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Survey finds more consumers to research holiday purchases online before buying

BY Katherine Field Boccaccio

LOS ANGELES — Survey results released Tuesday by online shopping site PriceGrabber found that 88% of shoppers plan to research their holiday gift purchases in advance to find the best deals.

Of those, 38% plan to spend three to six hours researching holiday gift purchases, 29% plan to spend up to two hours, 19% said they plan to spend over 10 hours and 14% indicated between seven and 10 hours.

The results of PriceGrabber’s holiday shopping survey — which polled 2,235 U.S. online shoppers between Aug. 31 and Sept. 12 — also revealed that 50% of consumers plan to spend the same amount that they spent last year — up slightly from 48% in 2011 — and 12% plan to spend more.

For those who are spending less, the reason most given (62%) was due to increased prices for food, gas and other necessities.

Forty-one percent indicated that they are earning less money this year and 39% said they planned to spend less due to an increased acceptance of giving less-expensive gifts. The state of the economy also continues to impact consumers’ holiday shopping decisions, with PriceGrabber’s survey finding that 64% of shoppers say the economic climate will affect their overall spending.

Shoppers appear to be confident in their ability to find a holiday bargain this season. According to PriceGrabber’s survey, 67% of consumers said they believe retailers will offer better prices and discounts this year. When asked what retailer tactics will entice consumers to buy a product this holiday season, 77% indicated free shipping, 74% noted price cuts, 55% said coupons, and 44% indicated blow out sales.

"Our survey data found that shoppers are not only expecting to find great prices and bargains this holiday season, but 59% of consumers plan to start shopping even earlier this year to spread out the impact of purchases, compared to 53% in 2011," said Rojeh Avanesian, VP marketing and analytics for PriceGrabber. "Our data indicates that 17% of consumers plan to start their holiday shopping in September and 31% plan to begin in October this year."

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Stop & Shop offers no-fee Coinstar gift card loading

BY DSN STAFF

PURCHASE, N.Y., and QUINCY, Mass. — Coinstar announced that customers utilizing its service at Stop & Shop stores now have the option of placing the full value of their coins, without fees, onto a Stop & Shop gift card.

In addition, customers also have the option to select a gift card from a variety of national retailers and e-retailers. The gift cards are immediately activated and can be used the same day.

"We’ve based our business on finding solutions to the ongoing economic challenges facing both retailers and consumers, and believe that the retailer gift card option stands out as a game-changer in the industry," said Mike Skinner, president of Coinstar’s coin business. "The latest among our broad range of no fee offerings, the retailer card product guarantees greater consumer flexibility. We are pleased that Stop & Shop is among the first grocery retailers to offer this fee free option for customers redeeming their coins."

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P&G expands Pantene portfolio with new Expert Collection hair care lines

BY Antoinette Alexander

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has introduced its Pantene Expert Collection, which addresses the needs of both aging hair and extreme hair damage.

The Expert Collection brings two new premium hair care lines to Pantene: AgeDefy and Advanced+ Keratin Repair. The products utilize Pantene’s most advanced technologies and promise to help women experience healthy-looking hair with luster, bounce and damage repair.

Beginning in February 2013, actress Courteney Cox will appear in elements of the brand’s holistic marketing campaign, including TV and print advertising, in-store displays, digital, public relations and iMedia.

“The new Expert Collection marks an important milestone for Pantene, presenting 10 years of cutting-edge research with expert results,” stated Kevin Crociata, marketing director of North American Hair Care at Procter & Gamble. “With our most advanced technologies and ingredients, the Expert Collection will give women whose hair has seen it all, done it all and tried it all, a newfound love for their hair.”

In your 40s and beyond, hair appears thinner through loss of density, diameter and damage that leads to breakage. The new Pantene AgeDefy line works together to help hair act up to 10 years younger by thickening existing hair strands. The products combat both the intrinsic (hair below the scalp and linked to chronological age) and extrinsic (hair above the scalp and independent of age) symptoms of aging. The line, featuring a shampoo, conditioner, masque and thickening treatment, has product options to counteract seven signs of hair’s aging:

  1. Breakage;
  2. Split ends;
  3. Frizz;
  4. Unruly greys;
  5. Lackluster color;
  6. Thin look; and
  7. Dryness.

Thin-looking hair is a prevalent problem among women and one of the signs of aging hair. Therefore, Pantene’s new AgeDefy Advanced Thickening Treatment was the catalyst for the creation of the full AgeDefy line. In collaboration with Olay scientists, Pantene scientists discovered that a combination of anti-aging skin ingredients — caffeine niacinamide and panthenol — can impact hair.
 
The suggested retail price for the Pantene AgeDefy line: $24.99 for Pantene AgeDefy Advanced Thickening Treatment, $11.99 for Pantene AgeDefy Shampoo, $11.99 for Pantene AgeDefy Conditioner and $15.99 for Pantene AgeDefy Rejuvenating Hydration Masque.

The New Advanced+ Keratin Repair line features advanced technology to help restore smoothness to extremely damaged hair, while also working to prevent further damage at the keratin level. The line includes a shampoo, conditioner, Split End Fuser and 60-Second Therapy Ampoules.

The new Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair line addresses extreme hair damage caused by excessive styling, and chemical processing like hair coloring. When hair is damaged, it loses keratin, one of the fundamental building blocks of hair’s protein. This makes hair weak and more exposed to additional damage. The Advanced+ Keratin Repair line helps repair and seal every strand of hair, and helps protect hair from future damage.

To improve the quality of extremely damaged hair, Pantene scientists created the new triple-blend technology, the key repairing formula in Advanced+ Keratin Repair. The technology is a combination of three polymers with three benefits 

mending hair damage at the cuticle cell level, helping to prevent keratin damage and improving hair’s healthy look.

The suggested retail price for the Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair line: $11.99 for Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair Shampoo, $11.99 for Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair Conditioner, $15.99 for Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Split End Fuser, and $15.99 for Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair 60-Second Therapy Ampoules.

The Pantene Expert Collection will be available in the United States starting November 2012 and will be available in Canada starting March 2013.
 

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