care. Nearly 230 caregivers also benefitted from grantee initiatives, and many more families and community members were supported by this work. In addition, some programs included online content, reaching more than 14 million people with information on metastatic breast cancer.

About Pfizer Oncology
Pfizer Oncology is committed to pursuing innovative treatments that have a meaningful impact on those living with cancer. As a leader in oncology speeding cures and accessible breakthrough medicines to patients, Pfizer Oncology is helping to redefine life with cancer. Our strong pipeline of biologics, small molecules and immunotherapies, one of the most robust in the industry, is studied with precise focus on identifying and translating the best scientific breakthroughs into clinical application for patients across a wide range of cancers. By working collaboratively with academic institutions, individual researchers, cooperative research groups, governments and licensing partners, Pfizer Oncology strives to cure or control cancer with its breakthrough medicines. Because Pfizer Oncology knows that success in oncology is not measured solely by the medicines you manufacture, but rather by the meaningful partnerships you make to have a more positive impact on people’s lives.

About the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
Since 1992, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has been working to improve breast cancer outcomes and reduce disparities in survival rates. The Crusade’s strategic grant making reflects: a holistic and place-based approach in high-need areas throughout the United States; a commitment to enabling access to medical advances and support services for breast cancer patients, particularly those from vulnerable populations; and a commitment to investing in research on the prevention, diagnostics, and treatment of breast cancer. In the U.S., Avon Breast Cancer Crusade manages the Avon Foundation for Women’s breast cancer programs. The Avon Foundation for Women partners with affiliate Avon Foundations and Avon markets around the world for additional programming. In total, Avon and the Foundation have contributed more than $800 million to breast cancer programs around the world through 2015. To learn more, visit: www.avonfoundation.org.

About Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women
Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. Through 2015, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion in over 50 countries. Avon’s funding is focused on breast cancer research and advancing access to quality care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events for these causes, and educate women around the world through its global network of nearly six million Avon Representatives.

[1] American Cancer Society. Breast cancer: what is cancer? http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003090-pdf.pdf

[2] O’Shaughnessy J. Extending survival with chemotherapy in metastatic breast cancer. The Oncologist.2005;10:20-29. http://theoncologist.alphamedpress.org/content/10/suppl_3/20.long. Accessed May 15, 2014.

Media Contacts:

Liz Micci
The Glover Park Group
+1 (646) 495-2700
emicci@gpg.com

Kristina Jorge
Avon Corporate Communications
+1 (212) 282-5852
Kristina.Jorge@avonusa.com

Source: Avon

Avon LLC announces the appointment of Anjana Srivastava to newly-established role of President, Health and Wellness

NEW YORK, 2016-Oct-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — New Avon LLC (“Avon”) announced the appointment of Anjana Srivastava as the company’s President of Health and Wellness in the U.S. This is a newly-established role for Avon, marking the company’s expansion into the Health and Wellness market. Health and Wellness is currently the largest product category in the direct selling channel, representing 33.5% of total sales. It is also the fastest growing segment in the channel, increasing 16.3% to $12.1 billion in 2015.1 This initiative, set to launch in 2017, is consistent with Avon’s strategy of broadening its consumer base through a competitive product portfolio, while at the same time providing compelling earnings opportunities for Avon Representatives.

Ms. Srivastava, a direct selling industry veteran and accomplished scientist, will lead the health and wellness vision for New Avon, and will be responsible for building the team and strategy for this expansion, with a focus on engaging strategic partners, identifying new product opportunities and bringing innovative products to market. Ms. Srivastava reports directly to Scott White, Chief Executive Officer for New Avon LLC, and is a member of the New Avon Leadership Team.

“Anjana’s broad expertise across direct selling, science, and the Health and Wellness industry uniquely qualify her to lead New Avon’s entrance into this market,” said Mr. White. “For 130 years, Avon has proudly championed the wellbeing of women.  Our Health and Wellness business will build upon that legacy – delivering products that help women look and feel beautiful, fit and healthy. As we transform New Avon into the leading social selling company in North America, we look forward to establishing a Health and Wellness destination valued by consumers, while maximizing the opportunity for our Representatives to grow their businesses and their earnings.”

“I am thrilled to join Avon and lead this exciting expansion into Health and Wellness. As the company for women, Avon is committed to taking a leadership position on the issues that matter most to women – and her family’s health and nutrition is a top concern. An increasing number of consumers are seeking ways to improve their health and vitality as they are becoming aware of worsening obesity trends and incidence of chronic diseases,” said Ms. Srivastava. “Over the coming months I look forward to building my team, securing best-in-class partners, and ultimately laying out a smart, strategic path for providing Representatives and consumers a portfolio of new products that live up to Avon’s industry-leading standards, and access to health related information they can trust.”

Prior to joining Avon, Ms. Srivastava spent nearly two decades in leadership positions with multinational direct-selling companies focused on health and nutrition. She served as the Chief Product Officer and Head of the Scientific Advisory Board at NeoLife International, where she also held leadership positions of Executive Vice President for the North America market and Executive Vice President of Product, Science and Technology. Ms. Srivastava also has previous experience working as Senior Director of Global Marketing with Shaklee Corporation, where she played a key role in driving the growth of the company, leading all activities related to new product development, marketing and brand management of nutrition products.

Ms. Srivastava has a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences, a Master of Science in Botany, and a Master of Business Administration – all from premier universities in India. She is also a member of the American College of Nutrition and serves on the Senior Scientific Advisory Council and the Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

Source: 1Direct Selling Association (DSA) 2016 Growth & Outlook Survey: June 2016.

About New Avon LLC

New Avon LLC (“Avon”) is the leading social selling beauty company in North America. The company generated over $1 billion in revenues during 2015, and has nearly 400,000 independent sales Representatives in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Avon’s product portfolio includes award-winning skincare, color cosmetics, fragrance and personal care products, featuring iconic brands such as Anew, Avon Color, Mark, and Skin So Soft, as well as fashion and accessories. Avon has a 130 year history of empowering women through economic opportunity, and the company also proudly supports the Avon Foundation for Women in its efforts to end breast cancer and domestic violence. Learn more about New Avon and its products at www.avon.com.

Media Contact:

Kristina Jorge, Avon
212-282-5852
Kristina.Jorge@avonusa.com

Source: Avon

Ulta Beauty hosts its 2016 analyst and investor conference

BOLINGBROOK, Ill., 2016-Oct-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ulta Beauty [NASDAQ:ULTA] will host its 2016 analyst and investor conference today, Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Chicago, Illinois. In conjunction with this event, the Company raised its financial guidance for the third quarter and full year 2016, and provided an update on its long term strategy.

“We look forward to sharing with the investment community our latest thinking on our strategic plan and opportunities to double our market share,” said Mary Dillon, Chief Executive Officer. “We are confident that executing against our strategic imperatives will continue to drive excellent financial results and create sustainable, long term shareholder value.”

Outlook:

For the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company now expects comparable sales, including e-commerce sales, to increase 14% to 15%, compared to previous guidance of 11% to 13%. The Company reported a comparable sales increase of 12.8% in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

Income per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 is estimated to be in the range of $1.35 to $1.38, compared to prior guidance of $1.25 to $1.30. The Company reported income per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 of $1.11.

As a result of the better than expected performance in the third quarter to date, the Company is also raising its previously announced fiscal 2016 guidance. For the full year, the Company plans to achieve comparable sales growth of approximately 12% to 14%, including the impact of the e-commerce business, compared to previous guidance of 11% to 13%. The Company expects to deliver earnings per share growth in the mid-twenties percentage range, compared to previous guidance of low to mid-twenties percentage range, including the impact of the new Dallas distribution center, the rollout of prestige brand boutiques, the accelerated share repurchase program, and continued open market share repurchases.

The Company is also confirming its outlook for the business to deliver earnings per share growth in the low twenties percentage range for fiscal 2017, 2018 and 2019, despite growing from a much larger base compared to initial expectations when the strategic plan was communicated in 2014. The Company is raising its view of long term comparable sales growth and now expects to drive strong 7% to 9% comparable sales growth for this period from 2017 to 2019, compared to previous guidance of 5% to 7% long term comparable growth.

The Company reaffirms its expectation to deliver approximately 200 basis points of operating margin expansion from 2016 levels, to reach its mid-teens operating margin target by the end of fiscal 2019.

Conference Highlights:

The Company will discuss its plans to double its market share over the next several years through new store expansion, e-commerce growing to become a billion dollar business, higher store productivity, and gaining greater share of wallet.

Highlights of the presentations will include:

  • Details on the company’s updated consumer segmentation study, revealing a larger opportunity to target beauty enthusiasts who represent 77% of spending in the beauty products market.
  • Insights about how the Ultamate Rewards loyalty program, currently representing more than 90% of company sales, can grow share of wallet of existing members from a one third share today, reflecting significant market share opportunity.
  • Discussion of exciting recent brand launches including Origins, Dior, Estee Lauder, proactiv, and Shiseido in the skincare and cosmetics categories; Stash SJP fragrance; Honest Beauty haircare products; and Dyson hair dryers.
  • Unveiling of an updated real estate analysis that validates incremental new store potential in the U.S. and highlights key expansion opportunities, leading to a raised outlook for store expansion to a range of 1,400 to 1,700 in the U.S.
  • Updated views on the new store model including the cost to build a store and the sales ramp to maturity, reflecting higher new store productivity and higher sales per store of mature stores as a result of a stronger product portfolio, and higher brand awareness.

Webcast Information

Today’s investor and analyst conference will be webcast live on October 13, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and from 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time at http://ir.ulta.com and will be archived for one year.

About Ulta Beauty

Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. Since opening its first store in 1990, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place™. The Company offers more than 20,000 products from over 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin and brow services. Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program. As of October 1, 2016 Ulta Beauty operates 928 retail stores across 48 states and the District of Columbia and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials and social content. For more information, visit www.ulta.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which reflect our current views with respect to, among other things, future events and financial performance. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking words such as “outlook,” “believes,” “expects,” “plans,” “estimates,” “targets,” “strategies” or other comparable words. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon our historical performance and on current plans, estimates and expectations. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by us or any other person that the future plans, estimates, targets, strategies or expectations contemplated by us will be achieved. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation: the impact of weakness in the economy; changes in the overall level of consumer spending; the possibility that we may be unable to compete effectively in our highly competitive markets; the possibility that cybersecurity breaches and other disruptions could compromise our information or result in the unauthorized disclosure of confidential information; the possibility that the capacity of our distribution and order fulfillment infrastructure and the performance of our newly opened distribution centers may not be adequate to support our recent growth and expected future growth plans; our ability to gauge beauty trends and react to changing consumer preferences in a timely manner; our ability to attract and retain key executive personnel; customer acceptance of our rewards program and technological and marketing initiatives; our ability to sustain our growth plans and successfully implement our long-range strategic and financial plan; the possibility that our continued opening of new stores could strain our resources and have a material adverse effect on our business and financial performance; the possibility of material disruptions to our information systems; changes in the wholesale cost of our products; the possibility that new store openings and existing locations may be impacted by developer or co-tenant issues; weather conditions that could negatively impact sales; our ability to successfully execute our common stock repurchase program or implement future common stock repurchase programs; and other risk factors detailed in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including risk factors contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2016, as such may be amended or supplemented in our subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Our filings with the SEC are available at www.sec.gov. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, the Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:

Scott Settersten
Chief Financial Officer
(630) 410-4807

Laurel Lefebvre
Vice President, Investor Relations
(630) 410-5230

Karen May
Director, Public Relations
(630) 410-5457

Source: Ulta Beauty

Dior explores colors in photographs and works of art in its new book “Dior: The Art of Color”

Dior explores colors in photographs and works of art in its new book “Dior: The Art of Color”
Dior explores colors in photographs and works of art in its new book “Dior: The Art of Color”

 

Paris, 2016-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dior has always believed that color has an innate ability to delight women. In a new book entitled “Dior: The Art of Color”, the Maison showcases inspired makeup in 12 chromatic chapters, each exploring a color captured in photographs and works of art.

