Ultra/Standard Distributors Acquires TextureMedia

Ultra/Standard Distributors has a new acquisition: TextureMedia, a social-media haircare community for multicultural beauty consumers. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

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.

Decline in Cyber Attacks; 61-Plus Million Customer Records Still Stolen

There has been a 50% decline in the number of cyber attacks against U.S. retailers since 2012, according to IBM's 2014 Retail Research and Intelligence Report. Nevertheless, the number of records stolen from retailers remains at near-record highs—with more than 61 million records stolen from retailers by cyber attackers in 2014.

New TABS Group Study: "Specialty Beauty Stores" Draw "Heavy" Product Buyers

TABS Group—a leading technology-enabled analytics firm servicing the consumer-products industry—released the results of its 2014 Beauty Consumer Insights Study Dec. 15 with lots of great news as well as excellent advice for what it calls "specialty beauty stores."

BSB’s Top 10 Articles of 2013

BSB’s Top 10 Articles of 2013

The business of beauty was in full swing in 2013 as new beauty products, services and businesses emerged, while changes to longtime beauty businesses persisted in the forms of acquisitions, executive moves and expansions.

While we await all that’s in store for beauty in 2014, why not review the headlines that caught our attention in 2013? Here’s Beauty Store Business’ Top 10 articles of 2013.

10.) PBA: ISSE Midwest "Postponed Indefinitely Starting With The 2013 Event"

Target’s Beauty Concierge Program Expands to Additional U.S. Markets

Target’s Beauty Concierge Program Expands to Additional U.S. Markets

Target has expanded its ever-growing Beauty Concierge program to 95 stores in New York, New Jersey, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Dallas-Fort Worth market. "We’re thrilled with the early success of the Beauty Concierge program and its expansion to more markets across the country,” says Christina Hennington, Target’s vice president of beauty and personal care.

The program is now available in nearly 300—or about 17%—of Target's 1,797 brick-and-mortar stores across the United States. (Target also has 122 brick-and-mortar stores in Canada.)