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Period: November 13, 2018 to November 20, 2018
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Australian Hair Care Company Kevin Murphy To Integrate Ocean Plastics Into Supply Chain

Company founder, Kevin Murphy, will use ocean plastics for his products' packaging in 2019 in an attempt to help reduce ocean plastic debris. Murphy, during a vacation in Bali, Indonesia, observed the environmental threat posed by plastic worldwide as an estimated 5 trillion tons of plastic currently litter the ocean. Danish packaging manufacturer Pack Tech is helping Murphy and his team switch to 100 percent ocean plastic packaging. To part offset the high cost of transporting, treating and reprocessing ocean plastic, Murphy increased the sale price of his products by 7 percent. Other companies that have similar advocacy include Dell and Adidas.

"This beauty brand will source 100% of its packaging from ocean plastic", Fast Company, September 28, 2018

Chanel South Korea Launches Online Platform For Cosmetics

In South Korea, Chanel launched an online platform for its cosmetic products and service with a wrapping service and select deliver day option to encourage gifting. Separately, and in an attempt to attract young customers, particularly those in their 20s and 30s, Chanel Korea launched a Coco Game Center pop-up store which features game that feature the Chanel logo.

"Chanel Korea starts online platform for cosmetics", The Investor, October 05, 2018

Two Brands Are Using Face-To-Face Contact With Consumers To Promote Their Products

At the end of October, Nivea opened a pop-up store in London for the launch of the MicellAIR Professional cleansing line. The ‘Boo-tique’ has a Halloween theme and offers five looks by the brand’s professional make-up artists. Visitors can take away a free bag of products from the new range. In the US, Rimmel London is getting on the road during October and November with its (Street) Art of Beauty tour. Customers can visit the exclusive mobile salon, which is covered by graffiti created by the brand. The salon has makeup artists to help visitors choose Rimmel’s products. The tour goes to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Tampa and Miami.

"Rimmel London launches Street Art of Beauty tour/ Nivea prepares to open doors to immersive Halloween themed ‘Boo-tique’", Drug Store News, October 15, 2018

Harry’s Launches New Subscription Shaving Brand For Women

Flamingo is a new shaving subscription service launched by Harry’s, developed by its internal innovation unit, Harry’s Labs, and aimed at women. Leading the brand are Allie Melnick and Brittania Boey, who were both at Harry’s when it launched in 2013. It will compete with brands including Angel Shave Club.  Flamingo razors use the same blade technology as Harry’s, but are designed with female shaving needs in mind. The shaving gel is a formulation designed to soothe the skin. Other items under the brand include a dual exfoliating and moisturizing body lotion, and waxing kits for body and face.

"Harry's Labs Launches Flamingo, a New Brand Specifically for Women's Hair Care and Grooming", Fortune.com, October 16, 2018

Gillette Launches Customizable 3D-Printed Razors

Gillette has launched a new personalized platform for shaving in the US, called Dubbed Razor Maker™: powered by Gillette®. It is based on technology from Formlabs, a 3D-printing company, and offers customizable handles providing customers with flexibility over how the product looks and how much it costs. They can design their 3D-printed handle at http://razor-maker.com, selecting from 48 designs, seven colors. They can also add text. The handles can hold MACH3 or Fusion5 ProGlide blades. Delivery typically takes in 2-3 weeks, and prices start at $19. Chrome options can cost up to $45.

"Gillette Partners with Formlabs – a Boston Startup Defining the 3D-Printing Industry – to Pilot Razor Maker™ Concept, Enabling Consumers to Personalize and 3D Print Razor Handles", Gillette , October 17, 2018

Subscription Models Are Becoming Ubiquitous For COG E-Commerce

McKinsey found e-commerce sales through subscriptions were over $2.6 billion in 2016, up from $57.0 million in 2011. They are being used by startups and established brands as well as large pure-play etailers and bricks-and-clicks, and large CPGs have been acquiring subscription commerce companies. According to McKinsey, there are three main subscription types: auto-replenishment; curation and recommendations; and access through some form of members-only platform. Reasons for canceling accounts depended partly on the type of service. For auto-replenishment, quality and lack of flexibility were seen as issues, but poor value was a common reason for terminating curated or members-only accounts. Sampling prestige products is seen as an attractive feature of beauty box subscription services, but this approach isn’t possible for all categories.

