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Period: August 6, 2016 to August 13, 2016
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Diminishing Shelf Space Drives CPG Companies To Try Online Innovation

Manufacturers of food, drink, beauty, and personal care products are losing store shelf space thanks to the rise of own-brand discount supermarket chains like Aldi and Lidl, and smaller stores that sell independent brands. To meet the challenge, manufacturers – Reckitt Benckiser, Nestlé, Diageo, Unilever, etc. – are increasingly focusing on e-commerce, selling through e-tail websites. But they are also experimenting with delivery-on-demand and subscription-based models. It’s a rising trend: online shoppers globally spent $87 billion on CPG items last year, nine percent of the total online spend. Twenty-five percent of people in 60 countries in 2015 ordered grocery products online for home delivery. Fifty-five percent said they would do so in the future.

"Consumer Goods Firms Plot New Paths Amid E-Commerce Boom", Reuters, July 29, 2016

Unilever Creates Platform For Achieving Zero-Waste Within Its Supply Chain

Unilever announced a new supplier collaboration platform focused on achieving zero-waste across its entire supply chain. Zero-waste is a fundamental pillar of the company’s sustainable growth strategy that also includes resource resiliency and dealing with climate change. Unilever has eliminated non-hazardous waste delivery to landfills at more than 600 sites in 70 countries, saving $200 million while creating hundreds of jobs. The supplier collaboration platform, developed with shared value consultancy 2degrees, will be operational by the end of the year.

"Unilever announces new partnership to scale up sustainability", The Fifth Estate , August 04, 2016

Julep Signs Deal With Ulta Beauty To Sell Products Across US

Beauty brand Julep said it has entered into a national distribution deal with retailer Ulta Beauty. With input from its customers, Julep chose 57 of its leading products to be sold at Ulta Beauty stores across the US. Calling itself a “social brand,” Julep relies on crowdsourcing and social feedback to create its beauty and skincare products. Ulta Beauty, with its 886 retail locations, is the largest beauty retailer in the country.

"Julep Announces National Partnership with Ulta Beauty", Business Wire, August 05, 2016

Bulldog Agrees To Sell Products Through Walgreens Stores In US

UK-based men's skincare brand Bulldog signed a deal with Walgreens to distribute its products in the US through the retailer's more than 2,000 locations across the country. As part of the agreement, Walgreens will sell Bulldog products, including the Original Moisturiser, New Original Face Wash, and New Original Post Shave Balm. Also included in the product lineup are the New Original Face Scrub and Original Shave Gel.

"Bulldog men's skin care line looks to expand", Drug Store News, August 05, 2016

Crest Launches Campaign Featuring Pro-Oral Health Shakespeare

Procter & Gamble's Crest toothpaste brand partnered with Feeding America to launch the Healthier Smiles Project campaign. Aimed at raising public awareness of the importance of oral health for children's school performance, the campaign will use meetings and school activities to highlight this message. Also, the company will donate hundreds of thousands of toothpaste tubes to poor families. To help promote the program, the company will launch a TV ad featuring William Shakespeare talking about a girl who cannot focus on classroom discussions due to toothache.

"P&G's Uses Shakespeare For Oral Health Education", MediaPost, August 08, 2016

Vosene Kids Launches Campaign For DreamWorks Animation's Trolls Movie

Vosene Kids partnered with DreamWorks Animation to launch a campaign for the movie “Trolls.” Highlighted by packaging-focused promotion, the campaign will be supported by PR, social media, outdoor advertising, and in-store activations. Starting in August 2016, the haircare brand will launch limited edition packs featuring Trolls characters.

"Vosene Kids launches hair-raising collaboration with DreamWorks Trolls", Retail Times, August 08, 2016

Shiseido Reports Strong Sales Gains In 1H Of FY 2016

Shiseido reported consolidated net sales grew 5.5 percent in the first half of fiscal year ending December 31, 2016, compared with the same period of the previous year. Operating income jumped 32.1 percent year on year to ¥19.9 billion, driven by higher margins in line with the increase in net sales, better product mix, and the flow-on effects of cost-cutting efforts. Also, the company has declared an interim dividend of ¥10 per share. Sales in Japan increased 5.5 percent to ¥202.9 billion, compared with the same period in the previous year. In China, sales increased 15.5 percent during the period, compared with the first half of the previous year. In terms of Japanese yen, sales grew 3.1 percent year on year to ¥61.5 billion, while operating income improved by ¥5.2 billion to ¥2.4 billion.

"Consolidated Settlement of Accounts for the First Half of the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2016", Shiseido, August 09, 2016

Kose Launches Sekkisei MYV Line Of High-End Skincare Products

Kose Corp. said it will launch the Sekkisei MYV brand of high-end skincare products. According to the company, the product line will include a face wash, lotion, face oil, and cream. Starting on September 16, 2016, the products will be available at Sekkisei counters in Japan and later in overseas markets.

"Kosé Launches High-End Sekkisei Skincare Products", Women's Wear Daily, August 09, 2016

Companies, Organizations  

Unilever Caribbean Posts Strong Profit, Revenue Gains In 1H 2016

Unilever Caribbean reported after-tax profits grew to $23.8 million in the first half of 2016, compared with $18.3 million in the same period in 2015. According to the company, half-year revenue jumped 7.5 percent. Earnings per share were 91 cents, an increase of 30 percent from the previous year.

"Unilever posts $23.8m half year profits", Digital Guardian , August 10, 2016

L'Oreal Opens Johannesburg R&D Center

L’Oreal inaugurated its Research and Innovation Centre in Johannesburg’s Woodmead suburban region. Developed to study African hair and skin characteristics and the beauty routines and expectations of sub-Saharan consumers, the facility is home to product development, evaluation, and advanced research team of 20 experts. Scientists from the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, physiology, cosmetology, and biochemistry make up the research teams. Also, the facility’s scientists will work with scientists from the region’s universities, as well as dermatologists and hairstylists.

"L’Oreal opens Jobrug research centre to boost beauty sector growth", CAJ News Africa, August 11, 2016

Ulta Beauty Wins Retail Innovator of the Year Award

Multi Channel Merchant, August 09, 2016

Products & Brands  

Coty Awards Rimmel, Bourjois Ad Accounts To BETC

Coty Inc. enlisted advertising agency BETC to handle the accounts for its Rimmel and Bourjois brands. According to Coty, it is aiming to let consumers “fully embrace the relevance of the brands' equities.” Together, the two brands contribute about $1.5 billion to Coty's overall sales.

"Coty Teams With Ad Agency BETC for Rimmel, Bourjois", Women’s Wear Daily, August 01, 2016

Women Internet Users In France Buy Cosmetics From Brand-Owned Online Stores

In France, seven in 10 women who use the Internet and have bought cosmetics online have bought facial care products, such as creams and cleansers, according to CCM Benchmark. Results of the market research firm's April 2016 survey revealed more than 60 percent have also bought makeup and body care products from online stores. Also, 57 percent of respondents said they have purchased from brands' online stores, while 50 percent said they have bought from sites operated by retail chains, such as Sephora. Only 32 percent said they have bought from online retailers, such as Amazon.

"Most Women in France Buy Cosmetics Online", eMarketer , August 11, 2016

Dental Care Delivered To Your Door

HAPPI.com, August 08, 2016

For the love of firm skin

Manila Standard, August 09, 2016

Kosé Launches High-End Sekkisei Skincare Products

Women's Wear Daily, August 09, 2016

LOOK What’s that smell?

Marketing-Interactive.com, August 10, 2016

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