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Henkel gets new North American HQ

BY David Salazar

Stamford, Conn. — Henkel Consumer Goods officially has a new North American Headquarters. The company began operations at its new location in downtown Stamford, Conn. in late August with the arrival of roughly 425 employees from both the company’s laundry and home care business and its beauty care business.

“With the opening of our collaborative new space, it’s never been a more exciting time to be at Henkel,” said Jens-Martin Schwaerzler, president of Henkel Consumer Goods and GM of laundry and home care, North America. “With our new North American consumer goods headquarters in Stamford, we’re poised for additional growth that will drive continued success in Connecticut and across North America.”

Henkel occupies more than 155,000 sq. ft. of space across three floors of the building, and the company expects it to house more than 500 employees over hte course of 2018. The space also will contain its administrative departments, including human resources, finance, legal, IT, purchasing and corporate communications. Henkel said it plans to opena  new research and development facility and customer experience center at the location to support the beauty care business and offer customers the ability to try new products and share feedback.
 

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Nail-Aid’s Spray Away hits Walmart shelves

BY David Salazar

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Among the products Walmart is bringing into stores to up its beauty game is one bringing consumers a new way to remove nail polish. Nail-Aid on Wednesday announced that its Spray Away aerosol nail polish remover was getting an exclusive Walmart launch at all of the retailer’s more than 4,500 stores.

Nail-Aid said that Spray Away is able to remove even dark polish while hydrating skin and nails. The aerosol is free of parabens, phthalates, toluene, formaldehyde and sulfates, the company said. It comes in three varieties — non-acetone and acetone in keratin and cocoa butter formulations, as well an acetone hyaluronic and collagen formulation.

Spray Away carries a $5 suggested retail price.

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Kroger, Lidl drop own brand trademark infringement suit

BY Michael Johnsen

RICHMOND, Va.— The U.S. District Court here on Tuesday officially dismissed the Kroger lawsuit against Lidl, which alleged Lidl infringed on Kroger's private label trademark. Both parties filed a stipulation of dismissal on Sept. 7, the court reported.

According to that stipulation, the parties agreed to dismiss the suit with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled anytime in the future, with each side bearing their own attorney fees and court costs.

Kroger initially filed the claim in July.

The decision to drop the case was preceeded by a decision issued by U.S. District Judge John Gibney, Jr. in July, which ruled against placing an inunction on Lidl, reporting that Kroger had not clearly shown it is likely to succeed on the merits of its claims.

According to court documents, Kroger's private label sales totaled $2 billion in 2016, with a penetration of 25 million households. A survey by Prof. Isabella Cunningham, a partner at EM Research Group, found that 54% of Kroger's frequent shoppers recognized the "Private Selection" as coming from a single source, with 58% of those shoppers identifying Kroger as that source.

"Kroger's own survey shows that less than a third of its regular customers associate Private Selection with Kroger," Gibney stated.

"Kroger has shown only the possiblity of consumer confusion and thus only the possibility of irreparable harm," Gibney continued. "While Kroger has not shown a likelihood of harm, Lidl has only one chance to launch its stores in a new country and would likely suffer if it had to do so without its line of [own brand] premium producdts," he concluded. "The public interest lies in robust competition, and the risk posed to Kroger by Lidl's Preferred Selection mark does not outweigh that interest."
 

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