"Five Charts: How Consumers Really Feel About Subscriptions", eMarketer , October 18, 2018

Scentbird Is Using New Funding To Expand Its Reach

Scentbird is an online direct-to-consumer business that offers subscribers a choice from 500 designer fragrances, narrowed down after the customer completes a questionnaire. For $14.95 per month, the customer receives a 30-day supply of the scent (120 sprays). According to one of its founders, its success, which has led to nearly $19 million of Series A funding this year, is timing when to pitch for funding. Having a clear vision is also essential. With more funding, the brand is looking to expand its list of fragrances and private label options. It introduced its own lip balms and hand creams last year, but plans to launch “limited-time beauty capsule collections”. The first is Lush Gold - a body wash, lip oil and body oil bundle. The luxury comes from its 24-karat gold flakes. The bundle will be available to subscribers at $14.95, but will cost more for a one-off purchase.

"Scentbird And The Sweet Smell Of Direct-To-Consumer Success", PYMNTS.com, October 22, 2018

Glossier Ads France To Its Geographic Reach

Glossier continues to expand internationally, adding France to the US, UK and Canada after first partnering with Colette, a French brand. Glossier’s founder, Emily Weiss, described the response from consumers in France as “incredible”. Weiss said the brand will soon launch in more markets globally, working only with companies that don’t conform to its cruelty-free policy.

"Vive la Glossier: the cult beauty brand goes live in France", Cosmetics Business, October 23, 2018

Brand Sites Are Losing Out To Multi-Brand Giants

New research finds that only around 10% of online shoppers are visiting brand sites, which are losing out to sites like Amazon. inRiver’s survey also found that consumers lose interest quickly and will move on if they can’t quickly find the information they want. The firm said that brands and retailers must take more care when selling online and consider issues such as the role of influencers and videos that showcase products, as well as providing comprehensive product information and reviews.

"New report claims 45% of shoppers visit Amazon before brand site", Cosmetics Business, October 23, 2018

J&J Acquires Japan’s Ci:z Holdings And Its Skincare And Dermocosmetic Brands

Johnson & Johnson has announced an agreement to acquire all outstanding shares it doesn’t already own in Ci:z Holdings Co., Ltd., a Japanese skincare and dermocosmetic company, for some ¥230 billion (about US$2 billion). The deal includes brands like Genomer, Dr.Ci:Labo and Labo Labo. One of the benefits cited by J&J is improving its online commerce capabilities by “leveraging one of the largest customer relationship management databases for direct-to-consumer skincare in Japan”. The offer is expected to close early next year.

"Johnson & Johnson Announces Offer to Acquire Ci:z Holdings Co., Ltd.", Johnson & Johnson, October 23, 2018

Startup Tampon Brands Are Bringing New Ideas To The Category

Established tampon makers are finding emerging competition from brands with organic and natural claims. Cora is a direct-to-consumer brand launched three years ago and offers organic tampons. Like Lola, another new competitor, it allows customers to personalize monthly shipments by mixing products and sizes. Cora has moved away from its exclusively online model by partnering with Target, and donates a share of its profits to provide menstruation products to girls in India and Kenya. Lola has extended to sex-related items, including condoms and lubricants. Flex is a brand set up to find a tampon-alternative and came up with a “period disk that sits past the vaginal canal (where tampons sit) next to the cervix”. Flex too sells direct-to-consumer platform and in retail stores. The founder says 90% of its online sales are from mobile purchases by millennials.

"Menstruation Startups Say Women Don’t Have To Settle. Period.", Crunchbase , October 25, 2018

Two Experts Disagree Over Large CPGs’ Prospects In DTC

A talk by Terence Kawaja, founder of Luma Partners, an investment banking firm, and an interview with Marc Pritchard of Procter & Gamble, provided some interesting insight to the way in which new direct-to-consumer brands are taking market share from established CPGs. Kawaja sees the trend continuing, fueled as more new companies emerge funded by “rampant venture funding”. Pritchard believes that the large CPGs are countering the threat: P&G, for example, is experimenting with brands at seed-stage and has brought the direct-to-consumer startup approach to some of its brands. Kawaja is not convinced that companies like P&G can succeed with DTC brands, saying "Think about a middle-aged white man trying to dance," adding that venture funds are supporting DTC startups because of their similarity to tech companies, which P&G is trying to emulate, according to Pritchard. Kawaja called P&G’s Gillette DTC business "a copycat business model that screams inauthenticity." 