In 1949, the first “Rouge Dior” lipstick established the identity of the House with scarlet lips that expressed a triumphant femininity. The mythic journey through the spectrum continued in 1967 when Dior named Serge Lutens Creative Director for Makeup and Image, beginning 13 years of unbounded creativity. In 1980 Tyen took up the bold exploration of colors, followed by Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup since 2014. The new book reveals their creative processes and looks in detail at the iconic shades that have made color an integral part of Dior’s destiny.

“Color has extraordinary power to communicate. With color you can express things that you could not put into words. I think color embodies emotions,” says Peter Philips.

The book is divided into 12 chapters – White, Silver, Nude, Pink, Red, Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Gold, Gray, and Black. Dior invited greats from the field of makeup to draw inspiration from the 12 shades to share their creative processes and reveal the rich history of Dior Beauty. The book also features a section on Peter Philips and a timeline, becoming a work of art in itself as it evokes the power of color and its almost mystical impact on the eye…as well as the soul.

“Dior: The Art of Color” juxtaposes different eras and art works to plunge readers into the heart of the bold spectrum that has made Dior a color icon. Painting, literary references, photographs, sketches, sculptures and advertising posters all engage in a rich-hued dialogue, interspersed with interviews with three successive Makeup Creative Directors, Serge Lutens, Tyen and Peter Philips.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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Rakuten announces the launch of beauty-subscription service, RAXY

Tokyo, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. today (October 5, 2016) announced the launch of RAXY, a beauty-subscription service. RAXY will start accepting registration for the service from today.

Registered users will receive a box of assorted cosmetics and beauty products, carefully selected by beauty experts based on the season and the latest trends for 1,980 yen a month at the maximum*1, or for 1,780 yen a month at the minimum*1 for a 12-month plan. Through partnerships with a wide range of brands*2, including SK-II and REVLON, RAXY users can enjoy a 3 to 7-item set (out of which 2 to 5 items are commercial products)*3 of cosmetics, hair care products, make-up accessories, and beauty supplements every month.

On the RAXY website (https://raxy.rakuten.co.jp/), users can also enjoy a variety of content each month, including articles and videos by popular makeup artists, beauty experts and YouTubers introducing products, why they chose them and how to use them, in addition to seasonal and trend-related content based on the theme for the month. The RAXY official social media channels will also be regularly updated with a variety of informative content related to the service.

Users can choose from four plans: a one-month plan for 1,980 yen a month, a three-month plan for 1,880 yen a month, a six-month plan for 1,830 yen a month, and a 12-month plan for 1,780 yen a month*1,4. In addition to receiving Rakuten Super Points upon subscribing, users can also receive additional points (3 times the points for the three-month plan, 6 times the points for the six-month plan, and 12 times the points for the 12-month plan) when making a purchase of their favorite beauty products on Rakuten Ichiba*5.

To commemorate the launch of RAXY, the first 100 customers who subscribe to the three-month, six-month, or 12-month plan will receive a special limited edition original cosmetics pouch from the official SK-II store on Rakuten Ichiba. Also, all customers who subscribe to the 12-month plan during the subscription period will receive a special product selected by RAXY, such as a three-piece Kumano-fude Tauhaus Royal makeup brush set with flip case (present may differ depending on the period).

Rakuten started the RAXY to allow users to enjoy discovering and experiencing new products by offering a subscription service. Rakuten plans to expand the service and launch promotions so that users can enjoy discovering a variety of beauty products.

*1 Consumption tax and delivery included; includes delivery to remote islands.
*2 Partner brands differ each month.
*3 Includes 1-2 sample products
*4 Each plan has a set period for cancellation. The subscription will be automatically renewed unless cancellation is made. Users will be notified of the cancellation period at their registered e-mail address.
*5 Additional points are earned if the applicable products are purchased via the specified URL during the certain period (from the month when the box with the applicable product is delivered until the end of the following month).

Outline of RAXY Beauty Subscription Service
Name: RAXY
Start date: Reservations begin on Wednesday, October 5, 2016
First products will arrive around Friday, November 25, 2016
URL: https://raxy.rakuten.co.jp/
Prices: One-month plan, ¥1,980 yen/month; Three month plan, ¥1,880/month; Six-month plan, ¥1,830/month, 12-month plan, ¥1,780/month.
*Includes consumption tax and delivery (including to remote islands)
*A full single payment of total price of the plan will be charged when subscribing.
Products: The contents of each month’s box will be published on the website on the 25th of the month. Experts use and carefully select everything from discount “Petit Price products” to luxury products. Boxes contain three to seven items made up of commercial products (2-5 items) and samples (1-2 items).
Delivery: Subscriptions made between the first and last day of the month will be delivered the following month. Products are delivered around the 25th of each month.
*Reservations for the initial (November) box can be made between October 5th and October 31st.
*The delivery date of products is approximate and may vary.
Other: When purchasing your favorite products with RAXY on Rakuten Ichiba, the Rakuten Super Point multiplier increases based on the subscription plan.
Three-month plan: 3 times the points
Six-month plan: 6 times the points
12-month plan: 12 times the points
*Some products are not subject to the special point multiplier.

Source: Rakuten, Inc.

Beauty Enthusiast: Walgreens launches a new beauty club within its Balance® Rewards loyalty program

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens today (October 04, 2016) announced the launch of Beauty Enthusiast, a new beauty club within its Balance® Rewards loyalty program, which provides cardholders who register for Beauty Enthusiast with additional rewards on beauty and personal care items, as well as other benefits.

Sign up is free, and Beauty Enthusiast members will receive 5,000 Balance Rewards points for every $50 spent on cosmetics, skin care, hair care, oral care, grooming, sun care, fragrance and bath product purchases*. Beauty Enthusiast members will have opportunities to receive free samples and will get exclusive promotions and coupons, as well as special beauty offers, new product information and expert tips throughout the year. In addition, members will receive a one-time digital coupon for 20 times everyday points on any beauty purchase to welcome them to the club.

Existing Balance Rewards members can join by simply confirming or adding their email address at checkout; at Walgreens.com/beautyenthusiast; on the Walgreens mobile app; or by calling the Walgreens Customer Care Center at (855) 225-0400.

“Walgreens is continually looking for ways to enhance our customers’ beauty shopping experience and to provide greater value for our Balance Rewards members,” said Linda Filler, president of retail products and chief merchandising and marketing officer for Walgreens. “Beauty Enthusiast was created for our customer who enjoys our beauty and personal care offering and looks to us for additional benefits, product offers and recommendations. This natural extension of our loyalty program offers easy enrollment, more points and additional rewards to make feeling good easier.”

Walgreens Balance Rewards program provides customers with the opportunity to earn points on retail and pharmacy purchases, in addition to special pricing on select products. Customers have the ability to redeem rewards at stores or through Walgreens.com. Walgreens has more than 85 million active Balance® Rewards members. For full details see Walgreens.com/balance.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omni-channel business includes Walgreens.com and VisionDirect.com. More than 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

* Every qualifying purchase adds up to the $50 spend requirement. A qualifying beauty purchase includes products from the following categories: fragrances, cosmetics, skin care, hair care, oral care and grooming products. Excludes prescriptions, baby hair care, baby skin care and baby oral care products. The qualifying beauty spend total is calculated before taxes and after discounts, redemption dollars and store credit have been applied. Complete details at walgreens.com/beautyenthusiast.

Contact:

Emily Hartwig
Phone: 847-315-3316
emily.hartwig@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Source: Walgreens

New breast cancer study funded by Avon Foundation for Women shows higher mortality rate among Black women in the U.S.

NEW YORK, NY, 2016-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (October 3, 2016 ), the Avon Foundation for Women released a new study on the Black:White disparities in breast cancer mortality in the 50 largest cities in the United States between 2005 and 2014, which was conducted by Sinai Urban Health Institute in collaboration with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and funded by the Avon Foundation for Women.

This new study is the most comprehensive longitudinal analysis of the direction and magnitude of disparities in breast cancer mortality among Black and White women by city. The study revealed that Black women continue to die from breast cancer at a higher rate than their White counterparts in the United States, and that the Black:White disparity increased across the country as a whole.

“Avon Foundation recognized early on that there was a significant need to understand these racial disparities in order to focus efforts and resources where they are most needed,” said Cheryl Heinonen, President of the Avon Foundation for Women. “As the company for women, Avon puts women at the center of everything we do. This is part of our DNA, our history and our legacy to empower women and improve the quality of life of women. And this requires collaboration at all levels.”

Between 2010 and 2014, the breast cancer mortality rate for Black women was 30.7 deaths per 100,000 women and for White women it was 21.4 deaths per 100,000 women. Nationally, Black women were 43 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than their White counterparts.

For each of the cities examined, the study provided the breast cancer mortality rates for White and Black women, along with a ranking of the cities based on their racial disparities. Atlanta experienced the largest increase in the Black:White disparity over the study period. However, there was a statistically significant decrease in the disparity in Memphis, Philadelphia, and Boston.

“Examining mortality and disparities data at the city level is imperative in the ongoing challenge to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity,” said Bijou Hunt, an epidemiologist and co-author of the study at the Sinai Urban Health Institute, who has been spearheading research on disparities in breast cancer mortality rates among African Americans and Hispanics. “These types of data inform local health officials who, given their unique understanding of their respective cities’ available and potential resources, are in ideal positions to develop and implement strategies for improvement.”

More research is needed to understand why this disparity is growing, though causes could include a lack of early detection, late stage diagnosis, and delayed treatment. Overall the study concluded that there is a critical need to increase access to breast cancer screening and treatment services for African American women.

“It was important to note that some individual cities have shown a decreasing disparity and there is much we can learn from those that are doing well,” said Dr. Marc S. Hurlbert of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and former Executive Director of the Avon Foundation for Women. “However, the Black:White disparity in breast cancer mortality still exists and needs to be addressed as a public health problem.”

Breast cancer continues to be the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States, with an estimated 40,450 deaths expected to occur in 20161. Local-level data like these are not readily available, but can be extremely useful for public health officials seeking to understand trends and improve health outcomes in their local jurisdictions. This research is a promising step toward better understanding of the disparities and ways to overcome barriers to care and improve access to breast cancer prevention screenings, diagnostics and treatment.

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade which launched in 1992, has placed Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer. Today, Avon is the leading corporate supporter of the cause globally, donating more than $800 million to breast cancer programs for research and advancing access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay.

Sources:

[1] American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2016. In. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2016.

About the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
Since 1992, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has been working to improve breast cancer outcomes and reduce disparities in survival rates. The Crusade’s strategic grant making reflects: a holistic and place-based approach in high-need areas throughout the United States; a commitment to enabling access to medical advances and support services for breast cancer patients, particularly those from vulnerable populations; and a commitment to investing in research on the prevention, diagnostics, and treatment of breast cancer. In the U.S., Avon Breast Cancer Crusade manages the Avon Foundation for Women’s breast cancer programs. The Avon Foundation for Women partners with affiliate Avon Foundations and Avon markets around the world for additional programming. In total, Avon and the Foundation have contributed more than $800 million to breast cancer programs around the world through 2015. To learn more, visit: www.avonfoundation.org.

About Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women 
Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. Through 2015, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion in over 50 countries. Avon’s funding is focused on breast cancer research and advancing access to quality care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events for these causes, and educate women around the world through its global network of nearly six million Avon Representatives.

About Sinai Urban Health Institute
Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) is a diverse group of epidemiologists, research assistants, and community health educators who are involved in social epidemiology, program implementation and evaluation, teaching, and consulting. Founded in 2000 as part of Sinai Health System, SUHI’s mission is grounded in the belief that in order to serve our constituents well, we need to understand not just the patients who enter our doors but the community at-large. A major component of SUHI’s work involves examining the impact of social issues, such as poverty, on health. In addition to research, SUHI does teaching through formal courses, grand round lectures, and other seminars and presentations.

About Breast Cancer Research Foundation
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is dedicated to being the end of breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF-funded investigators have been deeply involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. This year, BCRF has awarded $57 million in grants to support the work of more than 250 scientists at leading medical and academic institutions across 14 countries, making BCRF the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide. By committing 91 cents of every dollar directly to its mission, BCRF is one of the nation’s most fiscally responsible nonprofits. BCRF is the only breast cancer organization in the US to hold both an “A+” from CharityWatch as well as the top four-star rating from Charity Navigator. Visit www.bcrfcure.org to learn more.

Media Contacts:

Liz Micci
The Glover Park Group
+1 (646) 495-2700
emicci@gpg.com

Kristina Jorge
Avon Corporate Communications
+1 (212) 282-5852
Kristina.Jorge@avonusa.com

Source: Avon

Bartell Drugs to host Fall Beauty Event with celebrity make-up artist Lindsay Ebbin from BeYu, October 2-8

SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bartell Drugs is celebrating the beauty of fall during its Fall Beauty Event, October 2 through October 8 at participating Bartell’s locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

Making a special guest appearance, Lindsay Ebbin from BeYu, will host makeup tutorials and demos at two Bartell Drugs store locations. Ebbins first appearance will be on Friday, October 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Bellevue Village store and his second appearance is Saturday, October 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the University Village store .

In addition, six select locations will feature makeup consultations with a professional cosmetician for special fall “mini-make-overs”, products and special chain-wide sale pricing on a host of exciting beauty products.

We’re also very excited about introducing a new line-up of cosmetic products, BeYu, which is available at select store locations.

Special consultations will be available by appointment only at these six (6) locations. Please visit www.bartelldrugs.com/fall-beauty-event/ to register:

  • Monday, October 3 – Upper Queen Anne Bartell Drugs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (a total of 13 appointments will be available)
  • Tuesday, October 4 – Magnolia Bartell Drugs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (a total of 13 appointments will be available).
  • Wednesday, October 5 – Gig Harbor Bartell Drugs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (a total of 13 appointments will be available).
  • Thursday, October 6 – Seattle Hill Road Bartell Drugs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (a total of 13 appointments will be available)
  • Friday, October 7 – Bellevue Village Bartell Drugs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (a total of 14 appointments will be available). Celebrity appearance from BeYu makeup artist, Lindsay Ebbins, from 11:00am to 2:00pm
  • Saturday, October 8 – University Village Bartell Drugs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (a total of 14 appointments will be available). Celebrity appearance from BeYu makeup artist, Lindsay Ebbins, from 11:00am to 2:00pm

About Bartell Drugs:
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 125-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future — and how the drugstore chain can better serve its customers. With exceptional customer service, locally made products and a focus on your overall wellbeing, Bartell Drugs is here to help. Operating 64 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain.  For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com

Media Contact:

Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Source:  Bartell Drugs

Auchan Retail launched new drugstore concept in Russia, “Lillapois Beauty”

Croix Cedex, France, 2016-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — On August 19, Auchan Retail launched in Russia its new drugstore concept, named “Lillapois Beauty”. It is a perfect adaptation for the Russian customers of the concept launched in 2014 in Italy.

In a sales area of 200 sqm dedicated to health, beauty and hygiene, more than 7,500 products of cosmetics, make-up and perfum are proposed for the great pleasure of the customers.

One of the most entertaining areas of the store is the “Make-Up Studio”, where a make-up professionnal gives make-up lessons to customers and discloses its best advice to use the in-store products.

Source: Auchan Holdings

Avon Foundation funded study explores breast cancer prevalence and mortality rates among U.S. Hispanics and Hispanic subgroups

MIAMI, FLA., 2016-Sep-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (SEPTEMBER 8, 2016), at the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade’s biennial Breast Cancer Forum, healthcare providers, breast cancer survivors, and leading care advocates from across the nation gathered for the release of the new Avon Foundation funded study: Breast Cancer Among Hispanic Subgroups in the U.S., which was conducted by Sinai Urban Health Institute.

The study is the first and most comprehensive study of its kind to explore breast cancer prevalence and mortality rates among U.S. Hispanics and Hispanic subgroups. The study revealed that breast cancer mortality rates differ for Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Central and South American women with breast cancer in the U.S.

Puerto Rican women (19.04 per 100,000 women) and Mexican women (18.78) have the highest breast cancer mortality rates of all Hispanic women with breast cancer in the U.S. Central and South American women in the U.S. were found to be significantly less likely to die from breast cancer than other Hispanic subgroups observed (10.15 per 100,000 women).

“Understanding where the greatest needs are in improving the lives of women with breast cancer is a fundamental first step to bringing about change in how this disease is addressed, particularly in the Hispanic community,” said Cheryl Heinonen, President of the Avon Foundation for Women. “As the company for women, Avon is committed to taking actions that matter most to women and that is why the Avon Foundation is passionate about funding studies like this. We want to identify where the disparities lie so we can effectively shape and support programs that will have the greatest impact.”

At the briefing, remarks from a diverse panel of guests were featured, including: Cheryl Heinonen, Bijou R. Hunt, the author of the Avon Foundation funded study from the Sinai Urban Health Institute at Sinai Health System, Jenny Saldaña, who serves as an Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Patient Navigator at New-York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, and Paola Giorello, a breast cancer survivor who benefited from the Avon Foundation-funded Patient Navigator program at Nueva Vida Inc. in Alexandria, Va.

“What this research has uncovered has the potential to greatly improve individualization of care for Hispanic women with breast cancer,” said Bijou R. Hunt of the Sinai Urban Health Institute. “When healthcare providers begin to view the highly diverse population of Hispanic women as many unique groups – taking into account the ethnic identities, beliefs and cultures that could impact how they experience this disease – providers can better tailor their interventions and be even more culturally sensitive.”

Through the use of multiple national data sources and multiple years of data, the analysis in the Avon Foundation funded study: Breast Cancer Among Hispanic Subgroups in the U.S., presents data on

Hispanic subgroups that are not often accessible. More research is needed to understand why the disparities in mortality rates for various Hispanic subgroups exist. A wide number of factors including genetic traits, and differences in diet and lifestyle that may vary by culture could have a role to play in these variances; but more exploration is needed for these to be determined.

There are 56.6 million people of Hispanic origin in the U.S., making them the largest racial/ethnic minority in the country1. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Hispanic women, as well as the leading cause of cancer death for this group2. This research is a promising step toward better understanding and addressing this group’s diverse health needs.

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade which launched in 1992, has placed Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer. Today, Avon is the leading corporate supporter of the cause globally, donating more than $800 million to breast cancer programs for research and advancing access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay.

Sources:

[1] U.S. Census Bureau. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population by Sex, Age, Race, and Hispanic Origin for the United States and States: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015.

2 Society. AC. Center Facts & Figures for Hispanics/Latinos 2015-2017. In. Atlanta: 2015.

About the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
Since 1992, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has been working to improve breast cancer outcomes and reduce disparities in survival rates. The Crusade’s strategic grant making reflects: a holistic and place-based approach in high-need areas throughout the United States; a commitment to enabling access to medical advances and support services for breast cancer patients, particularly those from vulnerable populations; and a commitment to investing in research on the prevention, diagnostics, and treatment of breast cancer. In the U.S., Avon Breast Cancer Crusade manages the Avon Foundation for Women’s breast cancer programs. The Avon Foundation for Women partners with affiliate Avon Foundations and Avon markets around the world for additional programming. In total, Avon and the Foundation have contributed more than $800 million to breast cancer programs around the world through 2015. To learn more, visit: www.avonfoundation.org.

About Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women 
Avon is a global corporate leader in philanthropy focused on causes that matter most to women. Through 2015, Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women have contributed over $1 billion in over 50 countries. Avon’s funding is focused on breast cancer research and advancing access to quality care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The company’s global markets sell special products to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer and domestic violence, conduct hundreds of events for these causes, and educate women around the world through its global network of nearly six million Avon Representatives.

CONTACT:

Kate Yee
251-406-0920
Kate.yee@finnpartners.com

Source: AVON

QVC and zulily to host a product search at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on October 6 in Philadelphia

West Chester, Pa, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — For three decades, QVC has launched and fostered the growth of some of today’s most successful brands. Since 2010, zulily has been bringing customers special finds every day, at incredible prices, via zulily.com.

Now you have an opportunity to get your product on both companies’ radar.

QVC and zulily are hosting a product search at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on October 6 in Philadelphia. Sign up on the conference website for your chance to present your product to an expert panel, including QVC host Rachel Boesing, zulily chief merchant Lori Twomey, QVC director of vendor education, engagement and  discovery Heather McNicholl, QVC household/garden associate buyer Christine Dunn, and QVC beauty buyer Ariana Sweet.

You’ll have 10 minutes with the panel. Be prepared to describe the following:

  • The personal idea behind the product
  • Research that indicates a market need
  • Your target market
  • The key benefits of your product
  • Competitive products and how yours is different or better
  • Your suggested price point

You’ll receive instant feedback on your product – and maybe a chance to work with one or both of these dynamic retailers.

Media Inquiries:

P: 484.701.1647

Source: QVC

Natürlich schön hat bei BILLA Saison – ‚Wunderlinge’ auf Erfolgskurs

Wiener Neudorf, Austria, 2016-Sep-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Eigenwillig im Aussehen und doch einwandfrei in Qualität und Geschmack – das sind die ‚Wunderlinge’. Um der Lebensmittelverschwendung entgegenzutreten wird bei BILLA unter dieser Eigenmarke Obst und Gemüse angeboten, das in seiner Erscheinung von der Norm abweicht. Der Erfolg ist groß, so konnten seit Beginn der Aktion im Herbst 2013 bereits knapp 5 Millionen ‚Wunderlinge’ gerettet und verkauft werden. Mit einer humorvollen Online Kampagne macht BILLA nun wieder auf die natürlichen Schönheiten aufmerksam.

Um das Bewusstsein für den Wert und die Qualität von heimischem Obst und Gemüse zu fördern, wurde im Oktober 2013 die Eigenmarke ‚Wunderlinge’ ins Leben gerufen. „Herzförmige Erdäpfel, krumme Gurken oder Karotten mit Schönheitsfehlern – die Natur hält sich nicht an optische Normen. Doch Äußerlichkeiten sind nicht entscheidend, Qualität und Geschmack zählen“, erzählt BILLA Marketingleiterin Stephanie Schubert.

Wahrer Geschmack kommt von Innen
Bis zur Geburtsstunde der ‚Wunderlinge’ wurde Obst und Gemüse aufgrund optischer Mängel im Lebensmittelhandel nicht zum Kauf angeboten. Dadurch wurden viele qualitativ einwandfreie Lebensmittel am Feld liegen gelassen, an Tiere verfüttert, oder in der Industrie verarbeitet. Im Zuge des Nachhaltigkeitsmanagements wurde dieser Umstand überdacht und die neue Eigenmarke ‚Wunderlinge’ kreiert. Dieses Zeichen gegen die Wegwerfkultur freut auch die Kunden. Diese reichen von krummen Gurken bis hin zu Äpfeln, Karotten und Paprika. Bereits über 5 Millionen einzigartige ‚Wunderlinge‘ konnten dadurch gerettet werden.

Natürlich schön hat bei BILLA Saison
Ab heute bekommen die Naturschönheiten auch online ihre Bühne. Bei BILLA tanzen sich die ‚Wunderlinge’ nämlich mit lustigen Videos und Sprüchen in die Herzen der Kunden und beweisen so, was in dem abnormalen Gemüse steckt. Das Obst und Gemüse mit Schönheitsfehlern“ wird zu einem günstigeren Preis angeboten, saisonal und je nachdem ob bzw. was gerade verfügbar ist. Zum fixen Angebot gehören Äpfel, Erdäpfel und Karotten und für kurze Zeit auch Paprika und Gurken. Wer sich Appetit auf einzigartiges Gemüse holen möchte, schaut auf Youtube dieses Video an.

Credit zum übermittelten Bildmaterial: BILLA AG

Über BILLA
BILLA und Österreich verbindet seit mehr als 60 Jahren eine einzigartige Erfolgsgeschichte: Als Pionier im heimischen Lebensmittelhandel sorgt BILLA dafür, dass in ganz Österreich täglich Lebensmittel und Produkte zu einem fairen Preis verfügbar sind. BILLA deckt damit als Nahversorger mit Hausverstand die ganze Range an Produkten ab: Das Angebot reicht von einer breiten Palette an Markenartikeln bis zu den erfolgreichen Eigenmarken, darunter die Ja! Natürlich Bio-Produkte, qualitativ hochwertige Produkte der BILLA Eigenmarke, bis hin zur Diskontlinie clever®. BILLA arbeitet ständig am Produktsortiment und Serviceangebot, um so den Bedürfnissen der Menschen in Österreich gerecht zu werden und diesen tagtäglich ein kulinarisches Erlebnis zu bieten.

BILLA gehört zur REWE International AG und ist Teil von einem der größten Lebensmittelhändler Europas. Nachhaltigkeit hat BILLA in seiner Unternehmensstrategie umfassend verankert: Heute sind rund 350 der mehr als 1.000 BILLA-Filialen in Österreich energieeffizient. Weitere zentrale Themen der BILLA-Unternehmensstrategie sind Gesundheit und die Förderung von verstärktem Ernährungsbewusstsein der Österreicherinnen und Österreicher. Der Verantwortung gegenüber seinen treuen Kunden, rund 18.400 Mitarbeitern und langjährigen Partnern wird BILLA auf vielfache Art und Weise gerecht.

»Wer nicht von gestern sein will, beschäftigt sich mit morgen«, sagt der Hausverstand

Mehr Infos unter: www.billa.at oder shop.billa.at Besuchen Sie uns auch auf Facebook unter https://www.facebook.com/billa.at

Rückfragehinweis:
Team Media Relations REWE International AG
REWE International AG, Industriezentrum NÖ-Süd, Straße 3, Objekt 16, A-2355 Wiener Neudorf
Tel.: +43 2236 600 5265
E-Mail: mediarelations@rewe-group.at

Source: REWE Group

Ulta Beauty and proactiv® announce new retail partnership

BOLINGBROOK, Ill., 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ulta Beauty and proactiv®, the award-winning acne treatment system, are pleased to announce a new retail partnership. Starting September 1, proactiv will be available to Ulta Beauty guests in select stores and nationwide online at ulta.com. Ulta Beauty will be the exclusive beauty retailer of proactiv at the time of the launch.

“We at proactiv are truly excited for this partnership with Ulta Beauty.  As the #1 acne brand in America, we are thrilled our next wave of expansion will bring our proven acne skincare solutions into the hands of Ulta Beauty guests, giving even more individuals the opportunity to have the clear, healthy-looking skin they deserve,” states Kimber L. Maderazzo, EVP of Global Brand & Product Marketing at The Proactiv Company.

Ulta Beauty stores will carry a range of proactiv products which will include individual items as well as 3-step kits and additional products through ulta.com.  proactiv combines proven safe and effective acne fighters into an easy to use, daily skin care regimen designed with all skin types and ages in mind.

Ulta Beauty will also carry X Out™ on Ulta.com from the makers of proactiv. X Out is a simple, 1 step Wash-In treatment designed specifically for busy teens and young adults.

“This announcement marks the first time proactiv will be available at a national beauty retailer and it is yet another exciting first for Ulta Beauty,” said Tara Simon, senior vice president of prestige merchandising at Ulta Beauty.  “We’ve listened to our guest and know she wants the most sought-after brands and we deliver them to her time and time again.  Offering proactiv at Ulta Beauty is a huge win for us and more importantly our guests who have been requesting the brand for years.”

proactiv’s award-winning line of products like the proactiv+ 3-step acne system will be featured in 375 Ulta Beauty doors and new doors will be added through the remainder of the year.  proactiv and X Out will both be available at ulta.com at launch.

About Proactiv
proactiv, America’s #1 acne brand, is an industry leader in the treatment of acne skincare.  proactiv takes medically-based breakthrough technologies and combines them with the best acne fighters into synergistic 3-Step regimens.  Used and trusted by millions around the world, proactiv has been recognized with 30 awards and honors from the beauty and health industry. The Proactiv Company is a newly formed entity with Nestle Skin Health S.A., a global leader focused on science-based solutions for overall skin health.  The Proactiv Company unites Nestle Skin Health’s science-based innovations with The Proactiv Company’s direct to consumer expertise under the proactiv brand.

About Ulta Beauty
Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. Since opening its first store 25 years ago, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place™.  The company offers more than 20,000 products from over 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin and brow services.  Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program.  As of July 30, 2016, Ulta Beauty operates 907 retail stores across 48 states and the District of Columbia and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials and social content. For more information, visit www.ulta.com.

Contact:

Scott Settersten
Chief Financial Officer
(630) 410-4807

Laurel Lefebvre
Vice President, Investor Relations
(630) 410-5230

Karen May
Director, Public Relations
(630) 410-5457

Source: Ulta Beauty

 

Cosmetics brand Fresh celebrates 25 years with an exciting new skincare franchise — Vitamin Nectar

Cosmetics brand Fresh celebrates 25 years with an exciting new skincare franchise — Vitamin NectarCosmetics brand Fresh celebrates 25 years with an exciting new skincare franchise — Vitamin Nectar

 

Paris, 2016-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — U.S. cosmetics brand Fresh is celebrating 25 years of innovation with Vitamin Nectar, an exciting new skincare franchise. Featuring a breakthrough formula based on vitamins, these new skincare products reflect Fresh’s natural approach to beauty.

Fresh, the U.S. cosmetics brand co-founded in 1991 by Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, has a unique approach to beauty inspired by nature and artisanal craftsmanship.  The success of Fresh began in 1993 with the creation of hand-wrapped artisanal soaps that have since become beauty icons. The Fresh brand has since evolved into a full line of products spanning skincare, body care, fragrances and candles.

For the past 25 years, Fresh has developed while pursuing a single-minded objective: always lead the avant-garde of beauty. Today this vision comes to life at the Fresh Research Lab, housed within the LVMH Helios Cosmetics Research Center in the French city of Saint-Jean-de-Braye. Here, experts including chemists, biologists and dermatologists draw on the latest technological advances to invent the innovative formulas of tomorrow.

Guided by the creative vision of Lev Glazman, who helms the Fresh Research Lab, the brand has designed Vitamin Nectar, a new range of products with innovative textures and ingredients. The first product released in this collection is Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask, made from natural ingredients and featuring the beneficial effects of vitamins. Inspired by the way nutrition affects the skin’s health, Lev Glazman decided to bridge the world of vitamins into beauty products. The new skincare collection invented by Fresh brings skin the benefits of vitamins C, E and B5 combined with natural orange, lemon and clementine extracts in a mask with a sublime texture. The effects on the skin can be seen instantly and intensify over time.

“This revolutionary approach to beauty taps into the power of nature to employ potent natural ingredients which combine with cutting-edge technology to deliver the optimal impact, making them the perfect partner to any skincare ritual,” says Lev Glazman.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

 

Source: LVMH

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Ulta Beauty announces 2Q and 1H FY2016 financial results

BOLINGBROOK, Ill, 2016-Aug-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ:ULTA) today (Aug. 25, 2016) announced financial results for the thirteen week period (“Second Quarter”) and twenty-six week period (“First Six Months”) ended July 30, 2016, which compares to the same periods ended August 1, 2015.

“The Ulta Beauty team achieved another quarter of excellent top and bottom line performance, while making significant progress on many elements of our growth strategy,” said Mary Dillon, Chief Executive Officer. “Our second quarter results reflect a strong pipeline of newness and innovation in merchandising, progress in growing our brand awareness, major milestones related to our loyalty program, continued rapid growth in our e-commerce business, and successful execution of our supply chain investments.”

For the Second Quarter

  • Net sales increased 21.9% to $1,069.2 million from $877.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015;
  • Comparable sales (sales for stores open at least 14 months and e-commerce sales) increased 14.4% compared to an increase of 10.1% in the second quarter of fiscal 2015. The 14.4% comparable sales increase was driven by 9.7% growth in transactions and 4.7% growth in average ticket;
  • Retail comparable sales increased 12.6%, including salon comparable sales growth of 8.0%;
  • Salon sales increased 14.3% to $59.0 million from $51.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015;
  • E-commerce sales grew 54.9% to $55.9 million from $36.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015, representing 180 basis points of the total company comparable sales increase of 14.4%;
  • Gross profit increased 110 basis points to 36.0% from 34.9% in the second quarter of fiscal 2015, due to improvements in merchandise margins and leverage in fixed store costs, partly offset by planned supply chain deleverage related to our new distribution centers;
  • Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense as a percentage of net sales increased 110 basis points to 22.1%, compared to 21.0% in the second quarter of fiscal 2015, due to increased headcount to support our growth initiatives and an impairment charge associated with the closure of our Chicago State Street store, due to damage resulting from construction in an adjacent building;
  • Pre-opening expenses increased to $4.7 million, compared to $4.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015. Real estate activity in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 included 24 new stores, one relocation and five remodels compared to 20 new stores, one relocation and two remodels in the second quarter of fiscal 2015;
  • Operating income increased 21.4% to $143.8 million, or 13.5% of net sales, compared to $118.5 million, or 13.5% of net sales, in the second quarter of fiscal 2015;
  • Net income increased 21.3% to $90.0 million compared to $74.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015; and
  • Income per diluted share increased 24.3% to $1.43 compared to $1.15 in the second quarter of fiscal 2015.

