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Barbasol launches ‘Shave Like a Man’ advertising campaign

BY Antoinette Alexander

DUBLIN, Ohio — Barbasol, a line of shave creams and after-shave products for men, has launched “Shave Like a Man,” the company’s first new advertising campaign since 2008, and the brand’s largest national, multi-media effort in its 94-year history.

“Barbasol is an iconic brand with deep roots in America’s heritage,” stated Ken Waldron, VP of advertising for Perio, the parent company of Barbasol. “Times have changed since men first shaved with Barbasol in 1919, and with ‘Shave Like a Man,’ we’re taking an amusing glimpse at what our forefathers might think of our so-called modern-day struggles. We’re certainly not undermining the trials and tribulations of men today, but are more having fun with the concept of the remarkable differences between the men who helped shape this country and their present-day counterparts.”

The campaign includes television and radio ads, as well as online engagement. The concept for “Shave Like a Man” was developed with creative partner GSD&M after market research it conducted found that 91% of men who were surveyed strongly agreed with the statement, “I respect a real man.” The agency’s research also revealed that 84% of men strongly agree with the statement, “It’s hard to be a real man today.”

“Shave Like a Man” is launching with a 30-second television spot, “War Hero,” and 30- and 15-second radio ads, “Mutiny” and “Prancing.” Additional ads will be launched throughout the year and will run for the duration of 2013. Television spots are scheduled to appear on TNT, Comedy Central, ESPN, NFL Network, Spike, Syfy and more, while the radio and digital ads will run across numerous entertainment and sports outlets nationwide. In addition, Barbasol is unveiling a redesigned Web site and interactive “Shave Like a Man” feature on its Facebook page.


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WSJ: J&J shopping women’s care unit

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson is shopping its women’s health unit, according to a report Friday in The Wall Street Journal, which suggested that the business no longer coincided with J&J’s "growth priorities." 

The brands managed by the unit include intimacy health KY and women’s personal care brands, o.b. tampons and Stayfree and Carefree pads. 

Recent brands sold by J&J have included e.p.t. pregnancy tests, Monistat and Rolaids.  

The Wall Street Journal projected that more consumer brands considered non-core to J&J’s growth strategies will be jettisoned as well, potentially including Band-Aid, Listerine, Neutrogena and even Tylenol. 

But the company will not be exiting the OTC arena altogether, the report suggested, citing J&J’s ongoing interest in eyecare company Bausch & Lomb.


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Retailers stand to benefit from Made-in-America wave

BY Alaric DeArment

Walmart recently announced that it would source $50 billion of the products sold in its stores in the United States over the next 10 years, according to a report in USA Today.

"Be American; buy American" has long been a slogan that makes buying U.S.-made goods sound nothing less than patriotic because it helps create American jobs, much like CVS’ and Walmart’s initiative to create jobs for veterans, and the recent Made-in-USA fervor around the country has more than demonstrated that. But there are practical reasons for sourcing domestically as well, making it high time for retailers to start looking into putting more products with the "Made in USA" label on their shelves.

While USA Today reports on the trend, trade publications in a variety of industries — including Drug Store News and sister magazine Home Channel News — have made a big deal about it too, and for good reasons.

For the last few decades, more and more companies have offshored production to countries like Mexico and China in order to meet American consumers’ demand for cheaper goods. But while this has made a variety of goods easier to buy here, it has also contributed to the country’s yawning trade deficit and contributed to a lack of high-paying manufacturing jobs, and a growing number of economists have said the United States needs to boost exports in order to revive its economy in a meaningful way.

Now, the march of manufacturers out of the country’s front door is reversing itself in a trend that some economists have called "reshoring." A report in November by the Boston Consulting Group found that 80% of American consumers would be willing to pay more for products made here than for those made in China, as would 60% of Chinese consumers.

But it’s not just about patriotism – it also makes economic sense. Fuel costs that drive up the cost of transportation, the weak dollar and increasing labor costs in countries like China are making it more and more affordable to make products here. In fact, the BCG found that "reshoring" could create 2.5-5 million new U.S. jobs in manufacturing and related services by the end of the decade.

Another reason is the widespread perception among consumers in the United States and abroad that US-made goods are of higher quality; according to the BCG, 85% of American consumers share that perception, as do 82% of Chinese consumers. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported in September 2012 that Costco had seen significant foot traffic at its stores in Mexico due to consumers there who wanted US-made goods, which they saw as having superior quality.

With a growing number of Americans looking to buy American, it only makes sense for retailers to take advantage of their sentiments. In addition to Walmart, online retailer Shop & Buy American Made bases its whole business off of the Made-in-USA concept, as does clothing retailer American Apparel. Retailers of all stripes — including pharmacy retailers — are in a prime position to do the right thing for this country and help spur the creation of more American jobs, and if BCG’s findings are anything to go by, it’s a win for their bottom lines, too.

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