"P&G's Pritchard at the ANA confab on how to combat the direct-to-consumer threat", Advertising Age, October 26, 2018

Avon Launches Personalized Beauty App in South Africa and UK

Avon has launched its Personalized Beauty App, a tool to help Representatives offer a more personalized service. The analysis device predicts the customers skincare requirements and assesses their most appropriate shade of make-up, based on a questionnaire and skin tone measurement feature. The app is currently available in the UK and South Africa, and the company claims it has received strong positive feedback. Further development is focusing on making it available across different mobile platforms. 

"Avon Launches Personalised Beauty App", Avon Company, October 29, 2018

Avon’s Russian Unit Opens Eight Pop Up Stores For Its Mark. Brand

Avon opened pop up Beauty Bars in eight Russian cities, featuring the full range of products from its “mark.” brand. Visitors can discuss the mark. products with in-store Representatives and be made up by make-up artists. Anyone wanting to buy the products can order them from the Representatives via a new online mobile shoppable brochure. The stores are also proving to useful for recruiting new Representatives.

"Avon Russia targets millennial beauty customers", Avon Company, November 02, 2018

Glossier Opens A New Flagship Store Where It All Began

Beauty brand Glossier opened a flagship store on New York’s Lafayette Street, at number 123, where the brand was founded four years ago. Founder and CEO, Emily Weiss, said Glossier Flagship “is a nod” to customers that were with Glossier at the start, and ensures the brand stays in the conversation. The 3,000 square feet space is a permanent location and the "the ultimate physical expression of the brand", enabling customers to meet Glossier face-to-face. A part of the experience is a unique point-of-sale system, where online and offline sales are synced to allow customers to start an order in the store and finish it at home. It also features Glossier Offline Editors, the in-store representatives, who will “act like an educated and knowledgeable friend". 

"Glossier To Open New Flagship Store In New York", Forbes.com, November 05, 2018

Dollar Shave Club Is Evolving To Generate Better Momentum

Direct-to-Consumer subscription grooming brand, Dollar Shave Club, is launching a cologne brand in collaboration with Ann Gottlieb. BluePrint will launch with six fragrances, ranked by complexity and sophistication, and DSC is also trialing sample boxes containing all six scents. The new brand is just one of the brand’s recent initiatives. It is also trialing selling products in vending machines. The brand has expanded beyond monthly deliveries of blades and now offers other shave products as well as hair, skin and oral care items. New customers are encouraged to choose the Full Service offering, which includes a starter box of products from all the categories. The moves come as the competitive environment intensifies and the company’s sales flatten. 

"Dollar Shave Club branches into fine fragrance and vending machines", Advertising Age, November 06, 2018

DIY Skincare Brand JOJOMOKA To Launch Late 2018 In Asia

A new DIY skincare line is being scheduled for launch in Southeast Asia in the second half of 2019. JOJOMOKA will provide consumers with natural ingredients, allowing them to mix their own products at home. The brand’s founder, Tomoka Y. Nguyen, has a background in running spas and is the author of the book Beauty Confidential, and says the brand “will share the knowledge of holistic beauty through home spa rituals and healthier and happier living.” Sustainability is also a key issue for the brand: the ingredients are all biodegradable and the packaging is reusable. 

"Japanese spa and wellness veteran to launch DIY skin care brand ", Cosmetics Design Asia, November 07, 2018

Shiseido Canada Is Joining The DTC Beauty Wave

The Canadian arm of Japanese beauty company Shiseido is launching a direct-to-consumer business next year, building on the company’s DTC experience in the US over a number of years. The aim is to improve brand loyalty and get access to consumer data. The decision comes as research from IAB concludes that legacy beauty brands are missing opportunities by lagging their startup rivals in using DTC models. Beauty is also seen as a category in which consumers are relatively comfortable about buying online, and a number of large companies, including L’Oréal and Unilever, have been active in acquiring DTC beauty startups to acquire expertise and perspectives relevant for today’s beauty shopper. Many of the new digital brands are focused on social media, partly because they lack the big media budgets of some of the larger incumbents, but also because beauty is a very social category. Personalization is another aspect of beauty that startups have been able to teach larger beauty companies. 

