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Epilady, Sharper Image collaborate on hair removal system

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Epilady USA has collaborated with Sharper Image to develop an all-in-one Sharper Image Total Body Hair Removal System and is set to launch a new Sharper Image Bikini Trimmer in the near future, the company has announced.

The product is to be used on the arms, legs, underarms, bikini line and face. The system offers an epilator, shaver, trimmer and micropeel exfoliator all-in-one rechargeable machine. The epilator comes with Epilady’s Perfect Angle Guide — to keep it at the ideal epilating angle — and Precision Head Cap, which should be used to do finer hair removal in sensitive areas.

The shaver head has two trimmers on it. One is a straight trimmer, which will allows users to shape and trim all the way down to skin level, and the other is slightly curved and raised, and will pare down longer hairs to the perfect length for either shaving or epilating.

The micropeel exfoliator is made from natural materials, and will buff out rough skin help uncover little ingrown hairs, exposing them to the epilator or shaver.

 

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NPD Group: Niche, jewelry scents helped fuel prestige fragrance sales YTD

BY Antoinette Alexander

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Market research company the NPD Group has announced that the prestige fragrance industry showed solid sales of $1.6 billion in U.S. department stores — up 7% year-to-date (January to September 2012) — with men’s fragrance sales growing slightly faster than women’s.

Designer fragrances, which account for nearly three-quarters of the total market, grew the same rate of the overall category performance, while jewelry and niche prestige fragrances almost tripled. Jewelry fragrance brands like Boucheron, Bulgari and Cartier, and niche fragrance brands like Creed and Jo Malone helped to take this segment of the fragrance category to double-digit growth in the first nine months of the year, according to The NPD Group.

“The fragrance brands that are being sold in more selective distribution are experiencing explosive growth. We’ve seen this trend with high-end designer brands like Tom Ford and Jimmy Choo, and this is also evident today with jewelry and niche fragrance brands,” stated Karen Grant, VP and senior global industry analyst of The NPD Group.

Grant continued, “Even though niche and jewelry brands make up only 9% of the total prestige fragrance market they are creating a new dynamic in the larger fragrance arena. They are growing faster than any other type of fragrance in the prestige space, and their combined sales are actually more than double the size of prestige celebrity fragrances.”

In addition to niche and jewelry brands experiencing the largest dollar growth, they generate sales at one of the highest average price points in the prestige fragrance market. While the average price in women’s and men’s for these fragrances is about $70, selections in this space may be in excess of $350, and leading brands are often in the $200 range.

“It is quite a compelling story that despite the economic uncertainties that prevail, we continue to see sizable pockets of growth in prestige fragrance.  And, when one considers the price, these fragrances are often treasures and truly an investment,” added Grant.
 
 “Yet, if we were to compare the scope of the premium market in countries like France, the U.S. still has significant opportunity to expand sales further in this frontier. Consumers are continuing to invest where they see the value,” Grant said.
 

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Study: More than 40% of smartphone, tablet owners ‘showroom’

BY Alaric DeArment

WHITING, Ind. — An online consumer survey shows that nearly half of consumers go into brick-and-mortar stores with their smartphones to research items without buying them and then looked for the same item at a lower price online.

The 2,361-adult survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of CouponCabin.com between Sept. 18 and 20, found that 43% of smartphone and tablet owners have engaged in the practice, known as "showrooming."

Of the shoppers who have showroomed, nearly all have sometimes or often bought a showroomed item online for a lower price later on, according to the survey; 28% of respondents said they did this often, while 68% said they do it sometimes. Forty-four percent said they were "not at all" concerned that showrooming may drive brick-and-mortar retailers out of business, while 41% said they were somewhat concerned, and 15% said they were very or extremely concerned.

"Consumers are using technology to find as many ways to save as possible, and showrooming is a prime example of that," CouponCabin.com president and chief savings officer Jackie Warrick said. "As showrooming becomes more widespread, some stores are concerned and are changing their strategies, offering new incentives and providing special offers to keep shoppers buying at their retail locations."

When asked what kinds of items they had showroomed, 50% of respondents said home electronics, while 44% said tech devices. Meanwhile, 40% said they showroomed entertainment items; 31% said they showroomed clothing; 29% said they showroomed shoes; and 24% said they showroomed computers.

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