Albertsons taps IRI for supply chain services
CHICAGO — IRI announced Tuesday that it will begin providing supply chain services to Albertsons, the second largest grocery chain in the United States, in addition to being its preferred partner for point-of-sale data, consumer panel insights and strategic growth initiatives to support joint business collaboration.
“We feel that there is real power and efficiency in connecting insights from our store shelves all the way back into the collective supply chain,” stated Amanda Martinez, group vice president of corporate procurement for Albertsons. “This expanded agreement with IRI will allow us to collaborate in a more meaningful and real-time manner with our suppliers. We believe it will help us to provide more of what our customers want no matter when or how they shop.”
“It has been terrific to partner with Albertsons during the past year, and we are thrilled to expand on our relationship to include supply chain services,” said Andrew Appel, president and CEO IRI. “Our alliance provides access to a unique combination of rich data, advanced analytics and a unified technology platform that will help Albertsons and its suppliers better understand and drive consumer experiences, making consumers’ lives easier and improving sales.”
Under the agreement, Albertsons, which has more than 2,200 grocery stores across 33 states and the District of Columbia under such banners as Albertsons, Safeway, Vons and Jewel-Osco, will integrate its supply chain data, including inventory and transactional shipment data, into the IRI Liquid Data and Unify visualization platform. The industry-leading technology platform incorporates extensive product movement and causal data, work flow capability and real-time data visualization. This new offering will help Albertsons and its suppliers collaborate more easily and make better decisions to benefit customers.
Schmidt’s Naturals gets into the holiday spirit with limited-edition deodorants
PORTLAND, Ore. — Schmidt’s Naturals is kicking off the holiday season by introducing a limited-edition holiday collection with three scents made from quality plant-based ingredients. The goal of each scent is to offer consumers a nostalgic sensory experience, which the company hopes to achieve by offering scents that exemplify the season.
The new scents being unveiled are the Oh, Christmas Tree fragrance, which contains notes of spruce and hemlock; Snow Day, which has a light, clean and powder fresh scent; and Holiday Spice channels orange, cinnamon and clove into the deodorant.
“Scent memories do so much to create that feeling of being in the holiday spirit," founder and chief product officer of Schmidt's Naturals, Jaime Schmidt, said. "Certain familiar aromas always take me right back to my childhood in Michigan — searching for the perfect tree each year with my family, experiencing the powdery goodness of freshly fallen snow. With the Schmidt's Holiday Collection, we want to take our loyal fans and users on an olfactory exploration of some of these meaningful, 'best of' holiday moments."
The holiday collection is available for purchase in select retailers in either an original scent for a suggested retail price of $.99 each or $24.99 for a three pack, or a sensitive skin formula available for the suggested retail price of $10.99 each or $26.99 for a pack of three. Consumers can visit the company's website for further product information or availability.
Shiseido Americas dives into AI-powered technology by acquiring Giaran
NEW YORK — Shiseido has announced that its subsidiary company, Shiseido Americas has acquired Giaran. A data company with technology in artificial intelligence platforms that will allow the company to transform the consumer experience by taking personalized beauty to the next level.
The technology held by Giaran ranges from makeup virtual try-on, tutorials, color matching, personalized recommendations, makeup removal, face tracking, and skin tone detection — which can all be accessed on a smartphone, tablet, desktop and a smart mirror powered by full HD-augmented reality.
“Since our founding in 1872, Shiseido has been dedicated to remaining at the forefront of beauty. Through Giaran’s leading AI technology and our global innovation network, we’re continuing our journey of transforming how people discover and fall in love with products, creating deeply personal connections between our brands and consumers, and building a path to growth with consumers at the center,” Masahiko Uotani, president and group CEO of Shiseido Co. said.
The company will become part of Shiseido’s Makeup Center of Excellence while remaining based in Massachusetts. This joint venture will allow the cosmetics brand to expand its capabilities in beauty customization, resulting in driving consumer engagement while providing an unmatched consumer experience.
“This is an extremely exciting move for Giaran at a pivotal moment in beauty. Shiseido shares our belief that in today’s fast-changing market, continuous evolution of product and consumer-centric innovation are key to deepening relationships with consumers and finding new fans,” Raymond Fu, founder and president of Giaran, and a professor at Northeastern University, said.