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Period: September 10, 2016 to September 17, 2016
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Unilever UK Launches Campaign For Bright Future

Unilever is launching its Bright Future marketing campaign in the UK. Aimed at highlighting how its brands can help “make the world a better place,” the campaign features the film “So Long Old World.” Among the brands highlighted are Domestos and its efforts to help 5 million people have access to toilets, Persil and its support for providing 10 million children with education, and Dove and its campaign to help 19 million people have stronger self-confidence. Bright Future is at the core of the company's Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever said.

"Unilever unveils new TV and digital Bright Future campaign in the UK", Unilever, September 01, 2016

L'Oreal Travel Retail Announces Key Executive Appointments

L’Oreal Travel Retail said it has appointed Emmanuel Goulin as managing director of L’Oreal Travel Retail Asia Pacific, replacing Eva Yu. Also, the company announced it has named Yannick Raynaud L’Oreal Travel Retail Americas managing director, replacing Javier Labarta. Goulin joined Travel Retail Europe in 2005, while Yannick started her career with L’Oreal Paris and Maybelline in Latine America in 1998.

"L’Oréal Travel Retail makes key regional appointments", Duty Free News International, September 12, 2016

Modiface Unveils AI-Based Real-Time Video Skin Simulation Technology

ModiFace launched Skin AI, an artificial intelligence-based video-editing technology designed to simulate skin transformations with high degree of realism in live video. Created in partnership with dermatologists, the technology can detect particular skin-related issues, such as rosacea, dark spots, and discolorations. It can then be used to simulate detailed changes to the skin in real-time video and compares before- and after-treatment results.

"ModiFace Launches AI-Based Live-Video Skin Simulation Tech Created by Dermatologists", Marketwired, September 12, 2016

Personal Care Market Suffers Sales Decline In UK, Kantar Worldpanel Says

In the UK, the toiletries market saw a 2.1 percent decline year on year, according to Kantar Worldpanel. Oral care was the only category that posted sales growth, albeit slower than the previous period, at 2.8 percent YoY. Bathroom categories with the worst decline rates were men's skincare and sun preparations, data revealed. All of the UK's big 4 retailers posted losses in the market, with Asda reporting the worst with ₤17 million in lost sales.

"Ongoing struggle for health & beauty market – Market monitor", Retail-Week, September 13, 2016

Procter & Gamble Bags Employer Of Choice Awards In East Africa

Procter & Gamble was recognized as the overall leading employer of choice at the 2016 East Africa Employer of Choice Awards. Organized by the Global Career Company, the awards also gave runner-up honors to P&G in the Development Employer and Local Attractiveness Employer of Choice categories. Based on the results of a survey of more than 13,000 East African professionals, the awards also evaluated companies based on various criteria, including leadership, fairness and equity, job satisfaction, learning and development, and values and culture.

"Procter & Gamble (P&G) named as East Africa Employer of Choice 2016", Kass, September 13, 2016

L'Oreal Takes Several Noteworthy Steps In First Nine Months Of 2016

L’Oreal has implemented a number of strategies and made several investments during the first nine months of 2016. Among the most significant investments the company has made during the period include those in predictive test methods and sustainability. As part of its efforts to help advance skin reconstruction technology, L’Oreal signed a scientific partnership deal with the Instituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino covering the combination of 3D biological models with microfluidic technology in tissue engineering. L’Oreal also announced its support for a group of French scientists researching the incorporation of molecularly imprinted polymers as a deodorant for cosmetic formulations.

"A look at L’Oreal’s developments in EMEA in 2016", Cosmetics Design , September 13, 2016

The Face Shop Plans To Launch India Business

South Korea-based natural and organic cosmetics company The Face Shop plans to launch its business operations in India. Founded in 2003 in Seoul, The Face Shop has seen strong growth. Its international expansion plans received a boost when the company was acquired by LG Household & Healthcare in 2009. With 2,300 stores in 29 countries, The Face Shop plans to first launch its e-commerce operations in India, to be followed by its brick-and-mortar business.

"The Face Shop set to enter the Indian market", Cosmetics Design , September 13, 2016

Kao Eyes Stronger Revenue Performance Through 2020

Japan-based cosmetics company Kao said it aims to achieve a 10-percent operating margin, as it seeks to push its operating profit up to 30 billion yen, or $294 million, by 2020. Also, the company is eyeing to expand its international cosmetics business as part of its efforts to grow sales to 300 billion yen. Kao's revenue performance suffered in 2013 and 2014, after the skin-whitening scandal that hit the company in 2012 and the resulting legal and brand-related costs. In 2015, group sales reached 1.47 trillion yen, beating its previously announced target of 1.40 trillion yen.

"Kao targets improved operating margins", Cosmetics Design , September 14, 2016

Sephora Launches Android Mobile App And Pocket Hair Stylist Digital Tool

Sephora launched the Sephora app for Android, which lets users experience mobile shopping and digital innovation offered earlier by the Sephora iPhone app. Sephora's Android mobile app comes with features, including Scan, Quick and Easy Purchasing, Book a Sephora Service or Class, and Videos. Sephora also announced a new Pocket Hair Stylist digital tool designed to inspire and help users create different hair styles, based on what kind of hair they have.

"Sephora is giving beauty fans even more ways to ‘beauty together’", Drug Store News, September 14, 2016

Unilever Eyes Takeover Of Honest Company

Unilever PLC is negotiating to acquire Honest Co., the household and personal care company co-founded by actress Jessica Alba. Under discussion is a proposed deal that would value Honest at more than $1 billion but a lot lower than the $1.7 billion valuation the company received in a 2015 fundraising round. Since its founding in 2011, Honest has raised more than $200 million from external investors, including venture capital firms General Catalyst Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Buying Honest would give Unilever a point of entry into the market for natural or green cleaning products and diapers.

"Unilever Is in Talks to Acquire Jessica Alba’s Honest Co.", Wall Street Journal, September 15, 2016

Gillette Signs Global Sponsorship Deal With FC Barcelona

Men’s grooming brand Gillette signed a global sponsorship deal with FC Barcelona. As part of the deal, Gillette, which used to be a Regional Partner of the football team in Latin America, becomes a Premium Partner for the next three seasons. Also, the deal marks the first time the brand becomes a corporate sponsor of a football club.

"FC Barcelona and Gillette present new sponsorship deal", FC Barcelona, September 15, 2016

L'Oreal Paris Launches Campaign Promoting Casting Creme Gloss Hair Coloring Products In India

L'Oreal Paris launched a marketing campaign for its Casting Creme Gloss range of hair coloring products in India. With actress Sonam Kapoor as brand spokesperson, the campaign encourages women to be adventurous and try coloring their hair. McCann Erickson (India) created the campaign.

"We Want to Motivate Women to Discover the Sheer Joy of Colouring Hair: Raagjeet Garg, L'Oreal Paris", AdAge India , September 15, 2016

L'Oreal Faces Class-Action Lawsuit For Soft Sheen-Carson Hair Relaxer In US

L’Oreal is dealing with a class-action lawsuit for its Soft Sheen-Carson brand of hair relaxers in the US. With mostly the African American consumers as the product’s target market, L’Oreal markets the hair relaxer, claiming it contained amla oil from an Indian gooseberry. According to an AFP article, the lawsuit claims the product does not contain amla oil and instead comes with potentially toxic substances.

"L’Oreal Gets Pulled into Court for Soft Sheen-Carson Brand", Marketing Interactive, September 16, 2016

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