Features: Time to Give Back

No matter what problems you may have, there are always those who are less fortunate. Stock your shelves with products that give back.

It's a bad economy. I have to pay my kids' tuition. Our car just broke down and needs a new transmission. I need a root canal. There are many reasons why we need to guard our wallets, but giving to those who have less is a gift in itself. People, animals, and the planet suffer from illness, abuse, and worse. Helping only takes a little effort and not much cash. As an industry, we make people beautiful. Now we can spread that around.

Features: The Cloud: Are You Secure

"The Cloud" is touted as an affordable option for storing data. But read your contract carefully so that you're protected.

While untold numbers of beauty retailers are saving money by moving to the cloud, IT experts say these businesses need to ensure their cloud contracts include ironclad security protections or they'll suffer an uncertain future. "After reading in the news how accounts are hacked and sensitive photos of celebrities are sold, anything that uses cloud services can be a real issue," says Kim Snyder, CEO of Overall Beauty. "You need to know how safe your cloud services are going to be.

Features: Shared Success Traits

Want to have the best retail employees? Check out these traits to see if your staff has what it takes to succeed.

It's natural to look at your team and readily pick out your top performers, identify your mediocre ones and, of course, sigh with frustration at your worst associates. Obviously, the best ones are your keepers. They make your managerial life easier and ensure that everything runs smoothly. As for those in the middle, frankly, they're your worker bees. They simply get the job done with at least the minimum requirements of the job. Then there are those low performers. They're the banes of your existence. They sap your energy and your patience.

Calculated Fisk

Calculated Fisk
In 40-plus years, Fisk Industries has grown from a budding start-up in a spare room to a flourishing empire with a reach into more than 100 countries.

In the early ’70s, pharmacist Stephen Adler started a side business with his wife on a bridge table in a spare room. Today, that humble endeavor has grown to Fisk Industries in Orangeburg, New York, a 120,000-square-foot beauty empire that was incorporated in 1972 and now reaches more than 100 countries with award-winning, beloved brands-- including Cover Your Gray and Barielle. Today, Stephen [president] and his wife, Claudia, run the business with their son, vice president Ira Adler.

Ready, Set, CPNA 2015!

Ready, Set, CPNA 2015!
Cosmoprof North America is just about here, and CPNA marketing director Daniela Ciocan has last-minute tips for all who attend.

Months of planning have lead up to the beauty event that will host almost 1,000 exhibitors and see nearly 25,000 beauty professionals from more than 100 countries converge at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas July 12 to 14. Whether you’re attending for the new products, the networking opportunities, the education or all three, this year’s Cosmoprof North America show will not disappoint.

Skincare Spotlight: Teenage Skin Care 101

Understand the importance of teaching teenagers good skincare habits to sell more products.

I was 15 when my grandmother first took me to see an esthetician for a facial. This was on top of the fact that my father is a dermatologist and was carefully looking at my skin and the emergence of a few pimples here and there. My grandma told me that while my father was always going to be able to fix pimples, the esthetician would be able to teach me how to prevent them. She would teach me about skin health care. I am forever grateful for that first facial visit.