Posts Tagged ‘Bloomberg’

THE BREAK UP WITH MAKEUP AT DEPARTMENT STORES

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Do you remember the last time that you made a purchase from the Clinique or Estēe Lauder counter at your local department store?  According to a new report, those visits are becoming less frequent, in favor of on-line shopping patterns.  In fact, department stores are one of the few categories of United States retail sales which have declined from a year ago.  While most of this loss is attributed to the apparel market, cosmetics sales have also been greatly affected.  “U.S. beauty and cosmetics sales are shifting away from department stores and mass merchants to online and specialty stores,” says Shelly Banjo for Bloomberg.  On-line retailers, such as Amazon, DermStore, FragranceNet, and specialty stores, such as Sephora and ULTA, have all taken a larger market share, due to their robust on-line operations.  The exception to the trend, however, has been the J.C. Pennney Co., who opened Sephora boutiques in more than half of its store locations.

According to the article, “the Selfie Generation has flocked to beauty brands that stoke sales with social media and technological innovations including plumping lipsticks, makeup-contouring kits, and nail polishes that go on like spray paint.”  In fact, consumers turn to vloggers on YouTube and Snap Chat to follow the latest makeup trends, rather than seeing them at the department store counter or in the pages of a magazine.

 

TREND ALERT: AIRPORT SPA SERVICES

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

cdgInternational travel has always been known for its luxurious amenities — premium wines, duty-free shopping, complimentary travel kits, and comfortable pajamas.  These days first class and business travelers are receiving even greater perks:  full-service spas in premium lounges.  According to a report in Bloomberg, these services and treatments are also targeting men.  So where are the best airport spas?  Bloomberg shares its “Airport Spa Bucket List.”

Paris Charles de Gaulle:  Clarins Spa for Air France (Terminal 2E—Halls K, L, or M)

London Heathrow:  Elemis for British Airways Galleries Club (one in Terminal 3 and three in Terminal 5 ) and Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse (Terminal 3)

Hong Kong:  Cathay Pacific Airways’ The Pier First Class Lounge (Terminal 1)

Dubai:  Timeless Spa in Emirates First Class Lounge (Terminal 3, Concourse A)

Abu Dhabi:  Etihad First and Business Class Lounges (Terminals 1 and 3)

Frankfurt:  Babor Spa for Lufthansa First Class Lounge (Gate B)

Sydney:  Aurora Spa in Qantas First Class Lounge (International)

Bangkok:  Thai Airways Royal Orchid Spa (Concourse D)

TRUTH IN MARKETING: WHERE IS THE ALOE?

Monday, November 21st, 2016

aloeWild, tropical aloe vera plant is found in many consumer products including juice, skin lotions, and ointments.  It is a mainstay for treating minor sun burns and skin irritations.  Consumers have been surprised to learn that the aloe gels they purchased in store-brand products from national retailers Wal-Mart, Target and CVS, actually contains no aloe. According to a report in Bloomberg, sample testing proved that the ingredient aloe barbadensis leaf juice, which was listed as either the first or second ingredient following water, was imperceptible in each formula.

Bloomberg had analyzed Wal-Mart’s Equate Aloe After Sun Gel with pure aloe vera; Target’s Up & Up Aloe Vera Gel with pure aloe vera; CVS Aftersun Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel; and Walgreens Alcohol Free Aloe Vera Body Gel. According to the report, the lab which performed the testing requested anonymity. “You have to be very careful when you select and use aloe products,” said Tod Cooperman, president of White Plains, New York-based ConsumerLab.com, another lab which has done aloe testing in the past.