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RB completes Mead Johnson acquisition

BY Michael Johnsen

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — RB on Thursday announced the completion of the acquisition of the Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, which folds the two infant and child nutrition powerbrands Enfa and Nutramigen into RB's existing health portfolio.

Aditya Sehgal"The closure of the acquisition marks an inflection point in RB's evolution to become a leader in consumer health care," stated Rakesh Kapoor, CEO RB. "By combining the best of RB's global scale with MJN's science-based innovation, RB is well positioned to deliver further value for all stakeholders. We continue to execute on our strategy of providing innovative health solutions for healthier lives and happier homes to millions of people around the world."  

Mead Johnson will initially operate as a separate division within RB and be led by Aditya Sehgal, who joins RB's executive committee. Aditya's previous roles included responsibility for RB's operations in China and North Asia, RB's global health care division and RB's North American business.

Mead Johnson's infant and children's nutrition business will increase RB's revenues in consumer health by approximately 90%, as well as its developing market scale by approximately 65%.

 

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Amazon Go readies for launch as Shanghai’s MobyMart makes the rounds

BY David Salazar
SEATTLE and SHANGHAI — As Amazon prepares for the wide launch of its Amazon Go service, Forbes is highlighting a similar concept in Shanghai, MobyMart, which is a remotely driven mobile store that allows members to board the vehicle, scan their items using the app and be on their way.
The MobyMart mobile store such products as lunch, snacks and over-the-counter medicine, and allows for customers to order such products as electronics for pick-up at nearby full MobyMart stores. The vehicles also come with a drone that can deliver to customers within a three-mile radius and are able to tell warehouses when they are low on stock.
The company behind MobyMart, Wheelys, projects that the MobyMart vehicles — which are set to be completely driverless by next year — will cost about one-tenth the cost of building a full store. To read the Forbes report click here.
Meanwhile, in the United States, Amazon has recently posted a recent job listing that has raised speculation that the online giant plans to roll out its checkout-free convenience store concept, Amazon Go, soon. The job listing  seeks a senior real estate manager for Amazon Go, based in Seattle and including travel.
Amazon posted a laundry list of executive responsibilities for the job. These include: developing and executing a strategic real estate plan; site selection and acquisition; developing relationships with key landlords, developers, and brokers; and collaborating with architecture, construction, and engineering teams.
Amazon Go debuted in December in Seattle,  in a beta format open only to Amazon employees. (It was expected to open to the public in early 2017, but its opening has been delayed.) The 1,800-sq.-ft. store is powered by what Amazon calls “just walk out technology,” which allows it to be completely free of any type of checkout.
Shoppers click on the new Amazon Go app as they enter the store, and hold their smartphone to a scanner similar to an airport security line.  Every time the customer picks up an item, it is automatically added to their virtual cart. (If the shopper puts the item back on the shelf, the item is automatically removed from the cart.) Once the customer leaves the store, their purchase is billed to their Amazon.com account.

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Trouble sleeping? Vicks reveals why Americans are tossing and turning at night

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI – Nearly 9 in 10 Americans (87%) say they have experienced trouble falling asleep, according to a new survey from Vicks ZzzQuil released Monday.

In fact, two-thirds (67%) of Americans state they have trouble falling asleep at least once a month and nearly half (47%) report that they experience this trouble at least once a week. Stress related to family life tops the list of things that keep Americans up at night, with 41% saying family stress prevents them from falling asleep easily, outweighing financial concerns (32%). And almost one-third of Americans (30%) say they have had trouble falling asleep easily because of an experience or interaction with their boss.

“Whether it’s work, family, finances or being connected to devices, we know that sometimes life just keeps you up,” stated Paul Gama, VP North America Personal Health Care, Procter & Gamble. “With nearly one-in-two Americans experiencing trouble falling asleep at least once a week, it is clear that people are not alone in their quest for a good night’s sleep. We want people to know that there is an easy solution, like ZzzQuil, that can help them fall asleep in as little as 20 minutes to get the rest they need.”

Contrary to popular sleep advice, many Americans turn to their devices when they can’t fall asleep. More than a third (36%) report that they log on when they can’t nod off, whether it be surfing the internet (26%), checking or posting on social media (19%) or checking/sending emails (15%).

Additional findings from the survey reveal that of those who tried a sleep-aid, four-in-five (80%) report that a sleeping aid helped them fall asleep more easily and stay asleep all night. On the other hand, less than half of those who tried idealistic approaches had success, with only 46% of those who tried using calming scents in the bedroom and 45% of those who tried drinking hot tea reporting that it helped them fall asleep more easily and stay asleep all night.

ZzzQuil commissioned a survey, conducted online by Harris Poll in December 2016 among more than 2,000 U.S. adults, to better understand how Americans are sleeping and uncover the realistic and idealistic approaches they may take to catch those highly-coveted zzzs.
 

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