beauty retail

SEPHORA Innovation Lab to Impact the Future of Retail

SEPHORA has unveiled the SEPHORA Innovation Lab, which will encompass both a physical space in San Francisco, as well as programs that foster the culture of innovation development and deployment along with grooming SEPHORA's next generation of digital leaders.

Skinfix Merges With SweetSpot LABS

Skinfix—a Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada-based supplier that markets itself as the expert in natural, clinically-proven, skincare solutions for the whole family and debuted its brand in the United States last year—has merged with SweetSpot LABS—a Culver City, California-based line of feminine skin care designed by women for women that uses natural ingredients.

Fewer Women Shopped for Beauty in 2014

The vast majority of U.S. women—eight out of 10—shop for beauty products, but a 4% drop in 2014 brought the industry to its lowest level of shoppers since 2008, according to the Annual Beauty Consumer Economic Indicator, the latest beauty report from global information company The NPD Group.

Women Spend Big on Hair Care

Thirty-two percent of women tried a new haircare product in 2014, according to a recent Beauty by the Numbers report from The Benchmarking Co., a beauty and personal-care research firm.

The study reveals top haircare products and brands, as well as haircare and hair product-buying habits. Its findings were reported as follows:

The top regularly used at-home haircare products include:

99% Shampoo
96% Conditioner
59% Hair Spray

American Express Helps Small Merchants Fight Fraud

American Express has launched its Small Merchant EMV Assistance Program, following President Obama's announcement last October.

The nationwide campaign will help U.S. small merchants fight fraud through a $10 million-reimbursement program designed to accelerate adoption of EMV payment terminals. It will also arm small merchants with knowledge about EMV’s security benefits.

Security Is Top Priority for Shopping Center, Mall Industry

In light of recent terrorist group threats encouraging attacks on American malls, the International Council of Shopping Centers has released the following statement regarding shopping-center and mall security: