Boots UK partners with IRI
NOTTINGHAM, England — Boots UK announced Wednesday that it has partnered with IRI to develop and operate a range of world-class customer insight tools for its product brands.
“Joining forces with a global leader in big data and analytics will allow us to know more about our customers and, more importantly, improve their experience when shopping our product brands," stated Ken Murphy, EVP Walgreens Boots Alliance and chief commercial officer and president global brands. "At the same time, we will give our suppliers a powerful range of tools and platforms that will significantly improve their market knowledge and result in better and faster decision making. Together, we will have a more holistic view of our customers and be able to better anticipate and cover their current and future needs.”
The partnership brings together a wide range of data and insight on health and beauty consumer behavior with IRI. The partnership will also result in improved quality of market, customer and loyalty insight for Boots suppliers, who will have access to the same tools and data.
Sundial Brands named among top 10 largest black-owned businesses in America
AMITYVILLE, N.Y. — Skin care and hair care company Sundial Brands on Monday announced its debut on Black Enterprise Magazine’s BE 100s List as the tenth largest black-owned business in America. With a national reach of 35,000 major retailers, an increasing focus on its global strategy and a continual emphasis on new innovations, Sundial is also the only beauty and personal care manufacturer to make this year’s list.
The BE 100s ranks America's largest black-owned companies, including automobile dealers, banks, asset managers, investment banks and private equity firms. The 2017 Top 100 produced total revenues of $27.5 billion.
“This recognition by Black Enterprise is especially meaningful because it is further evidence that companies built with purpose at the center can do well in business while also making a significant positive impact in the world,” said Richelieu Dennis, founder and CEO of Sundial Brands. “Our purpose is ‘empowering people to live more beautiful lives,’ and we strive to do that each day through our community commerce business model, which develops communities through entrepreneurship, education and commerce.”
Under Dennis’ leadership, Sundial has been certified as a B Corp company and holds a Fair for Life social and fair trade certification. Additionally, in 2015 Sundial was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States and received the 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility of the Year Award from WWD/Beauty Inc, while Dennis was a recipient of the Lewis Institute Changemaker Award from Babson College for efforts in challenging the status quo, creating positive social change and making the world a better place.
In 2016, Dennis was named by OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network to the inaugural SuperSoul 100 list. The same year, WWD/Beauty Inc awarded SheaMoisture the Ad Campaign of the Year Award for its “Break the Walls” efforts, which Dennis led to challenge the beauty industry’s divisive constructs and standardized ideals, redefine the meaning of “normal” in beauty and advocate for the industry to reflect inclusive beauty where “everybody gets love.” In 2017, Dennis was named to Fast Company’s Most Creative People list.
The company late last week announced that the Sofi Tucker Foundation, its charitable arm named in honor of Dennis’ grandmother, made a cash donation of $50,000 to its humanitarian relief partner, immediately following news of the mudslides that devastated the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Direct Relief, the company’s humanitarian partner, is providing emergency relief efforts on the ground in Sierra Leone. SheaMoisture, one of the company's signature brands, is also asking its community to join in a “Purchase with Purpose” initiative helping to raise funds for relief efforts as well. The brand is donating the first $25,000 of sales made through sheamoisture.com in the next week to the Sofi Tucker Foundation to directly benefit humanitarian relief efforts in Sierra Leone.
Real Techniques intros makeup organizer
GURNEE, Ill. — Real Techniques, a fast-growing makeup brush brand in the United States, has launched the Expert Organizer, a beauty storage solution that frees up counter space and doubles as a makeup brush drying rack.
Designed with proprietary Miracle Cling technology that is reusable, the Real Techniques Expert Organizer clings to glossy surfaces such as glass, mirrors, marble, flat shiny tiles and laminate without the need for suction cups, adhesives or wall mounts. The design features three pockets for storage as well as slots in between to hold brushes upside down so they can dry after being washed.
“In talking to beauty lovers and looking at their social posts, we wanted to create a unique storage solution that addresses many pain points such as lack of counter space,” said Eva Oreskovich, VP of global marketing for Paris Presents, parent company of Real Techniques. “The Expert Organizer takes advantage of unused spaces, is easy to install and positions makeup tools front and center so you can quickly find what you need.”
To use, peel off the protective film from the back of the Expert Organizer and place onto a smooth, clean, dry surface. Press firmly to secure and remove air bubbles. For best results, Real Techniques recommends waiting 24 hours before placing items in the holder. The Expert Organizer can be removed and reapplied wherever needed and also comes in a single-pocket option for organizing makeup tools while traveling.
“This is a must-have for anyone who loves makeup as much as Sam and I do, because it keeps our brushes organized and not thrown all over the vanity or in our drawers. It makes getting ready so much easier,” said YouTube personality Nic Chapman, who with her sister, Sam Chapman, is part of the beauty expert duo behind Real Techniques. “I always take it with me while traveling as many hotels have tiny bathrooms and I need all the counter space I can get.”
The Expert Organizer is available online and at local retailers in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $8.99 for the single-pocket organizer and $17.99 for the three-pocket organizer.