PLAY! by SEPHORA Monthly Beauty Subscription to Debut

SEPHORA will debut its monthly beauty subscription, PLAY! by SEPHORA, September 2015.

Subscribers of PLAY! by SEPHORA will receive the retailer's hottest prestige brands and products delivered directly to their doors for $10 per month.

Each PLAY! by SEPHORA delivery is curated around a specific theme, and contains five popular, high-performance, deluxe-size prestige products.

Spinks Promoted to President of Beauty Systems Group

Mark Spinks—most recently the COO of Beauty Systems Group—has been promoted to president of Sally Beauty Holdings' professional-products distributorship, replacing longtime BSG president John Golliher.

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.