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Confusion Over Personal-Care Ingredients Impacts Purchases

Retail customers are having difficulty making purchase decisions for personal-care products due to unfamiliar ingredients on product labels, according to a “2017 Ingredient Confusion” study by Label Insight, a product-transparency agency. The study found that 81 percent of the more than 1,000 consumers surveyed do not recognize ingredients on personal-care product labels on a regular basis. And a mere 2 percent “always” understand what they are reading on labels.

Skincare Sales Surpass Makeup

Skincare sales have outpaced makeup this year, according to second quarter 2017 prestige-beauty insights from NPD Group. For the retailer looking to capitalize on this trend, expanding its skincare offerings to include a variety of new, unique and innovative skincare options, especially from smaller brands hitting the market, will allow it to make the most of this growth.

Retail Imports Increase Between School, Holiday Shopping Seasons

Cargo volume for 2016 is expected to see a 1.6% increase over last year, as consumers wrap up back-to-school shopping and retailers begin to stock shelves for the holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the retail trade association National Retail Federation and maritime research and informational services firm Hackett Associates.