For the First Six Months

  • Net sales increased 22.8% to $2,142.9 million from $1,745.1 million in the first six months of fiscal 2015;
  • Comparable sales (sales for stores open at least 14 months and e-commerce sales) increased 14.8% compared to an increase of 10.8% in the first six months of fiscal 2015. The 14.8% comparable sales increase was driven by 10.4% growth in transactions and 4.4% growth in average ticket;
  • Retail comparable sales increased 13.3%, including salon comparable sales growth of 7.9%;
  • Salon sales increased 14.5% to $117.9 million from $102.9 million in the first six months of fiscal 2015;
  • E-commerce comparable sales grew 46.0% to $116.9 million from $80.1 million in the first six months of fiscal 2015, representing 150 basis points of the total company comparable sales increase of 14.8%;
  • Gross profit increased 130 basis points to 36.2% from 34.9% in the first six months of fiscal 2015;
  • SG&A expense as a percentage of net sales increased 70 basis points to 22.3% compared to 21.6% in the first six months of fiscal 2015;
  • Pre-opening expenses were equal to the first six months of 2015 at $7.2 million. Real estate activity in the first six months of 2016 included 37 new stores, one relocation and five remodels compared to 44 new stores, two relocations and two remodels in the first six months of fiscal 2015;
  • Operating income increased 28.7% to $290.9 million, or 13.6% of net sales, compared to $226.0 million, or 13.0% of net sales, in the first six months of fiscal 2015;
  • Net income increased 29.0% to $182.0 million compared to $141.1 million in the first six months of fiscal 2015; and
  • Income per diluted share increased 32.0% to $2.89 compared to $2.19 in the first six months of fiscal 2015.

Balance Sheet

Merchandise inventories at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2016 totaled $930.2 million, compared to $705.7 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2015, representing an increase of $224.5 million. Average inventory per store increased 18.7%, compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2015. The increase in inventory was primarily driven by 90 net new stores, the opening of the Company’s fourth and fifth distribution centers in Greenwood, Indiana and Dallas, Texas, investments in inventory to ensure high in-stock levels to support sales growth, and incremental inventory for new brands and in-store prestige brand boutiques. Average inventory per store, excluding the investment in the new Dallas, Texas distribution center, increased 14.5%.

The Company ended the second quarter of fiscal 2016 with $304.1 million in cash and short-term investments.

Share Repurchase Program

During the second quarter, the Company repurchased 107,725 shares of its stock at a cost of $25.8 million under its 10b5-1 plan and completed the accelerated share repurchase (ASR) under an agreement entered into in March 2016. Under the ASR agreement, the Company paid $200 million and received initial delivery of 851,653 shares in the first quarter of 2016, which were retired and represented 80% of the total shares the Company expected to receive based on the market price at the time of the initial delivery. In May 2016, the ASR settled and an additional 153,418 shares were delivered to the Company and retired. The final number of shares delivered upon settlement was determined with reference to the average price of the Company’s common stock over the term of the agreement.

Year to date, including the ASR and activity under our 10b5-1 plan, the Company has repurchased 1,270,552 shares at an average price of $198.69. As of July 30, 2016, approximately$193 million remained available under the $425 million share repurchase program announced in March 2016.

Store Expansion

During the second quarter, the Company opened 24 stores located in Asheboro, NC; Baytown, TX; Beavercreek, OH; Canton Township, MI; Chambersburg, PA; Cincinnati, OH;Downey, CA; Elko, NV; Fort Collins, CO; Glenwood Springs, CO; Joliet, IL; King of Prussia, PA; Las Vegas, NV; Lodi, CA; Lufkin, TX; Naples, FL; Norwalk, CT; Oklahoma City, OK;Omaha, NE; Pittsburgh, PA; Porterville, CA; Salinas, CA; Tampa, FL and Yulee, FL. In addition, the Company closed three stores during the quarter. The Company ended the second quarter with 907 stores and square footage of 9,555,192, representing an 11% increase in square footage compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2015.

Outlook

For the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company currently expects net sales in the range of $1,072 million to $1,090 million, compared to actual net sales of $910.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Comparable sales for the third quarter of 2016, including e-commerce sales, are expected to increase 11% to 13%. The Company reported a comparable sales increase of 12.8% in the third quarter of 2015.

Income per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 is estimated to be in the range of $1.25 to $1.30. This compares to income per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 of $1.11.

The Company is raising its previously announced fiscal 2016 guidance. The Company plans to:

  • achieve comparable sales growth of approximately 11% to 13%, including the impact of the e-commerce business, compared to previous guidance of 10% to 12%;
  • increase total sales in the high teens percentage range;
  • grow e-commerce sales in the 40% range;
  • expand square footage by approximately 11% with the opening of 100 net new stores;
  • remodel 12 locations;
  • deliver earnings per share growth in the low to mid-twenties percentage range, compared to previous guidance of low twenties percentage range, including the impact of the new Dallas distribution center, the accelerated rollout of prestige brand boutiques, the accelerated share repurchase program, and continued open market share repurchases; and
  • incur capital expenditures in the $390 million range in fiscal 2016, compared to $299 million in fiscal 2015. The planned increase in capital expenditures includes approximately $80 million to fund an accelerated rollout of prestige brand boutiques and enhancements to the Ulta Beauty Collection and fragrance fixtures in hundreds of stores.

Conference Call Information

A conference call to discuss second quarter results is scheduled for today, August 25, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003. The conference call will also be web-cast live at http://ir.ulta.com and remain available for 90 days. A replay of this call will be available until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on September 8, 2016 and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 and entering conference ID number 13642433.

About Ulta Beauty

Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. Since opening its first store in 1990, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place™. The Company offers more than 20,000 products from over 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin and brow services. Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading ULTA mate Rewards loyalty program. As of July 30, 2016 Ulta Beauty operates 907 retail stores across 48 states and the District of Columbia and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials and social content. For more information, visit www.ulta.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which reflect our current views with respect to, among other things, future events and financial performance. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking words such as “outlook,” “believes,” “expects,” “plans,” “estimates,” “targets,” “strategies” or other comparable words. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon our historical performance and on current plans, estimates and expectations. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by us or any other person that the future plans, estimates, targets, strategies or expectations contemplated by us will be achieved. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation: the impact of weakness in the economy; changes in the overall level of consumer spending; the possibility that we may be unable to compete effectively in our highly competitive markets; the possibility that cyber security breaches and other disruptions could compromise our information or result in the unauthorized disclosure of confidential information; the possibility that the capacity of our distribution and order fulfillment infrastructure and the performance of our newly opened distribution centers may not be adequate to support our recent growth and expected future growth plans; our ability to gauge beauty trends and react to changing consumer preferences in a timely manner; our ability to attract and retain key executive personnel; customer acceptance of our rewards program and technological and marketing initiatives; our ability to sustain our growth plans and successfully implement our long-range strategic and financial plan; the possibility that our continued opening of new stores could strain our resources and have a material adverse effect on our business and financial performance; the possibility of material disruptions to our information systems; changes in the wholesale cost of our products; the possibility that new store openings and existing locations may be impacted by developer or co-tenant issues; weather conditions that could negatively impact sales; our ability to successfully execute our common stock repurchase program or implement future common stock repurchase programs; and other risk factors detailed in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including risk factors contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2016, as such may be amended or supplemented in our subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Our filings with the SEC are available at www.sec.gov. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, the Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:

Scott Settersten
Chief Financial Officer
(630) 410-4807

Laurel Lefebvre
Vice President, Investor Relations
(630) 410-5230

Karen May
Director, Public Relations
(630) 410-5457

Source: Ulta Beauty

John Lewis announces £9m investment for its beauty halls across several branches

London, 2016-Aug-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has announced a £9M investment package for its beauty halls across several branches. This will include exciting new brands as part of its ambitions to supercharge its beauty business.

The retailer’s shops in Cambridge, Cribbs Causeway and Bluewater will be refurbished with each shop increasing the footprint of their beauty halls by around 50%. John Lewis shops in Cardiff, Stratford, Peter Jones, and Cheadle, have also received investments in the beauty halls.

The investment by the department store will introduce new brands to customers as well as extend the distribution of existing popular brands. This will include brands such as Marc Jacobs Beauty, Tom Ford Beauty,  Charlotte Tilbury, M.A.C., Chanel, Jo Malone, Urban Decay and La Prairie.

These brands will be available to customers throughout the country on johnlewis.com through our Click & Collect proposition, and many will also feature in the two new shops opening later this year in Chelmsford (29 September) and Leeds (20 October).

The investment follows the opening of John Lewis’s own &Beauty full-service spa in its Birmingham shop, and the Clarins Beauty BAR which was an international first for Clarins when it opened at John Lewis Oxford Street last year.

Ed Connolly, buying director for fashion and beauty, said: ‘Beauty is one of the best performing categories at John Lewis and a significant footfall driver, so this investment is a reflection of our ambition in this space.

‘We are continuing to bring new and contemporary brands to our customers across both fashion and beauty, and we have one of the widest and best beauty selections of any department store in the world.’

The refurbishments will be complete by the end of October this year. The new beauty brands that each shop will receive are as follows:

John Lewis Cardiff
Charlotte Tilbury
La Prairie

John Lewis Stratford
Charlotte Tilbury
Tom Ford Beauty

Peter Jones
Charlotte Tilbury
La Prairie

John Lewis Cheadle
M.A.C

John Lewis Cambridge
Charlotte Tilbury
Chanel
Marc Jacobs Beauty
M.A.C

John Lewis Bluewater
Charlotte Tilbury
Chanel
Marc Jacobs Beauty
M.A.C
Tom Ford Beauty

Cribbs Causeway
Charlotte Tilbury
Chanel
Creme de la Mer
Khiel’s
Marc Jacobs Beauty
M.A.C
Jo Malone
Urban Decay

Notes to editors
John Lewis – John Lewis operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores and johnlewis.com across fashion, home and technology, and was named  ‘Best In-Store Experience’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer’ in the 2016 Verdict Customer Satisfaction awards.

Johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter
www.johnlewis.com/facebook
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

General enquires:
For further information please contact:

Emma Cole
Communications Officer, Corporate
Telephone: 0207 798 3829
Email: emma.cole@johnlewis.co.uk

Source: John Lewis

John Lewis reveals services and brands that will be available in its new Chelmsford shop

London, 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has today revealed the services and brands that will be available in its new Chelmsford shop, with fashion and beauty taking the lead.

Opening on the 29 September, John Lewis Chelmsford is the anchor shop at the brand new Bond Street development. In addition to over 65,000 products, the shop will bring together some of the best services that John Lewis has to offer; from a Kuoni travel concession to its renowned Home Design Service and a new Bar:Cafe concept from Benugo, allowing customers to enjoy a glass of prosecco or Benugo’s signature coffee whilst they shop.

It will have the largest beauty hall out of all of John Lewis’s small full-line department stores at 7,900 sq ft, with 14 premium beauty counters including M.A.C, Charlotte Tilbury and Nars. Chelmsford will also feature fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Whistles, Finery and John Lewis’s new own-brand luxury womenswear label Modern Rarity. More information on these services and brands can be found below.

Laura Rawstron, Branch Manager at John Lewis Chelmsford, said: ‘Fashion and beauty will be John Lewis Chelmsford’s forte and I am excited to announce the brands that will make the shop a key destination for shoppers in Essex. We’ve carefully curated brands that we know the Chelmsford community will enjoy and very much look forward to opening the shop on the 29 September.’

Key services and brands include:

Fashion
Fashion fans will be tempted with our new own-brand luxury womenswear label, Modern Rarity, offering 90 items from its AW16 collection of soft earthy tones designed for layering and creating beautiful silhouettes. Other brands to feature at John Lewis Chelmsford include Ralph Lauren, Finery, Mulberry, Michael Kors, Whistles, Trilogy, REISS and Diesel. When it comes to stylish accessories, Michael Kors and Mulberry handbags will also be on offer.

For those who want expert fashion advice for a special occasion or wardrobe makeover, John Lewis’s Personal Styling team will offer three levels of personal styling to choose from, including the Style Express and Style Experience options, through to Style Profile which analyses everything from your personality to body shape in order to advise on your ideal colour pallette and new wardrobe.