"Long live the (digital) beauty regime", Strategy Online (Canada), November 07, 2018

Glossier’s CFO Outlines The Reasons For The Brand’s Success

Henry Davis, Glossier’s president and CFO, highlighted five reasons for the beauty brand’s success. The 5Cs center on the brand’s consumers, its content, the conversations with consumers, the community it has created, and its success with co-creation. Davis says that Glossier has expanded its customer base beyond millennials and now has a much broader age following. He also said that content is the brand’s main growth driver, with a strong following for the “Into the Gloss” blog as well as a range of social media and video platforms. As a part of this effort, it encourages a two-way discussion with its customers, to find out what they think about the brand. Glossier focuses on the specific requirements of its customers, which the brand says amounts to co-creation. To improve the sense of brand community, Glossier has opened bricks-and-mortar locations: a new flagship store in the Soho district of New York City and a store in Los Angeles, as well as a number of popups. The company is ...  More

"5 Reasons That Glossier Is So Successful", Forbes.com, November 07, 2018

True Botanicals Open Flagship Store In San Francisco

True Botanicals, a luxury skincare brand, has opened a flagship store in the Jackson Square area of San Francisco. Brand founder and CEO, Hillary Peterson, calls it a “self-care sanctuary”. It features an aromatherapy bar and treatment rooms to give visitors facials, as well as a lab that encourages customers to contribute to product development. The expansion follows an $8 million Series A Round funding round a few months ago, with Unilever Ventures among the investors. The brand is also focusing more on its direct-to-consumer approach, and has withdrawn from most of its third-party retailer partnerships. Peterson said the brand wants more direct relationships with its customers, to better support their choices and aims. 

"First Look: True Botanicals’ aromatic flagship a playground for your skin", San Francisco Chronicle, November 08, 2018

Personalized Haircare Brand Has Sold A Millions Bottles

Function of Beauty, a DTC customized haircare brand, is celebrating its millionth sale, about three years after its launch. CEO and co-founder, Zahir Dossa, said that brand is now targeting a billion. The brand’s first line extension is a purple shampoo for blondes, to reduce “brassiness”. Dossa says that the brand wants to strengthen its e-commerce offering, to provide an experience that’s more “immersive”. It also has a physical store, in New York, which is now more focused on R&D. 

"This Direct-to-Consumer Haircare Brand Just Sold Its Millionth Bottle, Thanks to Its Customized Product", Adweek, November 12, 2018

Aesthetician And Entrepreneur Charlotte Cho Launches New Premium Skincare Brand

Charlotte Cho, co-founder of Soko Glam, an e-commerce site specializing in Korean beauty products, has launched her own DTC brand of premium skincare products, called ‘Then I Met You.’ The brand’s positioning centers on taking time to treat the skin, with a two-stage cleansing regimen, consistent with jeong, a Korean cultural concept. The range comprises two products, the Living Cleansing Balm and Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel. Cho promotes the brand on social media via the #SelflessSundays. 

"Queen Of K-Beauty: The Founder Of Soko Glam Launched Her Own Skincare Brand", Forbes.com, November 13, 2018

Gillette Showing Signs Of Recovery

Gary Coombe, who heads up Procter & Gamble’s Gillette unit, said that although the company’s grooming business has encountered major challenges, things are getting better, with US sales and volume growth in the double digits in the latest quarter. Globally, organic sales were up 4 percent versus the year-ago period. Coombe also said that the brand was growing its share of the DTC market in blades and razors, following a price cut in 2017 and some initiatives in its service. It has also recently launched men’s razors for sensitive skin, an innovation for which Gillette has high hopes, and is realigning its marketing with millennials. 

"Gillette battles back in razor business", Boston Globe , November 15, 2018

New Subscription Platform Brings Squarespace Closer To One-Stop E-Commerce Offering

Squarespace was launched around 15 years ago as a web hosting service. It now offers a subscription platform to its Commerce Advanced clients. Within five days of the launch, around 400 of its merchant clients had started using it, with beauty one of the top categories for adoption. Lauren Napier Beauty in the UK is one of the brands. It launched LaurenNapier.com on Squarespace in 2014, but focused on selling through third-party retailers, including Net-a-porter.com and Harvey Nichols. In the last few months, it has started to sell DTC. The brand sells facial wipes, a product suited to a subscription offering. 

"Squarespace caters to DTC brands with new subscription feature", Glossy, November 15, 2018

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