Rite Aid promotion gives Facebook users first dibs on coupons
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Facebook fans are getting an early shot at coupons for gifts and stocking stuffers as part of a new promotion announced Monday.
Rite Aid launched its "25 Deals of Christmas" promotion, which will allow visitors to a special tab on Rite Aid’s Facebook page to download coupons for such items as beauty items, men’s grooming gift sets, electronics and toys. The promotion started Monday and lasts until Dec. 23.
"With a little over three weeks to go before Christmas, we know shoppers are starting to feel the pressure to find great gifts for everyone on their shopping lists," Rite Aid SVP marketing John Learish said. "[The promotion] is a way for us to recognize our Facebook community by making it easy and fun to save at Rite Aid."
The promotion will introduce a fictional family of five called the Rites, including "Deal Digger" Mama Rite, "Procrastinating" Papa Rite, "Prepared & Preppy" Patrick Rite and his two sisters. Users can take personality quizzes and make public pledges, such as not worrying about wrapping gifts perfectly or finishing shopping before Christmas Eve.
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Independent testing group says OXY Maximum face wash is ‘bargain buy’
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Mentholatum Co. has announced that an independent testing group has found its OXY Maximum face wash to be an effective acne treatment at a great value and has endorsed it as a “bargain buy.”
Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine (December 2011 issue) tested OXY Maximum face wash, along with two other popular acne treatments — Proactiv and AcneFree. Each topical acne product contains benzoyl peroxide, one of the best OTC options for people with acne; however Proactiv and AcneFree both require a three-step process while OXY Maximum is a single-step face wash.
Using 80 volunteers with moderate to severe acne, each selected one of the treatments to use twice a day for eight weeks. According to the magazine, testers reported no statistical difference between any of the products, yet a two-month supply of Proactiv costs around $40, while AcneFree cost about $20. OXY Maximum face wash costs far less, around $5 for a two-month supply, which led the magazine to endorse it as a “bargain buy.”
OXY Maximum face wash is a part of the OXY Maximum product line, an assortment of OTC acne skin care items that includes, but is not limited to, OXY Maximum acne cleansing pads and OXY Maximum spot treatment. The formulas utilize benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to treat, heal and help prevent acne breakouts.
Each year approximately 17 million people in the United States are affected by acne, prompting Americans to spend almost $400 million on OTC acne systems.
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Kline: Despite initial higher costs, sustainability can serve personal care market
PARSIPPANY, N.J. — As rising costs eat into margins, personal care marketers are reducing marketing expenditures, integrating their supply chain and consolidating distribution for improved efficiency, according to findings of recent research from Kline & Co.
According to the research firm’s “Personal Care: U.S. Competitor Cost Structures 2011” report, costs of goods sold — which includes raw materials, packaging, processing and overhead — have increased on average to claim 11.1% of the net sales total in 2011, compared with 10.6% in 2009.
Commonly used ingredients, such as UV agents, SPF ingredients, synthetic ingredients, chemical ingredients, fatty acids and essential oils, have all increased by as much as 8% from 2009 to June 2011. In addition, consumers increasingly are seeking out natural personal care products, which tend to be more expensive to produce and source than synthetic alternatives. Packaging costs have seen similar increases as the consequence of volatile oil and commodity prices, as well as a consumer-driven interest in companies employing sustainable practices.
These demands are impinging upon profit margins and requiring the reallocation of fiscal priorities and a reassessment of cost structures, Kline stated. Marketing costs have been curtailed and claim an average of 48.3% of net sales so far this year, down from 50% in 2009. However, Kline indicated that the reduction in marketing expenditure is not exclusively driven by cost cutting, but rather the greater use of more focused, often cost-effective, new media methods to connect directly with the consumer. Many companies are reassessing their expenditures on traditional media advertising and increasing social media and Web-based advertising in their marketing mix.
Greater consumer expectations of both environmental responsibility and sustainability are cited as new challenges and opportunities that are impacting personal care cost structures. The establishment and sourcing of sustainable, natural and/or organic ingredients are ostensibly challenges to costs of goods and ultimately profitability, but going green also helps create an opportunity for higher price points, increased sales and future cost savings, Kline stated.
Kline’s related research on natural personal care indicates that, despite leaner times, some consumers are willing to pay a premium for natural products, and the popularity of these products has seen them experiencing double-digit sales growth. Moreover, a brand’s appeal also is enhanced, and the demand for “greener,” and usually simpler, packaging ultimately could reduce packaging costs. The high overheads resulting from continually high oil prices already have seen leading personal care marketers adopt lighter packaging to reduce freight costs and a minimization of plastic components, with added benefit of implied environmental awareness, Kline noted.
Ultimately, despite initial higher costs, sustainability can serve both the market and the industry, according to Kline, by insisting upon more natural constituents — be the ingredients or packaging — and enhancing both the image of the consumer and the personal care company.
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