Shoppers Increasingly Avoid Checkout Interaction

Eighty-five percent of shoppers have used a self-service checkout kiosk, according to a new survey from Retale, a location-based mobile platform connecting more than 3.5 million shoppers with their favorite major retailers locally.

Retale’s new commissioned study examines consumer self-service checkout adoption among brick-and-mortar retailers. The study focused on several areas of the experience, including convenience, challenges and desired improvements. More than 1,000 adult men and women across the United States were polled for the study.

Unilever Adds Kate Somerville Skincare to Its Prestige Brands

Unilever has acquired leading independent prestige brand Kate Somerville Skincare. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

CPNA Launches Multiple Social-Media Strategies

Cosmoprof North America is working to bring its show experience to attendees well in advance of the July 12-14 event, on past the end of the show via diverse social-media strategies.

National Small Business Week Hosts Awards, Webinars

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration and co-sponsors are hosting numerous training webinars from May 4 through 7. The webinars cover a variety of common business-topic areas regarding pay, digital footprints, new chip card payment technologies, benefits packages and online payment strategies.

Moms Influence Beauty Habits

More than half of women agree that their mother taught them their first beauty routine, and many still incorporate those beauty routines into their lives today, according to new research by Unilever's Dove, maker of the Dove Beauty Bar.

JCPenney Expands Its Sephora Presence

As of May 1, JCPenney has begun introducing Sephora to 25 additional stores, enabling the global beauty retailer to enter new and smaller markets, while expanding JCPenney's reach as a premier destination for beauty.

Since the exclusive partnership launched in 2006, more than 500 JCPenney stores now feature a full-service SEPHORA offering.