Beauty
John Lewis Chelmsford’s beauty hall is 7,900 sq ft, the biggest out of all of our small full-line department stores. Situated on the ground floor by the main entrance of the shop, there will be 14 premium beauty counters offering a whole host of brands including Charlotte Tilbury, M.A.C, Nars, Tom Ford, Bobbi Brown, Clarins, Clinique, Dior, Estee Lauder, Jo Malone, Lancome, Liz Earle, Urban Decay and YSL.

Community Matters
Community Matters is our charitable giving scheme that runs throughout our shops. Every three months John Lewis Chelmsford will select three community groups to help. Customers will then be directly involved in deciding how much each nominated group receives, by using a token to vote for the organisation they’d like to support. The first three charities to receive support will be The Lovely Lily-Mae Organisation, Farleigh Hospice and Chelmsford City Mencap Football Club.

Additional Services
Customers can enjoy dining in John Lewis’ Place to Eat Cafe in addition to the Benugo Cafe:Bar. Other services include a Home Design Service, nursery advice, a Kuoni travel concession and a Bureau de Change which will offer 60 different currencies.

These services and brands were revealed during a construction tour of the shop this week, which is now entering the final weeks of internal fit-out and has provided over 300 retail jobs.

Throughout the construction process, the project has:

  • Laid enough ceramic floor tiles throughout the shop to cover the entire footprint of the Rio ‘Maracana Olympic Stadium’
  • Installed enough FSC plywood sheeting that when stacked on top of each other,  would be higher than the statue of ‘Christ the Redeemer’ in Rio
  • Used enough plasterboard to fill 20 Olympic sized swimming pools
  • Utilised enough paint to colour all the lines around the Rio Olympic running track 750 times
  • An Olympian would need to run 31 marathons to reach the same length of cables used within the building.

Notes to editors
John Lewis
– John Lewis operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores and johnlewis.com across fashion, home and technology, and was named  ‘Best In-Store Experience’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer’ in the 2016 Verdict Customer Satisfaction awards.

Johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter
www.johnlewis.com/facebook
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Contact:

Vikki Speed
Senior Communications Officer, Corporate & Brand
Telephone: 0207 931 4921
Email: vikki.speed@johnlewis.co.uk

Source: John Lewis

Ulta Beauty to host 2Q2016 results conference call on August 25, 2016

BOLINGBROOK, Ill, 2016-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) today announced that the Company will conduct a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2016 results on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 4:00 p.m. Central Time. A press release detailing the Company’s second quarter 2016 results will be issued after the market closes and prior to the call. The conference call will be hosted by Mary Dillon, Chief Executive Officer, and Scott Settersten, Chief Financial Officer.

Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (877) 705-6003. The conference call will also be webcast live at http://ir.ulta.com. A replay of the webcast will remain available for 90 days. A replay of the conference call will be available until 11:59 p.m. ET on September 8, 2016 and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 and entering conference ID number 13642433.

About Ulta Beauty
Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products and salon services. Since opening its first store in 1990, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place™. The Company offers more than 20,000 products from over 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin and brow services. Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program. As of July 30, 2016, ULTA Beauty operates 907 retail stores across 48 states and the District of Columbia and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials and social content. For more information, visit www.ulta.com.

Contact:

Scott Settersten
Chief Financial Officer
(630) 410-4807

Laurel Lefebvre
Vice President, Investor Relations
(630) 410-5230

Karen May
Director, Public Relations
(630) 410-5457

Source: Ulta Beauty

Alliance Data Systems Corporation’s Columbus, OH-based card services business to provide private label and co-branded credit card services for Ulta Beauty

PLANO, Texas and BOLINGBROOK, Ill., 2016-Aug-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS), a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions, today announced its Columbus, Ohio-based card services business, a premier provider of branded private label, co-brand and commercial credit programs, has signed a new long-term agreement to provide private label and co-branded credit card services for Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA, www.ulta.com). Ulta Beauty, based in Bolingbrook, Ill., is the largest beauty retailer in the United States, operating 886 stores in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

Ulta Beauty and Alliance Data have partnered to develop and manage the Ultamate Rewards Credit Card program which is designed to enhance the benefits of the popular Ultamate Rewards loyalty program and increase engagement with the Ulta Beauty brand. The Ultamate Rewards co-brand credit card program will leverage the MasterCard network so cardmembers can use it anywhere MasterCard is accepted around the world. In addition, cardmembers will have exclusive access to an array of outstanding benefits and unique experiences, including the Priceless Cities program, available only to MasterCard cardholders.

“At Ulta Beauty, we keep the guest at the center of all we do. Enhancing our guests’ shopping experience with added convenience and benefits through this new partnership with Alliance Data is yet another way for us to do that,” said David Kimbell, chief marketing and merchandising officer at Ulta Beauty.

Alliance Data will employ its best-in-class data assets and loyalty marketing expertise and will utilize in-store, online and mobile channels to acquire new Ultamate Rewards Credit Cardholders. The program’s robust value proposition will be designed to reward Ulta Beauty guests for visiting more frequently with a shopping experience that will deepen their connection to the brand by accelerating benefits of the existing Ultamate Rewards program. Alliance Data’s Conversant® and Epsilon® businesses are also providing services to Ulta Beauty.

“From the in-store experience to the immensely popular Ultamate Rewards program, Ulta Beauty has fostered a passionate, loyal customer base,” said Melisa Miller, president of Alliance Data’s card services business. “We will employ our life cycle marketing approach to deliver on our promise of being a valued partner for the entire customer journey. We look forward to the possibility of existing Ulta Beauty guests becoming lifelong cardmembers with even deeper brand affinity and engagement.”

About Ulta Beauty
Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. Since opening its first store in 1990, Ulta Beauty has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place™. The Company offers more than 20,000 products from over 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty’s own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin and brow services. Ulta Beauty is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading Ultamate Rewards loyalty program. As of April 30, 2016, Ulta Beauty operates 886 retail stores across 48 states and the District of Columbia and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials and social content.

About Alliance Data’s card services business
Alliance Data’s card services business is a leading provider of tailored marketing and loyalty solutions, delivered through branded credit programs that drive more profitable relationships between our brand partners and their cardmembers. We offer private label, co-brand, and commercial products to many of the world’s most recognizable brands across a multitude of channels.

We uphold our Know more. Sell more.® promise by leveraging unmatched customer insights, advanced analytics, and broad-reaching innovative capabilities. It’s how we deliver increased sales to our partners, build enduring loyalty to their brands, and provide more value to our cardmembers. Alliance Data’s card services business is a proud part of the Alliance Data enterprise.

About Alliance Data
Alliance Data® (NYSE: ADS) is a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. The Company creates and deploys customized solutions, enhancing the critical customer marketing experience; the result is measurably changing consumer behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today’s most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its clients create and increase customer loyalty through solutions that engage millions of customers each day across multiple touch points using traditional, digital, mobile and emerging technologies. An S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company headquartered in Plano, Texas, Alliance Data consists of three businesses that together employ more than 16,000 associates at approximately 100 locations worldwide.

Alliance Data’s Card Services business is a leading provider of marketing-driven branded credit card programs. Epsilon® is a leading provider of multichannel, data-driven technologies and marketing services, and also includes Conversant®, a leader in personalized digital marketing. LoyaltyOne® owns and operates the AIR MILES® Reward Program, Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program, and Netherlands-based BrandLoyalty, a global provider of tailor-made loyalty programs for grocers.

Follow Alliance Data on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Forward Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements give our expectations or forecasts of future events and can generally be identified by the use of words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “project,” “plan,” “likely,” “may,” “should” or other words or phrases of similar import. Similarly, statements that describe our business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals also are forward-looking statements.

We believe that our expectations are based on reasonable assumptions. Forward-looking statements, however, are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the projections, anticipated results or other expectations expressed in this release, and no assurances can be given that our expectations will prove to have been correct. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, factors set forth in the Risk Factors section in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year, which may be updated in Item 1A of, or elsewhere in, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed for periods subsequent to such Form 10-K.

Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made, and we undertake no obligation, other than as required by applicable law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, subsequent events, anticipated or unanticipated circumstances or otherwise.

Contact:
Alliance Data:

Tiffany Louder – Investor Relations
214-494-3048
tiffany.louder@alliancedata.com

Ulta Beauty:
Olivia Mata
630-410-5408
omata@ulta.com

Source: Ulta Beauty

Nordstrom announces its annual Anniversary Sale

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (July 22, 2016) marks the first day of the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This is the fashion specialty retailer’s biggest event of the year, featuring brand new arrivals at super-sale prices for a limited time – prices go back up on August 8.

Buy now, wear now
Anniversary Sale stocks more than fall essentials like coats and boots. You’ll also find summer and pre-fall styles perfect for buy now, wear now wardrobe updates, or transitional staples to wear into the next season.

This year, Anniversary Sale debuts some new brands to the event, including Alexander Wang (clothing, accessories and shoes), Alex and Ani, Allsaints (handbags), rag & bone (handbags and accessories), Marc Jacobs (handbags), Current/Elliott, Madewell, Illesteva, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Alice + Olivia, Mara Hoffman, The Honest Company, Peek and Burberry (kids), among others. View select product at Nordstrom Press Room.

Don’t miss these makeup must-haves
When it comes to beauty and fragrance at #NSALE, you’ll find limited-edition beauty items at incredible values available only during the sale. There are over 300 beauty and fragrance exclusives – brand favorites include: Charlotte Tilbury, Jo Malone, Kiehl’s Since 1851, MAC and more. And while you’re at it, Nordstrom offers samples of almost any beauty product in store, every day, not just during the sale. Just ask for a sample!

Anniversary Ambassadors
For the first time Nordstrom partnered with a group of artists, thinkers, designers and trendsetters for its Anniversary marketing campaign. Anniversary ambassadors include: actress and designer, Melissa McCarthy; Dallas Wings point guard, All-Star player and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, Skylar Diggins; actor, artist and activist, Rhi Blossom; activist and founding editor of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics Amy Sall; Australian model Fernanda Ly; YouTube starJoey Graceffa and musician Jon Batiste.

Each brings their own personal flair to the campaign, styled by renowned fashion stylist Alex White, whose previous work includes Burberry, Vogue, Prada and Louis Vuitton. Nordstrom also tapped photographer Cass Bird to bring the personalities and images to life.

Nordstrom brand partners Jessica Alba with The Honest Company, Caroline Issa with Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa and Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere shared their “favorite picks” in a special section of the Anniversary Catalog and at nordstrom.com/c/anniversary-details.

Social Elements — #NSALE #OOTD (Outfit Of The Day)
Nordstrom is bridging the gap between social content and its stores. Starting today, and running through the end of the Sale, Nordstrom will post a daily Anniversary #OOTD (outfit of the day) photo on its corporate Instagram account. The images will also appear in Nordstrom email and on Nordstrom.com. In stores, special hang tags will call out featured #OOTD merchandise so customers can easily shop for items as seen on Nordstrom Instagram. Nordstrom Downtown Seattle flagship store will test an elevated visual display, with LED screens streaming #OOTD posts.

Throughout Anniversary Sale, Nordstrom will continue to utilize its hashtag, #NSALE, and is engaging with customers on Snapchat with Geofilters at select U.S. malls, Snap Ads and a series of influencer takeovers.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 326 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 200 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSEunder the symbol JWN.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Chelsey Allodi
Nordstrom PR
chelsey.allodi@nordstrom.com
206.303.3017

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Nordstrom announces its annual Anniversary Sale
Nordstrom announces its annual Anniversary Sale

 

Source: Nordstrom

Waitrose to remove microbeads in its cosmetic products and to change the stems of its own label cotton buds to paper by September 2016

LONDON, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The retailer has pledged that by September 2016  no branded cosmetic products will contain microbeads. (The retailer’s own label range of beauty products has never contained any microbeads.)

