beauty retail

Walgreens, Alliance Boots Finalize Merger

Walgreen Co. and Alliance Boots have finalized their two-step merger launched in 2012 to form Walgreens Boots Alliance—marketed as the world's first global pharmacy-led health and well-being enterprise.

Post-Christmas: Consumers Are Shopping for Themselves

Eight-one percent of shoppers plan to shop end-of-year sales, and 63% plan to shop for themselves, according to the two most-recent monthly surveys by digital-offers destination RetailMeNot. Furthermore, of survey respondents aged 18- to 34-years-old, 92% of them plan to shop post-Christmas sales.

Great Clips to Debut TV Commercials Geared to Men Jan. 1

Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, Great Clips will begin a creative campaign to target male customers through new TV commercials with the character of “Ralphpunzel."

In an effort to reach Millennial males—the focal demographic for Great Clips—the spots will run during the most-watched college football bowl games and the College Football Playoff semifinals New Year’s Day 2015 as well as the championship game Jan. 12, 2015. About 70% of Great Clips' customers are men.

Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers Using Smartphones, Tablets

Fifteen percent of all holiday shoppers wait until the last minute to do their gift buying, according to a new survey from Retale, a U.S. location-based mobile phone app that alerts consumers to in-store deals and promotions from their favorite retailers.

Furthermore, 58% of all last-minute shoppers use smartphones and tablets to help them shop.

And among this group, 88% use mobile devices to locate stores and check store hours as they get closer to Christmas Day.

The NPD Group: U.S. Prestige Lip Color Sales Grow By Double Digits

Prestige lip color sales in the United States experienced a significant 24% increase in dollar sales for the month of November 2014, according to The NPD Group.

“The trend of women seeking to make a bold makeup statement continues as marketers showcase lips more prominently than seen in prior years,” said Karen Grant, vice president and global beauty industry analyst at The NPD Group. “A red lip is both ‘on trend’ and classic at the same time. For the holiday celebrations, it is not only bold, but also fun, festive and can’t be missed.”

PBA Seeks Distributor Participants for Its 2014 Biennial Benchmarking Survey

The Professional Beauty Association is now accepting submissions from PBA-member as well as non-member industry distributors for its upcoming 2014 Biennial Survey.

PBA conducts and publishes this one-of-a-kind Distributor Benchmarking Survey on a semi-annual and biennial basis. Distributors use the information collected to help measure their businesses against other similar ones, and many have found it to be a useful tool in making important business decisions.