Ulta appoints seasoned retail executive as president, COO
BOLINGBROOK, Ill. Beauty retailer Ulta has appointed former Office Depot executive Chuck Rubin to serve as president and COO.
Rubin, who also will serve as a member of the board, will assume his new role on May 10. Following a transition period of up to four months, Rubin will become CEO. Lyn Kirby will continue as CEO through the transition period, and thereafter will provide guidance and counsel as a member of the company’s board of directors through March 17, 2011.
“We are delighted to attract Chuck to Ulta as president and COO. Chuck’s extensive retail background and knowledge of retailing will be highly valuable to us as the company continues to execute its proven strategy and maintain its successful track record of growth,” stated Kirby. “Chuck is joining us at an opportune time with this established platform for future growth. One of my key priorities is to ensure a smooth transition in leadership and continue our strong performance. I am looking forward to providing insight and perspective to Chuck as well as assisting Ulta to reach its goals and objectives, as a member of our board of directors.”
Rubin comes to the 348-store beauty chain with 30 years of retail experience. He joined Office Depot in 2004 as EVP and chief merchandise and marketing officer, rising to president North American retail in 2006. Prior to joining Office Depot, he spent six years at Accenture Consulting in senior leadership roles including partner. At Accenture, he advised clients and led engagements across retail formats and e-commerce businesses. He has extensive experience building partnerships and with key brands ranging from mass market to prestige in both the specialty and department store channels.
Gillette expands Venus brand portfolio
BOSTON Gillette’s female shaving brand once again is expanding its portfolio to give women the closest shave yet.
Venus’ new Venus Embrace Disposables, the brand’s first five-bladed disposable razor, feature five curve-hugging blades, a protective ribbon of moisture with five times more glide enhancers than the original Venus, and a ComfortGrip handle for increased control while shaving. Additionally, Venus is debuting Simply Venus Disposables, which feature a three-bladed pivoting head to provide a closer shave with less irritation than two-bladed Venus disposable razors.
Other product updates and innovations include:
- Venus Spa Breeze Disposable razors, the first 2-in-1 disposable razor, with built-in shave gel bars infused with a white tea scent, eliminating the need for a separate shave gel
- An updated line of three-bladed Venus Disposables, in the same range of vibrant colors and fragrances as the original, but with an improved handle for better maneuverability in wet and soapy environments
- Venus Embrace razor, with five blades and a protective ribbon of moisture, now is available with a new vibrant pink SoftGrip gel hand
- Venus Bikini trimmer features a single blade encased by a protective comb for safe and effective bikini hair trimming
- Satin Care shave gels have been reformulated to provide up to 35% more glide than previous variants
- Satin Care In-Shower Moisturizer hydrates and conditions skin after shaving, sealing in moisture to provide satiny-smooth legs right out of the shower.
“At Venus we really seek to understand the unique needs of women, and to deliver a variety of superior products to meet those needs,” said James Pratt, marketing director for Venus. “We also see the opportunity to educate about how, with the right tools, women can improve the shaving experience that many see as a chore. Ultimately, it’s about delivering the smooth, soft skin that we know will help women feel more confident and beautiful.”
Venus products are available at food, drug and mass at retail prices, ranging from $3.99 to $15.99, depending on the product.
Latest DSN site places spotlight on beauty advisers
NEW YORK Mass-market retailers are looking for ways to bolster their beauty sales through technologically advanced product offerings, exclusive lines and new upscale beauty formats, and there’s no doubt that having an educated team of beauty advisers in stores is an important factor in achieving success. Enter the new BeautyAdvisorLounge.com site.
The new Web site, which officially launched April 17, was developed by The Drug Store News Group to serve as an educational platform and online community for beauty advisers working within the mass market.
“It used to be that cosmetic and fragrance salespeople visited with beauty advisers on a regular basis and that there were frequent beauty school days for beauty advisers to attend, and that doesn’t happen much anymore,” said John Kenlon, VP and group publisher of The Drug Store News Group. “The new BeautyAdvisorLounge.com is an effective, cost-efficient way to bring beauty advisers education that makes them better at their jobs and helps them sell more product. It’s also fun and makes them feel special, which is important when you’re selling beauty products!”
Highlights of the site include how-to lessons, instructional videos, new product information, category overviews and a “Let’s Chat” section to encourage interaction among beauty advisers.
To kick off the launch and to help educate beauty advisers, Coty, whose brands include Sally Hansen and NYC New York Color, and Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of Veet and Clearasil, have signed on as initial sponsors of the site.
“We at Coty Beauty are very aware of the incredible value beauty advisers bring to the shopper, beauty categories, brands and the retailers that employ them. Our sponsorship of the innovation Drug Store News is bringing to this invaluable team is entirely positive. Together, we will be providing ongoing training, best-practice sharing, category insights and a forum for learning among this community. We’re thrilled to be a partner in both the development and execution of this initiative,” said David Russell, VP sales, cosmetic strategy and customer marketing for Coty Beauty.
To help keep beauty advisers knowledgeable and up-to-speed on the latest and greatest in the fast-changing and exciting world of beauty, the site will be frequently updated with new product news, how-to lessons and much more. In addition, BeautyAdvisorLounge.com will leverage the benefits of social media.