One of the most commonly bought health and beauty items will also get a facelift in order to cut down on the use of plastics. Waitrose is the first supermarket to announce the change to stems of its own label cotton wool buds from plastic to paper this September – saving around 21 tonnes of plastic each year. The new stems will be biodegradable and made from an FSC source of paper. The additional cost will not be passed on to the customer.

Microbeads and plastic cotton bud stems are recognized as posing a serious threat to marine ecosystems by organisations such as Greenpeace, the United Nations and the Marine Conservation Society.

Tor Harris, Waitrose’s Head of Sustainability and responsible sourcing, said: ‘Minimising our impact on the environment is a top priority and this is absolutely the right thing to do. Although the changes we’re making don’t seem dramatic, they are likely to have a positive impact for marine life. We know there’s more work to be done and we will continue to see how we can reduce plastics across our ranges.’

Dr Clare Cavers manages The Cotton Bud Project1, which aims to see brands and consumers switching from plastic to paper cotton buds for good: ‘This is an excellent example of a major supermarket chain taking a lead, and we hope that more companies will soon follow suit.’

Notes to editors

1 The Cotton Bud Project is run by Fidra, a charity based in East Lothian Scotland. Fidra seeks to engage local concerns over current and emerging environmental issues, and use these to contribute to a wider dialogue at national and international levels. Fidra is a Scottish registered charity and SCIO no. SCO43895. Find out more at www.fidra.org.uk and www.cottonbudproject.org.uk

Waitrose – winner of the Best Supermarket1 and Best Food Retailer2 awards- currently has 350 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 61 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has eight shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitrosekitchen.com for cookware, utensils and kitchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards

Enquiries:

For further information, please contact:

Laura Blumenthal
Press Office, Corporate
Telephone: 01344826774
Email: laura.blumenthal@waitrose.co.uk

Source: Waitrose

Walgreens Boots Alliance and Emart Company Ltd to create Boots branded pharmacy-led, health and beauty retail franchise in South Korea

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise, today announced that it has signed an agreement to form a franchise partnership with Emart Company Ltd (a member of Shinsegae Group), South Korea’s number one hypermarket retailer. Together, they will create a Boots branded pharmacy-led, health and beauty retail franchise in South Korea.

Under the terms of the agreement, Boots branded stores will be opened in shopping malls, on high streets and within the outbound areas of Shinsegae department stores and Emart hypermarkets. The Boots stores will each feature an independent pharmacy and a range of Boots owned products and ‘exclusive to Boots’ brands as well as leading Korean brands.

“South Korea is considered a leading market for skincare and cosmetics products in Asia today.  We believe there is a significant opportunity to extend the reach of Boots own brands into this market and are thrilled to be doing so with Emart,” said Ornella Barra Co-Chief Operating Officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Emart is the preeminent retailer in South Korea and their strong experience as well as their marketing expertise gives us great confidence in the long-term potential of this partnership.”

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce the Boots brand, and offer pharmacy care as well as acting as a beauty and healthcare destination by also offering a wide range of both Korean and Boots product brands.” said Gab-Soo, Lee, CEO of Emart Inc.

The first stores are expected to open before the end of the first half of calendar year 2017 and will include Boots highly regarded and exclusive No.7 and Soap & Glory products.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe and, together with its equity method investments*, employs more than 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries. Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.

* As at 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments
** For 12 months ended 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments

About EMART
EMART Co., Ltd. is a value creation company that pursues a satisfying lifestyle for its customers while simultaneously reaching to enhance development in local communities ever since its first store opening in Changdong.

EMART has reached over 100 stores with its acquisition of Walmart in 2006, and as of July 2016 operates a total of 157 (including ten Traders stores) domestic stores. It also manages eight stores in China and 1 store in Vietnam, expanding hypermarket business from national to international market, becoming a comprehensive global retail company.

The company’s main progression focuses on Korea’s first and largest hypermarket ‘EMART’, Korea’s number one online mart ‘EMART mall,’ and its discount warehouse store ‘Traders’. In addition, it is recently expanding its domain into category killer specialty stores that will match new lifestyle trends.

With a deep base in retail hypermarket, EMART is diversifying its business into ‘Everyday retail’, convenience store ‘With Me,’ ‘Shinsegae TV Shopping’, ‘Shinsegae Food’, ‘Shinsegae L&B’, ‘Starbucks Korea’, ‘Shinsegae E&C’, ‘Shinsegae I&C’, ‘Shinsegae Chosun Hotel’, as well as operating foreign branches in China and Vietnam to enhance international business.

Contacts:
Walgreens Boots Alliance Media Relations
USA
Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935

International
Laura Vergani
+44 (0) 207 980 8585

Walgreens Boots Alliance Investor Relations
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

Source: Walgreens Boots Alliance

Dollar General welcomed hundreds of visitors to Music City Center in downtown Nashville, TN for its 2nd annual Day of Beauty

Goodlettsville, Tennessee , 2016-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General welcomed hundreds of visitors to Music City Center in downtown Nashville, Tennessee this afternoon for its second annual Day of Beauty, a free community event focused on multi-cultural health and beauty. Participants enjoyed a panel discussion with beauty bloggers and celebrity hair stylist Kim Kimble, a performance by renowned R&B artist KeKe Wyatt, beauty tips, a nail bar and free samples from leading brands available at Dollar General stores.

“Seeing the impact the second annual Day of Beauty had on participants is powerful,” said Makia Embrey, Dollar General’s brand ambassador. “The day provided a comprehensive look at improving emotional wellness, beauty trends and money-saving tips.  Enjoyment and excitement were expressed for KeKe’s concert, as well as empowering attendees with knowledge and information from blogger guests and Kim Kimble.”

Representatives from LA Colors, Black Radiance, Maybelline, CoverGirl Queen Collection, Shea Moisture, Creme of Nature, Cantu, Softee, Ampro, Smooth n Shine, Bronner Brothers, Dark n Lovely, Let’s Jam, Palmers, Africa’s Best, KISS, Broadway, Luster’s, Organic Root Stimulator, Curls Unleashed, Bella Curls and African Pride attended the event, provided samples and expert advice.

“I am excited to be attending Dollar General’s Day of Beauty and to meet all of the guests who will be there,” said celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble. “I love to talk hair education and believe that style and healthy hair should co-exist.”

The third issue of BEAUTYCENTS magazine also debuted today, providing readers with fall 2016 coupons, advice for the upcoming back to school and fall seasons, apparel trends and more.  Copies will be available in all Dollar General stores in the coming weeks.

Celebrity Biographies
Kim Kimble: Kim Kimble is a third-generation hair stylist and owner of Kimble Hair Studio in West Hollywood, CA.  She also serves as Beyoncé’s primary hair stylist and stylist to celebrities including Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Shakira, Mary J. Blige, Iggy Azalea and more. She is also the creator of Kimble Beauty™ hair care, which caters to all hair types.  Kim’s hairstyles and innovative techniques have been featured in Vanity Fair, Allure, Vogue and more and in addition to starring in WeTV’s hit television show LA Hair, now in its fifth season, she has also appeared on national shows including Oprah, Steve Harvey, Ricki Lake, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, Shear Genius and others as a hair expert.

KeKe Wyatt: R&B singer and Aratek powerhouse recording artist KeKe Wyatt recently released her fourth studio album entitled Rated Love, furthering her successful and chart-topping singing career.  She earned national attention 15 years ago with work with Avant in 2001 and her rendition of Nothing in This World earned her a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award nomination for best new R&B/soul/rap artist in 2002.  KeKe appeared inR&B Divas television series and recently performed at the Essence Musical Festival.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others . Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 12,719 stores in 43 states as of April 29, 2016, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the: DG Newsroom
contact the Media Relations Department at: 1-877-944-DGPR (3477)
email: dgpr@dg.com.

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Dollar General welcomed hundreds of visitors to Music City Center in downtown Nashville, TN for its 2nd annual Day of Beauty
Dollar General welcomed hundreds of visitors to Music City Center in downtown Nashville, TN for its 2nd annual Day of Beauty

 

Source: Dollar General Corporation

John Lewis to open shop-in-shops within six branches of Myer in Australia

LONDON, 2016-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has today announced it will have a physical presence in Australia for the first time by opening shop-in-shops within six branches of leading Australian department store Myer.

The first shop-in-shop will open before Christmas 2016 in Myer’s newly refurbished Warringah store in the outskirts of Sydney. This will be followed by additional openings in Melbourne, Perth, Bondi, Chadstone, and Myer’s flagship store in Sydney in February 2017.

The John Lewis departments will be between 600 sq ft and 850 sq ft in size and customers will be able to shop an exclusive assortment incorporating the best of John Lewis’s own brand home and lifestyle products across bed, bath, and living. Once open, John Lewis will have 30 shop-in-shops worldwide.

Today’s announcement is coupled with the news that John Lewis has extended the number of countries it delivers to through johnlewis.com from 33 to 40. For the first time, customers will be able to order the best of John Lewis fashion and homewares delivered via online to countries including; Hong Kong, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Switzerland, The Philippines and Malaysia. Furthermore, customers can now pay in ten additional currencies.

In the past twelve months, John Lewis’s online international traffic has increased by 15% and online international sales grown by 50%.

  • The most popular items for international customers are John Lewis homewares – in particular own brand bed linen which accounts for 21% of own brand international sales. Luxury items are in demand with Egyptian cotton pillowcases one of our best-selling items.
  • British fashion brands such as Joules, Jigsaw and phase 8 are also popular, with women’s fashion brands accounting for 12% of total international sales in the last twelve months.
  • For children, own brand clothes ranges sell well in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, and toys are also high on the shopping list with LEGO a favourite for the little ones.
  • Taste in Christmas decorations vary from country to country – despite their close proximity, Australian customers bought 250% more Christmas tree decorations last year than customers in New Zealand.

Katie Jordan, Head of International Development, John Lewis, said: ‘We’re delighted to be expanding our international presence and bringing John Lewis to new countries around the world, both through physical collaborations and by expanding our online international delivery destinations. There is a real synergy between Myer’s customer base and ours, and we believe they are the perfect partner for our first Australian shop-in-shops.’

Daniel Bracken, Chief Merchandise and Customer Officer, and Deputy CEO, Myer, said: ‘We are excited to exclusively offer Myer customers the first opportunity in Australia to shop the John Lewis brand in a tailor-made lifestyle concept.’

‘The introduction of John Lewis homewares fits very well with our New Myer strategy to offer our customers desirable and wanted brands. John Lewis is widely recognised as the leading destination for homewares in the UK, and its own branded collections, are highly sought after for their stylish and innovative design, quality and accessibility. John Lewis is a trusted brand and their homewares collections have built up a very large and loyal following within the UK and internationally.’

Notes to editors

About John Lewis 

John Lewis operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores and johnlewis.com across fashion, home and technology, and was named  ‘Best In-Store Experience’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer’ in the 2016 Verdict Customer Satisfaction awards.

Johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter
www.johnlewis.com/facebook
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

About Myer 

Myer is a modern Australian retailer, with more than 100 years of heritage and a dedicated focus to bring the love of shopping to life.

Myer is Australia’s largest full-line departments store group, with more than 60 stores across Australia.

Our stores are visited by customers more than 130 millions times each year, and our loyalty program, MYER one, has more than five million members.

We are a significant employer in Australia, with 12,500 Myer team members, and we have a strong background in philanthropy.

Myer has a proud Australian history and an exciting future supported by our New Myer strategy, which delivers a fresh interpretation of our brand, a re-energised and relevant range, improved services and in-store experiences complemented by a strong omni-channel offer.

Our strategy brings the best of Myer to the customers who love us today, and to future generations.

General enquires:
For further information please contact:

Laura Askew
Communications Manager, Brand & Flagships
Telephone: 0207 798 3396
Email: laura.askew@johnlewis.co.u

Source: John Lewis

John Lewis to open its shop in Chelmsford on Thursday 29 September

LONDON, 2016-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis today announces its shop in Chelmsford, alongside the wider Bond Street development, will open its doors to customers for the first time at 9.30 am on Thursday 29 September.

John Lewis Chelmsford’s 90,000 sq ft shop represents an £18m investment in Chelmsford by the retailer. As well as offering more than 65,000 fashion, beauty, home and electrical products, the shop will bring together the retailer’s best services, including a beauty treatment room, a Foreign Exchange bureau and a Nursery Advice service. Customers will also be able to take advantage of John Lewis’s click & collect facility and benefit from 20 minutes free parking in the Bond Street car parks.

Laura Rawstron, branch manager, John Lewis Chelmsford said: ‘I’m thrilled to be able to confirm that John Lewis Chelmsford will open on Thursday 29 September. The business has had ambition to open a shop  in Essex for some time now, and the Bond Street development couldn’t be a better proposition for us.

‘I am delighted to be welcoming a team who I know will deliver the exceptional levels of customer service that John Lewis is renowned for to the people of Chelmsford and Essex, and look forward to meeting our very first customers in just over two months time.’

Tony Chambers, Chairman, Aquila, commented: ‘The opening of the new John Lewis store, along with a fantastic range of other shops and restaurants, will transform the shopping experience in Chelmsford. This has been a long time coming but I am confident it will prove to be worth waiting for.’

Other retailers opening on the same day as part of the wider Bond Street development include White Company, Foyles, Joules and Jack Wills. Located at the heart of the city centre, the development will feature a range of riverside restaurants and an Everyman cinema.

The opening date announcement comes as John Lewis Chelmsford launches its search for local charities to support as part of its Community Matters programme. Anyone can nominate a charity which sees £3,000 split between three important local charities every 12 weeks.

Nominations for Essex’s first Community Matters programme can be made by sending a 100-200 word nomination to CommunityMattersEssex@johnlewis.co.uk. Emails should highlight the charity’s cause and why it’s important to Chelmsford residents.

Notes to editors
John Lewis – operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology, and was named ‘Best In-Store Experience’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer’ in the 2016 Verdict Customers Satisfaction awards.

Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter 
www.johnlewis.com/facebook 
www.johnlewis.com/youtube

General enquires:

For further information please contact:

Vikki Speed
Senior Communications Officer Corporate & Brand
Telephone: 0207 931 4921
Email: vikki.speed@johnlewis.co.uk

Source: John Lewis

John Lewis to open its Chelmsford shop on Thursday 29 September

London, 2016-Jul-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis today announces its shop in Chelmsford, alongside the wider Bond Street development, will open its doors to customers for the first time at 9.30 am on Thursday 29 September.

John Lewis Chelmsford’s 90,000 sq ft shop represents an £18 M investment in Chelmsford by the retailer. As well as offering more than 65,000 fashion, beauty, home and electrical products, the shop will bring together the retailer’s best services, including a beauty treatment room, a Foreign Exchange bureau and a Nursery Advice service. Customers will also be able to take advantage of John Lewis’s click & collect facility and benefit from 20 minutes free parking in the Bond Street car parks.

Laura Rawstron, branch manager, John Lewis Chelmsford said: ‘I’m thrilled to be able to confirm that John Lewis Chelmsford will open on Thursday 29 September. The business has had ambition to open a shop  in Essex for some time now, and the Bond Street development couldn’t be a better proposition for us.

‘I am delighted to be welcoming a team who I know will deliver the exceptional levels of customer service that John Lewis is renowned for to the people of Chelmsford and Essex, and look forward to meeting our very first customers in just over two months time.’

Tony Chambers, Chairman, Aquila, commented: ‘The opening of the new John Lewis store, along with a fantastic range of other shops and restaurants, will transform the shopping experience in Chelmsford. This has been a long time coming but I am confident it will prove to be worth waiting for.’

Other retailers opening on the same day as part of the wider Bond Street development include White Company, Foyles, Joules and Jack Wills. Located at the heart of the city centre, the development will feature a range of riverside restaurants and an Everyman cinema.

The opening date announcement comes as John Lewis Chelmsford launches its search for local charities to support as part of its Community Matters programme. Anyone can nominate a charity which sees £3,000 split between three important local charities every 12 weeks.

Nominations for Essex’s first Community Matters programme can be made by sending a 100-200 word nomination to CommunityMattersEssex@johnlewis.co.uk. Emails should highlight the charity’s cause and why it’s important to Chelmsford residents.

Notes to editors
John Lewis – operates 46 John Lewis shops across the UK (32 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business.

John Lewis typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology, and was named ‘Best In-Store Experience’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer’ in the 2016 Verdict Customers Satisfaction awards.

Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter 
www.johnlewis.com/facebook 
www.johnlewis.com/youtube

General enquires:

For further information please contact:

Vikki Speed
Senior Communications Officer Corporate & Brand
Telephone: 0207 931 4921
Email: vikki.speed@johnlewis.co.uk

Source: John Lewis Partnership

PERFUMES & COSMETICS: Benefit launches new Brow Collection

Paris, 2016-Jul-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Benefit has been a trailblazer in beautiful brows since the brand’s beginnings in the 1970’s. The key to a great look, brows get magical treatment thanks to the Benefit Brow Collection, a complete range of new products from the cosmetics house.

Brows may be the biggest buzz in beauty today, but for Benefit, brows have been the most powerful way to transform your look since 1976. Founders Jean and Jane Ford started doing brows in their first makeup boutique in San Francisco, giving birth to the now famous BrowBar. Four decades later, there are over 1,800 BrowBar beauty lounges in over 40 countries, making Benefit the world’s leading brow authority.

The first brow products for customers to use at home were introduced back in 1980 and Benefit has never stopped innovating with better products to solve brow dilemmas. The fruit of three years of work to determine what customers really needed, the Brow Collection is a complete range of solutions for beautiful brows. The nine products in the collection are easy to use and matched to every individual. They join such hugely popular products as Gimme Brow, a volumizing fiber gel and applicator brush. The range of colors has also expanded from three to six natural shades. With custom-designed applicators, pencils and gel, the Benefit Brow Collection has the solution for every brow dilemma!

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

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Benefit Cosmetics
Benefit Cosmetics

 

Source: LVMH

Health and Beauty brand owner and retailer The Hut Group acquired Hale Country Club & Spa in Cheshire

Northwich, United Kingdom, 2016-Jul-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Hut Group, Europe’s fastest growing online Health and Beauty brand owner and retailer, has acquired Hale Country Club & Spa in Cheshire. Operating across 50,000 sq. ft., Hale Country Club provides its 5,000+ members with best-in-class fitness, leisure, spa and beauty facilities.

The acquisition of Hale Country Club is a continuation of The Hut Group’s commitment to substantial investment in infrastructure to support the growth and durability of its core online Health and Beauty businesses. Similar recent investments by the Group include: the £120 million design, build and acquisition of a one million sq. ft. distribution centre; and £10 million invested during 2015 into the Group’s sports nutrition and weight management production centre.

The Hut Group will continue to expand Hale Country Club’s industry-leading health and beauty facilities for the benefit of the membership and the Group’s key brands, Myprotein and Lookfantastic.

Myprotein is the world’s largest online sports nutrition brand and, in re-branding the gym facility to Myprotein, Hale Country Club will become the focal point for the brand’s 200+ ambassadors. With a social media following of over two million, Myprotein’s ambassadors are elite athletes drawn from over 30 different sports and 30 different countries. Recent members to join #TEAMMYP include: Danny Willett, Masters Golf Champion 2016; Max Whitlock, the gymnastics World, European, Commonwealth and British champion and Olympic medallist; and Michael Bisping, the UFC Middleweight Champion of the World.

Retailing over 800 prestige brands, The Hut Group is the world’s second largest online beauty retailer. Members of Hale Country Club will now have access to this broader prestige brand offering as more brands are retailed within its spa, wellness pool, thermal suite and treatment facilities. Hale Country Club will be a focal point for the 90+ Look fantastic beauty ambassadors who, with a social media reach of 15 million, support The Hut Group’s commitment to prestige brands, product innovation and unrivalled infrastructure.

The Hut Group recently announced record results for 2015 with sales +35% to £334m (2014: £248m), EBITDA up +33% to £30m and £42.2m of cash generated from operating activities (2014: £38.2m). The Hut Group had a 2015 year-end cash position of £141.5m (2014: £54.6m), providing it with significant resources for further strategic initiatives.

Group Chief Executive Officer and founder, Matthew Moulding, commented: “As we continue to build enduring and scalable brands we are committed to investing in the infrastructure which supports our core online Health and Beauty businesses. This acquisition is a continuation of our investment strategy, with Hale Country Club & Spa’s unrivalled facilities providing a step-change in Myprotein and Lookfantastic.”

Media Enquiries:
media-enquiries@thehutgroup.com

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Health and Beauty brand owner and retailer The Hut Group acquired Hale Country Club & Spa in Cheshire
Health and Beauty brand owner and retailer The Hut Group acquired Hale Country Club & Spa in Cheshire

 

Source:  The Hut Group

Topco to assume the procurement and marketing services for Western Family’s own brand products

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill., 2016-Jun-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Topco Associates, LLC announced today that Western Family member-owners have expanded their relationship with Topco. Specifically under this new agreement, Topco will assume the procurement and marketing services for Western Family’s own brand products including the Western Family, Shurfine, Natural Directions and ShurSaving brands.

This agreement results in expanded relationships with the following members who carry these brands:

• Affiliated Foods, Inc. – Amarillo, TX
• Associated Food Stores, Inc. – Salt Lake City, UT
• Associated Grocers of New England, Inc.
• Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distributing Company, Inc.
• Olean Wholesale Grocery Cooperative, Inc.
• Unified Grocers, Inc. • URM Stores, Inc.

Western Family has been purchasing health and beauty care (HBC) products from Topco on behalf of its seven member-owners for more than three years. Broadening this participation into additional programs is the next evolution of this relationship with Topco. “This expansion further enhances the collective strength of Topco and the membership, and we look forward to working with these member-owners to help drive increased value for their companies and customers,” said Randy Skoda, President and CEO, Topco.

Topco’s experience, coupled with their economies of scale, will be a benefit to our independent retailers making it easier for them to remain competitive, while continuing to offer the same quality Western Family products consumers have trusted for over 50 years,” said Ron King, President, Western Family Foods.

About Topco Associates LLC

Topco Associates LLC is a $15 billion, privately held company that provides aggregation, innovation and knowledge management solutions for its leading food industry member-owners and customers, including grocery retailers, wholesalers and food service suppliers. Topco leverages the collective volume, knowledge and commitment of these companies to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace by reducing costs and offering winning business building capabilities.

For more information, please visit www.topco.com.

Media contact:

Danell O’Neill
doneill@topco.com

Source: Topco