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In Memoriam: VNC Sales & Marketing's Marissa Martinez Meza, Beloved Co-Worker & Friend

Marissa Martinez Meza of VNC Sales & Marketing passed away July 10—days before the start of Cosmoprof North America/PBA Beauty Week 2015 in Las Vegas.

She worked as a corporate staff member at the manufacturers rep firm—becoming part of the VNC family in December 2004. In all, she worked for more than 20 years in the beauty industry.

Her beautiful smile instantly befriended everyone who came into contact with her—sales representatives, manufacturers and customers.

Healthy & Natural Trade Show to Launch in Chicago

For product manufacturers and marketers offering healthy and natural products, and for retailers looking to better understand this high growth set of categories, the Healthy & Natural Show to be held at Chicago’s Navy Pier will debut May 2016.

This trade event will cover food, beverage, dietary supplements, personal care, pet and household products designed for the growing segment of the population demanding cleaner, healthier products.

After Splurging in 2014, Families Trim Back-to-School

After spending more on school supplies and electronics in 2014, parents this year will head into the back-to-school season evaluating what their children really need before spending on new items.

According to the National Retail Federation’s Back-to-School Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average family with children in grades K-12 plans to spend $630.36 on school needs, down from $669.28 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $24.9 billion.

Online Beauty Retailers Open Brick and Mortars

The last several years have been all about beauty marketers and retailers embracing digital. For good reason too, as ecommerce has been the fastest-growing retail channel in the U.S. beauty market, advancing at a compound annual growth rate of 24% since 2009, according to the recently published Beauty Retailing USA: Channel Analysis and Opportunities report by global market research and management consulting firm Kline.

A Bevy of New Exhibitors Expected for Summer 2015 NY NOW

Hundreds of new and returning exhibitors will enhance the vibrant product offerings throughout the summer 2015 edition of NY NOW, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, to be held Aug. 15-19 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Nearly 400 of the market’s total 2,600 exhibitors are expected to be first-time participants with special concentrations of newcomers in both a NEW! showcase in the 1D Lobby and in the Etsy Wholesale pavilion as part of HANDMADE Designer Maker.