Cosmetics

Hans Voorn has left Rituals

Dutch company Rituals has lost its global ecommerce manager Hans Voorn, but has already found a successor in Martijn Cornelissen.

No additional pharmacies until 2019

Belgium will not open any new pharmacies until 2019 at least, as the country still has too many pharmacies per capita: one for every 2,154 inhabitants.

Etos is best drugstore 2014

According to GfK, the Dutch consumer has chosen Etos as the best drugstore of 2014, mainly because it has an excellent balance between service and offered advantages. It is the fourth time Etos managed to win the award, beating beat several large competitors like D.I.O. and DA.

DA buys perfume chain Mooi

Dutch drugstore chain DA has purchased perfume store chain Mooi and has also started a collaboration with Vitaminstore. The chains will continue working as they used to, but "will learn from each other". DA will present three 'themes' in its stores: fresh (DA itself), beautiful (Mooi) and healthy (Vitaminstore), which should become launched soon.

Sephora fans can share photos through app

French cosmetics brand Sephora has enabled photo sharing through its iPhone app through the Beauty Board function: this "should strengthen the bonds between the fans through an online community".

Strong growth for Kruidvat’s parent company

Hutchison Whampoa, the company which owns Kruidvat, has presented a 20 % net profit rise, mostly because European retail activities performed excellently

Greenpeace wants P&G to stop deforestation for palm oil

Greenpeace is now asking Procter & Gamble to commit to ‘deforestation-free’ palm oil, after earlier successes with (amongst others) the Delhaize chain.

Cavalli uses game to promote new perfume

Cavalli has tried to promote its newest perfume in quite an original way, because “Just a Bite” as the perfume is called, has been linked to a Facebook game and a mobile app.

Nestlé wants to dial down L’Oréal participation

Swiss food giant Nestlé is rumoured to look into lowering its participation in L'Oréal. Currently Nestlé owns 29 % of L’Oréal, worth some 22 billion euro. 

Second largest US pharmacy chain no longer sells tobacco

The second largest American pharmacy chain, CVS Caremark, will no longer sell cigarettes or tobacco from 1 October onwards. Another blow for the tobacco industry, analysts wonder if a voluntary or even forced ban is possible in Belgium as well.

LUSH Cosmetics’ ethical soaps are popular

LUSH Cosmetics, a British chain which creates and sells ethical bath products, saw its yearly turnover increase 11.3 % this past fiscal year. Profits dropped however, mainly because of additional investments in sustainability and charity.

Kruidvat and Ici Paris XL to the stock exchange next year

A.S. Watson is heading to the stock exchange in 2014. The owner of Benelux chains like Kruidvat and ICI Paris XL should be worth some 17 billion euro.

L'Oréal creates a Group Travel Retail Division

French cosmetics giant L’Oréal has created a Group Travel Retail Division. With the move, the number one in cosmetics hopes to stimulate sales in the fast growing ‘travel retail beauty segment’.

Rituals gets new international web shop

Rituals hasopened a new web shop, offering products in 15 different countries. Improved mobile support has been added, with a purchase option for mobile consumers.

L’Oréal involved in experimental marketing in New York subway

French cosmetics group L'Oréal has started a new interactive marketing campaign in the New York subway. Passers-by are presented with specific products using several screens and a mirror with cameras and can even possible to purchase the items on the spot.

Amazon starts selling luxury cosmetics

Online retailer Amazon has created a specific section for luxury cosmetics brands. Twelve editors will offer products from 24 different brands, looking to connect to contemporary trends.

Judge forces Sephora Champs-Elysées to close at 21h

France’s largest perfumery, the Sephora store on the Champs-Elysées, will be forced to close its doors at 21h from next week onwards. If the store fails to comply and continues to be open till midnight, there will be a penalty of 80,000 euro for each violation.

America caused disappointing numbers for L’Oréal

French cosmetics group L’Oréal has had sales of 5.8 billion euro in the second quarter of 2013. That is 4.2% more than in the same period of 2012, but the result is far lower than the growth of 5.1% the company had in the first quarter. The rise in demand for cosmetics worldwide is clearly slowing down.

New CEO Procter & Gamble makes big changes

Barely two weeks after his comeback as head of the world’s largest company of consumer goods, CEO of Procter & Gamble A.G. Lafley has made some big changes: the structure of the group will be simplified and the four divisions all get a new manager, who will report directly to the big chief.

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